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International Yacht Charter Destination: Central America

Chartering the Panama Canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in Central America is one of the most awe-inspiring voyages a yachting enthusiast can make. But that experience is mostly about marveling over man’s engineering feats. There are other itineraries available that will take you past natural wonders such as tropical isles and dense jungles inhabited by almost uncountable number of wildlife species. Much of the land on both coasts of Central America is designated as national park, ensuring that it will stay in a wild and pristine state for future generations.

On the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal, the tropical San Blas Islands give you a glimpse into indigenous life among its 378-plus islands. Here the Kuna Indians live much as they have done for hundreds of years.

On the canal’s Pacific side, the Pearl Islands comprise 227 largely uninhabited isles. There is good snorkeling and diving here, amid both coral reefs and wrecks. You may even want to try diving for the oysters that gave these islands their name.

Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui is home to Coiba National Park, sometimes called the “Galapagos of Central America” due to its diverse wildlife. Offshore, you can snorkel and dive the Pacific’s second largest coral reef alongside large pelagic fish and rays. Or sip a cocktail in the sun deck while keeping a lookout for whales offshore.

Northwest of Panama, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is a popular yacht charter vacation destination in it’s own right. Here you will find a wide range of adventures and activities, from exploring the many protected parks to angling for world-record sportfish to surfing “awesome” waves. Eco-tourism has replaced farming coffee and bananas as the main industry, thanks to the pristine beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, and the remarkable wildlife this country has to offer. There are nearly 900 species of birds and 250 mammals, not to mention more than 1,250 different butterflies. Don’t miss Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos, where you can ride a zip line high above the rainforest canopy.

Each day should start with …

‘What do you want to do today?’

Once you have decided on the destination, there remain endless possibilities

Our charter agents frequently travel to international yachting locations far and wide inspecting yachts and visiting crew and are familiar with most favorite destinations. Their expertise is invaluable when it comes to assisting with your plans to maximize your quality time. If you are an active, on-the-go individual or simply prefer to relax with a book, or if you enjoy people watching or crave a trendy night spot, your charter agent can assist. Along with your captain and crew, we are here to ensure you have an exciting, fun-filled holiday.

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If you can plan your yacht charter to coincide with the vessel’s transit through the Panama Canal, you are in for a once in a lifetime experience! The Canal is 51 miles long and connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The building of the Panama Canal symbolically began in 1880 under the direction of French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps. The actual construction started a year later. The Canal opened to traffic on August 15, 1914 when SS ANCON completed the first transit. Today, it is undergoing an expansion project that should double the Canal’s capacity by 2015.