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Salinas , Puerto Rico

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salinasmarina  Marina de Salinas is a well run, cruiser friendly marina on the south coast of Puerto Rico, slightly east of Ponce.  It has a small fee to use the pool, the showers, wifi, dingy space, mail and package receipt, etc.  The town is close by with plenty of restaurants and stores.  Major food stores are within a walk or a short bike ride.

DSCN0337  Here is the marina more formal restaurant.  The dinners run around $20 for the entre’ of fresh fish,etc.  A great view, nice glass of wine and dinner with frineds with always a special occasion.

salinaswifisnackbar  The casual snack bar is a great place to meet fellow cruisers.  Salinas is highly transient, but a few do make it their home or cruising base.  No, the $2 large bohemian beer found in the DR are long gone, but the local Medallia is good, it’s light meaning an amber color.  The BBQ on Friday is very good with enough food for another meal or two.  Wifi is free here as well .

freedomnearbysal  Another Freedom as a neighbor, last met them in Luperon.  It’s a small world out here cruising.

jonsosal   Jonso is a liveaboard and owns a local bar right by the marina.  He also recently became a seven seas cruising association station host.  Congrats!

restsalinas    Lots of waterfront bars !   Quiero Cevaza  Por Favor!

mextilesalinas     Mexican tiles is alive and well…different rules sometimes but fun for an afternoon….Where’s the Texas Holdem?

salinsfrigate    Watch out down below…these frigate birds are constantly diving for fish and resting atop the masts.  Messy but great to see the wildlife here.

waterfrontbarsal   Close to the anchorage, a nice waterfront bar overlooking the mangroves and small bays of Salinas.

salinasshuttle   A water ferry takes you to various docks and beaches around Salinas.  You can just take your dingy but lots of locals take it on the weekend.

clubburgees   A common practice among cruisers is to hang your burgee on various island bars you have frequented.  I found Al and Fran’s  SSCA burgee and hung my DIYC one next to it…Who’s next?

salstatue   This metal sculpture is in the village of Luperon.  It depicts men net fishing, but I see more local powerboats  with families aboard on weekends than the traditional fishing boats as found in the DR.

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Boqueron

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Boqueron , Puerto Rico    a nice anchorage close to the dingy dock and a wonderful village .

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It took 3 full days to motorsail from Luperon , DR to Boqueron, PR.  Nice to see a cycling club enjoying the area.

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All islands seem to have a great bakery, and Boqueron was not the exception.  Good baked goods and hot sandwiches from this family run business kept the customers coming.

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Buddy Jed, a fellow cruiser who has “Gypsy” in Luperon, stepped up and helped me motorsail to PR.  The hyrdrallic ram did act up again, forcing me to repressurize and add fluid to it constantly.  At least we did not have to use the emergency pipe tiller.  Big shouts of thanks to my friend.

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Seafood is abundant in the islands, and this street vendor had a nice fresh selection.

boqfriendlybar   So often out cruising, we were met by helpful locals.  This bartender got me the number to clear in on her own cell phone.  So nice to meet friendly, helpful folks.

After a few days, we bid Boqueron farewell, anxious to get to Salinas, my new island home in Puerto Rico.  The night winds were light, a full moon, and a calm sea was a pleasant respite from the strong winds and current on the nose of the past few days and nights.  Salinas here we come.

 

 

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Lobster and Fishing for Profit

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A New England lobster boat is being put in service to place fish and lobster traps in waters off Luperon, DR. Jamie is an experienced fisherman from Canada and has just cleared all the hurdles and is fishing.
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The “Ramon” is equipped with a motorized winch to lift the traps from depths over 100ft. , hopefully loaded with lobster and fish.

 

 

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Farming in Luperon

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Welcome to Norman’s Dairy Farm, Luperon, DR
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The farm is now home to two and ducks, and they just had 9 ducklings. This pond was built for the ducks to drink water from and enjoy. I hope they use it>

 

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Norm, originally from New England, married a lovely Dominican, Johnny, and together have found a great life here. They bought this raw land and have slowly turned it into a working dairy farm.
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yes, they plan on eight milking cows and one bull. The offspring are sold off.

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This cow is the mother of a new calf. A cow can give birth to one calf each year, allowing the farmer to add to his milkers and selling off any new bulls.

 

Cow's Water Trough

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White cane is grown for feed and can also be sold off to other farms. Planting is easy, a trimmed stalk is laid in the ground and soon sprouts appear and grow new plants.

 

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Dealing with a flooding, drainage problem caused by runoff of adjacent properties, Norman dug these retention ponds , which also stored much needed and precious water.
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Welcome to the farm. These two calves were born on the farm and are kept separated from the cows so that they don’t drink up all the milk. Yes, they are fed and are doing well.

 

 

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Fences are naturally made by this cactus, pinion. A great barrier to keep other livestock or your own out of the fields..
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Electric fences are quite effective in keeping the herd out of planted lands as well as discouraging people. I felt the shock , and it did get my attention.
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The milking station was built and is for milking and feeding the cows. Every morning the cows are milked . The milk is sold ,sometimes to make cheese or yogurt.
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After the cane is cut by the workers with their machetes, it is fed into this grinder and blown into the feeding trough. Protein grain is also added to allow the cows a great feed.

 

We wish Norman and Johnny good luck and are looking forward to returning and seeing the fruits of their labor blossom . Congrats!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Porta Rosea and Beach Party

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Pig Roast in the Making
Ride back to town
Ride back to town
Rows of eating places...all good!
Rows of eating places…all good!
My Beachgoing Friends
My Beachgoing Friends
Beautiful beach enjoyed by all..
Beautiful beach enjoyed by all..
Lobster for all my friends
Lobster for all my friends
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Beach fun . banana boat ride….
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Locals enjoying a local beach Santa Rosea

 

Beach Celebration for the local softball champs!
Beach Celebration for the local softball champs!

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Luperon Baseball

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dsc_0045Baseball is very popular in the Dominican Republic.  The local cruisers play some locals every Saturday.  We usually lose but afterwards buy some beers and enjoy talking to the Dominican players.

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Yes, we had a great day playing baseball.

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Luperon Continues 1

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Happy Times at Wendy’s

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Here is a beautiful beach near the entrance to the Luperon Harbour.  Great place for cruisers to gather, eat and drink, and enjoy the water of the Domincan Republic.

 

The picture on the top is a view of Luperon Anchorage.  More boats are arriving daily since it’s the most protective anchorage in the Caribbean……..Glad to be here.

 

Great volleyball on the streets of Luperon, some great local talent as well the fun volleyball group.