In early January-April I'm pedaling off on my second low-budget long-distance tour. My first destination choice is (any combination of) the Carribean Islands via hitchiking on boats, but I can't find any info on people doing this before.
I'd like to work as an inexperienced crew member for my passage, and tour any islands (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, etc.) that I can get to.
The obstacles I see are:
*Finding a boat between Charleston, SC and Ft. Lauderdale, FL in January
*Having space on any boat for my loaded Trek 520
*The potential of getting stranded on a small island and not being able to get off.
I do have enough saved up to purchase a 1-way plane ticket if necessary, but would prefer the adventure of the open sea.
Has anyone done this before, or know of someone who has? Any help or resources are much appreciated. Thank you!