|Leaving Caja de Muertos|
Reviewing all of the possible stops and considering weather is a daily event. The weather was no problem this time as we continued to enjoy uncommonly calm seas and light winds.
There are several stops still to be explored, Salinas and Puerto Patillas were high on our list... But after speaking to Sue and Rick on Orion about Boca del Infierno... a pass we had earlier considered but decided to pass because we're chicken... We were convinced that with the benign weather conditions and a little common sense, we could make it through the infamous pass on our own. This anchorage is between Salinas and Puerto Patillas and thus cuts out one night on the south coast, giving us an extra day to be closer to Palmas del Mar, where we would stay for our visit with Mom.
|Caja de Muertos to Boca del Infierno|
|The last part inside the reef|
|Sunrise... time to go!|
So we napped, read and enjoyed sundowners on the deck while we watched the daytime boat traffic carrying locals out to their weekend hideaways.
|That's a bird sitting on the marker on the scary reef!|
|The one that got away!|
|Tuna Point Lighthouse|
|Vieques in the distance|
With one more day to spare before our reservation at the Palmas del Mar Marina, we headed for Monkey Island!
The water shoals fast here so we dropped in about 8 ft and set easily in a sandy spot. The bottom has grassy patches but we had no trouble.
He seemed to be the Boss and I watched him for a while as he scattered the riffraff that came out to see me...
|What? I'm just cooling off... it has nothing to do with YOU!|
He walked off and there was a little Monkey Ruckus... Yikes!!! Then this Iguana came crawling down the beach. I thought that would have been unpopular with the monkeys but evidently they live together in harmony.
|Monkey and Iguana in perfect harmony|
|Monkeys taking a little sip... THEY DRINK SALT WATER???|
It's pretty cool.
We could hear the monkeys moaning and screeching and at one point there was such a prolonged screaming fit we worried that the island would be littered with monkey bodies when we woke up...
We can't say enough about the folks at The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar. They booked us by email and had a rental car waiting for us the next morning.
There is a car rental on the property making it very easy to do your business here.
We got settled and collected Mom later in the evening for a fun week of touristing!
|Beautiful community of Palmas del Mar|
|Settled into the slip|
|Luxury! They cart guests around in golf carts!|