Given the problems in recent years along the Honduran coast near Punta Sal, including boats underway off the coast being boarded and robbed, I would give that area a very wide berth (like out of visual range based on mast
height). An easy way to do this is cruise
up to Belize
and then down to the Bay Islands. Ranguana Pass or further N works.
As posted, the PITA part is getting far enough E to then turn & sail S. The usual drill is to hole up in the Bay Islands and wait for a weather
window then make for the next island or all the way to Vivarios, depending on the length of your winow. We caught a sailable window all the way to Providencia a few years ago, but thats unusual. Caught NNW winds all the way from Bay Islands to near Vivarios, winds then slowly started to shift back ENE and build (Trades filling back in), we had less than a day of beating before we could turn S for Providencia...then a lovely downwind sail almost to Providencia. But we patiently cruised the Bay Islands for over a month waiting for it...tough gig.
Due to the land effect of the mountainous Honduran coast, the trades weaken steadily and back as you move S from the Bay Islands toward the mainland. You can go from 20 knot
NE trades N of Roatan, to light NW winds along the coast due to this effect. Thus a long time tactic has been to hug the coast to move E. Works, but I would not do it these days due to security issues
Providencia is a great place. Beautiful island, friendly locals, good anchorage. Definately on my list of places to return to. From there its a day sail to San Andreas (good fishing
on this run too). San Andreas is beautiful too, but its a bit like the Colombian version of Cancun
and the main anchorage is not so great. There are a few other small isolated cayes you can visit on this route
too like the Albuquerque Cayes.
If heading S to Boacs from there then winds will likely go light and variable on you S of 11N.
: cold fronts have been running into March in recent years. Thats not all bad as they can bring a NW wind
shift, but they can of course bring nasty weather too. Spring months are the most stable, but less likely to get favorable wind
shifts. June is a transitional month and evening squalls can increase, but we also caught that nice weather window in June. July technically gets into hurricane
season but tropical activity is unlikely in the NW Carib early in the season.