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27. Nov, 2009

Playa Coco

Heading North from Higuey along the coast towards Miches you’ll find a small unmarked dirt road. If you follow it all the way to the coast you’ll find yourself a beautiful and secluded beach called Playa Coco, with no one else around for miles and miles! (except for John, but I’ll get to that in a minute). From as far as you can see in both directions there is no one. Just palm trees, ocean and sand. Oh, there is the occasional pig, chicken, and maybe a dog or two that might cross your path. But that’s about it. Now, back to John…

John lives here. He left his family in Haiti to try and make a better life for himself here in the Dominican Republic. He’s been here for one year, and lives totally alone and rarely sees another human. I think we were the highlight of his month. Well, at least the highlight of his past week. He lives off coconuts and was kind enough to open a couple of fresh coconuts for us as we shared stories and learned more about his life in Playa Coco.

The only other people that John see’s are the Dominicans jumping in boats and heading East towards Puerto Rico. This happens to also be the departure point for Dominican fleeing the country in search of a better life in the USA. Entire families of 10-20 people cram themselves into small little fishing boats that are not much more than a dug out canoe. These brave (crazy) people, try to navigate the 80 plus miles of the Mona Passage towards Puerto Rico, the most difficult and dangerous passage in the Caribbean.

John see’s many people leave, but has never seen anyone return. Do they make it, who knows. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but the next beach over is called Playa Muerte, or Death Beach. Coincidence? I’ll let someone else be the judge of that…

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07. Nov, 2009

Dominican Republic

WEll put a map here 2

09. Oct, 2008

Sailing the Mona Passage

Sailing the Mona Passage

A few hours after leaving La Romana in the Dominican Republic on a 70 foot catamaran appropriately name Tetu (meaning “Stubborn” in French), I was enjoying the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Isla Saona, a tropical paradise off the South West coast of the Dominican Republic. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was on our side. Isla Saona was magnificent and we dropped anchor to relax and prepare for dinner. Our plan was to spend the night anchored off of Isla Saona and head out early the next morning.

I decided to go diving under the boat to see if the river we were staying in prior, fouled our props along the anyway. Good thing I checked, as there was tons of debris on the prop. Fishing line, fishing nets, rope, and a coat hanger all had to be removed. (more…)

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