Caribbean Sea

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  • Day132

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    April 28, 2015, Caribbean Sea

    We have a very nice, but hot, day wandering around Old San Juan. There has been some type of renovation of the old town and the buildings are quite fresh and clean while maintaining some of their 16th century, Spanish character. There are some lovely cobblestone streets made with blue glazing that were used as ballast in ships that came into the harbor 300 years ago.
    This is our last port of call on our trip before 2 days at sea returning to Ft. Lauderdale.
    I hope everything fits in our luggage!
    The first photo is the fort in San Juan.
    The second photo is a street scene.
    The third photo is our ship - our home for the past 4 1/2 months.
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  • Day129

    St. George's, Grenada

    April 25, 2015, Caribbean Sea

    Grenada is a relatively small island that is known as “the spice island”. When you walk into the market you can smell cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
    We wandered through the busy streets and saw some of the damage from a hurricane that hit here unexpectedly in 2004. There are many roofs that are still off of public buildings and don’t look like they will be replaced anytime soon.
    We visited an interesting fort from colonial days and enjoyed the panoramic views of the beaches, bays and pastel-painted homes.
    The first photo is the view from the fort.
    The second photo is canon view.
    The third photo is the main town with the roof off the church from the hurricane in 2004.
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  • Day128

    Bridgetown, Barbados

    April 24, 2015, Caribbean Sea

    The Barbados have always held a special interest for me as my Father visited here when I was a child and spoke very highly of it. He always enjoyed Mt. Gay rum and after touring the distillery and sampling some of the rums, I think this is where he began to like it!
    We had a great taxi tour of the island and were surprised at the development we saw. There were some large houses, resorts and golf courses, but the more traditional houses we saw were almost more interesting. There are many “shutter houses” which were houses that workers would build, but could pick up and move if they went to another job. Sugarcane is and has been a big industry here on the island for many years.
    The Mt. Gay distillery was an interesting stop. All the bottles of Mt. Gay rum come from this one small distillery and are hand-bottled.
    We enjoyed the day in a more familiar environment than we have been used to in the past months and are trying to make the most out of our last few ports on our journey.
    The first photo is the Caribbean side of the island.
    The second photo is the Atlantic side of the island.
    The third photo is rum-tasting at the Mt. Gay distillery.
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  • Day199

    Kuna Yala - Island Hopping

    September 27, Caribbean Sea

    For crossing the border from Panama to Colombia we spend three days on a speedboat and went island hopping through the beautiful territory of the kuna, formerly called San Blas....we also tried the Panamanian rum and had good and fresh seafood. 🥂

  • Day111

    Ab aufs Meer

    July 24, Caribbean Sea

    ...Und das viel länger als geplant...
    Normalerweise dauert die Überfahrt von Cartagena zu den San Blas Inseln maximal zwei Tage, meisten eher so ca. 30h. Wir sind jedoch insgesamt 66h auf dem offene Meer ohne Land in Sicht, da nur einer von zwei Motoren funktionieren. Wenig Wind und ungünstige Strömung tragen ihren Beitrag zur Verzögerung bei. Trotzdem ist es ein tollen Erlebnis, Delfine begleiten uns zweimal eine ganze Zeit lang und wir haben viel Spaß an Board.😁
    Außer mir und Lenzy ist noch die Japanerin Emu als Passagierin mit dabei. Die Crew selbst besteht aus dem kolumbianischen Captain Daniel, dem argentinischen Koch (und Captain auf der anderen Route zurück nach Cartagena) Cesar mit seiner Hündin Pepa, dem ebenfalls argentinischen Volunteer Kelo, der ein Freund von Cesar ist und für den dieser Trip auch die erste Reise zu den San Blas Inseln ist, und dem Mechaniker Pepe aus Panamá.
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  • Day114

    Land in Sicht!

    July 27, Caribbean Sea

    Endlich erblicken wir ganz in der Ferne die ersten Inseln und sie kommen langsam aber sicher immer näher. Wir freuen uns total, als wir am später Nachmittag im Paradies angekommen sind und schwimmen nach dem Ankern zum Strand der nächsten Insel. Pepa ist auch froh endlich wieder festen Boden unter den Pfoten zu haben und rennt wie verrückt am Strand entlang.😅
    Zum Abendessen wird auf dem Boot gegrillt, lecker wie jede Mahlzeit, die Cesar zubereitet.😋Read more

  • Day6

    Party bis die Disco schließt

    September 6, Caribbean Sea

    Das Programm hat uns verraten, dass es tatsächlich kaum oder doch nichts zu tun gab. Im Vergleich zur letzten Kreuzfahrt tatsächlich sehr enttäuschend. Zwischen Aruba und Panama war ein Seetag und so musste eine Beschäftigung gefunden werden. Also setzten wir uns mit Deutschen und Niederländern zusammen in die höchste Bar des Schiffs. Solange, bis die Bar geschlossen hat und wir in die Disco ausweichen mussten.
    Lateinamerikaner können schon ordentlich feiern… und so ging es bis drei Uhr.
    Der nächste Tag war von Muskelkater geprägt, da ich es beim Training in den Tagen zuvor mit den Bauchübungen, zu gut gemeint hatte. So wurde die Zeit totgeschlagen, mit dem Versuch die Bauchmuskeln möglichst wenig zu belasten. Plus: Jegliche Handys waren aus und wurden nicht angerührt.
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  • Day9

