Searching for Solitude in Bocas Del Toro

Exploration of the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama  (published January 2016)  The outboard cut out just after we left the dock and crept the dinghy out from the mangroves into still, black water. It was a new moon, and the wash of stars overhead was our only light source.

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Doing the Sambu Samba

A buddy cruise into the wilds of Panama makes for an enriching experience  (published May 2014) As any cruiser knows, getting off the beaten track is both liberating, and potentially fraught with real and imaginary disasters. The two of us aboard Sundancer are always looking to add notches of “the

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New Boatyard in Panama

(published April 2014) For those familiar with Almirante in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama, it is the water taxi gateway to Isla Colon and Bocas town, the main town of the archipelago. Almirante is on the Caribbean side of Panama about 35 miles from the Costa Rica border.

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Marquesas to Panama

Onwards and upwards from French Polynesia eastwards to Panama  (published March 2014) Last Christmas we had no ordinary wishlist from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Tasked with sailing our boat eastward from the Marquesas to Panama, we asked Santa for a little help. A 15 to 20 knot southerly

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Portobelo, Panama

09° 33' 0" N   79° 39' 0" W  (published August 2013) Panama’s Portobelo is a gem of a place, the perfect intermediary stop between the San Blas Islands and gritty Colon, the Caribbean gateway to the Panama Canal. Originally, this quiet port—a deep indentation open only to the southwest—wasn’t even

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