The Cruising Life: Caribbean

Some first impressions of a vibrant region and its diverse cultures. With occasional thoughts about boating and boaters.

14 January 2012 | San Blas Islands, Panama
14 January 2012 | San Blas Islands, Panama
27 November 2011 | Colon Panama and Cartagena Colombia
17 November 2011 | Club Nautico, Colon Panama
17 November 2011 | Club Nautico, Colon Panama
25 October 2011 | Cayos Zapatilla , Panama
16 August 2011 | Eastern Caribbean coast of Panama
10 July 2011 | written in Santa Marta CO
05 April 2011 | Santa Marta CO
20 January 2011 | written in Santa Marta CO
06 December 2010 | Santa Marta Colombia
30 August 2010 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
02 July 2010 | written in Curacao
02 July 2010 | written in Curacao
02 July 2010 | written in Curacao
02 July 2010 | written in Curacao
02 July 2010 | written in Curacao
08 June 2010 | posted in Curacao

Kuna Yala II: Five Kuna Villages

14 January 2012 | San Blas Islands, Panama
In May 2011 we sailed along the coast of Panama from Puerto Obaldia to Portobello. We stopped at 5 Kuna villages, gradually learning more about the Kuna at each stop. Here are some of our adventures and people we met.

Kuna Yala I: Ethnography Lite

14 January 2012 | San Blas Islands, Panama
This is the first of 3 essays about the Kuna peoples of Panama. It is a quick (and superficial) overview of their history and cultural preferences.

Guide to Caribbean Coast of Colombia_Illustrated

27 November 2011 | Colon Panama and Cartagena Colombia
This the Guide to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia with photos added. It is a PDF file of about 600 kB.

Guide to Caribbean Coast of Colombia

17 November 2011 | Club Nautico, Colon Panama
This is a text-only guide for the entire Caribbean Coast of Colombia. It updates and extends the Pizzazz notes and is based on travels Tashtego made November 2010 and May 2011. It can be reproduced for personal or non-profit use only.

This text-only file is 80 kB.
The guide also posted with photos and is 600 kb. See
"Guide to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia--Illustrated"

Bocas del Toro Blogette

17 November 2011 | Club Nautico, Colon Panama
RAIN, ENDLESS NOV RAIN
We spent Aug-October seeing Bocas del Toro, one of two GREAT cruising grounds on Atlantic coast of Panama. The other is the San Blas, which I will post later. Here are a few pictures and comments about Bocas.

Connie meets a shark

25 October 2011 | Cayos Zapatilla , Panama
Zapatilla Keys are two islands along the ocean wall of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. And there Connie had an adventure.

Sapzurro to Panama Canal: May 2011

16 August 2011 | Eastern Caribbean coast of Panama
An irreverent look at some of the sights from the Colombia-Panama border to the Panama Canal.
Vessel Name: Tashtego
Vessel Make/Model: Lord Nelson 41
Hailing Port: Boston MA
Crew: Constance Elson, Fred Fitzmeyer
About: The odd couple -- plumber and mathematician -- met in 2000 and discovered a shared dream to cruise in warm waters. Year 1 was a steep learning curve but we climbed it. Our third year out, we're feeling like fledged cruisers and heading to new waters in Western Caribbean.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/tashtego/
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Who: Constance Elson, Fred Fitzmeyer
Port: Boston MA