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Fuel in Turtle Bay

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Turtle Bay, Mexico Pier

Enrique’s fuel pier in Turtle Bay. Land dinghy at the ladder. Panga for fueling at anchor.

Various rumors about the fuel situation in Turtle Bay had been floating around the air waves for months including that there was no functioning fuel dock, so we were interested in seeing firsthand what was going on.

The good news is that the rickety old fuel dock is still in operational, as well as the panga-type fuel barge with a 1,000-liter capacity of diesel that can bring it alongside boats at anchor near the town. Taking from at anchor from the fuel barge is usually much more convenient than having to Med moor off the tall pier. But reports were that sometimes the power source for the fuel barge’s pump hasn’t been working. Some boaters have managed to supply their own power to run the fuel-barge pump – just to get the job done. If not, they’d have had to up anchor and med-moor off the tall fuel pier. Enrique runs both operations with a few attendants. They monitor VHF 16, and they accept cash only. We didn’t need fuel as we carried 3,000 gallons. Just updating.

The only place to tie up a dinghy and go ashore is off a rickety metal ladder hanging off on the SW end of the tall fuel pier. It’s still a dangerous situation: barnacles and sharp metal on the ladder can puncture an inflatable dinghy, and many boaters have come away wet and bleeding. Unlike at various times in the past, the fuel pier had no floating dock section tied loosely to the end. We’d seen that chunk of dock turn over in chop, because it had no pilings to keep it right-side up or to keep it safely in place for fueling or landing a dinghy. It wasn’t there this time. Landing a dinghy on the beach is the only other option.

The last time we were in Turtle Bay it was the eve of the Virgin of Guadalupe Day. We walked all over town looking for a any restaurant that was open. Everything was closed, because all the residents were at the church celebrating. Finally we found an open restaurant, El Morocco, which is near the little hotel of the same name. Turtle Bay is not known for its haute cuisine, but hey it was open.

We did see a new grocery store right on the main drag. It’s small, but has most of the basics.  We ran into a couple of cruisers who said they looked all over town for internet and couldn’t find a connection. We didn’t verify that, because we took off southbound early the next morning.

Uber is in Ensenada

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
Cruise port village marina web

Cruiseport Village Marina is an easy walk to downtown Ensenada, Mexico

We were on the street outside Cruiseport marina trying to flag down a taxi to go to dinner but they were all occupied. After  10 minutes, my shipmate whips out her iphone – “Let’s try this.” Five minutes later we were in an Uber cab and on our way. Turns out Uber was cheaper and more convenient than regular taxis. After dinner we used the Uber app to order up another one and he was at the door waiting for us in short order.

A few days later we tried this in Cabo, but Uber wasn’t there – yet.


Updated Chart on Belcher’s in Mag Bay

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

In December 2015 we anchored at Belcher’s and did some more soundings and corrected the shoreline. Belcher’s is 3 n.m. inside Mag Bay to the north. Although many boaters like to anchor in 30′ of water, here 30′ is quite away from shore and often you get a rolly wind chop. Anchoring in 12′ puts you closer to shore and gives more protection from the point, especially in a north wind which is common.

Belchers rev

Clear into Mexico in Ensenada: The best way to go

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

2011 fubar cis

We made a boat trip from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas in December 2015. What follows is a series of blogs with updated information on the several places we stopped on the way.

First stop was Ensenada where we went to Cruise Port Village Marina. Jonathon the dockmaster helped us with port clearance. The CIS office on the waterfront contains all the agencies necessary to get the job done.  We made it in 45 minutes start to finish an all-time record. We have to compare that to the bad old days when it was at least a half day and in some other Mexican ports all day of running around from one end of town to the other to the various necessary offices and banks.

Mexico is trying to set the internet up for you to do some of these things in advance, but so far we’ve found this to be ponderous and really it’s much quicker just to do it all in Ensenada provided you have all the necessary documents:

Valid ship’s document

Passports for each crew member

Crew List

Engine serial numbers (for the temporary import permit TIP)

Insurance (to show the marina)

What you get with all this: Tourist Cards, TIP, Fishing Licenses. Stamped crew list from the port captain showing you have cleared in.

