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Puerto Rico Yacht Charters - The Spanish Virgin Islands, or Passage Islands, are a group of Islands and reefs which lie 15 miles to the east of Fajardo on Puerto Rico and for many years have been off limits to yacht charters because they !ay within territory reserved for the United States Navy. They used the islands for war games and bombing practice. While it is still possible to find both manmade and natural shells on the beaches, nowadays the islands are, for the most part, open to cruisers and are awaiting rediscovery.

  There are enough anchorages in these islands to keep a serious cruiser going for weeks. There is a quiet anchorage at the head of Ensenada Honda, just off the main town of Culebra. The town, which was all but flattened by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, is a delightful blend of Caribbean and Spanish cultures.

   The centrepiece is the red and white lifting bridge which spans the narrow boat canal. The bridge is rumoured to have lifted just once, on its day of inauguration some 30 odd years ago. It became stuck and remained in the open position for several days, trapping cars on one side or another. Engineers finally managed to return tlhe bridge to the closed position, where it has remained ever since!
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There are several small bars and restaurants which appear to open or remain closed at their owners' whim. Nothing seems to happen very fast here!

   Weapons training by the US Navy has severely restricted access to these islands for much of the past century. Now, as life gets a little more sensitive to this sort of thing, matters are becoming more relaxed and yachtsmen can visit the islands with permission of the Navy when they announce the range to be 'not hot'. If the range is hot, one is very courteously encouraged to return on another day. If you do not hear them it is wise to call the range by VHF.

   Cruising in the Spanish Virgin Islands certainly does give one the impression of what life must have been like throughout the Caribbean some 30 or 40 years ago. We found the people friendly and helpful. Customs regulations were somewhat laid back and relaxed.
Arriving from the US Virgins it is important to.check in with the authorities and obtain a cruising permit. The official currency is the US dollar, and both English and Spanish are spoken and understood.

   Ice, fuel and water are all available, but not always easy to obtain when and where you might wish. There are some local laundries. We found an adequate telephone system and a small airport provides a regular air ferry service to Puerto Rico.

   Fresh vegetables can be a little sparse and we would advise that a good stock of fresh produce should be brought with the visiting yacht after that, one relies on impulse shopping when green leaves are spotted at road side stalls!

   But visit these islands on a crewed yacht charter for their natural beauty, tranquillity and the diving, for fine food restaurants and noisy nighttime entertainment simply can not be found here.

 

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   Arrive at the San Juan International Airport, the largest and most modern in the Caribbean. A ten minute limousine drive will have you onboard in historic Old San Juan, established over 500 years ago, the second oldest city in the Hemisphere with original cobblestone streets, fabulous architecture and history, duty free shopping, art galleries, exquisite restaurants and night life, bohemians, artists and politicians.


   Leave San Juan by spectacular El Morro Castle and the impressive fortified walls surrounding the Old City. A cruise West, with the wind and seas, will have you in unique Mona Island in time for lunch. Explore one of the most guarded secrets of the Caribbean, a pristine uninhabited island. Take a guided tour with a ranger and observe the large iguanas, sea turtles, wild pigs and the island's other exotic flora and fauna. Superb scuba and snorkeling. Dinner alfresco under a ladened sky.


   From the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. In just three hours you will anchor at Caja de Muertos, another uninhabited island that has been declared a natural reserve presenting a 121 year old lighthouse built by the Spaniards, several endangered and rare species and some of the most beautiful white sand, translucent beaches of the world. Enjoy swimming, scuba, and water sports or just relax. But the Señorial City of Ponce, the second largest of Puerto Rico, is only 4.8 nautical miles away.


   Explore Ponce: Serralles Castle, La Guancha, a historic fire station, an acclaimed world-class museum and more fabulous architecture and history. Venture to the nearby Camuy Caves, the second largest underground system in the world.


   Sail the South coast of Puerto Rico for two hours en-route to famed Vieques Island, just off the Northeast coast of the Main Island of Puerto Rico. Spectacular diving and water sports, wonderful beaches will be followed by what is certain to be one of the highlights of the cruise: a night-time visit by tender to the nearby phosphorescent bay, one of the most luminescent anywhere, where swimming will be long remembered as each motion of your body will light up the surrounding water.



   Option A : Culebra

   A one-hour cruise will put you at anchor in Ensenada Honda at Culebra Island, one of the least populated of Puerto Rico. Fish, water sports, explore a myriad of coves or visit the beaches at Culebrita and Flamenco, some of the most spectacular anywhere.

   Option B: El Conquistador

   In less than one hour you are tied to a slip in this world-renowned resort on the eastern town of Fajardo. Breath-taking funicular rides from the marina to the hotel at the mountain top, pools, great service, tennis, beaches, world class golf are all at your beck and call. The fabled Puerto Rico Rain Forest is twenty minutes away.


   Leave the resort by helicopter for an aerial tour of the Island landing at the San Juan International Airport with plenty of time for your departure. For the less adventurous, this airport is 40 minutes away by limousine from El Conquistador.


- Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean and one of the largest in the U.S.
- World-class golf courses designed by Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and many others.
- World class thoroughbred racing.
- Casinos galore


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