From Puerto Ferro we moved to Sun Bay. We had a full beach day with swimming, paddle boarding and relaxing. Late that afternoon we moved Tumbleweed to the entrance to Mosquito Bay, one of the most popular bioluminescent bays in the world. They no longer allow motored boats into the bay so our plan was to anchor outside the bay and row the dinghy in after dark. The anchorage was rolly, but we were going to suck it up. We wanted to see if Mosquito Bay lived up to all the hype. Chris and I were skeptical that the bay wouldn’t be anything special, as we have seen some amazing phosphorescence in our travels. Boy, we were wrong! We rowed into the bay and put our paddles in the water. It was special. They don’t allow people to swim in the bay anymore but we were amazed at how just our paddles, hands and feet lit up the water. It was worth our troubles to get there and something I will remember forever. Mosquito Bay was worth the trip!

The next morning we moved the boat out of the rolly Mosquito Bay entrance and anchored off the city of Esperanza. We snorkeled on a sunken sailboat and had dinner in the town that night. The next day we were leaving the Spanish Virgin Islands and heading to main land Puerto Rico. Good bye Vieques.

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We started our sail to Vieques around 9:30am. We had to wait for Chris to sober up a little. We then set the sails, put out the fishing lines and all relaxed for the 20+ NM sail to the next island. As soon as we neared Vieques there was a shift in the wind. Chris decided to change the sails but we all forgot that we had fishing lines out. Yup, the most common error on this boat occurred again… When we looked back, both fishing lines were wrapped around the prop on the port side. Chris decided to sail into a bay that was close and drop the anchor for lunch. That way we could get the fishing line out of the prop without having the dive into the water in the big swell we were encountering. We were all up for an exploratory stop. We entered Bahia Salina del Sur and dropped the sails. The water was calm enough for me to jump in and untangle the fishing lines. We then started the engines and anchored. We saw a huge leatherback turtle on our way into the bay. As we anchored we noticed signs on the beach. We got out the binoculars and read a warning about Land Mines… Do Not Trespass. Yikes! We swam around and tried to paddle board. I had to rescue Steph on the paddle board as she got blown away like my mom did just a few weeks back. How could I have forgotten that the paddle boards are only for NON-windy days?! We did not go on land though. We were all glad that our anchor didn’t touch down on a land mine and we weren’t willing to take any other chances.

After lunch we were out of there. Goodbye land mines. We then anchored for the night in Puerto Ferro, a bioluminescent cove. We arrived around 4pm and just chilled on the boat until dark. We were ready to see the light show. The show of phosphorescent sparkle. We stirred up the water and saw some sparkle, Steph even jumped into the water to see the glow. It was good, but nothing spectacular. Chris and I have seen better on some of our night passages. I was a bit disappointed but Steph and Ashley seemed to enjoy themselves.

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April 13th, 2015: Culebra, Puerto Rico

by Sara on April 13, 2015

Yesterday we moved the boat from Flamenco Beach around to the lee side of the island. We picked up a mooring ball just off of Carlos Rosario Beach where the snorkeling was supposed to be superb. We all got a little taste of the underwater life that evening, but we really got the full effect today. It really was superb. We saw coral fans, antlers, and brains. We saw fish galore and enjoyed our day in the water. We snorkeled off of Rosario Carlos Beach and moved Tumbleweed over to an area called, “the Wall” and snorkeled some more. We would swim until we were cold, then warm up in the sun on the bow of Tumbleweed, and then swim some more. By late afternoon we were water logged and decided to head to the town of Dewey in Ensenada Honda Bay. We anchored right by the Dinghy Dock bar and loaded into the dinghy. Steph wanted to drive the dinghy so we went for a little ride. In the end we all ended up wet but laughing really hard. The funniest part was Finley’s reaction to Steph driving. She was very unsure the whole time and kept trying to get Chris to take back over the reigns. After our laughing tour, we stopped at the Dinghy Dock bar for drinks. I chased Finley around the town and explained what a horse was. She first spotted the horses and started “mooo’ing.” I had to explain that they were horses and not cows icon wink April 13th, 2015:  Culebra, Puerto Rico

After a few beers at the Dinghy Dock bar we moved to Mamacitas bar for food. The food was great and Ashely and I both had Bushwhacker drinks to top off our many beers. We then decided that we needed to stop at the store for more beer and ice on the boat. Steph, Finley and I carried the bag of ice as Chris and Ashley followed behind with the case of beer. About a half hour later (and a melted bag of ice) we were loading into the dinghy. On our trip back to Tumbleweed Steph proclaimed that, “We did Dewey!” It was our Dewey saying for the rest of the trip. What a night!

share save 171 16 April 13th, 2015:  Culebra, Puerto Rico