Blog posts from our adventures sailing and cruising the Caribbean islands


This past week we extended our Colombian visas. This means we have been here for about ninety days. The itch to get moving again is starting to flare up but we’ll not scratch it just yet; soon, but not just yet. We are still really loving Colombia and the people here. Also, the longer we […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Tragedy Adverted

Today could have turned out to be a very bad day for me had I not possessed the foresight to plan ahead. Cruising on a boat forces a person to live with less. Deciding to stock a spare pump over an extra pair of shoes are common decisions made by cruisers when prioritizing space aboard […]

Categories: About Us, Caribbean, Colombia, Funny Stuff, Sailing Blog

Four Years & Counting

Mark and I recently celebrate four years of continuously living aboard Cream Puff.  The years have gone by so fast. Here are just a few of the hundreds of things I have learned along the way and some pictures from our adventures. Some of the pictures you might have seen before. Some are new to […]

Categories: Caribbean, Funny Stuff, Questions Women Ask, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Cartagena – Part Four

A free walking tour is the best way to experience the Walled City. We noticed the tour guides with yellow umbrellas and their groups of about twenty people and wondered if they offered English speaking tours. Luckily they did offer tours in English and we reserved a spot online. I am repeating myself when I […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part Three

I am very pleased to say my Spanish is getting better. I now can ask the location of the bathroom. I don’t understand the answer but at least people seem to get the question. I just kind of hope that some part of the answer includes pointing. One of the more recent words I have […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part Two

Our choice to stay in a hotel in Cartagena proved to be the right move. This is because we found ourselves in the heart of the Bocagrande area. It is a touristy area due to the long beaches on both the ocean and bay sides of the peninsular. Within a few blocks of the hotel […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part One

We are in Cartagena, Bolívar. We decided to leave Cream Puff in Santa Marta and travel by land. There are a couple of reasons for doing this. First, the marinas in Cartagena did not have good reviews and a weekly stay is quiet expensive (we are getting a very good rate in Santa Marta). Second, […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Shopping in Santa Marta

Shopping in Santa Mart is kind of fun. We have found the city is divided into specialty districts. So far, we have found clusters of specialty stores for hardware, auto parts, bicycles, furniture, mattresses, fabrics and even flowers. We are not use to so many choices.  It has been a while since we docked on […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog

Christmas Greetings From Santa (Marta)

Santa Marta is one of the few cities to which we have traveled and found the restaurants haven’t yet been destroyed by Coca-Cola and their desire to monopolize the restaurant industry with their exclusivity agreements and strong arm tactics. I guess I need to explain this a little bit. Coca-Cola has convinced restaurant owners to […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog

Going Walkabout In Santa Marta

People in Santa Marta seem to be willing to work for any amount of money. The hustle and bustle on the crowded streets of Santa Marta is amazing. No matter which way you turn there are people trying to make a buck. The city is colorful and noisy. Drivers here love their horns. They honk […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog

We Venture into Santa Marta, Colombia

The island mindset is gone. Over the past couple of years, we have hopped from one Caribbean island to another. Each has their own traits but there are a lot of similarities. One of the similarities is the lack of availability regarding boat parts, specialty foods, or essentially anything that is not a basic necessity. […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog

We made it to Colombia

Yea!!! We made it to Colombia. The passage was as expected. I would like to say it was boring but it turned out to be lively. Winds were forecasted at 20 knots most of the way but as usual the forecast was a little underestimated. We plan for this. For the most part, winds were […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Equipment, Maintenance, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Hanging Out in Aruba

I am sitting on a bench outside of the Ling and Sons grocery store in Oranjestad, Aruba. It is on the shady side, thank goodness. There is a nice breeze today since the trade winds have picked up a little.  The trade winds, besides having a cooling effect, keep the mosquitoes at bay. Sometimes the […]

Categories: Aruba, Caribbean, Sailing Blog

Loving it on Aruba

Before I get started on all things Aruba, I would like to bring your attention to an article about Bahamian swimming pigs I recently read on CNN Travel. It feels awesome to read an article about a travel place and rather than add it to a bucket list of places to go someday, we can […]

Categories: Aruba, Caribbean, Sailing Blog

One Happy Island – Aruba

We haven’t purchased a watch and we decide to visit the health department. Let me explain. Let’s start with the visit to the health department.  Our future sailing plans include visits to Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica in the upcoming year. These countries highly recommend, if not require, Yellow Fever vaccinations. I don’t know about […]

Categories: Aruba, Caribbean, Sailing Blog

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