Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Caribbean

Debbie and I have been sailing for the past month from Grenada to San Juan Puerto Rico.  We are sorry for not being able to update our blog.  There has been little or no quality internet to be able to upload pictures and a blog.

We left Grenada after saying goodbye to Laura and started our island travels north.  WOW!! what fantastic warm water anchorages, islands and sailing we have experienced during the past month.  Pictures can't really tell the whole story but we will attach a few so that you get the idea.

St. George, Grenada

                                                                Mansion on Mustique

Gord's new friend

                                                     Steaming Volcano on Monseratt

Tim in St. Martin
Our Friend Tim from Orillia joined us in St. Martin.  This was his first time on a sailboat and the first time in the Caribbean.  We had a great time sharing new experiences for all of us.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Island

One of our favourites spots are the British Virgin Islands.  We spent a week enjoying the shallow warm water.  The darker areas are coral reefs and they are just like a very fancy aquarium with amazing varieties of coral and brightly coloured fish.  The Baths and pristine beaches to the north there were highlights for us.  (Thanks Craig)  Lots of snorkelling, swimming and some hiking to the top of a hill where you can take a dip in a pool - very nice because you are a little warm when you get there!

Debbie snorkelling 

Fun at The Baths,  Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.s

Next stop was Culebra.  It is an island and part of Puerto Rico.  We enjoyed the fantastic beaches and the warm relaxing sun.  Here we met our friends the Silverstein family on a sister boat "Field Trip". It was a too short of a visit but so good to see them.

Friends and Fellow Adventurers, the Silverstein Family 

Debbie and Gord and Tim on Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Then from Culebra we had a day sail to San Juan.  Almost no wind but a beautiful clear sunny day.  The San Juan harbour is amazing.  The contrast of the old fort and the new modern buildings is incredible.  Debbie and I have been to San Juan many times but to actually sail into the harbour in our own boat was amazing.  It's a very busy harbour with cruise ships, cargo ships and many private vessels coming and going.  Many years ago I thought that it would so incredible to sail into this harbour on our own boat!  It was quite exciting to fulfill this dream!

The Fort, San Juan, P.R.

The view of the harbour entrance from the fort

Gord on a "hop on hop off" tour of old San Juan

We will set sail on Thursday for the Bahamas and then onto Florida.  We can't guarantee quality wifi but we will try and update our blog soon.  Our plan is to spend this summer sailing the east coast of the USA and then returning to the Caribbean next winter.

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