Sail Bocas to San Blas or Sapzurro
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM Last Post By: RobertoGustavo
Oct 23, 2012 12:29 PM
Sail Bocas to San Blas or SapzurroHi All,
Hoping to find some advice regarding a trip to Panama with my girlfriend late Jan/early Feb 2013. I'm hoping there's a few boats that do sailing tours from Bocas del Toro down through the San Blas. However, I hear that sailing San Blas is an issue right now and the only way to do it is on a boat heading for Columbia. If that's the case we'd be fine doing a trip from Bocas to Sapzurro via San Blas since the Cartagena route is too rough during that time of year. If anyone has any insight I'd love to hear back!
Oct 24, 2012 10:18 AM
1I was interested in doing this trip in January, also, so I wrote to Captain Jack at the Hostel Portobelo. He knows about boats. His answer was that he didn't yet have the January schedule and to contact him nearer that time. From the internet, this route doesn't appear cheap. There are boats around the islands in Panama but also to Colombia. To get an idea, try the Hostel Portobelo website. And what about the Darien Gapster?
I am concerned about Panama's legal requirement of a yellow fever certificate when you re- enter from Colombia. Although I have been told not to worry about it, it would be a real nightmare trying to get back in at Puerto Obaldia and having a official who demands to see it. You can't just go and get one, it takes 10 days to be effective. We all know when we cross borders ( in out of the way places, more so) the "rules" are made or enforced by whoever happens to be on duty when we cross. I was once told in Paraguay that US citizens needed a visa (we did not) so I had to wait till another guard got on duty to pass without one. .
Oct 24, 2012 11:07 AM
2Jack probably doesn´t know anything about boats from Bocas, and neither do many people in the boats to Colombia business because it´s extremely rare that they leave from Bocas. In January boats from Carti or Portobelo to Sapzurro will probaby be more common as it´s the rough time of year and the crossing to Cartagena just isn´t so pleasant. But Bocas is a different matter, that would just about certainly have to be a charter.
I´ve also never known anybody to be required to show yellow fever shots when entering Panama from Colombia, and I´ve done it a few times myself. The airlines don´t ask for it and they´re usually more stringent that immigration about these things. Costa Rica, on the other hand, does enforce the requirements so you will need to wait 10 days or have the shots.
Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM
3Yes, Stuart, I meant the part from Portobelo to Sapzurro and should have been clear on that.
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