Fito the dockmaster at Marina Coral also helps you with paperwork. For more details read our Mexico Boating Guide.

Agent List Updated Panama Canal

Friday, September 27th, 2013

1.) Alessandro Risi (Alex)
Megayacht specialist
Associated Steamship
Cell (507) 6614-0485

2.) Roy Bravo
Emmanuel Agencies
(507) 441-5652
Cell (507) 6678-6820

Other licensed Canal agents we know of:

Enrique Plummer
Agencia Naviera Plummer
Cel (507) 6674-2086, Fax (507) 314-0895

Ms. Tina McBride (not under 40’)
Panama Canal Transits
Cel (507) 6637-2999, Fax (507) 314-0977

David Manrique, Match Ship Management
Cel (507) 6615-8157, Tel (507) 314-0850
Fax (507) 314-0841,

Stanley Scott, Naviera Stanley S.A.
Cell (507) 6680-7971


Travel Lift in Puerto Chipas

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

August 2013: Marina Chiapas (Puerto Chiapas) is hauling yachts out of the water with the brand new  60-ton travel lift, both for repairs or dry storage (paved yard). This new boat yard capability is a huge advantage for cruisers wanting to summer over on the hard in southern Mexico, or needing repairs before or after crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec.  FMI, contact Marina Chiapas, Enrique Laclette  tel 9626956144 mobile,  tel office (962) 6204038

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

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Isla Mujeres

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Fabled landfall for yachts, Isla Mujeres (Women Island) welcomes you to the Yucatan Channel.

Isla Mujeres lies 104 n.m. WSW of Cabo San Antonio, Cuba; about 330 n.m. SW of Key West, Florida; 490 n.m. SE of the Mississippi River mouth; or 650 n.m. ESE of the Rio Grande at the US border. This low island runs 4.2 n.m. long (NW to SE) and lies about 3 n.m off the mainland state of Quintana Roo, 6 n.m. NE of Cancun. Bahia Mujeres is the 5-mile wide somewhat sheltered pass W of Isla Mujeres.

Isla Mujeres (pronounced “moo-HAIR-ayz”) is less touristy than Cancun, but it’s hoping to catch up. The harbor has ferry docks, Navy piers, at least 3 marinas, an anchorage and many docks. Laguna Makax in the middle of the island is a popular hurricane hole, reached by a narrow maintained channel (usually 8’ depth, 10’ after dredging), and this mangrove lined lagoon contains at least 3 marinas and spots to anchor.

Domestic port clearance can be done on Isla Mujeres, but international arrival requires a ride across Bahia Mujeres on one of the ferries to Puerto Juarez to handle the international part of your paperwork.

Approaches: The S end of Contoy Reef (mostly breaking) is 3.5 n.m. N of El Yunque (Anvil Rock Light), which stands about 400 yards off the N tip of Isla Mujeres. Between these lies a submerged reef (about 9’ to 14’ depth) that deep-draft craft must avoid.

Isla Mujeres is so low that when arriving from the NE, you first see large hotels on the N tip. The windward E side of the island is steep coral cliffs with no inlets. Garrafón and Manchones are reefs extending .75 n.m. S from the island’s SW end. The leeward W side is more hospitable, and the anchorage and lagoon entrance is found on the NW quadrant.

From the NE, our GPS approach waypoint (21°16.3’N, 86°45.1’W) is about .4 n.m. N of El Yunque (Anvil Rock Light). From there, turn to 190°M and head for the buoy marking the harbor entrance (min. 8’ depth), putting it on your starboard bow. Be careful of a brownish shoal on starboard, visible with high sun. Keeping the entrance buoy to starboard, turn to port while keeping the low white sandy point off your port side. Pass close along shore. You’ll pass another buoy on your starboard marking a shoal, so stay closer to shore to avoid it.

