MISSION & PANAMA POSSE PHILOSOPHY

The Panama Posse is about sailing in Central American waters with like-minded cruisers, creating life-long friendships, exploring and experiencing new countries, cultures, enjoying the sense of security that safety in numbers affords, not breaking the budget, and most of all having FUN !
Whether you’re sailing around Central America towards Panama, from California towards the Canal or heading from Florida to South Amercia or beyond please join us for fun, adventure, and experiences that will last a lifetime ! We focus on providing you near real time facts ,safe you money and time !

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PANAMA POSSE SOUTH BOUND PACIFIC ROUTE

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JOIN ANYWHERE IN CENTRAL AMERICA OR IN THE CARIBBEAN

You can sign up anywhere – in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama or if you are in the Caribbean join in Colombia, Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic or even Florida. “Onboarding” takes places in a day and your electronic registration validates your participation with fellow participants, marinas and sponsors. Weekly fleet updates keep you informed and a live 24/7 comm tool runs on your smartphone for immediate connectivity and access to group knowledge.

THE FACES OF THE 20·21 PANAMA POSSE

 

  16+ DISCOUNTED MARINAS 
400+ VERIFIED ANCHORAGES
24/7 GROUP COMMUNICATIONS

SET SAIL AND JOURNEY ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE

 

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CONNECTING CALIFORNIA WITH FLORIDA

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Start Date December 3, 2020 Barra de Navidad, MX & 🌎 live via LINE.me

Cruising used to be gathering information from old blogs books and single vessel point of view cruising guides – with the Panama Posse you have access to live feedback and over 200 vessels who have shared and vetted data compiled within Good Nautical in the prior seasons. There is no area where participants have not been before – but if you find it we will add it ! Panama Posse participants have met all the port captains, harbor masters, service providers and tour guides along the way and reported on their operations. We know these areas to avoid and challenges of all the aspects affecting your journey. It’s an adventure with fewer unknowns than ever before making this voyage fun and forward thinking.

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VISIT 40+ UNESCO 🌎 HERITAGE SITES ALONG THIS ROUTE

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Mind-boggling jungle ruins, 40+ historic cities and unspoiled national parks, volcanoes and marine preservation areas all scattered along this route.  Central America connects North America to South America. The land bridge and Isthmus of Panama completed 2.8 million years ago now with the canal links the two continents and the 2 oceans. Join the Panama Posse to discover this historic, culturally diverse and adventurous area.

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SV INTERLUDE

Mike
“I wanted to explore. See new places. Meet new people. Joining up with the Panama Posse helped make all that possible. Releasing baby turtles in Zihuatanejo, surviving the Tehuantepec and the Papagayos, an afternoon poolside at Gordie’s and movie night at Coconutz in Playa del Cocos….The only thing better than anchoring at Ballena Bay Costa Rica after a full and beautiful day running south along the coast? Doing it with a small flotilla of fellow cruisers from the Panama Posse…
The next day? A dinghy run up the estuary, with howler monkeys in full throat, and a picnic on a sugar sand beach with palm trees leaning out over the water, providing shade for the cold beer and snacks with some of the coolest people on the water. That’s the Panama Posse. These are some of the memories I’ll have for the rest of my life thanks to the friends I made this past year in the Inaugural Panama Posse run from Barra de Navidad Mexico to Vista Mar Marina in San Carlos Panama.”
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SHOTSY

We joined the Panama Posse to get the reduced slip rates at Barra and Puerto Vallarta. It paid off about four times what we paid in dues!!

We have finished up our second season of Mexico and our boat is currently being shipped back to the Pacific Northwest (yes believe it or not…). The Posse was a very positive experience. I have recommended it to two other boaters and will keep in mind if in the future for anyone cruising from Mexico to Panama. You have a great formula and I’m certain that the Posse will be successful in the future.

