The Mona Passage and West Coast of Puerto Rico

Iguana on the rocks at Cabo Rojo lighthouse

Much lore surrounds the Mona Passage, and it can sound downright intimidating if you just listen to the stories, but our crossing was pretty anti-climactic. We could have used a better wind angle, but the sea conditions were fine. Swells were moderate, but the period (how far apart they were) was long. It was a good motion: enough to remind us that we were on a sailboat, but not enough to throw us around or do any damage. We needed to go ahead and get out of the Dominican Republic, so we couldn’t wait for a perfect weather window, but what we got was good enough. We made an early morning departure from Los Haitises Park in Samana Bay.
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Traveling in the Dominican Republic

Alan and Cheri at Jimenoa Falls #2

We had a great time in the Dominican Republic, and that included several inland trips. It is a stunning country, and there is so much to see!

We went to Santo Domingo via bus. The Dominican bus system is cheap and reliable. Unless there’s a strike. Which there was. Did you know the Dominican word for strike is huelga? Neither did I. You learn something new every day! Seriously, the bus cost about $14 each round trip. Quite a bargain. Read more

The Dominican Republic – The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious… Part 2

Sunset in Luperon Harbor
Sunset in Luperon Harbor

Part Two: The Bad

OK, everyplace has its good and bad, and the Dominican Republic is no exception. Their reputation has been pretty rough in the past. I know I would have liked some current information prior to going there. So, even though I try to focus on the good stuff typically, I’ll try to share the straight dope here. Read more