Cruising Ports: The Central American Route

by Rains, Capt. Pat

(1 customer review)

CAD $89.95

6.5th ed. Covers Central American cruising grounds (both Pacific and Caribbean coasts), north to south, including Panama Canal transit information. Regions covered include: Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico’s Gulf coast and Yucatan Channel, the San Blas Islands, and more. Updated edition of "Cruising Ports: Florida to California via Panama". Book includes 2008, 2009 and 2010 updates.

ISBN 10: 0963847023
ISBN 13: 9780963847027
Illustration: photos & illus.
Pages: 272
Published: 2011
Format: softcover
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1 review for Cruising Ports: The Central American Route

  1. Paul Howard

    I often referred to this book for planning our passages through Caribbean Panama, the Panama Canal and the Central American Pacific coast. Pat Rains is a delivery skipper who is usually piloting large powerboats with an unlimited budget. Some of the information is not relevant to us impecunious yachties, but there is little information for sailing from the east coast to the west coast or vice versa, so any information is appreciated. There is lots of information about dealing with different country officials, much of it is outdated, as regulations for yachties seem to change almost daily in these Central American countries and from port to port even within the same country – it is not her fault but a characteristic of what to expect in the places one passes through. I do not know of any other guide that gives the same pilotage and route planning information for these areas, thus is valuable if transitting from Florida on one coast of North America, through the Panama Canal to Mexico the west coast. The book includes pilotage information and some marina and anchorage capsule maps from Florida through the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and the Western Caribbean, Panama and the Canal and up the Central American Pacific coast to the Mexico/Guatemala border. Therre are several other guides that also deal with Panama and the Pacific coast of Central America, the most used – and heavily used by us – is the Sarana Guides, available on-line with more comprehensive coverage of this coast and more from a typical yachtie perspective.

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