Blogs from Puerto Rico, Central America Caribbean


Friday, June 6, 2014 Today is our last day of the cruise. It sure has gone by super-fast, but been a fantastic time. As Royal Caribbean said in the Day 7 Cruise Compass, enjoy every last bit of your final day at sea. Everyone slept in this morning, except for me; I was up at 5:00 am. Kinda scary when I don’t need an alarm clock to wake up. I headed to the Champagne bar to work on grading papers and participating in the class I am teaching. Cindy meet me for breakfast at 7:30 am and we headed to the dining room for breakfast. As I have mentioned before, love being served for breakfast. Our table mates this morning were people we have say with before. Following breakfast, Cindy and I went to the photo ... read more
Michael and Brian Guo playing basketball
Jenny and Marcus getting ready to rock climb
Marcus getting ready to rock climb

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Todd was up at 600am, grading papers. Yes I am working on part of the trip. After I finished grading papers, I headed back to our room to make sure everyone was up. We have a tight schedule this morning. Jenny, Marcus, Michael and I wanted to run on the beach this morning. The beach is 1.5 blocks away. Everyone was up to running; Michael decided to work out in the gym. Cindy stayed back in the hotel. So Jenny, Marcus and I walked down towards the beach. I ran ahead and started running. It was super warm and humid this morning, I felt like I was back in Houston in the middle of the summer. For me, it was so enjoyable running on the beach. I was able to keep my ... read more
Lunch time, Manolin
Lunch - Mofongo Relleno con Pollo
The group at the Bacardi distillery

Friday, May 30, 2014 Our household was up early this morning. Todd was up at 4:00 am, all others 5:30 am. You know me, have to be up early. We are so excited to take our cruise, third one in six months. After doing some last minute organizing at the house and saying our goodbye’s to the dogs, we were off to the airport to catch our flight to DFW at 8:45am. Thank goodness for the HOV lanes, it made the trip to the airport quicker that time of day. We arrived at the Houston airport around 7:45 am and went through security without any major issues. We boarded our American Airlines flight and left on time. We arrived in DFW 15 minutes early. This is great news; however our gate was not available. We ended ... read more
Island of Puerto Rico
Embassy Suites, San Juan, Puerto Rico - Airport
Casino in the Embassy Suites - San Juan, Puerto Rico

We pretty much crashed for a week upon returning to Whisper after a month in the states. Once we were well rested and provisioned, we took advantage of light easterly winds and motored back to Culebra. Spent a few days in Dewey, the main town on Culebra, then sailed south to Vieques. Although its name means “small island” in Arawak, it’s the largest of the Spanish Virgin Islands. Like many of the Caribbean islands, Vieques has been home to indigenous people, Spanish, English, French, Dutch and various pirates. The US took over the island in 1898 and, in 1941, the Navy purchased two thirds of the island to be used for live training exercises, ship to shore gunfire, air to ground bombing and amphibious landings. In 1999, a civilian employee was killed and four others injured ... read more
Another starfish

Since the last post, we’ve visited Culebrita, an uninhabited island on the northeast side of Culebra, circumnavigated Culebra, visited the three anchorages on the west side of Cayo Luis de Pena (later discovered two moorings on the east side), met up with cruising friends from Rhode Island, and drove around Culebra’s main roads in a rented golf cart. We are now in a marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, getting ready to fly home for a little while. The guidebooks we read spoke highly of Culebrita, the little island with the abandoned lighthouse at its top, a lovely expanse of sandy beach, and the “jacuzzi” somewhere in the rocky outcrop on the north side. What we saw of the jacuzzi was a bit too rough to swim in, but fascinating to watch. The beach was as advertised ... read more
View to the west
Tortuga beach looking north
Tortuga Bay looking south


Time flies when you’re having fun. Or so they say. In any case, a lot of time has passed since the last post – I’ll try to do the Reader’s Digest version of the last 6 weeks. On February 13th, we sailed from St. Croix to St. John and spent the night at Salt Pond Bay. The next day, we sailed over to Virgin Gorda, where we pulled into a slip at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. Our plan was to check into the British Virgin Islands, check out the summer boat storage facility at the marina, and tidy up the boat in preparation for our guests who were arriving the following Wednesday. Saturday morning, while I was below decks and Jon was in the cockpit cleaning, there was a crash and boom, then quiet. I ... read more
In the Travel lift
Preparing to lower centerboard
Centerboard down

Prologue Prior to December 2012, I was self-employed which meant that I had more time on my hands and usually more money as well, so I qualified easily for status with American Airlines. Earlier this year, I realized that I was not on course to requalify for status. Around that same time, American sent me a 15% off coupon so I decided to make a mileage run. The next decision was – where should I go? I knew I wanted to explore a new place. I was tempted to go to New Orleans, but I found a cheaper fare to San Juan. A quick scan through the Lonely Planet led me to Posada San Francisco, a hostel offering private rooms for $30 in the heart of Old San Juan. With that, the deal was sealed. Saturday, ... read more
En Route to Condado
En Route to Condado
Paseo de la Princesa

I'm a little late writing this one, but better late than never! In July, I went down to Puerto Rico to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends, Alisa to her new beau Donray. I worked with both Alisa and Donray in Comayagua, Honduras, where we all met while teaching down there. It was a small and intimate wedding (maybe 40 people?), so I felt honoured to be one of very few friends among the group, and the only one who had been there to see this relationship blossom from the beginning! We all stayed at the Gran Melia Resort (non-inclusive), which was beautiful, but SUPER pricey, and not really worth what you pay. As a whole group, we also had several issues with the resort, but you can read all of the reviews ... read more
Hiking El Yunque
El Verde BBQ
Mofongo at Richie's Café!

Day 6 involved us heading back home to the US. We did not want to leave the lovely beaches and wonderful food. We had a blast and I am sure it will not be the last time we venture to Puerto Rico!... read more

Day 5 was also a relaxation day when we checked into our hotel the Best Western Palms Inn Condado in Condado, PR. It was an amazing hotel that had a view of the ocean from the balcony! We had some pina coladas at the hotel bar and also took a dive in the pool. Later on, we ate at Tijuana's Bar and Grill and the food was delicious. What a perfect way to end our trip in Puerto Rico.... read more
Queen Bed
View from Room
View from Room

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