We wanted to ease back into sailing and being on the move so our first stop was just around the corner of Puerto Rico. It was 26 nautical miles or about 5 hours to Bahia Fosforesente. This tiny bay is protected on all sides with a narrow channel from the South West. We wanted to see the marine life at night. The bay is named because of the bioluminescent marine life. At night if you jump into the water and splash around thousands of tiny sea creatures illuminate the area around you. It is similar to being surrounded by stars while you are floating in the blackness of space. Swimming at night was just as amazing as it sounds. We stayed at anchor for a few days enjoying the seclusion and slow pace of our new home on the water. During the days pelicans were busy diving on fish. There seemed to be an almost constant splash. The pelicans would circle an area looking for fish. When they were ready they folded their wings back and careened headfirst under the water to get their meal. We even had a couple of dolphins swim by the boat to check us out. There wasn’t much in the way of a sandy beach in the bay but we did take the tender out for a little exploring through the mangroves.
This was a great leisurely start to our Caribbean tour. Check back next time when we continue on along the Southside of Puerto Rico.