There was a time when I would have looked at this picture and only seen a vision of tropical paradise. It has the key elements, sandy beach, lovely water, palm trees, blue skies.
I still see that, but I catch myself immediately also cataloguing the negatives, from a cruiser perspective:
- At low tide, that is a rocky landing beach, hard on the dinghy, feet and the outboard propeller.
- If I’m coming into or leaving the beach at night there are reefs just off the beach to worry about.
- That beach clearly disappears at high tide so I better not plan my beach fire for then.
This is filed under cruiser problems a.k.a. high class problems…don’t worry, none of those stopped us from thoroughly enjoying ourselves.