Cruising Guide to the Western Caribbean

For a change of pace, spend a winter cruising from Florida to the Western Caribbean and back. Here’s how  (published May 2018) For U.S. east coast cruisers looking to extend their cruising experience beyond the Bahamas, a Western Caribbean cruise offers an adventurous alternative to the more common Eastern Caribbean

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Cruising the Windward Islands

From Antigua south to Grenada, the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles offer near-perfect cruising without the crowds (published June/July 2018) The islands of the Eastern Caribbean form a graceful arc from Puerto Rico south to Trinidad, close to Venezuela. The Leeward Islands run from Anguilla to Dominica and the

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Rough Passage to Havana

Part One: An American and two Russians get their boat and themselves ready for the fateful cruise to Cuba  (published November/December 2017) In the summer of 1958, my father and I had just finished watching the Miami Marlins defeat the Havana Sugar Kings in a Class AAA International League baseball

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The Winds of Christmas

Technically the hurricane season is behind us. The reality is that while some of the devastation remains in some places, the weather will be idyllic in the Caribbean again this winter  (published January/February 2018) It was a particularly rough fall for many of the islands in the Caribbean. Hurricanes mercilessly

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There’s This Place

Puerto Bahia Marina, Samana, Dominican Republic (published September 2017) Nestled on the north side of Samana Bay, on the eastern end of the Dominican Republic (DR) with a back drop of thousands upon thousands of native palm trees is a cruiser's dream come true, The Puerto Bahia Marina. This gem

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Diving Bonaire and Curacao

For cruisers who like to scuba dive, the Dutch islands in the southern Caribbean offer some of the world's best and least crowded dive sites  (published August 2017)      One of the greatest things about the cruising life for my wife Virginia and me is the freedom and ability

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Saint Barth: Posh and Laissez-Faire

A cruising guide to Saint Barth  (published November 2016) You have the freedom to call it Saint Barthelemy, Saint Barth, or St. Barts. After all the term laissez- faire is French. Fly your yellow quarantine flag as long as you need to and stop by the Capitainerie du Port de Gustavia at

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Laying Up in Grenada for Hurricane Season

Where do you hide when summer storms threaten?  (published September 2016) If you need a seasonal respite from cruising, the lovely island of Grenada is just the ticket. Just about 12 degrees north latitude, this mountainous and lush island hides natural hurricane holes among the bays of its southern coast.

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Dominican Republic, A Country of Contrasts

Here began our tour of the contrasts of the Dominican Republic as we cruised from small fishing villages to bustling cities  (published August 2016) Departing Ile ‘a Vache Haiti, we sailed 140 nautical miles along the southern coast of Hispaniola to make first land in the Dominican Republic (D.R.) at

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