From the SE, pass between Roca La Bandera, also called Becket Rock (21°10’N, 86°44’W) and the S end of Isla Mujeres, heading to just W of Bajo Pepito buoy (21°12.5’N, 86°45.3’W). Manchones and Garrafón reefs lie between this buoy and the island, and a very strong current sets you toward the reefs. Round Pepito Shoal in 18’ of water, and you’ll see range lights marking the harbor entrance. Keep these off your starboard bow at about 2.2 n.m. until you see the channel buoys. Stay N of the channel buoys as you enter the harbor, to avoid a shoal.

La Caida or the chute is a narrow, twisting dinghy or panga passage (max 5’ depth) at the SW corner or the main harbor; heavy current, not dredged. A private home with dock stands on the S side of La Caida.

Anchorages: First, Isla Mujeres’ municipal anchorage (10’ over sand and mud) parallels the W side of the harbor channel, from lighted Roca La Carbonera (underwater sculpture) backed up along the inside of Chico and Tiburon islands, to a shoal opposite Paradise Marina at the S end of the harbor. This anchorage has grass patches, wakes, some petty theft from boats unattended after dark. Avoid the 3 ferry docks, Navy base and several commercial piers in the main harbor.

Second, at the S end of the harbor, mangroves and sea walls line the narrow 500-yard long Makax Channel (max. 10’ depth in center) into sheltered lagoon that spreads half a mile SE (S end shoals) filling the island’s SW interior. Visiting yates can usually anchor anywhere in Makax Lagoon not obstructing access to the marinas and private docks. Let the port captain know you’re anchored down here, so perhaps he will increase patrols against petty theft.

Hurricane Hole: Makax Lagoon is the best known hurricane hole in the NW Caribbean. Despite grass patches on the bottom, we’ve sat out hurricane outer bands in safety, as it’s surrounded in mangroves and raised limestone road beds. We sound 12’ in middle of N end, but the S end narrows, shoals & has coral chunks. If you’re too slow seeking refuge inside, it may be crammed full. Puerto Isla Mujeres docks are a reasonable alternative, but they also fill up – some are turned away.

Marinas: Looking to port upon entering the main harbor, Enrique Lima’s Marina is the first you reach, located between ferry docks (wakes), has Pemex fuel dock on seaward end; 22 full-service slips, walk to downtown, Enrique’s ship’s agency offered. FMI call (998) 877-0211.

El Milagro Marina: 25 stern-ties to about 40’ on 1 pier, 220-volt 50-amp shore power; dockmasters Hugo (in Spanish) and Jaime (in English) on VHF 16. FMI (998) 274-0129, or call on VHF 13. Milagro has a “penthouse” apartment you can rent to get off the boat for awhile. Family run marina also operates a pizza restaurant on the street level.

Paraiso Marina: 37 slips to 80’ on 2 piers, 220-volt 50-amp shore power; laundry, pool; cabins. Dockmaster Tomas Boylan or Miguel can help with your port clearance. (998) 877-0252. FMI: email or The owners of this marina also own Paradise Marina in Puerto Yukalpeten near Progreso, Yucatan, and they offer to make yatistas a deal for rates if you visit both marinas in one season.

Marina El Sol: Smallest and cheapest marina in the main harbor, it has 10 to 12 slips, located at the SE end of the outer lagoon, below the Navy’s antenna array. We found 8’ of water at the outer slips with power, but some shallower multi-hull slips without power are less expensive. FMI (998) 888-0929, or email

Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, largest on the island, lies inside the NE corner of Makax Lagoon. Dockmaster Federico Cortino records same 10’ depths as Makax Channel, has 64 full-service slips to 80’ and 10 slips to 175’, pool, laundry service, in secure resort hotel compound. Zama Beach across the lagoon has a dock for 80’ LOA. This resort’s fuel dock and boat yard (see local services) are on the E side of the channel. FMI, call Puerto Isla Mujeres (998) 287-3340 or email

Marina del Sol is farther down the mangrove filled E side of Laguna Makax, with about 15 berths on 2 piers. Office is atop stairway, monitors VHF 16 and 13. FMI call  (998) 888-0929 or 888-0125, cell 044-998-128-6393. Fax (998) 888-0929, or email

Marina Varadero de Oscar (aka Oscar’s Marina) is farther SE in the lagoon, has about 10 shallow spots on 2 docks. No phone but a surfboard sign and 2 cantinas mark the marina office on Rueda Medina.

