If you caught last week's article about The Best Books for Cruising, you're off to a great start. Physical books are always a plus to have when you're cruising because you never know when you'll have cell service. However, there are an infinite amount of amazing resources online that will help you plan for cruising. Here are some of our favorites, but if you see something missing, let us know so we can add it to our list!
This blog was started by Carolyn Shearlock who has been cruising with her husband for over 12 years. I think I read every single one of her articles before we left, and her site as grown so much since then! There are now over 1200 articles about cruising ranging from what it's like to live on a boat to more specific how-to's on every aspect of living aboard and cruising.
Another great blog about cruising and RV living. Emily and Mark have been traveling full time since 2007. Their more recent articles are about RV tips, but their cruising articles are still a great read. I'm mostly familiar with their guide to Mexico, but the site also includes information about the tropics.
This site allows yacht owners and crewmembers to connect through job postings and sailing opportunities. Posts range in experience level, position, destination, and duration. Become a cook on the west coast of Scotland, or a cruising instructor in Vancouver. It's free to post and view all sailing opportunities, but to contact a yacht owner about their post, you have to sign up for a membership.
Noonsite is the best resource for detailed information on country formalities and what to expect when you first arrive in a foreign port, plus port and marina information. It also keeps you up to date on the latest cruising news including the ever changing complex COVID protocols at ports of entry around the world. They recently added a new mapping system that easily displays ports of entry, open and closed ports, marinas and boatyards around the world.