Tuesday, March 10, 2015

French Cay Harbor to Jonesville Bight

We are currently back in West End enjoying some diving. We left West End about 4 weeks ago and headed to French Cay Harbor to weather out the next cold front that was coming our way. There was then another stronger cold front coming so we headed to Jonesville Bight which had great protection.  We met Doug and Quelin on s/v Dances with Wind in French Cay Harbor and they had told us about Jonesville Bight so we followed them over there. We spent about 2 weeks in these two ports and then came back to West End. 

First stop French Cay Harbor.  It is a well protected anchorage.  It also has most things you need while cruising, banks, grocery stores, hardware stores marine services, doctors/dentist and much more all within walking distance. There is a great grocery store there called Eldon's, for us it was like a grocery store in the US.  Although you had to be careful about expiration dates and not buy the overpriced items, they had lots of stuff! They carry a lot of vegetarian items so I was a happy camper!!!!  

Little French Cay is pictured below, it is an island in the Harbor that you can visit.  It has beautiful beaches on the other side.  We only went there once briefly before we left.  You can get to it by dinghy, of course, but if you are just visiting the Island they have a boat taxi that takes you there.  


Frenchy's 44 is the restaurant on the mainland that has the boat taxi. They take humans and horses across the waters.  The horses go over there so people can ride them in the water. The horses seemed to be happy and well taken care of.  




Below is the anchorage at French Cay Harbor, the Catamaran in the picture is s/v Adventure, the boat that was in West End with us when the front came through and they took pictures of our boat. They are our Front Finder Friends...LOL.


Sunrise in the anchorage.


Our friends Doug and Quelin on s/v Dances with Wind are pictured below. They showed us around Jonesville Bight and we found all the cool places to go. This is Puky McNab's Sunday BBQ, the food was excellent! 


There are several other bays east of Jonesville Bight and you can get to them by dinghy through passages in the reef.  The houses and businesses are built on stilts.  





Every Friday BJ's Backyard Bar and Grill has local (ex pat) musicians playing music.  They played some great music, our era of rock and roll.  We went there for a few beers and music with Doug and Quelin.  We went back a few days later and no one was there except the owner BJ and John (I think that is his name).  We sat down with them in what they call their living room, which is actually the bar and had a few beers and a nice talk.  They both have lived very interesting lives.


Traveling between the harbors.


Jonesville Bight Marina  is pictured below.  We had happy hour there many times during our stay.  


Our friends Patric and Nicole from s/v Southern Mist came over from West End and waited for the front to pass.  


Jonesville Bight anchorage and out boats Ka'imi, Southern Mist and Dances with Wind.


Below is a one of many Water Taxi's that takes locals and tourists through the harbors.  It is much faster to get around this area by boat because the roads to each town go all the way up a hill, then all the way back down which makes for a long trip.


Another great spot in Jonesville Bight is Hole in the Wall Bar and Grill that we did not get pictures of.  We spent a few happy hours there also.

We finally made our way back to West End and here we sit in this beautiful anchorage surrounded by a reef that makes for great diving and snorkeling.  The pictures below were taken by John and Robin on s/v Calusa.  They saw a double rainbow and our boat just happened to be below them.  The aerial view of the West End anchorage is from an airplane when Robin flew back into Roatan.  



Ka'imi is the 2nd boat from the bottom of the picture, closest to the reef.  Is that not beautiful!! S/v Southern Mist is also in the picture, it is the 5th boat up from us.




Cheers Kim and Mike





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

West End, Roatan, Honduras

Mike and I spent a few weeks in West End before we left to find a better protected anchorage for the cold fronts that were coming our way.  West End is a beautiful anchorage with lots of coral reefs and sandy beaches.  We spent a few days in French Harbor and are now in Jonesville Bight until this last cold front passes.  We then hope to head back to West End to enjoy some diving.  My BC failed on our first dive, but we have found one that I can buy when we get back to West End.

You can walk along the beach front from West End to West Bay where we had lunch at Bite at the Beach.  Below are pictures of the walk along the beach.






Bite on the Beach Restaurant
The food there was amazing, I had the fish tacos of course and Mike had a cheeseburger.  The beer Salva Vida is very good also.

The picture below is West Bay, a very touristy spot especially when the Cruise Ships dock.
Not sure how dangerous this walk was, we saw nothing we were worried about, maybe the water taxis put these up so they could get more business.
Lost in Paradise Inn they put all the things they find on the reef or in the bay on their wall.
The street view in West End.
Beautiful sandy beaches.

We had a cold front come through the West End during our stay, with 27-29 knot sustained winds asnd gust to 35 knot. We were on a mooring ball and worried about it's strength so we had a pretty sleepless night.  Below is the picture before the storm.

This is the picture during the storm.  Photo taken by s/v Adventure.

So this is why we moved to a better anchorage for the next cold front.  Cheers and pictures of French Harbor and Jonesville Bight soon.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Bay Islands of Honduras

Wow, Roatan is beautiful. We have only been here 2 days but we are loving what we see. We left Placencia, Belize at 7:00 AM on Tuesday the 28th. We went through Ranguana Pass into the Bay of Honduras at 10:30 AM and headed for Roatan, Honduras. We arrived at West End, Roatan at 7:55 AM Wednesday the 29th with a travel time of 25 hours. By the time we got close to the Island we had to take all the sails down and slow ourselves down because we would of reached the break in the reef in the night, not good. So we hung out and motored slowly, dodging the cruise ships that come in at dawn.

We safely navigated the reef and picked up a mooring ball. We didn't check in immediately, we were a bit tired so we had a nice breakfast and an anchor down beer and took a long nap. We did check in yesterday Thursday the 29th and checked out Roxen Hole, where the Port Captain and Immigration are, then the town of West End where we are moored. It is a beautiful island and the people very friendly. Our check in costs were only $10 US dollars which is quite a change (inexpensive) from the other Central American countries we have been visiting!

We have a bit of rain this morning but that should clear up. We may change mooring balls later today because the boat next to us has a very, very loud generator. That is not too bad a thing if you run it for an hour or two, but this guy turns it on mid morning then leaves his boat not returning until sunset. That is too much noise for us! It is all good though there are plenty of mooring balls.

Can't wait to share some pictures, but we are not having much luck getting internet on the boat so we will have to take our laptops to shore. Not so bad, we can get free internet there at any bar and restaurant.

Cheers Kim and Mike

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ranguana Cay

We were able to get away from Placencia for a few days before a strong cold front arrived and sail to Ranguana Cay. A little island near the outer reef of Belize, we had sunshine and clear waters. The snorkeling was nice and the island had some nice beaches. We were in heaven. The only downfall is they charge you $10 per person to step foot on land.  It is good for the entire time your there, but we felt it was a bit much.  We had planned on eating in the restaurant and having a couple beers but after forking out $20 bucks we decided not to. 

Looks like Gilligan's Island.

Lots of palm trees and coconuts.

Nice beaches.

Ka'imi

More nice beaches.

Lots of crabs on the island.

Yep, Ka'imi again.

A content Pelican.

One of the cabins they rent. They also allow you to camp.

Showers, urinals and bathrooms.

Another cabin.

A sandy path through the island.

Sea Birds.

Booby's

Pelican

Nice sunset.

Cheers Kim and Mike

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