Little San Salvador, Hello, is Anyone Here?

We left Cat Island this morning, March 31st, headed for Little San Salvador.  The winds were blowing 16 gusting to 20 kts. out of the south east.  That put us on a broad reach.  With full main and genoa we averaged over 7 kts.  As we approached the anchorage we were at 9.6 kts, what a sail!

Little San Salvador is a shore base for some cruise lines and they have developed the beach to provide all types of water and land based activities for the passengers.  There’s horseback riding, Hobie cats, kayaks, cabanas with hot tubs, many bars, BBQ area, a glass bottom boat, and on and on.  They arrive on the beach mid morning and are back on the ship by mid afternoon.

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This is the cruise ship that was in the harbor when we arrived.

We arrived just as the ship was loading passengers to depart for the next port.  I called the island manager on the VHF to request permission to anchor here and then to go ashore to see the beach and all the facilities.  He welcomed us to anchor and explore ashore.

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Some of the buildings set up for the passengers, these had hot tubs on the first floor.

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It was very private, just the two of us on the beach.

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It was like being on a movie set, nothing is real, but this was a cool bar. No drinks left behind for us.

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This is the entrance to the docks where the passengers unload and load, I guess they mean it when they say “NO Trespassing”.

We’ve just returned to the boat, at 5 PM, and we are the only boat anchored in the harbor.  When we went ashore there wasn’t a soul there either.  So many boats stop here as a jumping point to Eleuthera, and yet we were the only boat here tonight.

Tomorrow we leave for Rock Sound in Eluthera, about 42 nautical miles, about 6 ½ hours of sailing if the wind holds.