Monday, 6 April 2015

Vieques for a second look

March 18th -21st a repeat Visit to Vieques

We departed Culebra for Vieques another Spanish Virgin Isle, we had reports from other cruisers it was a nice place, well it is!
Enjoyed a beam reach with 13 - 15 knots but ended up motoring into Sun Bay on the south side of the island.
18º 05N - 065º 27W
Its a picture postcard huge bay and there were only 9 other boats there, theres a lovely 2 mile light coloured sand palm fringed beach with very blue water and a gated national park with wild horses.

So quiet

Part of the park has a camping area amongst the trees and mangroves, I do hope whoever stays there have plenty of bug spray. We took the dinghy ashore and dragged it up the beach and tied it to a palm tree to explore.

The gap has a reef which leads to the little town of Esperanza
A little closer
Although we had been to Sun Bay before (our first season heading North) it was for just one night, Don had cleared us in while we were at anchor in Esperanza while I sat nervously in case we dragged, he was gone for hours, someone took him to the airport in Vieques, when he returned we came into Sun Bay. This time much wiser now this was a little bit of heaven.
The beach was very quiet being midweek we went ashore and walked through where you can see the gap into the other bay where the little town is Esperanza.
This place has much more activity with street venders, a promenade of sorts, bars and places to eat so we took some lunch and found somewhere to get the internet again.

Still Sun bay

Ángel Rodríguez Cristóbal an activist he was in the US army, a pain in the proverbial for the US in Esperanza. While he was in prison he was murdered in his cell

Esperanza bay

The promenade
The jetty is not in a good state
We stopped for a drink here

The little museum
An old Indian apparently

This guy winds the handle so the horses spin round and when it stops the closest horse to a mark on the front wins

Place your bets

Walk in back along Sun beach
After a couple of days we lifted the anchor then went into Esperanza bay which was ok for a couple of nights however it was pretty noisy, we should know better as the Puerta Ricans  sure know how to party and the music went on until the early hours.

Ok time to move on to Puerto Rico mainland, this time along the south coast.
Glenys and Don

Agua Therapy

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