Private dockage: Besides PIM’s Zama Beach, at least 6 more private docks line Makax Lagoon, most are nice or in construction, others run down and presently clogged with wrecks or projects. You must look in person by dinghy before deciding to inquire about renting space or dinghy landing and negotiating a price for however long you want to be here.

Port Clearance: The Capitanía (VHF 16) is on Rueda Medina, the malecon, just S of the ferry docks. This is a Port of Entry; Migración and Aduana are side by side about 3 blocks up the street. When you check in on VHF, don’t hesitate to ask the Port Capitanía or Navy for directions or for a local guide to lead you safely into the harbor.

The Port Captain and Marines close this port when hurricanes threaten during the summer and fall. That means boats already here cannot depart, due to unsafe conditions over the shoals or dangerously heavy seas as you enter the Gulf Stream. Of course, if you make it here, you can come in.

Local Services: Fuel docks: (1.) Enrique’s Marina fuel dock is in N end of the harbor; boats to 50’ Med-moor and hang over while fueling, and the Pemex station is nearby. (2.) Larger yachts use the 200’ side tie at Puerto Isla Mujeres on the E side of Makax Channel (max 10’ depth).

Puerto Isla Mujeres shipyard (150-ton Travelift, to 29’ beam) is on the E side of Makax Channel (10’) into the lagoon, just past the fuel dock. Their marina seca or dry storage space is limited; call (998) 287-3340. (La Amada Marina has the other haulout yard in this region, and Meridiano 87 dry dock is in construction at Cozumel, so check our UPDATES.)

Isla Mujeres street maps handed out free, showing local services. Isla Mujeres Centro and the main plaza fill the island’s N end, and locals live in the S end.

Ultra Mar fast ferry takes only 20 minutes to reach Puerto Juarez (CIS office, Hacienda del Mar Marina). Slower people ferry goes to Tortuga Dock near Cancun Bridge. Car and people ferry goes to Punta Sam near La Amada Marina.

Provisions: Super Express is the best grocery store for everything, then Super Benito. The Mercado Municipal (open 0600) is at the N end of Matamoros; best produce on ferry days. Or, take the ferry to Cancun and taxi to Soriana’s, Costco, Sam’s or WalMart. Ferries go to 2 different docks in Puerto Juarez, and the car ferry goes to Punta Sam.

Visit the Mayan observatory on the S tip of Isla Mujeres, or the pink flamingo ponds along the SE flank. Garrafón Reef is sadly picked over.

Emergency medical: English-speaking Dr. Antonio Salas (monitors VHF 68) runs a 24/7 medical clinic at #18 Hidalgo Street, middle of Isla Mujeres downtown N end. Phone Salas (998) 877-0477 or 0021 or 845-2370.

History & Culture: The Isle of Women was named by Hernán Córdoba in 1517, when he visited the uninhabited island and the ancient Mayan temple on its S end. Inside were many statues of their fertility goddess Ixchel and her female court; hence the name Isla Mujeres. Ixchel and her Mayan mujeres slept in tranquility for centuries. Today, tiny Isla Mujeres is still a Caribbean beauty, but she has WIFI, street drugs and is working hard to catch up to her glitzy sister, Cancun.

Central American Resource Directory

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Marinas and  Yacht Clubs

Bahía Ballena Yacht Club, Tambor, Costa Rica, (506) 683-0095 Bahí

Bahia del Sol Hotel & Marina, El Salvador (503) 2327-0300.

