All of the other boats had also made this marina safely. Salicious (as we learned later), however, did anchor in Rio San Juan the first night and then went into the harbor at Santa Barbara (the bay and anchorage next to the marina) where the local Commandantes fleeced them for $20 and $50 respectively. We were able to meet up with them a couple of days later where we got the details of their abuse.
We all were looking at Samana as a layover and plans were quickly being made for a fast departure to Puerto Rico. Weather was not cooperating however, so after a day we made for Parque Nationale de Cuerves, a well known area on the south side of the bay. Some guide books say that this is a "must see". We obtained our appropriate "permission" to travel from the Commandante and sailed the 10 miles across the bay to the park. Symbiosis was a little ahead of us and helped guide us to a good anchorage spot. Yarika and Salacious pulled in a couple of hours after we settled. Utopia came in the next day, all taking advantage of the chance for a new adventure while reducing our daily costs in the marina. Pepper and Vagabond were planning on moving to Punta Cana, about 75 miles southeast for an easier jump to Puerto Rico while Exit Stage Left and Wandering Star decided to brave the marginal conditions and get on with their crossing.
We were rewarded with a wonderful anchorage, well protected and with some of the most interesting cliffs and rock outcroppings that fell directly into the bay. We all commented that the area looked like pictures we had seen of some of the areas in Thailand with Scott (an NPR correspondent previously stationed in Thailand) and Noi, his Thai wife (Symbiosis) concurring. We were also anchored (unfortunately) in the path of all of the tour boats that brought tourists from the surrounding areas to see the caves.
The next day Kaylee was able to give Frank and Diane (Utopia) tours of the caves as the now resident expert. Renewal, friends we had met at the marina in Samana who had two girls (ages 10 and 12) showed up in the afternoon and Kaylee got to swim and play in the bay including being towed on Renewal's paddle board.