St John, USVI
18 February 2010 | Leinster Bay
Sunny Skies is in paradise!
This is probably the last internet connection we'll have for about a week so I'll send a quick update. We are in one of our favorite corners of paradise - Leinster Bay in the NE corner of St John and will head back to the BVIs today.
On the way back from St Thomas we stopped at Caneel Bay and dinghied around to Cruz Bay to explore the town and have lunch. The Cruz Bay harbor is so packed with boats now it's really hard to anchor anymore. Then back to Maho for more snorkeling. So far the weather has been great except for a persistent north swell that stirs up the water and makes the snorkeling not so great.
I think we've already told everyone about Maho Bay - the classic campground with the steep boardwalk that climbs the hill from the beautiful beach up to the wonderful dining pavilion at the top of the mountain. It's been in operation for over 40 years. A lot of people meet up there every year. Sadly 2011 will be the last year of operation since the lease runs out and the owner is looking to sell it for a condos... but meanwhile it is heaven on earth for the cruising sailor. And don't forget the Friday night Prime Rib special.
Yesterday morning we went in to Maho Beach and tried out a contraption that turns a kayak into a sailboat. It's a pretty neat gadget. Sailboatstogo.com on the Web. The guy brings them down from Boston every year to Maho. We had a lot of fun sailing around but in the end decided it would be too much hassle getting set up and then trying to disassemble from the boat. Few harbors have the perfect beach like Maho.
Yesterday we snorkeled the point on Whistling Island where the steep rocks and drop-offs are. Great coral and lots of fish.
We still have to make another trip into Tortola to get our new stack pack... meanwhile it's hard getting the sail secure and it looks really sloppy.