San Blas, Panama

Our return to Marina Santa Marta coincided with the onset of 2 weeks of gales. The wind howled day and night, night being worse when the wind was often was in excess of 40knots. Fortunately, there was a great group of cruisers, also stuck there. We had a few days in Minca in the hills behind Santa Marta to escape the wind, heat and grit for a few days.

Christmas was a good time to be in Santa Marta. The street music and performers were fantastic and we found some great restaurants to eat, our favourite Lulo’s (Ian’s vote for best mojito) and Ouzo where we had a delicious meal on Christmas Eve. Christmas was spent with a group of new friends on one of the party boats (ie catamarans). The marina put on a lovely party for the cruisers on the 26th December, the wind dropped on the 27, and on the 28th, we were out of there!  Unfortunately all our photos from the time are on Ian’s iphone, which seems to have disappeared.

After an uneventful 2 day passage we navigated our way through the tricky shoals for which San Blas is notorious. We anchored near our Austrian friends on Fenua in a piece of paradise, Green Island.

IMG_2575  Coconut palms swaying in the breeze, calm water and no bugs! Not long after we anchored the lobster boys arrived.

Now this is the life – $5 each and absolutely delicious barbecued.IMG_2581

New Years Eve was spent sharing drinks and plans with cruisers around a bonfire under the coconut palms, before BBQ lobster on Sea Cloud with Katharina and Friedl.

Check in to Panama is not easy these days as formalities can  no longer be done in Porvenir  in the San Blas. So, we’ve just covered 60Nm to Puerto Linton to check in and will head back to the islands tomorrow. Hoping the trip back will be okay, as its usually a beat to windward against the current. At least we can get some shopping done in Portobellow, as apart from the lobsters and occasional veggie boat, there is not much in San Blas. All part of its charm.

Although you can buy molas made by the local women…

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