That brings back a lot of memories DeepFrz. I was at Marina Hemingway for quite awhile in 2005/2006. They put us right beside those condos. They turned that whole complex on that side into a hospital where they mostly did eye surgery. They brought in people from all over Central America
for free surgery.
We got quite friendly with a young lady from Ecuador
who was staying with her mother in the apartment right above our boat
. She was of course not allowed on the boat or even on the dock
. She would just stand on the grass
next to the dock
and talk to us. The marina warned her never to go on our boat. A lot of the hospital staff there didn't like us talking to her. One day she just disappeared. Never did hear what happened to her. I guess they sent her home.
Not long after that they decided they didn't want any boats on that side of the canal
. They moved all of us to the other side. I notice from GE they now put everyone in the farthest channel.
You have to be very careful coming into Marina Hemingway. The channel is not well marked. While we were there at least 4 boats went on the reef coming in. We helped one 27' boat from Norway
with a couple and their two beautiful teenage daughters get off the reef. They had sailed all the way from Norway
then through the Caribbean
and this way their first grounding. Luckily the Cubans didn't fine them as they did some others.
Hope to go back there soon.