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AVOID CRIME Caribbean Security Index

The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area. The index is stated on a numerical scale (1-10) with mitigating factors included. The index is derived from the examination of the relationship between crime as reported (from a variety of sources), unemployment, levels of education and literacy. Additional factors include average income, distribution of income, presence of security, infrastructure and past record and history of crimes in a given area.

CARIBBEAN QUADRANTS (A Thinking man's guide to cruising the Caribbean: the many facets of Caribbean Cruising, 2nd Edition 2013)

Cruising Guides

ABC Islands

A Cruising Guide to the ABCs covers navigation to and around these three distinctive islands located north of Venezuela and leeward of the Lesser Antilles. While their unique (central) location in the Caribbean makes the ABCs convenient for cruising to many other points in any direction, for cruising sailors they are well worth visiting in their own right for their varied cultures and resulting individual “personalities”.

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Cayman Islands

It is perhaps because the “sister” islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac lie 85-105 miles NNE of Grand Cayman, that they are considered the “lost” islands of the Caribbean. In this guide they get equal treatment with Grand Cayman for the opportunities and experiences all three offer to cruising sailors; all captured in the Cayman Islands Cruising Guide, which is enhanced by input from experienced local sailors.

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Cuba

A Cruising Guide to Cuba covers everything a cruiser needs to know to explore the Caribbean’s largest island by boat. Marinas, anchorages, ports of entry, approaches, weather – plus bibliography, commentary, and photos to introduce cruisers to the onshore experiences they may anticipate. This is in addition to the detailed waypoints and course headings to inform navigation among the intricate and stunning archipelagos and numerous pocket bays behind world class reefs.

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Dominican Republic

The Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic was the first to be published in this popular series. It only gets more comprehensive with each edition, enabling cruisers to thoroughly immerse themselves in the cruising opportunities and the culture there. The guide incorporates instructive charts of the Windward Passage which is a very sailable alternative entrance into the Caribbean as well as the gateway to Caribbean islands in the Greater Antilles frequently bypassed along more traditional routes.

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Haiti

A Cruising Guide to Haiti is the definitive guide for cruising the waters of a beautiful country that offers a step back in time. The guide covers an expanded array of safe and inviting anchorages in this northern Caribbean country such as Ile a Vache and Bombardopolis, and provides in depth insight into Haitian culture supported by an extensive bibliography to enrich the Haitian cruising experience.

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Jamaica

A Cruising Guide to Jamaica not only helps cruisers navigate to Jamaica past its off lying banks and cays, through the entry and transire process, and into its various ports and harbors; but also introduces cruisers to the complex history and vibrant culture of this island country. The guide is enhanced by the inclusion of iconic chartlets hand drawn by Commodore John Lethbridge, a marine (civil) engineer who was a legendary figure in his adopted country.

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Lesser Antilles

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles is a guide in three volumes to the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, and the Windward Islands. Each volume is packed with Free Cruising Guides’ trademark navigational and nautical guidance.

Puerto Rico

A Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico covers the entire island of Puerto Rico plus the islands of Vieques and Culebra, known as the Spanish Virgins. These islands, part of the US, are a destination in the Greater Antilles that offers new and exciting sailing experiences to cruising sailors. In addition to a thorough consideration of cruising Puerto Rico, this guide covers services and support for cruisers and delves into the culture that produces what a university study terms “the happiest people in the world”.

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Trinidad and Tobago

A Yachtsman’s Guide to Trinidad addresses a country that is not a cruising destination in the usual sense. After discussions of navigation to Trinidad and around its ports and anchorages, the guide turns to the wealth of facilities, services, and resources available to cruisers who pass hurricane season in Chaguaramus and who use the layover to have boat work done. This guide discusses Trinidadian culture which informs the business and recreational environments, and includes a convenient directory.

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