Balboa Yacht Club, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama, (507) 228-5794

Banana Bay Marina, Golfito, Costa Rica, (506) 2775-0838

Barefoot Cay Marina, Roatan, Honduras, (504) 2455-6235

Barillas Marina Club, Bahía Jiquilisco, El Salvador, (503) 2675-1131, fax 1134, or 2263-3650, 3620.

Belize Yacht Club, San Pedro, Ambergris Cay, Belize, (510) 226-4338

Bocas Yacht Club & Marina, Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama, (507) 757-9800

Bruno’s Marina, Frontera, Rio Dulce, Guatemala, (502) 7930-5121 or 5174

Catamaran Inn & Marina, Frontera, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5494 and 95

Cayman Islands Yacht Club, West Bay, Grand Cayman Island, Benny, (809) 947-4322.

Club de Yates de Veracruz, Mexico, (229) 932-0917.

Club de Yates de Yukalpetén, Yucatan, Eduardo Ponce, (969) 935-2969.

Costa Rica Yacht Club, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, (506) 661-0784.

Cozumel Club Nautico, (919) 872-1113 or 1118.

Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize City, (501) 222-4153

Denny’s Beach Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 4636-6156.

El Tortugal Marina, Fronteras, Guatemala (502) 5306-6432.

El Relleno Marina, Rio Dulce (502) 7930-9739.

Enrique’s Marina, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (998) 877-0211.

Fantasy Island Island Resort & Marina, Roatan, Honduras (504) 2445-7612, or 7510

Fish Hook Marina, Golfito, CR (305) 248-2810, or (506)775-1624

Fort George Radisson Marina, Belize City, (501) 223-3333

Fuerte Amador Marina & Resort, Balboa, Panama, (507) 314-1980 or 0665

Hacienda Tijax, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5505.

Harbour House Marina, George Town, Grand Cayman, (345) 947-1307

Hemingway International Yacht Club, Cuba, (537) 204-6653, fax (537) 204-1689

Isla Xalaja, Rio Dulce (502) 5991-9645.

Lagoon Marina, La Ceiba, Honduras (504) 440-0614.

La Marina, Livingston, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 974-0303

La Jolla del Rio Marina, Rio Dulce, Guat (502) 7902-7539

Los Sueños Resort & Marina, Costa Rica, (506) 2630-4200, or 637-8886 US toll free (866) 865-9759.

Mango Marina, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 5213-6868

Maria La Gorda, Cuba (53) 827-1306, fax (53) 827-8131

Marina Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama, (506) 757-9242

Marina Cayo Guillermo, Cuba (53-33) 30-1738 or 30-1637, fax (53-33) 30-1737,

Marina Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba (53) 548-213 or 548-133, fax (53) 548-212

Marina Chapelín, Cuba (53) 566-7550 or 566-7566, fax (53) 566-7093.

Marina El Cid Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (998) 871-0184 dockmaster at

Marina El Colony, Cuba (53) 619-8181 and 8182, fax (53) 619-8420

Marina Hemingway, Havana, Cuba: (537) 209-7270 or 7928 or 7201, fax (537) 204-5280 Sergio Ameneiro at or Ing. Isuara Oraz Perez at

Marina Miramar, Panama City, Panama, (507) 206-8888

Marina Papagayo, Playa del Coco, CR (506) 2696-2262.

Marina Pez Vela, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (502) 2379-5778.

Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica, (866) 739-8352, or (506) 777-4141

Marina Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (984) 873-5110

Marina Puerto Azul, Puntarenas, CR (506) 2282-9204.

Marina Puertosol Cienfuegos, Cuba (53-43) 245-1241, fax (53-43) 245-1275

Marina Puertosol Trinidad, Cuba (53) 419-6205,

Marina Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua, (505) 883-0781 or 880-0013 or (cellular, extra digit) 880-00190

Marina Tortugal, Rio Dulce, Guat (502) 7742-8847 or 5306-6432.

