Short answer - winter. Hurricane
season is basically the same in both oceans. Leave Florida
November/December. Transit canal
anytime January-March. Want to leave Panama
before the monsoon season changes, usually sometime in April. Once that changes the winds will be light for a long way off the coast. Otherwise the whole trip is a classic
, with a little bit of work
getting clear of Florida (depending on which route
is a long one - 4000+ miles. We did it last April non-stop. If you want you can coast up Central America
and shorten the big hop somewhat, although still best to be out of Mexico
by May so as to arrive by early June before Mexican hurricane
Hawaii does not traditionally
get early season hurricanes, but YMMV.
That's the short version, check Cornell (World Cruising Routes
) for a few more details.