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

Altagracia’s School – Giving Back

Altagracia’s School and Home
He's a ham!
He’s a ham!

We enjoyed our time in Luperon, and tried to repay some of the hospitality we enjoyed by doing some good while we were there.

With the crew of another boat (Tanda Malaika – who you may remember from our Crooked Island story), we found a teacher – Altagracia – running a small school from her home. We thought for sure she would know of some needs in the community, so we went to ask her. It turned out that she needed some help herself. Read more