We headed out of Bocas Del Toro, Panama early in the morning and headed north for San Andres, Colombia. There was little wind and we motored through flat seas all day and night. We were planning on stopping at the Albuquerque Cays, an atoll about 30 miles south of San Andres, but when we arrived there were squalls all around including right over the entrance. The pass through the reef is full of coral heads and you need good light to enter. This wasn’t in the cards so we headed on for San Andre. The entrance to the anchorage is well marked but navigating through the small anchorage surrounded by shallow sand flats was a challenge. We ended up moving a couple of times over the next few days before finding a place we were comfortable with. San Andres belongs to Colombia but is off the coast of Nicaragua. It’s Colombia’s version of Hawaii. A beautiful island with white sand beaches, fringed with coral reefs and full of tourists. We spent out days hanging out on Mermaid, walking around the island and snorkeling. One day we rented a carrito (a souped up golf cart) and headed out to circumnavigate the island. We stopped at a little stand of a beach bar and had the requisite drink out of a coconut shell, stopped at the Cueva de Morgan, a tourist trap built over a cave where the pirate Henry Morgan may have hidden his treasure. After a nice lunch we headed for a small lake where we fed a group of caymans then were heading back to the south tip of the island when we got caught is a downpour. The carrito had no windshield, windows, or doors for that matter, and we got a bit damp before pulling over at the blowhole on the South point where we waited out the squall with a beer.
With hurricane season winding down and the weather looking favorable we plan to head toward the eastern Caribbean in the first week of November. Right now the forecast is for light winds the first few days of November. We plan to motor or motor sail east and then sail north to the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico.