Day: June 29, 2015
Several people have told us about a beautiful little place called Starfish Beach. With a name like that, how could it not be?! Yesterday we decided to set out and find it, and we loved it there so much that we spent the night out at anchor.
I have to add that our newly installed radar is quite spiffy and works wonderfully.
We are becoming pretty ninja at setting the anchor by hand. The part Danny ordered for the windlass hasn’t arrived yet. Jude and Jonathan usually take a wild guess and pull out the amount of anchor chain they think we’ll need, and when Danny gives the go ahead they drop it, set the bridle, and we are hooked.
When we arrived yesterday we immediately jumped in and played in the water for a while. Danny and I swam to shore and walked among the coconut trees. People had come to Starfish beach by panga, and were sipping pina coladas in their hammocks and beach chairs, and a couple little tables were set up with shells, bags and jewelry for sale. Music was blaring from a couple different locations.
As we made our way back across the beach toward the boat we saw 6 little heads bobbing in a line in the water – the creatures were swimming their way to shore too.
I noticed this cute litte child motoring off in a panga…
Danny and I took a nap and when we woke, the boat was completely quiet. I went on deck to find Ashley fast asleep on the trampoline, and the dinghy was pulled up on shore, with the creatures swimming close by it.
It’s easy to tell why this place is called Starfish beach. Huge orange starfish are scattered everywhere across the sandy bottom. There are also beautiful coral colored hermit crabs all over the place. It’s a bit of heaven.
For part of dinner I made a huge fruit salad, with watermelon, pineapple, pears, oranges and granadilla. When we were about done eating, Mycah went to get another spoonful of fruit salad and said, ‘oh…here’s a little worm.’ Everyone stopped mid swallow as she found 3 or 4 more in the bowl, and then Jude found one on her plate. We cautiously finished eating and then several of the creatures spoke of the importance of gastric juices and the amount of protein in a 3mm worm. Emma decided that the fruit salad was delicious anyway and we all continued on with our evening.
When we set sail today, we decided to try put the spinnaker up since we had such light airs. It was our first time using it and it was so beautiful!!
It is such a giant sail and it’s blue and gold colors were so bold against the grey sky.
Starfish Beach is now one of our favorite places, and we will most definitely go back soon.