About Yacht Latina Panama

About Yacht Latina: http://www.yachtlatina.com

San blas islands

It is with great excitement that we announce our expansion our yacht cruises into all 3 incredible archipelagos of Panama! More destinations means more fun and more choices for your cruising adventures. – The San Blas Islands – this is where we started our cruising service and it remains our most popular destination with over 300 islands and 10+ yachts to choose from ranging from sailing catamarans to prolific monohulls. – Bocas Del Toro – Situated in the warm Caribbean waters near the border of Costa Rica, this is where Jimmy Buffet chooses to vacation (yeah, for real). Set sail for a new island each day! – The Pearl Islands – Originally named by the Spaniards who discovered the group of Pacific islands in 1513 and named them for their bountiful pearl stores found in this area, these islands were frequently used by Pirates in the years that followed.  Our sailing trips range from 3 days to 2 weeks, are all-inclusive (captain, meals, and accomodations) and are perfectly designed for families and couples.

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Sailing report from Captain George – Escudo Trip

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Hola Amigos,
We recently sailed out to a beautiful island called Escudo de Veraguas.  Escudo lies about 40 Nautical miles east of our home here in Bocas Town, and about 15 miles off of the mainland.  The island is uninhabited except for one or two Guaymi Indian families that live there.
One Indian fellow, Mauricio, also works with a group involved with the conservancy of sea turtles.  On all of the beaches there are dozens of turtle nests.  Each nest is marked and dated so they know when the eggs will hatch.  Then these volunteers and workers make sure the baby turtles make it safely to the ocean without getting eaten by birds.
We took 7 hours to sail there and the weather was beautiful.  Underway we caught one Creval Jack and released it because they are not very tasty as far as fish goes.  The first night we stayed and played on the South side of the island, and then moved over to the north side of the island.
Both anchorages were beautiful.  On the second day we hired Mauricio to take us on a circumnavigation tour of the whole island.  When he came over to meet us he had a canvas sack full of baby turtles that had just hatched.  We released them off the stern of the yacht.  It was quite a sight.
All of the inlets, coves, nooks, and crannies on this island are just spectacular.  And the snorkeling is also awesome.  On the second night, a group of Indian fisherman came by and sold us lobsters and big crabs for a very reasonable price. A delicious feast ensued.
Cheers to all from the sailing Salleys!
George, Melinda, and Joshua
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Yacht Latina Trip Review – The Curtises

We recently caught up with the Curtis couple upon their return from a Yacht Latina sailing trip in the San Blas.

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Sailing aboard Yacht Latina’s 50′ Gulfstar Monohull with Capt Dave and his wife Elizabeth:
Dave and Elizabeth were outstanding.  Elizabeth’s cooking is amazing, and she does a really good job of keeping a neat, clean, and tidy ship.  Dave is very good with catering to whatever the client wants to do.  We fished, snorkeled, explored some islands, and learned a little bit about sailing.  He has a calm demeanor and is very engaging.  Dave and Elizabeth also do a very good job with the Kuna.  They get information from other boats and networks on weather, boat traffic, sea conditions, and any other happenings in the region.  They also are very polite with the Kuna and buy lobster/fish/coconuts from them to support their lifestyle.
We had a very good trip and would definitely do this again.
Thanks,
Jonathan
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Trip Report – sailing San Blas on Yacht Latina’s 46 Catamaran

Hola Lita,

 

We had a fantastic time!!! Wow we loved sailing. The Pajot is fast and we had no problems going 13 knots! Brais and Geraldine are so sweet and wonderful! Not only did they give us sailing lessons but as an extra bonus, Brais is a kite surfer and we all part took in a various forms. ( I was dragged in the water behind Brais, hanging on for life and bikini bottom, shrieking throughout the anchorage.) We had a lot of fun! Even Erica managed to lighten up and I think enjoyed herself!!! She also knows Anne Marie through Pilates, small world n’est-pas?

 

No sweat about the return, carnival was a gong show even in San Blas and I was grateful to be crammed into the back of a truck with Erica, Werner and Dennis! We had a couple of glasses of wine, dinner and fell into bed. I am making arrangements to fly to Fort Lauderdale next week to look at more cats. We have friends that live there and then we fly home. We loved Panama and can see ourselves returning. If we don’t see you this time, then we will next time. Thanks again for your assistance Lita.

Warm regards,

Christin and Dennis

San Blas Trip report from Mitzi and Bill: Fantastic times on the 50′ Gulfstar Monohull

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Hi Lita ~  Sorry to be so long in saying “Muchas Gracias” for all your help booking our trip!  We had a fantastic time….just exactly what we were looking for, relaxation, peaceful, no stress.
Capt Dave & Eli were just fantastic!!  Eli made me a birthday dinner complete with cake & candles!!  Capt Dave was so kind getting us in/out of the dinghy when snorkeling.  He also gave us a super concert singing and playing a mean guitar!  We are hoping to sail with them again in Bocas and hope we remain friends forever.
Sorry I cannot send complete pics as my new camera doesn’t want to talk to my new computer so am waiting for my niece to come next month and get me hooked together.  I won’t forget!
Many thanks and you can use us for a recommendation for you, Yacht Latina and your fantastic cruises anytime!
Hugs, Mitzi & Bill

Welcoming a new (to us) 50′ Gulfstar sailing yacht to our fleet

50′ Sailing Ketch Monohull – San Blas Islands

This Yacht is a 50 foot ketch rigged monohull with tons of space both on deck and below. She provides room for up to 6 guests with both double and single accomodations, available in three staterooms. A large main salon for dining and gathering is stationed midship. The gallery is well stocked with all the provisions and ingredients needed for great meals and libations while sailing or anchored. Her spacious cockpit has a Bimini cover to provide shade during the day and is a great place to check out that beautiful Caribbean island sunset. The large decks on board let you sun bath in comfort.  Snorkel gear is included and we have a large dinghy with a 15 hp Yamaha to deliver you to the best reefs and islands. Fishing tackle is also available for your use.

