We have to be in Panama tomorrow afternoon so today
we sailed most of the way there, anchoring at Portobello, a once
thriving town that is now just a small fishing village. In the days
of the Spanish exploitation of South America one third of all the riches
gathered by the armadas passed through this port. Now it is a
ramshackle collection of houses around the old church.
Our first anchor spot was close to the town, but
it felt unsafe, being within an easy swim of the town, and so we
re-anchored on the other side of the bay. Being robbed in Soufriere
has made us suspicious whenever we see people hanging around the dinghy
dock watching the comings and goings from the yachts.
However, we ate at a restaurant that served good
food at a reasonable price and the boat was not broken in to this time, so
perhaps we are being too hard on this place.