All the best,

Roger and Glenn

S/V Shotsy

SY SEA GLASS

Chris & Amanda
“Participating in the Panama Posse was like being part of a family and less like a typical rally. We met some of the most wonderful people whom we will be life long friends. We gained information in real time about both anchorages and weather that was invaluable. No cruise through Mexico and Central America would be as complete without sailing it as part of the Panama Posse.”
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SV RESPITE

Chris & Janet
“… we didn’t meet all boats but the boats we met and traveled with were very appreciated as we entered uncharted waters in Central America. It’s a good feeling when you can stop by a boat or call on a radio looking for a opinion on weather or ports of entry. Panama Posse ROCKS !!”
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Debbie & Rob
“We absolutely loved the Panama Posse! We enjoyed having the latest information on marinas, anchor spots, grocery shopping, laundry, and country check-in or out. Very valuable. And even better was the wonderful friendships made with lots of great people! Many thanks for heading up a fantastic rally.”
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MV CROSSROADS

Stan & Diane
“…Diane and I uncharacteristically participated in Panama Posse 2017, the inaugural year of the rally. Uncharacteristically I say because we typically shy away from highly organized cruising rallies. This one was different and we loved the Posse and the camaraderie of this group of loosely organized boats making their way from Barra de Navidad, MX to Panama City, Panama and all places between and beyond… With 83 boats signing on last year there was rarely a shortage of Posse boats along the way to socialize and explore together… the members were there to help each other out as fellow cruisers. The Posse also helped to identify many anchorages along the coast not mentioned in cruising guides, arrange discounted rates at many marinas, identify good boatworkers, mechanics and tour guides, streamline some check-in processes, adapt to life in the various countries being visited and a thousand other things that makes a cruiser’s life a bit better.  I you are thinking of transiting the Pacific Coast to Panama I would highly recommend that you look into Panama Posse”
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Marc & Laura
“Joining the Panama Posse was the best decision we made last year. Not only did we meet great people traveling the same coastline but the shared intel on anchorages and check-in procedures was invaluable!! We would highly recommend it to anyone choosing to travel this route.”
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Mike
“Being part of the Posse made the Central American cruise better for me. There is a wealth of information, I really liked the non structured approach. Move at your own speed. It starts the end of November and finishes in June. Some great discounts became available too. There are some parties mainly cause the areas want to welcome you. As a single handed sailor it gave me community. I did go places that would have been skipped for safety reasons. Others reports changed my early assumptions. In remote locations because of the Posse I knew other boats. More friends were made. On tours I was able to join a group with made the time better. Even with the end in June the unofficial Posse continues. I have helped three Posse boats transit the canal.”
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SV GREEN FLASH

Bob and Joan
“Thank you Panama Posse. And thank you for all of the time you donate to this effort. We have found the Posse to be an irreplaceable source of information and have made many friends along the way. The discounts have been great and covered the entry cost several times over, but it is the former that really makes participation in the Posse a pleasure.”
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MY ANGELIQUE

Dan and Angela
“If you don’t live your dreams, they are only what you do when you sleep!” – Angela Enloe
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MV HO'OKIPA

Lucky Chucky and Lise
“Being fortunate to quarantine in a marina with fellow Posse members who no doubt will be friends for life.
It’s all about the journey, so enjoy the ride!”
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SV ANDURIL

Alice and Greg
“Being members of the Panama Posse made our past sailing season in Central America the best so far. The comradery with the fellow Posse sailors and organizers was fun, friendly, and extremely helpful..”
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SV SECRET WATER

 Annie & Chris
“Panama Posse is a well organized, factually based organization, which has been a huge help to our family the past two seasons during our time in southern Mexico and Central America.”
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PANAMA POSSE HALL OF FAME

2017-2018 83 Vessels

2018-2019 123 Vessels

2019-2020 178 Vessels

Panama Posse visits the following countries

Mexico 90Visits
Guatemala 10Visits
Honduras 15Visits
El Salvador 50Visits
Nicaragua 30Visits
Costa Rica 80Visits
Panama 87Visits
Colombia 35Visits
Cayman Islands 35Visits
Jamaica 35Visits
Belize 35Visits
Mexico Caribbean 55Visits
Cuba 10Visits
USA Florida 45Visits
Bahamas 25Visits
Turks & Caicos 25Visits
Haiti 25Visits
Dominican Republic 25Visits
Dominican Republic 25Visits