We had just come through the Windward Passage, the northern door to the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Haiti when a wall of water rose beside us, curled and broke directly over me flooding the cockpit with two inches of water. A Caribbean Kiss. Welcome to El Caribe!
It was the start of our third morning underway. Up to that point, we had a dream sail from Georgetown, Bahamas. We motored the first 18 hours in light winds, making all of our difficult easting right away. Then the trades filled in, we turned south, killed the engine and we sailed the rest of the way. In the Caribbean Sea - after our "Caribbean Kiss" - we quickly put the big waves astern and poled out the genoa. We ran in the manner nearly all the way to Jamaica. Fast and comfortable tradewind sailing. We arrived on Tuesday afternoon, cleared in after visits from four different sets of authorities - health and quarantine, customs, coast guard and immigration. The Q flag came down; up went the Jamaican courtesy flag. We were here!
We are now trying to learn our way around Port Antonio, Jamaica. This small town with a first-class harbor is known as being one of the safest cities in the country. We are told that we can walk the streets at night without worry.
Yesterday we hired a car and saw some of the sights. The highlight was Reach Falls, a lovely waterfall where we could swim, climb rocks upstream from pool to pool. There was even a cave behind the waterfall. Very fun!
We tried a few local specialities - goat curry and jerk pork - which were delicious.
Today we did chores, got a SIM card for our phone, bought fresh produce in the market and moved off the dock into the anchorage. The mooring includes access to marina facilities - swimming pool, showers, laundry, bar & restaurant, dinghy dock and 24-hour security. This setup suits us, and we will probably use this harbor as our base of operations for exploring Jamaica.
Tammy at Blue Lagoon
Tammy hiking to Reach Falls
Swimming at Reach Falls
Port Antonio Market