Finally Reaching Costa Rica
03 April 2008 | Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica; 10 55.313 N, 85 47.560 W
Shortly into the morning, after most "normal" people are waking up and getting to work, Jim radioed to any vessel for a weather update. Another sailboat answered back and I feel bad cannot remember the name, I forgot to right it down, that they were about 10 miles offshore and going about 8.8 knots. Jim and I discussed the idea of doing the same thing, since the wind nearer to shore where we were was practically non-existent, and decided to go about 5-6 miles off and see what we could do. We hoisted the sails and headed out, got up to 7 knots, usually hanging around 6- 6.5. The waves were really nothing more than choppy, not the large rolling swells. We could have gone faster with the spinnaker up, but figured we were making good time and should arrive at our next anchorage in plenty of time. And we did, we pulled into Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica around 3:30. This is the first one of the 3-4 places all along our planned trip that I myself have been most anxious to see! And it didn=t dissapoint! It=s just gorgeous, and calm, and peaceful. The only sign of life was some fish, exotic birds- there are known to be parrots there, and some spider monkeys. As well as one other sailboat who we had briefly talked to on the VHF way back near Bahia Jiquilisco, our first stop after leaving Bahia del Sol. But this cove is plenty big for both of us, and it was actually great to see another cruiser since it=d been 2 weeks since we came across any others.