Transiting the Panama Canal in a small boat is a pain in the arse. They make you feel like a bloody nuisance. You need, lines, tires, an advisor and it all costs money. You also get stuck overnight in Gatun Lake. Still I suppose it beats sailing round Cape Horn.
I had thought about Aruba but there was just no way with that headwind so we stopped in at Bocas del Toro. Pleasant enough place if you don't mind a few mosquitoes. It even has a modest little yacht club. We can wait for a change in the wind. Perhaps stop in at other places along the coast. Long time since I saw Cahuita or Bluefields but we'll probably give Limon a miss.
Come to think of it I may head straight to Cuba. Been there before of course and enjoyed it very much. Not Varadero so much, where the package tourists go, but Havana is great. Probably park the boat at the Marina Hemmingway and stay at the good old Hotel Nacional. Is that little place across the road still open? "Monsieur" I think it was called. Up the hill towards the Capri? Let’s hope so. They had an excellent restaurant with a bar attached.