|The ferry boats are really nice inside!|
|We felt right at home with the navigation map!|
They sell some 20% of the tickets online, but most are held for first-come-first-served sale, with island residents receiving preferred service. In a perfect world, I would have been able to go online and book our car for transport to the island and back... but noooooo... That would have been too easy! Sadly, our ferry service here in Puerto Rico is in a constant state of flux. If you can get a transport ticket TO Culebra... chances are not always good that you can also get reliable transport tickets BACK to the main island... So for this reason, we decided to just go Full-Tourist by leaving our car at the ferry landing. I was able to go online two weeks in advance and buy our ferry passage, and then I just booked an island golf cart rental! A word to the wise: If you're planning a trip to Culebra, get your transportation secured in advance. Under normal circumstances, these golf cart rentals are booked solid for weeks!
|The view was distorted from the salt spray sliding down the windows|
|Our first glimpse of the island and the sailboats!|
The ferry ride was an event in itself! It was such a luxury to NOT be in charge of the navigation. We relaxed in air conditioned comfort, and watched out the windows as our boat bounced along across Vieques Sound. What used to take us about 10 hours, took less than one hour!!! We watched our progress by the navigational chart on the big screen, as we practically flew from our home island, back in time to the familiar island of Culebra. I have to say that while we're very happy living in our nice condo... this is bringing back memories that make us very nostalgic for our old cruising lifestyle. Seeing the sailboats swinging off of the mooring balls in prime locations... even if it is through the salt water distorted glass... floods our minds with the good times. We do miss that freedom. But we do not miss that responsibility, or the constant maintenance that goes along with it! Here we are, arriving in comfort. DRY and excited to explore this island in a different way!
We've rented golf carts before, but only by the hour! This time, we're taking this rad ride to our condo, where it will be at our service for the duration of our visit! This is another "event" that goes on the do-again list. We had such a good time lurching and straining in this buggy... While a jeep would allow access to a couple of other beaches where our cart could not go, this was definitely fun!
As we laughed our way down the narrow road that runs along the shores of the bay, we remembered again how small this island is. While here on our boat, we had plenty of time to gaze at the shore from all angles, and we wondered how it would be to stay in the nice condos at the other side of the harbor entrance. We mused about what a nice view they must have... Today, we get to find out!
|The clubhouse and office at Costa Bonita Villas|
The road to Costa Bonita Villas can hardly be called that. It is very pitted and some of it is just dirt. But we were on an adventure, so each pothole brought peals of laughter that only serve to make this more fun. We parked in front of the office and wondered where the people driving these other cars could be. We found NO people! We walked into the clubhouse and it seemed like it must have been a lively place at some time... but now, it was deserted. The furniture was sparse and the cute little bar was empty. The pool looked really nice though!!
|Kind of wishing we had an extra day just to devote to lounging by this pool!|
|Nice living area, with the glass doors to the patio.|
|Small kitchen, but plenty of room in the fridge.|
|The view! That's Dakiti across the channel. We stayed there on our boat!!|
|Looking back into Ensenada Honda|
|This is where we will drink our morning coffee... Ahhh can't wait!|
|The Tarpon milling around the Dinghy Dock|
|Ahhh, we've missed the cruising life...|
|Taken moments later... What a change!|
|Kate and Lee at the Dinghy Dock!|