Apr 9 to Apr 23
We had a wonderful visit to the SVI, beginning with Culebra where we found the local people to be very nice and helpful. We anchored at Ensenada Honda, near the public dock. After clearing in with customs by phone we took a short dinghy ride to the public dock and walked to the various restaurants and bars which are all good. We ate in most of them and in our opinion the food at the Dinghy Dock is the best, followed by Zaco Tacos, Susie’s and Mamacitas. The best way to move around Culebra is renting a golf cart or a Jeep. We didn’t see any taxis but there were a few shuttle vans that ran from the ferry dock to the beaches. The golf carts are lot of fun, but can be a little uncomfortable if you have more than 2 people. We rented a Jeep when our friends Pete and Donna from s/v Shirley Jean joined us. We visited Flamenco Beach, it is a tropical paradise, white sand, clear water, palm trees swaying in the breeze, just naturally beautiful, we love it! We enjoyed body and boogie board surfing, lots of fun! We also visited Tamarindo beach, great for snorkeling, and there are a lot of turtles there. The turtles are so use to people you can swim close to them without them swimming away. There are other beaches in Culebra but none as beautiful as Flamenco.
We visited Culebrita Island, a small beautiful uninhabited island off the eastern coast of Culebra. Unfortunately the anchorage was very rolly so we only stayed one night.
We sailed to Vieques, the bigger island, and anchored at Ensenada Honda, a bay surrounded by Mangroves. The bay is very quite and peaceful but there are no facilities. The mangroves are a great place to paddle board. We had to return to the USVI for appointments so our stay in Vieques was shorter than we would have liked.
We are back in St. Thomas, anchored at Brewers Bay preparing for our trip to Grenada.