When the north swell starts kicking in Culebrita, worry not – there’s another option for peaceful rest. Just 30 minutes around the corner – off the island of Culebra – lies a calm, protected anchorage called Bahía de Almodóvar.

When we moved here following a stretch in Culebrita, my expectations were pretty low. But, once we picked up a free mooring ball and took it all in, we realized what a hidden gem this place is.

There’s a spectacular, open ocean view as far as the eye can see to the south, which you can take in from the bow of your boat, moored safely behind the shallow reef. The little mangrove patches and coral sandbars are fun for paddle boarding, beach combing and exploring by dinghy, which we did until it was time for umbrella drinks and a watercolor sunset.

And, if you need one more reason to visit, cell reception is terrific here (there’s none in Culebrita), making it the perfect place to catch up after a few days off the grid in Culebrita.

These coral and shell sandbars turned out to be the perfect place to get the dogs’ feet wet

These shells are pretty, but it’s discouraging to see how many boaters take immature conch in The Spanish Virgin Islands

St. Thomas in the background

Making a break for it

A rare appearance by our blender