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USA, South Florida to Costa Rica

By doina — last modified May 15, 2008 05:03 PM

Published: 2008-05-15 17:03:56
Topics: Caribbean Sea
Countries: USA , Costa Rica

I was just wondering how I would leave from South Florida to Costa Rica? Best safe route.

You have two alternatives as far as Panama (and I sailed both routes myself): west or east of Cuba.

Going through the Yucatan Channel is shorter but can be tougher (against the current, shipping, etc). Going through the Windward Passage (i.e. east of Cuba) is slightly longer but you have a better chance of having favorable winds.

Whichever route you sail, once past Jamaica, plot a course that stays offshore all the way to Panama and watch out for those low-lying islands and banks (Serano, Seranilla, Roncador, etc) that are almost astride the direct route. Avoid going inside (west) of them as they belong to Colombia and you risk being intercepted by the Colombian Coast Guard as you will be entering their territorial waters.

From Panama to Costa Rica is a clear route.

All the best

Jimmy Cornell, noonsite