Luperon, Dominican republic to Puerto Rico June 2014

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Since leaving the Bahamas we have been traveling the Thorny Path eastward. Going eastward means into tradewinds and currents so we have been moving slowly but that has also given us the time and opportunity to get to know places we found. Such was the case with Luperon. We stayed waiting for good weather which meant light winds and not much northerly swell. Here are some random pictures of the area of Luperon.

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The bay for Luperon is a secure hurricane hole and is surrounded by hills and mountains. We could expect the quick hard rain and then bright sunshine again.

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Nothing is more Dominican than dogs, baseball and sugar cane.  Except maybe Rum! We did tour the Brugal Factory in Puerto Plata.

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Everything grows here including cattle. Here we are shopping for delicious drinkable yogurt and cheese straight from the farmers.

The people of luperon and in fact all over DR were so friendly, wanting to help and make us feel welcomed.  We visited Puerto Plata and Santiago on day trips. Busy cities hustling and bustling but so interesting.  Toured the Amber Museum in PP too.

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Here are the daily sights of Luperon Harbor.  A lucky rainbow over our friends boat named Krow, and this bow-heavy motor boat steaming in to the government dock. The fishing fleet is mostly home built boat actively fishing daily.

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We got our weather wind and motorsailed our way to the Bay of Samana in about 24 hours. We had heard a lot of horror stories about Samana (the town) regarding theft especially of  outboards. So we locked the motor to the boat and used our dinghy as a rowboat and had no problems. The town was full of activities and since the cruise ships were finished for the season we were the target of lots of attention from hustlers. They would do anything , take us anywhere, sell us anything. But they also understood NO when accompanied with a smile. So we got along well with the locals.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASamana is a very colorful place, motor scooters with 3 or 4 people on them buzz everywhere. School kids in uniform choose either morning, mid day or night school. Fruits, vegetables,shoes anything you want can be bought on the street.  Locals play dominoes under the shade trees midday.

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Los Haitses National Park is located across the Bay of Samana about 10 miles to the SW from Samana. We sailed over to enjoy a peaceful anchorage and found no one there except for the park ranger. The boat was anchored in 10 feet near to caves, mangrove river and high almost impenetrable cliff sides. Lots of birds nest here in the trees including frigates, pelicans and some unknown to us bird.

 

 

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Can anyone tell us the bird that makes these nest? the opening is on the bottom and the bird is bright yellow with a bit of black, size similar to robin.??

 

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We did see pictographs in the cave as well as carvings from Pre Columbian era.

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Time seems to move quicker than we do so we departed Samana for points east. We did pull into Punta Cana for fuel and one night in a marina. Then off for an overnight sail across the Mona Passage to Boqueron Puerto Rico.  We are excited to be back  in the USA again after a good mild crossing. We will be exploring Puerto Rico as we meander along the south coast on our way to Virgin Islands. We have made great friends and continue to enjoy our travels/meanderings.

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10 thoughts on “Luperon, Dominican republic to Puerto Rico June 2014

  1. John & Lucy,
    I think the bird in question my be a “Lesser Masked Weaver”. “Googling” your description provided an immage of a yellow & black bird sitting on a nest that looked just like your photo.
    I’m really enjoying your blog & wish you both safe travels!
    Bill G.

    • Bill, you are the winner! That sounds like it. We tried hard to get a better picture of the bird but they were not cooperating.the nests were fascinating. Thanks for helping out. How are you doing ? Still walking your miles with the dog? Hope so! Thanks for reading the blog

  2. good article, my guess was going to be a Baltimore Oriole bird, had to google this other bird , had not heard of it. I forgot the fact it is hurricaine season, so are you picking spots where you would be “safe” to visit right now?

    • We sure are keeping it in mind but it is a little early yet. We are moving on today eastward and hope to be in VI in a week or 2 . We did love the DR, did that come through the article?

      • No problem with article or pictures and I don’t think they are to long, good explanation on all pictures and interesting content. Keep it coming!

  3. Lucy and John, your experiences are truly inspiring. Thanks so very much for sharing them so eloquently in images and words. You are incredible people to be able to make such travels look easy. I’d ask what motivates you to raise your anchor to leave each fascinating spot but realize it’s the same force that led you to leave Michigan. Best wishes.

    • Terry, thanks for your kind words. I don’t feel so elegant sometime and wish I was more techy but I do love feedback like you gave. We are enjoying each place we go and that drives us to keep moving. Soon we will be back to STT and are excited to see the changes there. We have prepared our selves to not compare then to now too much. And of course we may not know many people there but we are
      Looking forward to seeing who we do know.

      Happy Fathers Day to you tomorrow. You are a great dad to Daniel and we are so glad we were able to connect with you even if it was only for a day!!
      Love to Karen and Daniel too! Lucy and john

  4. Hi Lucy,
    We met you in Culebra. Rock and Diane on SV Simple Pleasures. My son, Ryan Higby, who fishes out of Kodiak, and tenders out of Cordova, should love to meet your son! If you send along contact information, I will pass it on.
    Hope your trip is progressing well! You must be in the BVI now.
    Thanks,
    Diane Lemieux

    2saltydogs.blogspot.com

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