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DG working on his new book at Brava Beach, Culebra. Beach attire includes $6 bathing suit purchased at Zeller’s in Simcoe, Ontario, circa 2003. Note snorkel gear, coconuts, palm frond lean-to. On this trip, dg was introduced to three major life-changing innovations: mojitos, snorkeling & mojitos.


Brava Beach


Brava Beach


Resaca Beach


Susie’s Restaurant with outside bar at far left. Next to the bar is the driveway to a gas station behind the restaurant. Then the canal. The driveway is usually crowded with cars till 6pm. At 6pm the gas station closes and the bar opens.


Feral cat, one of many that hang out in front of Susie’s Restaurant. There were cats everywhere, cats and feral chickens. Deep in the woods there were chickens.


 Five cats outside of Susie’s. See the eyes.


Rooster under the table at Zaco’s Tacos where dg drank mojitos in the afternoon.


Milka’s, one of the island grocery stores, also liquor store and valuable source of Häagen Dazs ice cream after mojitos at Dinghy Dock.


A sign of the times.


The old San Idelfonso graveyard, still in use. San Ildefonso was the original island village, but the American Navy moved all the people out to Dewey when the island became a Naval training station.




Canal that runs from one side of the island to the other. This is looking east toward the ferry dock and the town square.


The canal photo above was taken from the bridge. See the dinghies docked just left of centre at the bottom? That’s a restaurant called Dinghy Dock. Dinner starts at 6pm. You eat right next to the water and huge tarpon gather under floodlights in case someone throws them food. At 7pm Bulldog bats started swooping over the water, fishing with their feet. Amazing to watch. Good place to sit and drink mojitos before wandering home to bed.


Dinghy Dock Restaurant


El Eden Restaurant.


Feral cats at the food kiosks at Flamenco Beach. There is a sign at the entrance to the beach that reads NO PETS. But there are chickens and cats all over the place.


Great breakfast and lunch. The owner has a friendly dog, too. One morning when dg was missing his dog, the restaurant dog came and lay down on his foot.


Vibra Verde dog, a friend to authors and a shrewd manuscript critic.


A vicious wild cat, ready to pounce and viciously maul something, viciously.


Another extremely vicious cat. This one rubbed up against dg’s legs and dg briefly thought about bringing it home in his luggage.


Road side horses. Moderately vicious.


Dewey from Resaca Mountain.


Tamarindo Beach


Land crab






DG, thinking about mojitos, Resaca Beach. Wearing his ultra-cool Lake George Arts Project Bands ‘n Beans t-shirt. Shorts by Ralph Lauren (purchased economically at the Lake George outlet store). Watch, a Casio Illuminator.  Note the vast crowds on this extremely crowded beach.


Our tracks. Resaca Beach. This place should be avoided because of the crowds.

—Photos by dg and mf


  15 Responses to “Out & Back, DG’s Trip to Culebra, February 2013”

  1. Looks like a lovely time. Funny how many cat pics you included. Glad you managed to squeeze in a couple of the beach, too! : )

    • Well, there were a lot of cats. 🙂 I actually took more pictures of chickens but restrained myself from posting them for fear of the impression I might make amongst readers. It’s very odd to be in a place where cats and chickens are the main half-wild animal.

  2. Robert, Ben, Jason and I really restrained ourselves from posting about cats. And then you come home and do this? Lesson learned. 🙂 Looks like fun.

    • Rich, it was a difficult job, but someone had to do it.

      And, really, thank you for not posting about cats. But it left a gap that needed to be filled. Would you like me to send you more of the 2,000 cat photos I took? I also have several hundred chicken photos.

  3. The kitties are adorable. Oh, and the beach pics were nice too. : )

  4. Hey, in that first photo, you’re not actually writing, you’re sleeping!
    Welcome back . . .

  5. It’s melancholy to think of what animals used to be there before the imported cats ate them all, and the chickens devoured their food.

  6. What an enchanting photo essay, Douglas. The island sure looks like my kind of place, not a Starbucks or Best Western or billboard in sight, and that beach! Glad you got a break.

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