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Info about sailing from anywhere in the Caribbean to South America
Posted February 7th, 2013 - 2:23 am by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi, I'm traveling the Caribbean and would like to go back to Brazil or any South America country by boat.

I've been traveling for 6 months and to go back home on a boat would be amazing

I don't know very much about sailing (only about windsurfing) but I'm very flexible and love to learn and experiment. I've practiced these things in these 6 months traveling everywhere.

Could you please share some info or point me where should I look for boats sailing?


Posted February 7th, 2013 - 11:43 am by from Lille, France (Permalink)
I'm actually trying to do the same!
Don't worrytoo much about experience, you will not be asked to do a lot in most cases.
However, it's very unlikely that you will find s boat to Brazil, as it would imply going against strong currents, like 3 or 4 knots... You might have a chance to find some space in a boat to Trinidad or Venezuela or Panama, but for such a short trip nobody really needs the help of a crew member. Don't expect to travel for free either.
good places to look for a boat are Antigua(never been there but I met a few people who boarded there) and le Marin in Martinique. Be advised it might take some time before you find a boat and life is very expensive on these islands!
Well ,I hope that helps and I wish you good luck!

Posted February 25th, 2013 - 11:57 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Thomas, thanks for your answer.

Did you manage to find anyone going there? When are you planning to go to Brazil and where would you depart from?


Posted February 26th, 2013 - 2:39 am from Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Posted February 26th, 2013 - 2:42 am by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
thanks. But Venezuela is a bit too far for me lol.

Let's keep trying!

Posted March 15th, 2013 - 4:28 pm by from Bellingham, United States (Permalink)
Hi. In case you are still looking, this is what I know. As Thomas noted, private yachts don't usually go down the coast of Brazil because of the contrary currents (they say it's easier to go to the Canaries, then back down to Brasil).

While the French islands may be a good place to meet French yachts, they usually only want French-speaking crew. They probably aren't going the right direction now, though.

The hurricane season starts in June, so Caribbean boats will be leaving in April/May for safer places until November. The main destinations are:

1. Trinidad. That might be as close as you can get to Brasil privately.
2. Rio Dulce in Guatemala, or Boca del Toros in Panama.
3. Bahamas and north america.
4. Lesser Antilles to Bermuda, then Europe, or straight to Europe.
Wherever you are, don't hesitate to put up notes at the marinas and talk to people there, or at least phone to ask about who may be leaving. good luck.

Posted April 9th, 2013 - 12:36 am by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi Christine. Thanks for your post and sorry for the delay. I ended up traveling by plane and ferries up to now. Next week I'll be in Guadeloupe and from there I'll travel all the countries up to Trinidad.

I think this part of the Caribbean might be easier to find people going from one island to the other because they're close to each other

Thanks for the tip about the marinas. I'll put notes on the marinas. Also, someone told me about staying nearby the clearance and talking to people.