Originally Posted by JCJ 1970
I have long been considering cruising to the Caribbean but I have the impression you get hit by quite a lot of local expenses when passage making and stopping off at different islands. Is this really the case or am I just worrying about nothing? I appreciate nothing is free these days and communities need to make a living, but just wondered how those of you who have cruised the Caribbean feel on this issue.
I cruised the Caribbean for six years and in many respects found it more affordable than NA and Europe
Anchoring becomes a lifestyle, so invest in a good tender
and O/B. You will not experience the NIMBY problems of Florida
are generally more expensive; however, I used them only when I had visitors which coincided with the shoulder seasons when Marina specials cut prices to 50%.
Groceries cost more, so what, how much food can a solo sailor eat?
This is offset by less expensive liquor, wine and cigarettes.
Caught and cooked my own fish
for awhile and abandoned this, not just because I caught too many and became bored, it was a waste. Enjoyed a couple of filet before I used the rest for bait. Didn't have the freeze capacity for 20lb fish
Restaurants can be far more expensive for haute cuisine, but then I always managed to find an economical back street Chinese or local fare restaurant frequented by savvy cruisers.
Although, I visited most Islands much of my time was in Sint Maarten/St.Martin for extensive refitting. Being a duty free port and competitive with many qualified tradesmen I saved a small fortune in upgrades. During the time I had the Hull
Awl-gripped and below decks teak/mahogany refinished I was fortunate to obtain a comfortable room at the local Redcross for $30/night.
Like anywhere, you can find bargains when you have time to look.
The beauty, tranquility if you want it, and non stop partying if you want it makes the Caribbean a cruisers paradise until you get bored, many in the Islands don't. I'm funny
that way, change is my spice of life.