Marina Santiago de Cuba (53) 226-91446, or fax 226-86108.

Marina Varadero, Cuba (53) 566-7755 or 566-7756, or fax (53) 566-7756.

Marina Vita, Cuba (53) 243-0132, or fax 243-0126.

Mario’s Marina, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5569 or visit

Mar Marine, Rio Dulce, Guatemala, (502) 7930-5090.

Milagro Marina, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico (988) 877-1708 or (805) 698-8165.

Monkey Bay Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala, (502) 5368-9604

Nene’s Marina, Isla San Andrés, Colombia, (578) 512-6139.

Nutria Marina, Fronteras, Guatemala (502) 5863-9635 or visit

Panama Club de Yates y Pesca, Panama City, Panama, (507) 2227-0145.

Paradise Marina, Isla Mujeres, Qintana Roo, Mexico (998) 877-0252

Parrot Tree Plantation Marina, Roatan, (504) 9700-9240.

Puerto Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, (998) 287-3340

Shelter Bay Marina, Colón, Panama, (507) 433-3581

Taboga Island Moorings, Balboa, Pan (507) 6442-5712, VHF 74.

Texan Bay Marina, El Golfete, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 5758-8748

Tijax Hacienda Marina, Rio Dulce, Guat (502) 7930-5505.

Fuel Docks

Banana Bay Marina, Golfito, Costa Rica, (506) 2775-0838

Barefoot Cay Marina, Roatan, Honduras (504) 2455-6235

Barillas Marina Club, Bahía Jiquilisco, El Salvador, (503) 2263-3650 x 3620.

Bocas Yacht Club & Marina, Bocas del Toro, Panama, (507) 757-9800 www.BocasMarina,com

Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize City, (501) 222-4153

Fantasy Island Resort & Marina, Roatan, Honduras, (504) 2445-7612 lr 7510

Fuerte Amador Marina, (Flamenco YC) Panama City, R.P. (507) 314-1980 or 314-0665

Los Sueños Resort & Marina, Costa Rica, (506) 2630-4200, or 637-8886 US toll free (866) 865-9759.

Marina Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama, (506) 757-9242

Marina El Cid Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (998) 871-0184.

Marina Hemingway, Havana, Cuba: (537) 209-7270 or 7928 or 7201, fax (537) 204-5280.

Marina Miramar, Panama City, R.P. (507) 2206-8888

Marina Papagayo, Playa del Coco, CR (506) 2696-2262.

Marina Pez Vela, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (502) 2379-5778.

Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica, (866) 739-8352, or (506) 777-4141

Marina Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, (984) 873-5110

Marina Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua (505) 883-0781 or 880-0013 or (cellular, extra digit) 880-00190

Nene’s Marina, San Andrés, Colombia, (578) 512-6139.

Puerto Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (998) 287-3340

Ram Marine, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5408

Shelter Bay Marina, Colón, Panama, (507) 433-3581

Haul Out Yards

Abel’s Boat Yard (Astillero Rodriquez) Lago Izabel, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5059

A & D Dry Dock, French Harbour, Honduras, (504) 455-5450.

Fuerte Amador Marina & Resort, Panama City, Panama, (507) 314-0665

Island Marine, Bahía Jaltepeque, El Salvador, (503) 7724-8221 or 7947-2132

La Ceiba Shipyard, La Ceiba, Honduras (504) 440-0614.

Mar Marine, Rio Ducle, Guat (502) 7930-5089.

Ram Marine, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 7930-5408.

Shelter Bay Marina, Colón, Panama, (507) 433-3581

Island Marine, Bahia del Sol, El Salvador (503) 7724-8221.

Varadero Puerto Barillas, Bahía Jiquilisco, El Salvador (503) 278-3298, fax 278-3292.

