Puerto Rico

A couple of days checking things off the must do list.  After dropping off our friends Sarah and Ted in Charlotte Amalie, we headed over to Culebra/Culebrita, our first time in PR.   The winds were relatively light, so we seized the opportunity to anchor in Bahia Tortuga on the Northeast side of Culebrita. At first we picked up a mooring, but anchored on our own after seeing the business end of a similar mooring washed up on the beach.  The pennant was in much better shape than the one we were attached to.  Yet, the metal attachment at the bottom was severed.  Yikes. Must move.

Since it is exposed to the North, Bahia Tortuga isn’t often a great winter anchorage.  Even in the light winds, we could see why.  It was mostly flat in the afternoon, but a small swell started making it into the bay in the evening and continued overnight.  Though it looked small on the water, the boat roll was enough to knock over glasses or a pitcher of water.  Still, the beach and island were so beautiful it was worth a rolly night.

During the day, we had a small blacktip reef shark swim under the boat.  At night, other than the other three boats in the bay, there were no signs of modern life.  No lights, no noise.  Just thousands of stars above and the sometimes roar of the waves breaking nearby.

 

Bahia Tortuga, Culebrita, Spanish VI

Bahia Tortuga, Culebrita, Spanish VI

On Culebrita, we hiked up to the light house at 300 ft.  It is now a ruin, but was a beautiful building at one time with marble floors.

Culebrita lighthouse, Spanish Virgin Islands

Culebrita lighthouse, Spanish Virgin Islands

Saturday morning, we hiked to the jacuzzi, Culebrita’s version of the bubbly pool on Jost van Dyke.

Culebrita, Spanish VI

Culebrita, Spanish VI

After the hike, we returned to the beach to play with another family.  Unfortunately, at the end of that fun, we flipped the dinghy in the surf, another first for us.  We weren’t in it and no one was hurt.  We righted it and with some help recovered our belongings which were rolling about in the surf.  Now, the outboard had been submerged, so it had to be partly disassembled and cleaned, the final notable must do for us in these couple of days.

After a few fresh water rinses of the outboard, we moved about 2 miles over to Bahia Almodovar on the southeast corner of Culebra.  The water is wonderfully flat as the bay is completely protected by a reef to the east and has only a small entrance on the north.  Even that entrance only opens to Bahia Manglar which has its own small entrance to the east.  Sounds complicated, but it means a couple of turns that the swell doesn’t make.

Richard, Jim, and Greg spent the afternoon pulling apart the outboard and flushing with WD40.  We also cleaned the carb as we suspected a jet might have been gunked up.  It wasn’t a bad task as it rained every hour all afternoon.  Just before dark, we got everything back together, marveled at the fact that we didn’t have a single extra part floating about, dropped on the dinghy and she fired right up and ran well.  Hurrah.

Outboard flush

Outboard flush

So, here we sit on perfectly flat water. Culebrita is on the left.  Over the mangrove key in the middle is the outline of St. Thomas.

Bahia Almodovar, Culebra

Bahia Almodovar, Culebra

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