US Spanish Virgin Islands - Isla Culebrita

SV Meshugga
Nicholas & Deidre Mace
Fri 10 Jan 2020 14:25
18:19.19N 65:13.66W

Time to leave St Croix, and we lifted the anchor and sailed to our next destination, the little visited Spanish Virgin Islands, 45 miles away.

The Spanish Virgin Islands consist of two main islands, Culebra and Vieques, with many smaller islands. The islands were acquired by the US and access was restricted in order for the US Navy to use the islands for target practice and training, but which stopped in 1975 and 2008. The islands are part of Puerto Rico and Spanish is the main language, and hence are called the Spanish Virgin Islands, in order to keep with the USVI and BVI naming practice.

Our first stop was at the small protected bay of Isla Culebrita.The beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the world, apparently number 4. Pristine, divinely beautiful. Perfect soft white sand.

A rainbow after a late afternoon shower.

The water was crystal clear with a sublime powder white beach. We swam ashore with our flip flops and dry bag with water, beers and a small towel.

Culebrita is a Wildlife Refuge, and sea turtles nest on the beach. We saw one staked nest, and was careful to not walk over it .... just incase.

A walk around the island to the north was rocky and leading to the ‘Baths’, a calm pool of water on the windward side of the island. Wearing only flip flops became a problem eventually to navigate the rocks and we unfortunately turned back....

The abandoned lighthouse on the highest hill was built in 1882, and walking trails lead up to it.

Lighthouse up close

Thereafter it was time for beers on the beach.

Unfortunately for me, being a Wildlife Refuge, Nicholas refused to chop these coconuts down for me....They were low enough for him to reach them.

Take Care

Deidre Mace
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