July 2014: Shelter Bay Marina

Journey to the Free Zone

As we entered July, we decided that we would spend the summer based in Shelter Bay (there was something about that swimming pool) before heading north to Bocas del Toro for the rest of hurricane season. We really wanted to see the San Blas Islands, so we decided that while we were waiting for our next shipment of batteries to arrive, we would go there for a cou...

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Panama Canal crossing

May 24th - May 29th: Isla Contadora to Taboga Island

We first went to the moorings at Taboga Island. Our friends from Neko had called both marinas and the Balboa Yacht Club off of Panama City, and all said that they had no space available. We decided to join them at Taboga, which did have available moorings. Taboga is about ten miles from the canal entrance in Balboa, and we had read abou...

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May 3rd, 2014: Marina Pez Vela - Playa Dominicalito

We woke up early Saturday to prepare the boat for cruising, topping off the water tanks and hosing all of the dead flying ants off of the deck. The long rain had brought them all out, but quite a few had drowned on the decks. I went to the office to check out and pick up our national Zarpe. Of course, it was sunny that morning, so we were sweating profusely. I was lucky enough to catch a...

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April 2014 – Beautiful Costa Rica

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March 31st – April 1st: Golfo de Fonseca to Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica

 It was almost 190 miles to our next destination in Costa Rica, so we left early in the morning. We had decided not to stop in Nicaragua. There is a very nice marina, Puesta Del Sol, in the northern part of the country. But, it is very isolated, and we knew that it was very expensive to check in to Nicaragua. Ther...

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The next day we went to the beach at Ixtapa, just a five minute walk from the marina. The beach is very large, both long and wide, and it was not crowded at all. Lucky battled the waves with his boogie board, and the waves won. The surf was breaking hard and very close to the beach, resulting in numerous face plants and wipeouts. After the beach, we cleaned up and joined Cat and Tim on the bus to Zihuatanejo. Once there, Rosé and Cat did some shopping, while Lucky and Tim dra...

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February 2014 – Costalegre Mexico

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January 31st – February 16th: Marina Puerto de la Navidad (Barra de Navidad)

After we completed our check-in and the short tour of Barra, we explored the resort property. It’s the Grand Bay Resort Hotel

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