Originally Posted by Rubikoop
The reality is that St John, while beautiful, is a very long upwind slog from PR.
Good point, if you're chartering from Fajardo, there's plenty to keep you busy in eastern PR. Isla Pineros is a nice spot, and there's a maze of mangroves on the west side of the passage
where you can get lost
if you're not careful (in case your boat comes equipped with kayaks). You could explore Ensenada Honda
, home of the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, although you can not overnight in there. You could visit Vieques, the west and south sides have nice anchorages
. (Watch your six in Vieques, lots of crime and gang violence ashore although I am not aware of any cruiser-directed crime.)
has many lovely spots, we spent six months there. Hike up to the lighthouse on Culebrita, it's the oldest in the entire Caribbean
. Don't forget your camera! Spend a day or two at Flamenco Beach, anchor
near the "mullecito" in the southeast corner to avoid the swell. Snorkel one of the best spots in PR near the moorings at the NW corner of Culebra. Hang on a mooring
off Luis Pena island (the moorings are maintained by the PR DNPR and say "No Overnight" ... but I have hung on them for days and no one seemed to mind.)
When you're about seven days into it, take a nice downwind sail down the Cordillera toward Palominos, Cayo Lobos (near Icacos), and Icacos, you can overnight in all those places although you're a little exposed at Icacos.
Stop in at Las Croabas if you're shallow-draft enough to get in there, it's a festive place.
Avoid the wreck-strewn anchorage at Isleta, and the surly dockmaster at the Isleta Marina (nothing compelling there anyway).
There you go ... a 10-day itinerary. Enjoy!