Coral Bay and Princess Bay
16 February 2014 | St John
DAY 49 - February 14th 2014 - Coral Harbour - St.John - 18 20.604N:064 42.634W
Another short day, 30 mins and we were heading into Coral Harbour, past the Rams head rock that Jack and I had trekked up yesterday and into this area that is famous for its hurricane holes. This also is a bay that is home to many live aboards. In our travels we have found protected bays like this that have a lot of permanent boats and just as many derelicts and sunken boats. The water is not always the best in these anchorages but we wanted to check it out as we had heard that the area is very laid back and a good place to visit. Doug did a drive around checking out the dinghy dock and other places; while he was gone I tidied up and was ready to go ashore when he returned. We motored over to the dinghy dock and walked to Skinny Legs this is a beach restaurant with little stores, very quaint. I needed to send some mail and found the sweetest little post office/cyber café/mail and fax place. After we walked along the road halfway to the other end of the bay that had no dinghy dock, not sure why, this bay is not cruiser friendly at all. On our way back we met up the local donkey herd outside the Fire Station (they were getting water). So of course I had to feed them half of my baguette and have cuddles. We met up with Donna and Jack for supper and then a long walk to the Blues Bar where the bartender, not only smoke and drank behind the bar but also got out on the dance floor. I found the Blues music to Rock and noisy so we left and headed home. Doug had downloaded the new movie by Robert Redford, which is about him sailing a Cal 39 in the Pacific and he gets hit by a container. This is a cruisers nightmare, so this was the movie of choice tonight. But as usual we only saw part of it before falling asleep.
DAY 50 - February 15th 2014 - Coral Harbour
It was a good idea but nothing came of it, we thought we would rent a car today and drive to Cruz Bay. Not possible at this end of the island. Next we thought we would catch the local bus, not possible on a weekend, next a taxi, not possible until 14.30. This sleepy area is just too sleepy. Someone suggested we walk to the corner and hitch, so as we were going past the fire station, I mentioned to the one of the firemen what trouble we were having, no problem he said I will take you. After heading out with Gray that was his name and then turning round and back to Coral Harbour where he had to go and chat with a young lady we eventually arrived in Cruz Bay. Doug and I had anchored in here last year to check into the USVI but we wanted to check out the town a little more. It was lovely, great shopping, great little beach with restaurants. We walked around downtown, had lunch at a beach bar and then took a taxi over to Caneel Bay that was owned by the Rockefellas. From there we were able to get a taxi (pick up with seat) back to Coral Harbour, what a scary ride. Donna and I were nervous wrecks and really need our Margaritas by the time we arrived back at Skinny Legs. Back to watch for the second time the Robert Redford movie, still have not completed it.
DAY 51 - February 16th 2014 - Princess Bay - St. John - 18 21.311N:04 41.572W
As I mentioned before this area is famous for its many hurricane holes, we thought today we would check one out and headed to Princess Bay. Another long day 30 mins later we were picking up one of only five mooring balls in this bay, as I sit here tonight there are only the two of us Kathrian and Moma and nothing but mangroves and hills all around in beautiful clear water. This afternoon was a relaxing one, I read and snoozed while Doug replaced our VHF Radio which was causing problems. Took Pinot ashore to a little beach and then toured around the four bays that are perfect for storing many hundreds of boats when hurricanes blow through. On our way back we stopped off at Kathrian for a chat and to decide where we are going to go tomorrow. At this time we are heading back to the BVI and Peter Island but you never know stay tuned for the next episode..