Re: Panama Crime on the Caribe Side
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In 2017 I found Portobelo to be poor but safe. There is an interesting history there in that it was the staging port for the Spanish galleons carrying gold and silver back to Europe. It was heavily fortified although only one of the four forts has been excavated for viewing.
The sail loft there did some good canvas work for me at a very reasonable price.
If you happen to be cruising Eastern Panama toward the end of October, consider taking in the festival of El Cristina Negro (the Black Christ) at Portobelo, it is quite a spectacle.
I guess it would be wise to check out the crime situation first, but it would be a shame to miss it.
Linton Bay was also poor but safe in 2017, but there wasn’t anything there I would go back to see, especially in view of recent crime.
Sail safe, have fun!
On Jul 20, 2019, at 1:33 PM, Porter McRoberts via Groups.Io <portermcroberts@...> wrote:
It would be easy to enjoy the San Blas where there is “less” crime then head to shelter bay marina. We liked the Portobello anchorage, but I have to admit the eyes felt hungry there. And Colon? I’ve been to a lot of places and never felt the way I felt in Colon.
Just skip Portobello. Cool cannons. Really amazing history. Very sad monkey in a cage. A few Chinese quickmarts.
My 2 cents. Don’t miss the San Blas!
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On Jul 20, 2019, at 2:45 AM, Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote: