18 February 2011 | Culebrita, Puerto Rico
February 18, 2011
On Wednesday morning we set sail from Water Island to Culebrita, Puerto Rico. The sail was nice and took us about 4 hours to sail about 17 miles. Beetlejuice, once again, did not enjoy the sail and “refunded” his breakfast… yuck!
On the way, we saw a huge sea turtle. It was so big I thought it was a log floating in the water in the distance. Then Tom saw a whale or at least the spray from it in the near distance. We arrived by noon at Culebrita. What’s there? Nothing man made that’s for sure; palm trees, a white pristine beach and lots of sea turtles. The water is as clear as and smooth as what you’d see on a postcard.
Us and about 3 other boats spent the night in that bay. It is considered a national park. Sea turtles are everywhere and you can see on the beach where they’ve buried their eggs. We attached to a mooring ball literally 20 feet from shore and swam into the beach; us and the dogs! We did a little exploring and swimming and returned to the boat with a fresh coconut that Savannah & I managed to completely open in less than 15 minutes. That’s an improvement, the first one took over an hour!
Thursday morning before we left we observed two small sharks around our boat scouting for food. Small? About two feet in length. Though small, I was happy we observed this from only the deck of our boat.
We motored from Culebrita to Culebra, Puerto Rico. The islands are right next to one another. We spent yesterday anchored in front of the town of Dewey. There are houses here, a couple of small grocery stores and about five restaurants. We took the dinghy into the “Dinghy Dock Restaurant” where you simply park your dinghy and step into the restaurant. We chatted with two couples seated next to us from Nashville. One of the guys said to Tom, “I saw you in the grocery store today. How long have you been here? Your feet are so dark brown!”
Next Wednesday my mom arrives for a 12 day visit. We are looking forward to her visit and then more visitors through the whole month of March! In April we are planning to head toward the Bahamas to island hop and explore.
All for now,