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Dolphin Welcome Party + Perfect Anchorage.

I’m not sure whether it was the four-pack of dolphin that joyfully greeted us upon entry or the free Dept. of Natural Resources mooring ball, or maybe just the gorgeous surroundings and perfect sunset that we soaked in last week, but the La Parguera anchorage (right smack dab next to Cayo Enriquee to be exact) definitely ranks right up there with some of our favorite anchorages to date.

It was downright perfect.

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And our dolphin welcome committee was one for the record books for sure. There’s nothing quite like a cute little family of dolphin who swim out to greet you that helps brighten the mood as you’re rolling into port. ;))

We got one of those “once in a lifetime” type of dolphin encounters as we were sailing into La Parguera after making the 11-mile trip from Cabo Rojo. Three adult dolphin and one baby swam beside our boat for a good 10 minutes, twirling and jumping at the bow of our boat and playing in our wake.

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What made this experience so downright unbelievable was the clarity of the water at the time of this little dolphin welcome party. It was so unusually glass-like and perfectly calm. I mean sooooooo insanely crystal clear and smooth that you could see every little detail on each dolphin, almost as if we were seeing them in an aquarium. It was seriously unreal!

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(We posted two different iPhone videos last Wednesday on instagram and facebook for anyone wanting to see quick 15-second clips.)

On a high from our morning dolphin greeting, we did a quick tour of the different anchorage options in Parguera before opting to pick up a DNRA mooring ball a bit offshore next to Cayo Enriquee. Since we had already visited the town of Parguera by car, we knew we didn’t really need to come to shore so we didn’t mind being a bit far away from land (and happily away from the noise of some construction going on at the moment).

And what a great decision that was! We had our pick of the litter from about 10 mooring balls and easily scooped up a good-looking ball before jumping in the clear water to cool off. We dinghied around the small mangrove covered cays and let Oliver explore one beachy/rocky cay…the perfect poodle potty ground.

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Aside from the beauty of the area, this particular anchorage scored high marks for comfort too with not a roll to be had, yet plenty of breeze to keep us from baking inside the boat.

We spent the rest of the day kicking back, fishing off the boat, and enjoying a killer sunset where the sun looked like it was literally melting into the sea.

And if all of ^^that^^ wasn’t good enough, our little boat TV and rabbit ears picked up the final game of the World Series. In HD no less! Talk about icing on the cake! ;))

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kathygloNovember 6, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Sounds like a perfect day! Isn’t it wonderful to have those every once in awhile! Enjoy!

BillNovember 7, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Awesome shots of the dolphins! They never get old, do they?

LAHOWINDNovember 17, 2014 - 3:06 pm

No, definitely not! 😉 -Kim

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