Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ah, Culebra



Some things can only be said with pictures!
On Monday we packed a lunch and rented bikes, $15 for the whole day (a 24-hour day!). Our first journey took us to over a few hills to Flamenco Beach. We considered sailing here but with the swells and waves from Phillipe, it made more sense to see it by land. After walking the beach, checking out the iguanas and turtles in a small mangrove inlet, and eating our lunch in the shade at the kioskos, we ventured onward. We rode back up a hill to take in the view of Ensenada Honda to the southeast and Flamenco Beach to the north. Spectacular.

We rode along Ensenada Honda to find Shark's restaurant and bar and the museum. We learned the museum was only open on Friday - Sunday, but that didn't stop us. We continued on for a short distance to find that Shark's is under new ownership as  Sea Breeze Hotel at Costa Bonita. A beautiful resort and restaurant. Although the restaurant was closed (it's off season and only open on weekends) we were able to buy a couple of beers at the air conditioned gift shop and walk the grounds. The views are stunning.  

A little rain shower cooled us down for our ride back to Dewey and the Dinghy Dock Bar & Restaurant where we enjoyed another beer before taking the dinghy back to Ensenada Dakity.

On Tuesday, we left our mooring for a day trip to Lana's Cay at Luis Pena for another chance to snorkel the large reef. We picked up a mooring directly over an old ship wreck in 20 feet of crystal clear water. The bay is protected from the easterly winds and although the seas were still running a little southeast, we were able to snorkel in calm waters in the protected cove. We arrived back at our mooring ball in Ensenada Dakity in time for our sundowners.

Just another lovely day in Culebra.   

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