The Best Sailing Club in the Western Caribbean for Repair and Maintenance
The Manzanillo Marina is planned to be the home of the first ROYAL YACHT ASSOCIATION centre in South America.
The marina is very well established and has an International reputation for executing quality maintenance and repair activities to yacht owners from all over the World. The management of the marina are bi-lingual and are enthusiastic sailors themselves. However, and most importantly it is located in a position outside of the hurricane belt and the offshore sailing is amongst the best in the World.
A great place to learn to sail
The word marina in Spanish can be translated to “boat yard” in English. However, the Manzanillo Marina has extensive onshore holding areas for large yachts as well as pontoons to moor yachts in the water. The location of the marina is opposite a Colombian Naval Base and is very secure and well sheltered. The onshore facilities comprise basic accommodation , offices and a large classroom. Their is also a small hotel in the old town of Cartagena which is operated under the management of the marina. The old town is within easy reach, by taxi, from the airport. The old town has great historical significance, is very well maintained and has many establishments, hotels, restaurants, shops,boutiques, etc. The port of Cartagena has much traffic from cruise liners from the USA and the town boasts a wonderful atmosphere for the enjoyment of visitors.
The Geographical layout of Cartagena and the bay
Cartagena port has a vast enclosed stretch of navigable water which is well protected from the Caribbean Sea, The Island of Tierrrabomba is located between the two “horns” of the mainland. This results in two navigable entrances to the enclosed stretch of water. The most southerly entrance is used by vessels with a deep draft whilst the northern most entrance is used by shallow draft vessels. The entrances have been given the names of “Big Mouth”, the Northern entrance, and “Little Mouth” the Southern entrance (Bocagrande and Bocapequina). The stretch of water enclosed is approximately 14 Kilometres in length and 4 kilometres wide. A steady wind from the North makes sailing a pleasure and without passing into the Caribbean Sea. ( Map of the port https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-75.5032413,12z)
There is a plot of land for sale on Isle de Tierrrabomba ( see http://www.mbcartagenarealestate.com/lots/lot-tierrabomba-mblt-00002/ )
The back-packers route between North to South America brings then to a natural barrier which is nigh impenetrable. The barrier is known as the Darien Gap. This location is were many people, originating from Scotland, perished in their goal of emulating the Spanish, Portuguese and English several hundred years ago. Traces of the Scots, on this natural barrier, can still be seen on maps. Accordingly, as backpackers cannot pass the Darien Gap they must go around it . This gives the backpacker a unique chance to sail from Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands. It shall be a once in a lifetime experience, very memorable and totaly unforgettable. ( see http://2backpackers.com/sailing-to-colombia-or-panama/)
The Tikal National Park- Backpackers adventure