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BOCAS del TORO - A FABULOUS NEW CRUISING GROUND IN PANAMA.
Ed - July 2009

We received an enthusiastic letter from the 45' Leopard cat 'Two if by Sea' describing the new cruising ground they are currently based in for this summer and next winter season, on their way to Australia. Here's what they say:

"Sailing in these protected waters is an absolute joy, the water is clear and the diving is great but very different to the BVI's. The coral is pristine and we are able to dive in places that are seldom ever used. There are dolphins playing around the boat a lot of the time (see the spectacular picture taken on our first charter) AND the anchorages are really deserted. We are usually the only boat. The silence and tranquility are a rare pleasure.

Beaches are golden sand and not at all crowded. For surfers there are usually good swells for bodyboarding and surfing. Bocas town is a funky little place with excellent restaurants and some fun nightlife. Our guests have all commented that the prices here are very reasonable and a meal for 4 people is less than $100 including drinks.

We have excellent provisioning here with a US butcher supplying top grade produce. The fish is fresh every day, the tuna is locally caught and lobster is abundant (we get our own sometimes). It is such a pleasure for Fran to cook with fresh produce. Wines are mainly South American and of good quality so there is nothing that your clients could want for (except McDonalds!!).

Our recent guests have had nothing but positive things to say about their vacation and travelling here has been simple with good connections to Panama City from the US and a reliable puddle-jumper service to Bocas."

We have been hearing all kinds of good news about this cruising ground and other boats are considering moving there. Of course the same thing happened a few years ago with the San Blas Islands, but many boats eventually moved away because of the politics of running a boat there. Time will tell, but so far this area sounds like a perfect destination for people looking to escape the crowds and enjoy nature. We find many people think this is what they want on a vacation, only to find that not seeing another boat for a week is not what they had in mind (this can easily happen in Belize and other more remote areas). For the charter guests that truly revel in the idea of being alone with nature, there are however, several cruising grounds that will appeal, and Bocas is certainly one to consider. Check out a sample itinerary!

We have had many, many excellent charters on 'Two if by Sea', or TIBS as she is known and Stu and Fran have proven to be a popular crew. It is often difficult to find a boat in a remote location that has so much chartering experience, and knowing the way past charters have enjoyed both boat and crew, we can be comfortable recommending them as they sail around the world.

They will be in Bocas through this coming winter, then on to Raiatea (Tahiti) for summer 2010. It will be great to be able to offer this boat in such exotic locations. They will be posting a blog describing their travels and we will keep our clients updated regarding their future plans.

If this sounds interesting, email us, or request more information.

All photographs courtesy of TIBS.








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