Spanish Virgin Islands

Our last stop on the island of Puerto Rico was at the Marina Palmas Del Mar on the east coast of the island. It was another recommendation from Jose. There we met Juanjo Boschetti, another delightful Puerto Rican (of Italian descent) and also a font of local knowledge. He helped us plan our next stops in the Spanish Virgins Islands.

Vieques and Culebra form the Spanish Virgin Islands and are part of the territory of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, there had recently been a number of dinghies stolen on Vieques so Juanjo recommended we bypass it and spend our time in Culebra.

Culebra is a laid-back spot with a very protected anchorage. We enjoyed a few drinks with some of the other cruisers at the Dinghy Dock restaurant, which is right on the water. Tarpons feed at the edge of the dock, literally 6 feet from your table.

On our way out of Culebra, we set off down the narrow channel only to come face-to-face with an inbound cruise ship. The captain quickly called us on the VHF and politely asked us to move - we were already doing so at full throttle!

Overall, we really enjoyed Puerto Rico. Both of us were so impressed by all the Puerto Ricans we met, from the customs officers to the grocery store clerks. The people are just so warm, welcoming, helpful and very proud of their islands. Meeting them was truly a delightful experience.

Next stop – the British Virgin Islands!

Background: Puerto Rico was originally claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus in 1493. It was appropriated in 1898 by the United States following the Spanish–American War. It remains a territory of the United States but is still not an actual “State”. Of the 3.4 million inhabitants, those born in Puerto Rico are full US citizens.


  1. Denise on May 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Really enjoying your posts! Keep em coming! You guys are really living the dream. Left you a message earlier on another post but not sure u received it.

    • pricepowell on May 17, 2017 at 6:09 am

      Hi Denise. Great to hear from you. We are indeed living the dream. It’s quite an adventure! Sorry if I missed your prior message. We often go for several weeks without internet, so our correspondence can get a bit backed-up. Cheers, Price.

  2. Kathy M on May 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Gail and Price

    I am enjoying all your photos and stories. I can’t tell you what a good year you choose to set sail- away from here. This weather has been bad. Today was sailpast at WVYC and although it threatened to rain, it was one of the few days that was dry but still cold.
    Brett, Kelsey and Hayley have been more or less living here for a while but brett just rented a place on lower Lonsdale starting June 1 and Kelsey will start in New York June 13. Hopefully Hayley will hang out with us at least for the summer before she finds a new place and starts fourth year in September.
    Brett is going to start working with Doug in Bellingham and has been working in Langley to get some training in the forklift driving and setting saw blades etc.
    Our running group continues!!
    Miss you on our morning excursions.

    • pricepowell on May 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Great to hear from you. I’m glad you are enjoying the blog. It took us awhile to get it going. We couldn’t have done without Lindsay kick starting us and the blog.
      Sounds like you are enjoying having the kids home for awhile.
      I miss our morning runs. It is very hot and muggy from morning till night. 31 degrees every day. Thank goodness for the breeze. I have yet to run here. Our days are action packed and non stop. Hopefully, the learning curve will slow down but we love our new life. Say hi to all for me. Cheers, Gail

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