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Our Favorite Anchorage So Far

P1010072_1024 Cayo Luis Pena wins favorite anchorage in our travels thus far. IMG_4010_1024The bays of this small deserted island just west of Culebra in the Spanish Virgin Islands feature pristine, clear, warm water, fine, white sand beaches, and no one else around…unless you count the five goats we saw on the rocks overlooking our anchorage. P1010066_1024

The sand at Cayo Luis Pena stretches way out in “sand roads” which is where Golden Glow found a comfortable anchorage on our passage from San Juan to St. Martin.IMG_8788_1024Cayo Luis Pena is a short distance from the larger island of Culebra, and we could see the back side of Flamingo Beach from our anchorage. Culebra is about 35 miles from San Juan, an easy day sail.

There are older coral reefs in sheltered water within easy swim of the beach and we did lots of snorkeling. P1010006_1024 P1010034_1024The reefs teem with tropical fish.

Leaving San Juan, the home of mainly power boats, Aria was excited when we passed the Disney cruise ship, complete with a huge Dumbo figure mounted on its stern.IMG_8769_1024We also saw many opulent yachts, like this sleek one that could have used for a James Bond movie set.IMG_8757_1024IMG_4008_1024After leaving the Spanish Virgin Islands, we headed for St. Martin to arrive before the large winds and waves Chris Parker had been predicting swept over the NE Caribbean. We followed a northerly route through the Virgin Islands in hope of being able to have a sail south east to St. Martin off the wind.

We sailed by Carvel Rock IMG_8789_1024past St ThomasIMG_8794_1024and then St JohnIMG_8797_1024and Virgin Gorda, and arrived in Sint Maarten, the Dutch side at sunrise. IMG_8803_1024But as the morning passed, we decided what we really wanted was French culture and especially its food, so we headed to Marigot on the French side IMG_8833_1024and anchored there in search of fresh croissants, which we found in town along with “chocolat” and delicious cafe au lait. Our enjoyment of St Martin will include paddle-boarding IMG_4045_1024among other things, so itIMG_8810_1024‘s time to get started inflating.

We do look forward to spending more time in the Virgin Islands – British, US and Spanish – on our way to Bermuda later this spring, and we’ll post more about the beautiful northeastern Caribbean before we head south next week or the week after.

2 Comments on Our Favorite Anchorage So Far

  1. Dear Art & Priscilla,
    At another favorite anchorage, Cane Garden Bay, we thought of you two, remembering it is one of your favorites, going way back to when your kids were young.
    We look forward to having you sail with us on Golden Glow and discovering a NEW favorite anchorage together.
    XO Ellen & Rand

  2. Thanks for sharing your incredible voyage. I wish you steady winds, smooth waters and lots of sunshine. Art

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