Culebra to Fajardo

Good morning from Ensenada Honda

Good morning from Ensenada Honda

The middle of this week was spent relaxing and enjoying the wonderful vistas of Ensenada Honda from the deck of Beatitude. We enjoyed some really good food from Zaco’s Tacos and The Dinghy Dock. We invited Ric and Sherry over for dinner on Tuesday night. Cindy cooked up some tasty lasagna for the evening. Wednesday morning, I went scuba diving with the local dive company. While enjoyable, the water clarity was no where near that of the Turks and Caicos, my last dive spot. The water visibility in the T&C was at least 100 feet, in Culebra it might have been 35 feet. It was still nice though, and a short 4 1/2 minute video of my diving is included in this post. Cindy had a day dedicated to her art and painting. On Wednesday evening, we attended the Ash Wednesday service at Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church. We love the friendliness and jocundity of the priest.

The way the islands operate.

The way the islands operate.

Someone tell me what kind of bird this huge fellow is.  He was circling over the Dinghy Dock with 2 or 3 of his friends.

Someone tell me what kind of bird this huge fellow is. He was circling over the Dinghy Dock with 2 or 3 of his friends.

Zaco's Tacos.  Delicious Carnitas tacos!

Zaco’s Tacos. Delicious Carnitas tacos!

The laid back interior of Zaco's Tacos.

The laid back interior of Zaco’s Tacos.

The bar at Zaco's Tacos.

The bar at Zaco’s Tacos.

This fellow is the king of the  roosters.  He was prancing around on the top of the roof and crowing away.

This fellow is the king of the roosters. He was prancing around on the top of the roof and crowing away.

Barry, Ric, Sherry, Cindy after a filling meal of Lasagna

Barry, Ric, Sherry, Cindy after a filling meal of Lasagna

The Crucifix at the apse of Our Lady of Carmen

The Crucifix at the apse of Our Lady of Carmen

Today, we weighed anchor just after 7 a.m. (which required cutting some fishing line entangled with seaweed off our anchor chain). Twenty-four nautical miles later we tied to the docks at Sunbay Marina in Fajardo, a boating center located in northeastern Puerto Rico. The passage was pleasant enough. There was a 2-3 foot swell from the NE mixed up with 2-3 foot wind-driven waves from the SE. Since we were headed ENE, this worked out fine for us. The most exciting thing about are short passage today, and another first for Beatitude, was a whale sighting! We’ve listened with some jealousy when other boats have mentioned the whales they’ve encountered in their travels. Well, today, about half-way across the Vieques Sound, we spotted our first whale! If only I had been faster with the camera, you could enjoy a nice picture of the tail-flukes as they were raised and then slipped into the water. But, alas, I only have the tiniest sliver of fluke and a small splash on the photo. It was magical, anyway. First, we saw the body and spray from the blow hole, and then we saw the tail gracefully rise and fall into the water about 75 yards from the boat. Hopefully, this will be the first of many more.

Pipi Shortstockings!

Pipi Shortstockings!

Rounding the southwestern point of Culebra

Rounding the southwestern point of Culebra

El Mono a small, but impressive little island west of Culebra

El Mono a small, but impressive little island west of Culebra

Thar' She Blows!  If you look really closely, you can see a sliver of the tail and a little splash as it enters the water.  :)

Thar’ She Blows! If you look really closely, you can see a sliver of the tail and a little splash as it enters the water. 🙂

Approaching Sunbay Marina

Approaching Sunbay Marina

Lassoing a Piling

Lassoing a Piling

We returned to the main island of Puerto Rico primarily to pick up guests. Tomorrow, our cherished friends, Justin and Shera from Charleston, will fly into Puerto Rico for 7 days and nights aboard Beatitude. We’re so excited to share this wonderful place with them. We’ll probably head back to the Spanish Virgin Islands for a few days and then do a little exploring of the main island before they return home. This afternoon, we did some laundry. Tomorrow, we’ll rent a car and do some shopping prior to picking our guests up at the airport in San Juan.

Mr. Pelican standing on our dock to welcome us to Fajardo.

Mr. Pelican standing on our dock to welcome us to Fajardo.

Beatitude in her slip.

Beatitude in her slip.

Here’s the dive video from Culebra:

5 thoughts on “Culebra to Fajardo

  1. So nice you are able to get together with other boaters & old friends Also seeing a whale must have been exciting! Nice video! Such colorful fish and surroundings! Good job!

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