You can download the Atlantic Pilot Charts
free from: Maritime Safety Information
and then check month by month for what to expect on average for the route
. You will notice as you look at page 3 of each month (The Caribbean
Basin page) that there is a "bull-eye" that sits between Jamaica and Columbia
. This is a nasty weather/seas area that grows and shrinks with the different months of the year.
- - So the prudent cruiser will head
more directly south from the east side of Jamaica to make landfall close the the eastern Columbian border and then turn west along the coast to Cartagena
. Or if you want to do the longer route you leave the western end of Jamaica and head
for Providencia and Panama
and then loop around to Cartagena.
- - The current weather
and season will give you an indication of which will be best for your situation.