Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Thanks to the Villa Parguera I've been able to update our blog with stories that have been brewing for weeks plus loads of pictures. The WiFi drought has finally been broken.
We've been able to provision well and eat well. We've been able to find fuel and water when we need it. But ask any cruiser what are their greatest challenges and they're likely to tell you it's access to reliable communications (phone and wifi) with family and friends ashore. The Dominican Republic was a wifi desert, despite the fact that the local cruiser's hangout provided free wifi with a meal - it seldom worked.
We depend on our VHF and SSB radios for communications, mostly with other vessels as well as the Coast Guard (in case of emergency) and local autorities and businesses providing services to cruisers. Getting wifi is sometimes as simple as asking, thanks to the friendly receptionist at Villa Parguera in the fishing village of La Parguera on the south coast of Puerto Rico.
Floor tiles in the lobby of Villa Parguera. Toes an unexpected addition.