This first map of the Bahamas shows our island hopping adventure from 12/19/2007 to 2/29/2008.
livestock. Guess who has the right of way?We paid for extra car insurance and headed out with friends to see the countryside. Our first stop was Luperon. Some of our cruising friends had opted to anchor in the mangroves here. It is a pretty place but the local town use this area for a sewage outlet. Sewage treatment is a problem in this country. We managed to find friends Jim and Roxanne. They took us to the local hot spot, Steve's place. Steve is an ex pat and offers great advice to new arrivals. Watch your stuff is rule #1. Your camera may disappear and you will be given an opportunity to buy it back for a modest sum.
There are no child labor laws here and we thought our waitress was kind of young? She sure was cute.
The goats are the street cleaners in town. It works!
Lots of small houses with large families. Our boat is probably bigger!
Still waiting on the weather to improve we decided to go visit the 27 Waterfalls at Damajaqua. The Waterfalls are a National Park and so you must hike in and up the falls with a guide. It is a good thing the guide is male and very strong. The joy of this trip is jumping and sliding down the falls but you must get up there first. There are no trails to hike up instead the guide pulls and tugs each person up the falls. At first we felt humiliation to see the strain on his face as he pulled our big bodies up and up and up. Is there a big enough tip for someone who hauls you around like a sack of potatoes? Oh well, we got over our humiliation quickly and had alot of fun.
Colorful buildings on narrow streets provide a European feel.
Christopher Columbus in the Parque ColonHandsome soldier guarding the plaza.
We found a great bed and breakfast. The Atarazana Hotel was a great respite from the hustle and bustle on the street.
The museum showcases colonial period objects including a very complete medicinal herbal collection.
Beautiful artwork of local heroes
And then it was time to leave.
There was a great hike to the lighthouse.
Obviously no longer is use. Great view from the top with Fine Line in the background.
We spent Easter Sunday at Puerto Patillas. This is a small beach town that throws big parties. We anchored off the town park where numerous sound systems were cranked to max volume. Salsa and Salsa Rap all day long. The jet skiis and small boats raced up and down the beach. We were very entertained. We continued our motor sail east and found a great marina in Fajardo. Puerto Del Rey Marina claims to be the biggest marina in the Caribbean. With over 1000 slips we believe they are the biggest.
The Fort's architecture is impressive with numerous lookouts and defense positions.
El Yunque rainforest is just 30 minutes from San Juan. The transformation from the crowded city to this lush tropical landscape is a wonderful experience.
Old lookout towers offer a panoramic view.
The hiking was strenous but worth every step. The trails were built from cement and stones.
Our next stop is to visit the Spanish Virgin Islands. They are located within 20 miles of the east coast of Puerto Rico. They are not visited by cruise ships and have not been affected by tourism in the manner of the other Virgin Islands. We also hear lobster season is all year. HMMM, easy decision, let's go.