“Changes in latitudes . . . ” (Jimmy Buffett)

. . . changes in cruising guides.  As we sailed from Mexico to Central America, we retired one set of cruising guides and plucked another set from our book shelf and I Pad.  For those considering a trip we recommend these well tested guides.

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Shawn Breeding and Heather Bannister’s guides to Mexico include detailed charts, helpful summaries of distances between suggested anchorage and marinas, waypoints of hazards and anchorages, and fairly up to date information regarding services and amenities at different stopping points.  The color photographs will your appetite for places just over the horizon.  The information becomes less detailed for the southern destinations of Hualtulco and Chiapas.

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Moving into Central America, moved Pat Rains’ Cruising Ports and Eric Bauhaus’ The Panama Cruising Guide front and center.  We also rely heavily on the Sarana Cruising Guides for Central America.  Part I covers Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Part II covers Costa Rica and Panama.  The Sarana Guides are sold in electronic formats that we have loaded on an IPad along with Navionics charts.  We added the IPad after our first season and have found it to be a powerful addition to our navigational tools.   For more information about the Sarana Guides see: http://www.svsarana.com/central_america_guidebook.php

 

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