Isla Caja de Muertos

We spent two nights anchored off Isla Caja de Muertos.   On the weekends, apparently there are private companies that will bring folks out here for swimming and hiking, but since it was Thursday, none were here.  Still, there was one other cruising boat the first night anchored in the bay on the SW side.  That bay seemed a bit crowded with another boat, so we anchored off the northwest coast.  The things you have to do to get away these days…  The second night, we managed to get the whole island to ourselves.  Cruising here is a bit different than the BVI and USVI.

Isla Caja de Muertos

Isla Caja de Muertos

There are all sorts of neat stories about why the island is named coffin island.  The dullest is that the island looks a bit like a coffin.  The more interesting involve pirates and a bride who was killed in a battle and buried in a glass coffin on the island.  Apparently, the pirate buddies thought that they would find treasure, but found the glass coffin.  A nasty surprise indeed.

We spent the day swimming and hiking.  The beach is great.  Even better that by the morning, the other cruiser had left and we had the place to ourselves.

Swimming, Isla Caja de Muertos

Swimming, Isla Caja de Muertos

The lighthouse was built by the Spanish in 1887.  The building was built the shape of a “Lorraine Cross” or a T and is quite a pretty structure.

Lighthouse, Isla Caja de Muertos

Lighthouse, Isla Caja de Muertos

We thought that the windvane was even more interesting.  Take a look at the letters for directions.  In Spanish, Oeste is west.

Spanish Windvane, Isla Caja de Muertos

Spanish Wind vane, Isla Caja de Muertos

The hike itself up to the lighthouse was a short uphill walk through a dry forest.

View from the Lighthouse, Isla Caja de Muertos

View from the Lighthouse, Isla Caja de Muertos

We also spent part of the afternoon flying a kite on the field by the ranger buildings.  It’s hard to describe in words, but there is something magical about flying a kite.  It was fun

Flying kites, Isla Caja de Muertos

Flying kites, Isla Caja de Muertos

Today, we headed off to Cana Gorda aka “Gilligan’s Island” near Guanica.  We are anchored in the bay behind the reef and a few islands.  The wind picked up this afternoon to the low 20s, but the bay is nice and flat.

 

 

 

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