Month: April 2016

Coming Full Circle in the US Virgin Islands

We sailed Nightingale Tune 2,900 nautical miles and ended up in the US Virgin Islands. For us, this is way more than just another landfall, it’s destiny fulfilled. Let me explain: Ten years ago, Brian and I attended the wedding of friends in St. John, USVI. We fell in love with the island, rented a house, and came back for vacation. In all of our travels, we’ve never visited a place we love as much as St. John. Two years ago, we returned, this time to travel the USVI and BVI by boat. We lived aboard an Island Packet...

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Old San Juan: An Urban Interlude

With the boats tucked safely into slips at Palmas del Mar Yacht Club, we grabbed our overnight bags and hit the road, ready for 24 hours of something completely different. Walkable. Cultured. Bustling. Historic. Food-centric. Old San Juan is the perfect city for lousy tourists like us. Ambling from one side of the city to the other, we took it all in, nibbling as we went. I was surprised by how good it felt to have sidewalks beneath my feet. I’d be remiss to not mention another highlight of the trip; our glorious room at the Sharaton. Yes, we decided to...

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This is Cruising: 36 Hours at Caja de Muertos (aka Coffin Island)

We loved every minute of our stay at Caja de Muertos (aka Coffin Island). The island itself has everything we could possibly hope for: well maintained trails for running and hiking, a beautiful antique lighthouse with a view, water so clear we forgot we’d left the Bahamas, and the hope of catching something in the bay for dinner. Add in freakily calm seas, a successful lobster and conching mission turned into lunch, and good friends – et voilà! Perfect day. We would have loved to stay longer, but we’re taking full advantage of the weather window that keeps on giving....

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La Parguera: Venice of the Caribbean

The same weather window that gave us a drama-free passage miraculously stretches on, providing comfortable seas for exploring Puerto Rico’s west coast. We’re making the most of this gift, hopping over to a new place each morning until the east winds and big waves return. Leaving Boqueron, we traveled twenty miles east to La Parguera. Much-hyped for having mangrove canals lined with cottages on stilts, it’s known as “the Venice of the Caribbean”. It’s also home to one of the World’s seven bioluminescent bays, and is rumored to have great snorkeling reefs. We were obviously stoked to get there and explore. Anchored...

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Post Passage Fun in Boqueron, Puerto Rico

Anchored at last in the industrial bay of Mayaguez, we couldn’t believe our luck when we called up Puerto Rican Customs and discovered that we were able to clear in without leaving our boat. We decided to put those hours we wouldn’t be spending in the Customs office to good use and moved on to more scenic waters, just down the way in Boqueron. Boqueron is a spring break-y happening party place for local co-eds on the weekends, but we arrived on a Tuesday and the streets were eerily deserted. The main drag is lined with bars and food stands,...

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