Category Archives: Caribbean

Gaining on the BVIs’ roundabouts!

A week into our stay in the British Virgin Islands and our initial reservations have been swept away by superb snorkeling in piratical locations, natural adventure playgrounds, relaxed beach clubs with decent food, uncrowded anchorages with perfect beaches, a seemingly inexhaustible … Continue reading

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Overrated? Maybe not, but definitely overpopulated.

We (still) have high hopes of the British Virgin Islands. After rushing past St. Barts to get to St. Maarten from Barbuda, we were looking forward to getting away from it all again. Quiet wilderness, unspoilt nature, pristine beaches and marine … Continue reading

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Heineken Cup – racing with Phaedo at St. Maarten’s Heineken Cup regatta

Well actually competing in CSA4 so not quite in the same league as the Brian Thompson / Michel Desjoyaux dream team rocket ship , the gunboats and the Volvo 70s like Monster Project, more of a scratch crew really, composed of mates … Continue reading

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No shortage of sand here

Nor of turtles, wind, miles and miles of deserted beach, and frigate birds. The only downside is the underwater visibility, rendering snorkeling less than amazing even where surrounded by protective reefs. Barbuda stands in marked contrast to Antigua. Only 40m … Continue reading

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MORE family time!

This time in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe. Les Saintes: French food quality. Mediterranean style. Reasonable prices. No hassle. Laid back vibe without too many tourists. Crystal clear water with great snorkeling. No wonder we stayed for several days longer than we planned … Continue reading

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“We could have a pet!”

Parents expect this sort of nonsense from their children at Christmas, less so on arriving in a new Caribbean harbour. Skippette’s roast chicken (there is none better, as some of you will know and none of you should doubt!) is a … Continue reading

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Welcome to Antigua!

Longest clearance ever? The sail up from Deshaies in Guadeloupe went to plan – plenty of fish biting our hook, followed by a breezy if variable easterly to reach up to Antigua. Arriving in the natural harbour used by the … Continue reading

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Family time in Martinique

Two weeks of easy-paced family time either comfortably ensconced in Le Marin marina or anchored in front of the beach in St. Anne where the children enjoyed a few nights in bricks and mortar with their grandparents and cousin. Many (if … Continue reading

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Snorkels and slacklines

James, Albane & Hugo: Grenada’s underwater sculpture park was a great opportunity to refine snorkelling skills before arriving in Tobago Cays. We hunted down statues dotted all round a reef just north of the capital, St. George. Having dipped our … Continue reading

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Carriacou

Shame our camera didn’t have its memory card so no photos of Carriacou’s Paradise Beach, a crescent of golden sand backed by vegetation, its clear blue water protected by Sandy Island, a reef and another island. The rain was torrential … Continue reading

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