Ship’s Agents

Panama Canal: Stevens, Pete: Delfino Maritime Agency, Panama, (507) 6735-7356, or 261-3554 Cel (507) 6613-1134 6613-1599 Fax (507) 261-3943

Panama Canal: McBride, Tina: Panama Canal Transits, Panama, Cel (507) 6637-2999 Fax (507) 232-8843 (request tone)

Panama Canal: Manrique, David: Match Ship Management, Panama, Cel (507) 6615-8157 (507) 314-0850 Fax (507) 314-0841

Panama Canal: Plummer, Enrique: Agencia Naviera Plummer, Panama, Cel (507) 6674-2086 Fax (507) 314-0895

Providencia: Bush Agency: Isla Providencia, Colombia, (6) 334-805

Puerto Quetzal: Ovalle, Manuel de Jesus or “Miguel Oscar” (502) 7881-3679. Or Eduardo Perez (502) 2407-9026.

Puntarenas: Andrade, Ernesto: Puntarenas, Costa Rica, (506) 661-0948

Rio Dulce: Langdon, M.E. (“Emy”): Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala (502) 5612-1415

Rio Dulce: Raul the Customs Agent: Fronteras, Guatemala, (502) 7947-0083.

Roatan: Ebanks, Beatman: Roatan, Honduras (504) 2445-1271, and 2445-0469

San Andrés: Rene at Serrana Agency (578) 5120-4628.

Useful Contacts

Aeroperlas, Panama,

Balboa Admeasurer, Panama Canal, (507) 272-4571.

Belize Tourism,

Cabañas Parida, Isla Parida, Panama (507) 774-8166

Carlos the Yacht Trucker, Rio Dulce, Guatemala See photo this page.

Citibank, Balboa, Panama, (507-228-0165)

Citibank, Colón, Panama, (507-441-6303 and 441-6144)

Colón Admeasurer, Panama Canal, (507) 443-2293.

Cruising World Magazine

Dancing Roots, Crocodile! herbal insect repellent. (603) 357-5050.

Grand Cayman Customs, (345) 949-2473

Hotel Bahía del Sol, Bahía Jaltepeque, El Salvador info@Bahí

International Health Certificate (Pets),

Islamorada (chart store), 808 Balboa Ave, Balboa, Panama, (507)-228-4348

Livingston, Guatemala, Port Captain’s office, (502)-7947-0029

Mapiex, charter planes, Panama,

Medical Kit,

Mexican Fishing Licenses, SEMARNAT Office, 2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92103-6622 (619) 233-6956.

Panama Canal information & forms,

Passport application (US),

Pilot Service, Barillas Marina, Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador, (503) 632-1802

Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin (PLFM), Spanish & Mayan Language School, Antigua, Guatemala (309) 692-2961 or

San Pedro, Belize. Customs & Immigration officers, (501) 422-3869.

Turneffe Island Lodge, Belize, (713) 313-4670

US State Dept. travel advisories,

US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

Seabreeze Books and Charts, worldwide, San Diego, (888)-449-7011

The Log Newspaper, Southern California & Mexico Boating News,

Weather Routing International, (318) 798-4939,

New – Red Frog Beach Marina, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Red Frog Beach Marina

is the newest facility for cruising yachts and sportfishers on the Caribbean side of Panama. Located in a sheltered cove on the south side of huge Isla Bastiamentos (Bocas del Toro region), the marina opened a few weeks ago with 50 full-service slips, shore amenities, the first of two restaurants, and in association with the more established Red Frog Beach Resort – fancy cabanas in the jungle – all within the national park and wildlife preserve.  As of mid September 2010, almost all the first 50 slips were filled – many with boats that are summering over well south of Hurricane Alley while their owners jet north. Yatistas report enjoying the Kayuco’s Restaurant in the jungle overlooking the marina. Another 60 slips are going in during October, should be ready for the fall migration of yachts into the tropics. I just spoke with Dan Cranney, the resort operator, so I’ll have more news and some photos next week. Meanwhile, if you’re considering cruising south to Panama this year or next, you should contact Red Frog Beach Marina – (800) 968-9906 from the US, or in country (507) 836-5311. Or email Dan at dcranney at Red Frog Beach dot com.