Friday, August 2, 2013

Sailing the Caribbean

Day 1:  Cap Juluca, Anguilla

It took us a car, two planes, a ferry, and a taxi to get to my favorite hotel in the world, but its worth it.  We were here 10 years ago for our amazing honeymoon and we decided to spend one night back here at Cap Juluca in Anguilla. Of all the places we've been in the world, this is the only place we've ever been to twice, because its that special. Of all the islands and resorts we've been to in the Caribbean, this is the only one we've written about, because its that special. Getting here was no picnic, though. We arrived at the airport in Philadelphia at 5am for our first flight to Charlotte, then changed planes to get to St Martin, then took a ferry to Anguilla, then a cab to the hotel. The whole way I kept asking Jason if he was getting excited yet and the whole way he wasn't, until we were on that ferry. He had this look of happiness and relaxation on his face that I haven't seen in many years... I love vacation Jason.

St Martin as we left it for Anguilla

View from our room

We immediately got into our bathing suits and hit the beach. It's every bit as amazing as I remember. Baby powder soft white sand that goes out into the crystal clear, warm turquoise water. No algae, no rocks, no fish, just soft sand and water as far as you can go. The beaches on this island are really spectacular. 

Our attendant brought us fresh towels, rum punches and a cooler of waters. After floating around in the impossibly clear water for a while, we decided it was time to go, so we went back to our room, showered, and dressed for dinner. After an appetizer and drinks at our resort, we went to a restaurant called Veya for dinner. It was amazing, we shared a steak lettuce wrap appetizer that was phenomenal, then I had the best snapper in the world and Jason had a delicious tuna dish. Both our fish were caught right off the island, never frozen. It was an amazing dinner. We asked our waitress to find us a taxi to take us to Pumphouse, she came back to the table with one of the chefs and said he would be driving us! The people on this island are really special. 

Chef took us into his car and drove us to my favorite bar, but first he wanted to show us a new bar called Elvis' Beach Bar. He came in with us, we bought him a drink and he introduced us to Elvis, then the three of us walked across the street to the Pumphouse. It was packed! there was a reggae band playing and the rum punches were strong. Did you know that vacation Jason dances?

The Pumphouse

At the bar, we saw a couple from our resort that we met on the ferry over and they gave us a ride back to our room, we had a nightcap on our roof deck, and hit our pillows at 2am. What a long day! 

Tomorrow we will be enjoying the resort some more, then heading to St Thomas in the evening. I'll post more pictures of the beach and the resort then.

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