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Island Time

Posted by on January 27, 2019

OK sure we are already on an island, but that does not mean that we can’t go and visit another. Looks like we’ve decided to stay in Culebra for this season. We’re getting lots of things done on Moon that we’ve not necessary neglected in the past, but put off because we were always on the move. Plans now are to stay here and explore Culebra and its nearby smaller islands. So it’s kind of a sad and good thing. We won’t get to explore any new and exotic lands this round, but we will get to sort of plant our feet for a while and get to really know Culebra better. With that being said we decided to sail to the nearby island of Culebrita for the day.

 

 

As we approach Culebrita. Lighthouse is perched on the highest point to the right hand side.

Path on Culebrita that leads from one side of the island to the other.

Our first view of the beach as come off of the path.

 

This small island is just east of Culebra. Measuring about one mile in length, the uninhabited island of Culebrita is part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge. The Island is also home to a lighthouse called Faro Culebrita. Built in 1886, it was one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the Caribbean when it was shut down by the US Navy in 1975. Currently it is in ruins, but it looks like it is in the process of getting some much needed repairs. We saw a work crew there clearing out what seemed to be a rather large roadway up to the lighthouse. I remember it being a beautiful brick structure the last time we were here. Brian, Rachel and I climbed up a rickety makeshift ladder to access the top. The views were amazing!

 

 

On top of what is boasted as the oldest lighthouse in the Caribbean…on Culebrita.

Culebrita Lighthouse was the oldest operating lighthouse in the Caribbean until 1975 when the US Navy and Coast Guard closed it replacing it with a solar powered light beacon.

Yup, these are the stairs that you use to go up into the lighthouse! The Culebrita Lighthouse was built in 1886. In 1975, the Navy and Coast Guard closed the facility. Since then, the lighthouse has sustained heavy damage from hurricanes and vandalism.

 

 

Since we’ve been here before we decided to skip visiting the lighthouse this time and went to the beach on the north side of the island and visited the beautiful tide pools. We anchored the boat on the south west side of the island and walked the path to the main beach. By anchoring where we did it cut out in total about three miles of travel, which in a boat is a lot! It was nice to walk anyways since we spend so much time on the boat. We enjoyed looking at the trees and hearing all of the little creatures run for shelter as they heard us coming down the path. When we finally reached the other side of the island the views were incredible! The water here is amazing, so blue and crystal clear! The sand is powdery white and soooo soft! This day was perfect, little to no waves making it a great day for swimming.

 

 

Amazing beach at Culebrita!

Scrambling through the big rocks to the tide pool.

Almost to the tide pool.

 

 

Last time we were at the tide pools the waves were much bigger making it lots of fun when they came crashing over the rocks. This time we had a couple of waves come over but it was mostly calm making it a nice spot to just chill out. When we walked back to the beach we were glad that we had made it to the island early. Now the harbor was full of boats, locals and tourists alike all enjoying this slice of heaven. We were surprised that we had the pools to ourselves the whole time. What a fun day!

 

 

Floating in Heaven!

Finally a wave!

 

 

We paddled our kayaks back out to where Moon was anchored and set sail back to where we like to be snugged in behind Dakity Reef. We like it here behind the reef. Nice protected spot, not too much going on and a beach close enough that we can dinghy to for swimming and snorkeling and of course we can just jump off of the boat and swim in the water. It is crystal clear here too. Oh by the way, the lunar eclipse, super moon that I was so excited to see was awesome! I did not get any photos though unless you want to see some blurred bright thing in the dark sky. Hey, at least I tried 🙂 . We sat on the deck and watched it disappear, and as it got dark the stars came out, and it was so beautiful! Hope that you got to enjoy it too. I have a bit of photo envy, I saw the pictures that some of you posted on FB!

 

 

Full moon rising on the night of the lunar eclipse.

 

 

OK, enough for now. Hope all of you are staying warm. News shows it a being a bit nippy out there! If it makes you feel any better we’ve had a few cold nights here too…low 70’s can feel pretty cold on a boat especially when you’ve been snorkeling all day! Lol!

Take care all!

 

 

Jennifer and Brian
SV/Moon

2 Responses to Island Time

  1. Claudia J Robinson

    Fabulous pictures of the tidal pools, and snorkeling! Looks so good, especially from here where it was -14° with -41° wind chills! Nice looking lighthouse, hope they do restore it.

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