Culebrita and turtles

Sailing into Culebrita

Sailing into Culebrita

Cove at Culebrita we stayed in. Oh my look at that water!

Cove at Culebrita we stayed in. Oh my look at that water!

Goats on Culebrita

Goats on Culebrita

Abandoned Lighthouse on Culebrita

Abandoned Lighthouse on Culebrita

Susan and Stan posing for a view by the Lighthouse

Susan and Stan posing for a view by the Lighthouse

View from the Lighthouse

View from the Lighthouse

Barefoot Life in Culebrita

Barefoot Life in Culebrita

We left Culebra and motored about 2 hours to a little cove in Culebrita. The trip was a little rough, but we didn’t lose anyone or anything overboard so I guess it could have been worse.

Culebrita is a small deserted island on the east side of Culebra. There is an abandoned lighthouse at the top of it that has since been replaced by a steel tower with a light on top powered by solar panels. The cove we picked up a mooring ball at is beautiful, clear water and we can moor close enough to swim easily to shore. It is still rolly, but we figured we can stand it for a few more nights, especially in such a beautiful place.

We swam to shore on the first day and hiked up to see the ruins of the lighthouse. Easy hike as it’s a small island and just one small hill. We found there are lots and lots of goats on this island and when you are hiking you need to make noise so you don’t scare them, especially the ones with the horns on the top of their head else they might try and head butt you in the…well…the butt.  After the hike we went for a short snorkel and managed to find a turtle just off the boat. Apparently there are lots of turtles in this cove.

Another rolly night followed by a rousing episode of toilet plunger laundry. Although really if you think about it, even though you are doing laundry in an orange Home Depot bucket with a toilet plunger, there is no more beautiful of a place to do it then looking at over clear blue water and seeing turtles swimming all around the boat.

We swam into shore again and walked more of the island. Didn’t take long as there is not much left to walk then to the lighthouse. We decided to go snorkeling again after lunch and saw loads of turtles. It’s almost to the point now it’s just a blasé “Oh look there’s another turtle” comment. But honestly there’s nothing blasé about seeing those amazingly beautiful animals popping their heads up and waiving their little legs and then disappearing back into the water again. And those suckers are amazingly fast under water when you are trying to stalk, er I mean swim, with them.

We are off tomorrow for St. Thomas and Charlotte Amalie with a day of provisioning and picking up a much needed refrigerator part for Stan’s (and by default Lann’s) peace of mind. We will spend one night there and then head to the north end of St. John for my final week.

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