Caribbean Sailing Port Rio Dulce

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Caribbean Sailing Port Rio Dulce

People who dream of living on Sailboats may know of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, this is one of my dreams, therefore I came to Rio Dulce to chase my dream. I am in the living business, and search for places on this small planet that allows me to live my dreams.

Rio Dulce has two large lakes, many miles from the ocean, the live aboard sailors park their boats in these lakes safe from hurricanes.

"If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death."
- Morgan Freeman

I have dreamed of living on a sailboat for years, and I still have many questions. I get very seasick, and worry about this, but I think maybe being lonely is a bigger problem. The reason I would live on a Sailboat would be to have the same closet, shower, and toilet for a year or two. I already have wandered the planet for 12 years, nothing new about that.

I would want a sailboat between 35 and 45 feet, something I can sail myself, enough head room to walk, and a great dinghy. I would try to live on the hook as much as possible, this would save great sums of money, my hotel room yearly budget would be applied to the cost of the buying the boat.

Rio Dulce, Fronteras, Guatemala --- Wednesday, July 7, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Travel is about living in places, and the people you meet in these places. There are places along the ocean, up on mountains, and in the plains. The idea of sailing between islands in the Caribbean or South Pacific has a lure. I am not a hermit, I need people, and contrary to the idea of sailing, I believe live aboard sailors spend more time at port than at sea, therefore I need a map of all the ports where I can live, even more than I need to know how to navigate. If I am going to live in ports, I want to know, where the safe and happy people ports are located.

From Sea to Shining Sea

"O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!"

- America the Beautiful

The world is a beautiful place, I do hope my friends and family can understand this and leave the mall, and stop playing on the Internet or cell phone long enough to feel what I feel.

Thank You,

by Andy Graham
12 years of continuous travel.
I am homeless
I have visited 88 countries and live as a Digital Nomad. Travel Blog

Caribbean Sailing Port Rio Dulce


While the idea of living on the hook has a definite appeal to me, I keep thinking of the old saying that "A boat is a hole in the water into which one pours money".

Never owned a boat, so I've no idea, but for me the ongoing maintenance costs would be a consideration prior to committing to a boat.

Or perhaps you've already found out what to expect while talking to Rio Dulce sailors?

Andy, are you thinking sail or power?, monohull or cat?



I think paying for maintenance is less than room rent. I think the only way this makes sense is to pay cash, and less than 10,000 dollars, after that foolish.

I want a sailboat.

However, sadly as I said, I go to paradise locations and hope to meet nice people. Generally so far, the people who live on sailboats seem hermits to the point of ridiculous or totally penniless.

If you have a boat, any boat, and have it on an anchor, than living is cheap, it is moving the same as travel that makes the expense. I think this all makes more sense for married couples.

You may be able to get a sailboat for FREE if they don't stop the oil flow in the gulf of Mexico.

See, there is a silver lining in everything.


now that would make for interesting blogging, andy. Hope it happens soon.

Page Turner

Better be a nice guy and look young like your sister Bambee's son. Someone at Lake Wawasee sold him a really nice boat, trailer and great motor for $100.00. The guys mom had died and I guess he thought she would be happy for Brad to have a nice boat. It is gonna know many happy hours on Sylvan lake fi Brad has any say about it. Who knows perhaps you need to meet the right person who thinks you could use a good boat.

Honestly- I wonder whether you would do well on a sailboat. Reasons are many...random thoughts.....
1 Contrary to what many might say- running a boat is EXPENSIVE.There is enough info out there about this.
2.You are either stuck at anchor in a bay somewhere or paying not so cheap to exorbitant marina fees. (Yeah I know- the great dinghy....)
3.You are alone- or living in closest proximity to someone you might stop liking pretty quickly.
4. Most of the people you spend time with will be yachties.
5. (see 2) Showers, WiFi, food supplies and other comforts are not just at your fingertips and they will often cost you more than they should.
6 Your moves will alway depend on wind weather waves- requiring ironclad patience and immunity to boredom.
7. At anchor your boat will be moving ALL the time.
8. Your boat and dinghy will need surveillance- meaning you can't just leave them somewhere and go off on an interesting little side trip.
I could go on, but I won't. My advice- go live and work on a ship for a coupla months, you should be able to do that for cheap or free. (know that you will be suject to absolute obedience to your captain) then rethink your plan.



I have found two live aboard people, one never moves, therefore just has a boat to live on, tired to Rio Dulces.

The other is mobile, however this seems a lot like long-term travelers.I can romanticize this all I want, nobody truly wants to travel endlessly, I met with Wade from at the Vista Rio Hotel for a coke and we talked, then he went and wrote,
"Maybe People Do Not Want to Travel the World"

As best I can tell, "Maybe Nobody wants to live aboard."

YES, do not be anal here, there are the exceptions to this, I think maybe right now, in this mecca of live aboards there are 10 people. This is not the norm, it not normal.

I do not want to do something where there are no people.

I am not going to live with hermits.

I am not going to work on a boat, I have a job.

Congrats, wise decision! Travel endlessly no. Be Nomad yes! From Greek:
nomas, wandering in search of (green!) pasture.

Andy thinks deeply and SAYS........I am not going to live with hermits.......

A city of Hermits ? A small village of Hermits ? A Hermit over 55 retirement community ?

I think Hermits live alone ? But then again what the hell do I know.

Chuck on course to return to BKK 11/30/10...steady as she goes.


Yes, it would appear that hermits avoid people, but it is worst, they are around people and do not talk, the are not sociable. But then again, I am from Indiana and I feel a compulsion to say hello.