That kind of community is what drew Donna and Jimmy Peters on their Lagoon 38, Bluewater Cat, to spend the season here. Donna, a nurse practitioner, and Jimmy, a retired chemical engineer, cruised on the Río Dulce for two months last winter, anchoring out in various places. "We'd just go wherever something was going on," Jimmy says. One of their most memorable experiences was participating in a Christmas toy drive that Mario's owner, Jim Ellis, helped organize for children at Casa Guatemala, an orphanage on the river. "The kids were ecstatic, and it was just great watching them all," Jimmy says. Their brief wintertime visit convinced them that Mario's would be a good place to spend hurricane season. After nearly three years of traveling all over the Caribbean—from the British Virgin Islands, where they bought their boat, through the eastern Caribbean to Venezuela, up to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, then back down to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, and Belize—Donna said she was ready to stop for a while. "I wanted my comforts," she says. "But more than that, I wanted to be part of a community. Jimmy has zipped me all around, and I guess I felt like I didn't have a real home. I wanted to have friends and to be part of the activities. I wanted to slow down." Until they arrived on the Río Dulce in May, the longest they'd been in a marina was two weeks, when they first bought their boat, and then one or two days elsewhere. This will be their longest layup so far.