Days 29-31: Feliz Navidad de La Rep. Dominicana
Nov 10, 2010
Wednesday around noon we left the turquoise waters of the Turks and Caicos and began our 100 mile journey to the mountainous island of Hispanola. As the sun was rising out of the eastern sky, mountains were forming along the horizon to our south. They seemed to appear out of nowhere. It's similar to driving across Kansas, entering Colorado and getting your first glimpse at the Rocky Mountains after seeing nothing but flat farmland. The past month was spent in the low lying islands of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. We weren't in Kansas anymore. As we pulled into La Bahia de Luperon, around 11am Christmas Eve, and after crossing a time zone, we instantly saw why so many people call Luperon a "sticky" harbor. The bay was filled with at least 100 other sailboats anchored up appearing as if they hadn't been moved in years. Luperon has a friendly third world feel to it with a huge community of expatriates and sailors. Christmas Eve night was spent with our fellow cruisers throwing down Bohemia Especiales and singing Christmas carols. We met a sailor named Mac who 12 years ago sailed from Connecticut heading for the Marquesas. He got less than a quarter of the way there, Luperon, and hasn't left since. We also met Bruce, the author of our cruising guide, who apparently lives in Luperon, and is a big reason we made it to the DR safely. We thanked him for his help and he was shocked to hear there's 4 of us in a 31ft sloop. He called us "crazy." Well, one month into our trip and safely in the DR, we're getting that "sticky" feel to this country. We may be here awhile.