Author: Doug (---.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net)
Date: 01-23-06 12:38
We also rented the 18 footer from CBR. Culebrita is the most difficult of the Cayos to travel to, because the voyage is all windward exposure, so you'll be dealing with a significant chop, unless the seas are perfectly calm. Luis Pena, on the leeward side poses much less of a challenging ride. If your boat isn't weighted down too heavily with people and gear, this advice would not be as urgent. Make sure you memorize navigation buoys' meanings, because you'll use them to get past the reef at the mouth of Ensenada Honda. I've never navigated to Culebrita...I have been there twice. Once in a in water taxi, where we were dropped off on the south shore; and once with an experienced navigator who brought us into Tortuga Bay. Since, I've read that Tortuga is a tricky approach, so I'd talk to Butch about how to best approach the Cayo.
Virtually any of the restaurants in the downtown area are reachable on foot from the municipal dock. You can tie right up at the Dinghy dock, if there's room. There is also a small dock across the road from El Batey. It's been a long while since I used it but there used to be a dock at Club Seaborne. I believe you can tie up at Mamacita's...although, those spots may all be spoken for by water taxis. If that's the case, use the municipal dock and walk the 3 blocks. Also, CBR is only a short walk from town, and when the boat is in dock there you are not responsible for damage, so it might be smart to park there. Hope this helps!