SOUTH AMERICA

The best weather and wind conditions are accessed by sailing around South America in a counter-clockwise direction, East and Gulf Coast cruisers can look forward to a trip through the Panama Canal in the early stages of the journey. The voyage can be accomplished in the opposite direction, but it would be much harder. Sailing south via Brazil and Argentina presented no great problems, but sailing north through the Chilean canals against the prevailing northwest winds can be quite rough.

OVERVIEW

The San Blas Islands as well as Panama and Colombia are not to be missed, take the chance to visit the incredible San Blas Islands with its 378 islands and cays. Many of the islands are uninhabited, a place to go for serenity and solitude.

Patagonia is also very beautiful even without warm waters but still many places of interest. If you find yourself debating between cruising in Argentina or cruising in Chile, head to Patagonia where you can easily do both! Th7 channel islands are a highlight, with cruises available from Chile.

The Galapagos Islands are a must see as you cannot talk about best places to sail in South America without mentioning this water wonderland. It is the best place in South America for independent travelers to travel to with the intention of hopping on a boat for a day, fortnight or multi-day adventure.

THINGS TO DO

South America has many wonders to explore, the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean are full of azure lagoons, palm-fringed beaches and dazzling reefs. Fill your days with sailing, beach combing, snorkeling and exploring.

Costa Rica is also not to be missed, sail the pristine waters of Costa Rica and discover its clean, warm waters, white beaches and coconut palms. Enjoy some first rate snorkeling or hike ashore up volcanoes or into the rainforest to meet macaws or toucans. Also take a trip to the Bahamas, there are more than 700 islands and 2000 uninhabited cays to explore making these incredible waters the ideal location for sailing, world-class fishing and diving.

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