 

  

 

San Blas Trip Review by Jamuna

We just caught up with Jamuna Berry of www.playacommunity.com upon returning from her most recent trip to the San Blas.  Sounds like she and her group had a good time…

 

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 Hi Lita,
 I wanted to give you some comments on the last trip we did on Yacht Latina’s 46′ Catamaran with Brais and   Geraldine.
It was the best San Blas experience ever – The boat and it’s crew, Captain Brais and Geraldine had a lot to do with  making our experience amazing. The boat was roomy enough for us.  The rooms with the bathrooms, were well ventilated and cool. Considering most boats I’ve been on are rather hot in the rooms, we were pleased to be able to get comfortable sleeps and be cool. The crew was  enthusiastic, entertaining and very accommodating. We loved them and would sail with that pair again any time.
Thanks for all you help in making this trip a success for us. We will be back again with you soon 🙂
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JAMUNA
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San Blas Trip Report – The Davidsons

The DavidsonsWe just returned from a ten day trip to Panama. When planning for the trip, we really wanted to experience the unique San Blas Islands for a few days. Based on my research, I thought a day trip was too short yet I really did not find staying on the islands very appealing either as the accommodations are very rustic. So I looked into chartering a sailboat and found a company called Yacht Latina. This company was very helpful in finding the right boat for our family. We ended up chartering a 46′ catamaran with a captain and a cook. We were really surprised to find that the price was very reasonable. We have friends who have done this kind of trip in the BVI’s that have paid a lot more money.

The difficult part of the trip is getting there. Yacht Latina had everything planned well in advance and it all went very smoothly. The SUV ride over to Carti takes about 2-1/2 hours from Panama City and it is a curvy and bumpy ride but we never felt unsafe nor did anybody get carsick. Once we arrived in Carti, we were quickly escorted to a Panga boat where we were transported (20 minutes) out to the Lemmon Cayes to our beautiful boat. We were greeted by Bryce and Geraldine, a very nice couple from Spain and Belgium. Both of them were very nice, sincere and made our trip very comfortable. They both spoke English very well and communication was great. They were very hospitable and bent over backwards to make our family very comfortable. They also were laid back and we found them to be just real good people that made for some very fun and interesting conversations.

We sailed to a couple different island groups and the scenery was absolutely incredible. Words can’t describe how gorgeous this area is. I guess it is worth the difficult drive and boat ride to be fortunate to experience this amazing region. We were able to sail, snorkel, kayak, fish or just relax. Swimming in these waters was great as was the snorkeling.

Our crew prepared great meals every day as well as beer and rum drinks that kept us refreshed. The food was really good although we were not able to find any lobsters from the local Guna Yala tribe. The boat was immaculate and our staterooms were spacious and comfortable. There is no AC but we did have fans and a porthole for good ventilation. The evenings were amazing and I have never seen the stars and galaxy so bright and vivid as we were so far off the grid.

This was a very memorable trip and I would strongly suggest to anyone considering going to the San Blas to check out Yacht Latina. They were very professional, friendly and did everything that they promised. We look forward to sailing with them again in the future.

John Davidson

Announcing a 42′ Sailing Yacht for Charter – San Blas Islands

42′ Monohull – San Blas Islands

This is our most recent addition to the fleet – the 10th vessel of Yacht Latina’s group.  The yacht Kokomo is a Sabre 425 created by the Sabre Design Team.  It is clean and well kept and features 2 private guest cabins.  This sailing yacht featuring 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms.  It has been updated recently with newer running gear, safety equipment, and additional convenience items.  The crew, Denny and Becky Flannigan are originally from Tacoma Washington and are experienced blue water sailers – including racing in the Pacific Cup Race to Hawaii.  The vessel accommodates up to 4 people for as few as 3 days and as long as 10 days for sailing trips in the San Blas Islands.  Currently taking charter groups for the months of Dec 2012 thru March 2013.

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Welcoming a new (to us) 43′ sailing yacht to the fleet

43′ Monohull – San Blas Islands

An owners version Elan 43, 1989 sailing yacht featuring 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms.  The yacht has been updated recently with newer running gear, safety equipment, and additional convenience items.  Can accommodate up to 6 passengers for San Blas Island OR Cartagena trips.  Captain George and wife Sandra are excellent hosts and very knowledgeable about the area.  Available for private charter or individuals wishing to join an existing cruise.

To view our entire fleet of vessels visit our vessels page

For booking information (either San Blas or trips to Cartagena) visit our booking request page

 

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