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  • Day15

    Cozumel - das Tauchparadies

    October 25, Caribbean Sea

    Nachdem wir letztes Wochenende ordentlich gefeiert haben, wurde es mal wieder Zeit ans Meer zu fahren. Am Montag sind wir erst mit dem Bus nach Playa del Carmen gefahren und dann mit der Fähre nach Cozumel. Playa hat uns bisschen geschockt, eine Mischung von Mallorca und Disneyland. Gut dass wir außerhalb der Saison reisen, so war wenigstens nicht ganz soviel los. Cozumel an sich ist auch sehr touristisch, aber auch hier ist im Moment nicht viel los. Übernachtet haben wir in einem gemütlichen Guesthouse, welches von einer super netten mexikanischen Familie geführt wird.
    Der Plan für die 4 Tage in Cozumel war Tauchen. Leider hat die Evi das nicht sehr gut vertragen, sodass die tolle Unterwasserwelt mir vorbehalten war. Ich war ja anfangs wegen dem vielen Tourismus bisschen skeptisch, umso mehr hat es mich gefreut als ich das beeindruckende und gesunde Riff gesehen habe. Riesige Korallen durch die man hindurchtauchen kann und eine riesige Vielfalt an Fischen, Hummer, Schildkröten und sonstigen Tieren. Leider ist gerade nicht die Saison aber normalerweise gibt's sonst noch einige Haie und noch mehr Rochen zu beobachten. Es ist auf jeden Fall eines der schönsten Tauchreviere welches ich bisher gesehen habe und ich werde auf jeden Fall wiederkommen.
    Nächster kurzer Stopp ist Tulum. Wir sind bisschen hin- und hergerissen. Die einen sagen, es wäre super toll, andere sagen es hatte ihnen gar nicht gefallen. Jetzt schauen wie es uns einfach selber an. Da ich auf jeden Fall noch einen Tag in die Cenoten tauchen gehen will, ist Tulum eh ein muss. Ob wir uns dann noch die Ruinen anschauen, müssen wir mal schauen.
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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. 🥂

  • Day428

    Segeltörn nach Panama

    October 10, Caribbean Sea

    Der Cruiser schippert im Container von Kolumbien nach Panama. Das naheliegendste Verkehrsmittel für uns wäre natürlich das Flugzeug.
    Doch es gibt eine Alternative: Man kann sich in einem Segelboot einmieten und den Trip auf dem Seeweg bewältigen.
    Von dieser Idee waren wir schon länger angetan und bezogen unsere Kajüte voller Vorfreude.
    An den beiden ersten Tagen war Überfahrt auf offener See angesagt. Das war dann nicht ganz so romantisch wie geplant: Ein einziges Mal verpassten wir den Slot für die Pillen gegen Seekrankheit. Als Resultat haben wir zwei Stunden lang grosszügig die Fische gefüttert...
    Die restlichen vier Tage bestanden dann aus Inselhopping in den ruhigen Gewässern der San Blas Inselgruppe. Das war dann deutlich mehr als nur eine Entschädigung. Das war Karibik wie aus dem Bilderbuch - Segeln, Schnorcheln und Schlemmen vor der Kulisse von unbewohnten Inseln mit Palmen und weissem Sandstrand. Das kommt der Vorstellung vom Paradies schon sehr nahe...
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  • Day9


    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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  • Day2

    Disneyland happiness!

    December 27, 2017, Caribbean Sea

    Christmas at Disneyland is my place of happiness! I have been wanting to see the christmas display ever since I went a few years ago. And I have always wanted to go to Disneyland so when I went the first time it was heaven as we stayed in the lovely Californian Hotel and spent three days there.

    This time it was a hire car drive along the freeway and then parking in one of the huge lots. Parking alone took about an hour then walking to the park another 30mins followed by a long queue and at this point I stopped clock watching. So much for being there when the gates opened!

    Once in I went straight to haegan daz for a chocolate shake - this is my happy drink! Then I wandered around the lovely Californian Hotel which had beautiful christmas decorations, carolers and an open fire with rocking chairs. I could have sat here for hours watching the passing parade. Love that hotel!

    Next it was onto the Adventure Park as that was where most of the new rides I wanted to try were.
    I paid abit extra for the fastpass app as it saves alot of walking and with only one day girlfriend had to move fast! Also the day I went is one of the busiest days of the year.

    I queued for about an hour and a half for the new Cars ride. It was fun but not worth queuing if you have already tried it. As I was about to get on the ride it stopped for quite a while and when we finally got on we got stuck mid ride. See next entry for photos of me stuck in 'Monument Valley'! But this scored us a second ride which in Disneyland world is huge!

    Next it was onto Legends of the Galaxy. This ride is awesome and one of my favourites. Its the Tower of Terror re jigged but with lots more drops and fun music.

    Disneyland christmas means non stop christmas music playing all day and night - heaven! I want to go back one christmas eve and run around in christmas mickey ears!

    Of course on the one day I go to Disneyland there was a major power outage which closed alot of the rides for a few hours and at one stage they closed down entries into Disneyland due to the crowds. There was extra crowding as people had alot less rides to go on. But as my fastpass ride was cancelled and I got another one for any ride of my choice which worked in my favor to get on a ride with a long queue.

    So next was Disneyland and I just wandered around looking at the christmas decorations and then watched the christmas parade. Fabulous! Then a railway ride around the park to save walking and then back to the adventure park for Soarin over the World which is great and then one of my favourite coasters California Screamin.

    So fabulous day and it cheered me up given the $ debacle. Little did I know worse was to come!

    Then back to LA with a sat nav which was giving me crazy directions. Luckily I am familiar with the highway and we are staying near the airport so I found my way home.

    Go to bed exhausted!
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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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