Saturday, 11 April 2009

December 31st, 2008 to January 20th, 2009 PUNTA QUEPOS, BAHIA UVITA, BAHIA DRAKE & GULFITO

News Years eve sunset off Punta Quepos. The marina here was to have been opened in the Fall of 2007. NOT. Of course the marina construction takes up the best anchorage available. We tried a spot in front of the marina in 50 ft, but it was way too rolly. We then tucked in behind Punta Quepos. After nightfall we discovered we had anchored JUST behind an uncharted reef, when the seas started to break less then 100 feet off our stern. A sleepless way to start the New Year. We were up at dawn to make the high tide out of there.

Bahia Uvita is protected by two large reefs, seen here at low tide. The huge beach is crowded during the day and deserted at night. We are the only cruiser in the anchorage. The only challenge is the seas change direction as the tide brings the water above the reefs. A stern anchor helps, but it can be a bit uncomfortable at high tide.

Drake Bay, standing in the footsteps of the great English explorer (or Buccaneer if you were Spanish) who stopped here for fresh water.

Kayaking and hiking with Neil & Jackie from SV "Camalot". My first video download shows me running the rapids in a rented kayak. A well deserved lunch at the Drake Bay Wilderness Resort.

Terra y Mar dock in Golfito. A great place to leave your dingy, with cruisers lounge, TV, Video/DVD player, showers and honor bar. The neighbours are really, really quiet. Starshine catches up and shares a mooring ball with us.

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