On to La Parguera

An early morning moonlight departure from Boquerón

An early morning moonlight departure from Boquerón

Following the advice of Bruce Van Sant, author of Passages South, we left Boquerón before sunrise so as to drop anchor in our next port of call before the trade winds pick up. We actually left a little later than we should have, but the winds were forecast to be rather light throughout the day anyway. At 6:30 a.m., we weighed anchor and began to make our way around the dramatic cliffs of Cabo Rojo. The beautiful Cabo Rojo lighthouse sits atop these cliffs, 121 feet above the water. Once we had rounded the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, we continued just outside of Margarita Reef, making our way into the anchorage at La Parguera. A series of small mangrove islands lie just off shore. Most of the space inside of these islands is taken by local boats on moorings, so we dropped the hook just outside one of them. It is still quite protected from any swell or waves, but open to a nice breeze. We have fallen in love with the trade winds of the Caribbean while at anchor. It’s like having an air-conditioner. We open the windows, and a refreshing breeze blows through Beatitude’s interior, making life aboard very comfortable. Daily highs since our arrival have been in the low to mid-80s, and the lows have been in the low 70s.

Skylight illuminating Cabo Rojo and the lighthouse

Skylight illuminating Cabo Rojo and the lighthouse

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The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

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Rounding the southwest tip of Puerto Rico

Rounding the southwest tip of Puerto Rico

What a view!

What a view!

Waves breaking over the Margarita Reef.

Waves breaking over the Margarita Reef.

The Village of La Parguera

The Village of La Parguera

So, yesterday around 10 a.m., we dropped anchor in about 14 feet of water just outside the mangrove islands. The scenery is beautiful with the mangroves and reefs surrounding us, along with the view of the mountains and hills which rise up behind La Paguera. La Paguera is a small seaside village named after a local snapper, the pargos. There are several colorful houses lining the shore, which sit right out over the water. Apparently, this place is pretty dead during the week, but like Boquerón comes alive on the weekend with visitors from around the island. Seeing how we arrived on Monday, there wasn’t a lot going on in town. About half the restaurants are closed, but for dinner we ate empanadas and rice and beans at a quaint authentic Puerto Rican place called Café Restaurante Puerto Parguera. We were quite surprised that there was no public dinghy dock in town. Maybe that’s why we are the only cruisers here. We asked someone on a dock where the dinghy dock was and she stated there was none, but we could pull up into an opening in the mangroves and tie our boat up there. We did. And we were a little startled to be welcomed ashore by a large orange iguana resting nearby in the mangroves.

Our welcoming party to La Parguera.

Our welcoming party to La Parguera.

How beautiful!

How beautiful!

Our dinghy parking in La Parguera.  You would think they'd provide some place for visiting boaters to land their dinghy!

Our dinghy parking in La Parguera. You would think they’d provide some place for visiting boaters to land their dinghy!

Two of the several houses over the water

Two of the several houses over the water

A rose among Bougainvilleas (on a walk through town).

A rose among Bougainvilleas (on a walk through town).

Hmmm.  Never saw this before.

Hmmm. Never saw this before.

Dinner in town

Dinner in town

Empanadillas and Rice and Beans

Empanadillas and Rice and Beans

A selfie with the village behind

A selfie with the village behind

A look back at the harbor/anchorage from town.  Beatitude is the visible just beyond the mangrove island.

A look back at the harbor/anchorage from town. Beatitude is the visible just beyond the mangrove island.

After dinner, we returned to Beatitude to enjoy a magnificent sunset and a relaxing evening in our home on the sea.

Heading back to Beatitude for the evening.

Heading back to Beatitude for the evening.

On our iPads and watching the sun set.

On our iPads and watching the sun set.

Good night, La Parguera

Good night, La Parguera

Sky's on fire!

Sky’s on fire!

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