Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chacachacare Trinidad N10.40 W 061.45 Oct 27 – Nov 9 2010

Chacachacare Island is located only 6 miles from the main port of Chagauramas Anchorage but a lifetime away in spirit.

You leave the hustle and bustle of the busy anchorage for the isolation and beauty of this horseshoe shaped island in between Trinidad and Venezuela that for 60 years between 1924 & 1984 was as a leper colony served by a nunnery and onsite Doctor’s residence. Spread throughout the large bay, is the main house of the Mother Superior, the nunnery and Chancellery located strategically on the south side of the bay where the breeze was constant, the men’s and women’s facilities were separated and on the north side of the bay along with the Dr’s residence. It is completely vacated now and great fun in a spooky sort of way to explore this large facility where so much history lay.

There is also a lighthouse on this island that makes for a great 3 ½ mile hike up a well maintained road rewarded by a welcoming lighthouse keeper, a shady spot to relax and terrific scenic views of the north coast of Trinidad and the north and east shoreline of Venezuela just across the ‘Dragon’s Mouth’ cut.

The bay offers a variety of anchorages and the shore gunk holing is a rewarding experience for those that enjoy searching for that elusive beach glass. All in all we found this spot a great place to unwind after 4 months on the hard and all the stress of being in the yard. A wonderful respite with calm clear water for swimming and a friendly turtle swimming by. We were fortunate to spend time with new friends John and Geri and their lovely Motor Yacht Peking.  So much of this journey is about the people we meet and once again we are enjoying the company of strangers who are fast becoming great friends. 

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