    Seetag

    September 9, Caribbean Sea

    Feststellung am Rande, die Karibik ist ein sehr ruhiges Meer. Wellen und Co halten sich sehr in Grenzen und so ist unser Schiff recht stabil, auch wenn es nicht über Stabilisationsmaßnahmen, wie das meiner letzten Kreuzfahrt, verfügt.
    Es steht der letzte Seetag an und wir haben inzwischen eine nette Gruppe zusammen, mit der wir regelmäßig abends noch was trinken und feiern. Inzwischen haben wir sogar den DJ so weit, dass er unsere Wünsche spielt. Mit der Konsequenz, dass wir die Nacht zum Tag machen.Read more

  • Day512

    Into the Great Wide Ocean

    October 10, 2017, Caribbean Sea

    (RIP Tom Petty)

    With Elvis safely packed up for his voyage, we boarded our sailing boat for a 5 day trip through the San Blas Islands.

    After reading a few horror stories online we were pretty pleased when we met the great crew, boarded the gorgeous yacht and got to know the cool bunch of companions for our voyage.

    On the first day we visited a heavily populated tiny island to get some cultural insight into the Kuna people. We were greated by all the kids hurling themselves into the water (admittedly after the candy we had thrown them), and explored the island. It's crazy that is was probably only 50 metres across yet had at least 40 houses on it, with large families living in each. The whole island can't have been more than 2 feet above sea level but these people have seen what's happening to sea levels and have already bought land on the mainland.

    The next day we sailed on a bit and visited a couple more islands, this time with only one family inhabiting them. After a couple of beers and a game of volleyball we headed to Julio's, and kicked off the night with some strong coco locos (rum in a coconut) and a delicious barbecue. From there the night got progressively more crazy, with people partying hard into the small hours then passing out on whatever bit of the boat they could find. The crew said it was one of the wierdest nights they've ever had!

    Needless to say the next day was a little subdued, but we did visit the most amazing sand bar perched out in the ocean. It was only 5 metres wide and 25 long, but bright white sand surrounded by the most gorgeous turquoise waters and incredible reef. That night we ended up on another island for a bonfire and party, although it was noticeably more constrained!

    The following day we chilled until about 5, after which we headed out of the reef & islands into the ocean. Immediately we were hit with big rollers, and the front of the 70 foot yacht was pitching up and down several metres, occasionally dipping into the next wave. I was feeling fine until I spent 5 minutes below deck, after which I quickly resorted to the sea sickness drugs, which combined with a few earlier tinnies made me pretty drowsy. Fortunately it calmed down after a couple of hours and we managed to get a bit of kip. In the morning we woke to a clam ocean but not a speck of land in sight, and we cruised all day until we got into Cartegena in the small hours.

    We've seen some incredible beaches and islands on our travels, but this place was unsurpassed in beauty and tranquility. We also lucked out with our fellow passengers & crew that made this a utterly wonderful experience that we are unlikely to top. Even Maya had made a new bestie in Coco, and despite never being on a boat before loved every minute of it.
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  • Day175

    The End of a Continent

    April 10, 2017, Caribbean Sea

    This here is our last stop in Central America and our last on the North American continent.

    I don't know where to start. This trip now spans twelve magnificent countries (excluding Honduras by unpopular protest) over 168 days - a period of which my feeble brain is now struggling to remember. Lucky I have a blog!

    Since the boat we've ridden horses and ziplined in Cuba, swum ceynotes in Mexico, snorkelled in Belize, learnt (ahem) a language and climbed a volcano in Guatemala, watched football and drank coffee in El Salvador, surfed and canyoned in Nicaragua, rafted in Costa Rica and witnessed an engineering wonder and a baseball game in Panama.We visited the third most dangerous city in the world and lived to tell the tale.

    We've eaten rice and beans almost everyday and washed it down with the local brew in all of those countries; Bucaneero and Crystal (Cuba), Tecate and Dos Equis (Mexico), Belikin and Lighthouse (Belize), Gallo (Guatz), Pilsener (El Salvador), Toña (Nicaragua), Imperial (Costa Rica) and the Balboa (Panama). More importantly we sampled the local and outrageously cheap rum of Cuba (Havanna Club) and Nicaragua (Flor de Caña) to varying extents of success. Hands down our best meal remains in Tulum, Mexico on anyone of the three nights we took our ravenous selves to Chiapanitas.

    On the road we've clocked up a disproportionate quantity of time to kilometres but I can report that I've kept track of buses. From Cancun we've taken 14 shuttles, 35 chicken buses and 13 coaches ranging anywhere from half an hour to eight hours in duration. Add taxis, utes, bicycles, motorbikes, boats, ferries, eight border crossings and a considerable amount of walking and you have yourself our passage.

    We've enjoyed the company of muchos amigos, namely Mike, Char, Scott and surprisingly George who we have all had to sadly say goodbye to at varies stops along the way. On top of that are all the strangers we've befriended who just keep on popping up!

    We've seen monkeys, sloths, squirrels, snakes, tucans, turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays and a myriad of fish, birds, cats, dogs, kittens and puppies - even a pet pig! Speaking of filth, we've subject ourselves to some pretty horrendous sweats and washed off with just a handful of notably hot showers.

    South America is next and I think we're in for a little wake up call; Central America fits inside Colombia alone, bus distances are on the rise! See the next book to continue reading!

    I've tucked in a few favourites from Nica and dirty Guatz for your enjoyment.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Caribbean Sea, Karibų jūra, Mar dei Caraibi, Карибское море, Карибське море

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