Blogs from Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, Central America Caribbean

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Geo: 15.8585, -61.595Apparently Les Saintes is not the easiest place to find us. That, or Rob isn't as good at finding us as Jimmy is! Our friend Rob, a "power boater" from EYC, wanted to experience a week of sailing with us. We brought he along the coast of Guadeloupe and the crossed to Antigua. I think he enjoyed it. Just a bit. ;) Oh, and Les Saintes are so pretty and quaint! The pics will speak for themselves. ... read more
Touring the town while we wait for the next ferry.
Little roadside veggie market
Roadside market


Oui, enfin la Guadeloupe! Depuis notre départ en 2008, nous n’avions fait que « passer » dans cette île. Une nuit à l’îlet Cabrit et trois autres à Deshaies ont été nos seuls contacts avec la Guadeloupe jusqu’à présent. Jamais nous n’avions mis le pied à terre sur ce territoire que tous nos amis navigateurs nous vantaient… Nous étions plus que dus pour un séjour plus long. Le samedi 16 mars, nous quittons Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, à 6h00. Notre traversée jusqu’à Deshaies est une très belle traversée : vent par le travers, mer du vent de 3-5pi. Nous sommes à la voile uniquement! Ce qui est plutôt rare. À 7h00, nous pouvons facilement utiliser la BLU et nous présenter au Réseau du Capitaine (quand le moteur fonctionne, le bruit à l’intérieur nous empêche de bien entendre ... read more
En navigation, pas grand-chose à faire
Vers les 2/3 du trajet, nous sortons l’artimon
Coucher de soleil à Deshaies


At a Saint Patrick's day party here in Portsmouth, Dominica – thanks Orla – late into the night, we were introduced to Susie who said “Oh, you're English, do you want to come sailing?” And we said yes, of course we said yes! Sailing North A week later we were motoring out of the anchorage at Prince Rupert Bay aboard Spirited Lady of Fowey heading north to The Saints and Guadeloupe. We were a crew of 7, Susie, Roger, the two of us, 2 dogs and a cat. The cat stayed out of the way. The sail across was fabulous, with 2 reefs in the main and a steady force 5 we cut through the swell easily. We all took turns to helm (just the humans) – it was a joy and produced big grins. For ... read more
Pretty Terre-de-Haut
Kate at Baie de Pompierre
Kate at the helm under Susie's watchful eye


1.9.2009 Guadeloupe: Les Saintes, Deshaies, Grande-Terre Hei, huomenna jatkan matkaa Martiniquelle. Olen innoissani, kun vihdoinkin pääsen matkustamaan laivalla lentokoneen sijasta. Matka Pointe-à-Pitrestä Fort-de-Franceen kestää 3 tuntia 45 minuuttia. Eikä lippu maksanut kuin 65 euroa. On tosiaankin valitettavaa ja outoa, että Brittiläisen kansainyhteisön, Ranskan ja Hollannin saaret on eristetty toisistaan. Se on ihan älytöntä, kun kuitenkin Englanti, Ranska ja Hollanti ovat EU-maita. Siirtomaa-aika eturistiriitoineen on edelleen voimassa täällä, ja se on yksi syy karibialaisten kapinointiin. Muun muassa täällä Guadeloupella on ollut kovia mellakoita helmikuussa; kaksi ihmistä kuoli. Majoituspaikkani isäntä, Ranskan ranskalainen Vincent, ennusti, että mellakat alkavat uudestaan nyt syyskuussa, kun turistit ovat lähteneet. Karibian eri saarivaltiot ova... read more
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Even though we had to book it south for hurricane season, we couldn’t resist stopping at Iles de Saintes on our way back down. We skipped the Saintes on our travels up the Caribbean chain this year, and just couldn’t pass by these islands without stopping again. Besides, we had to break up all that travel somehow. And who could resist this group of small islands just off of Guadeloupe. The Saintes are one of our favorite anchorages in the Caribbean. We absolutely love the quaint French fishing village on Terre-de-Haut, it is so charming! The people are friendly, the food is great (lots of fresh fish caught by the local fishermen), and the snorkeling and diving is fantastic. So we dropped anchor and spent a week having fun in Les Saintes. The one thing we ... read more
Jen Pouting
Plage de Pompierre
Beach Day


Guadeloupe I can’t believe we have only been here a week and already so much has happened After the terrible trip to Deshaies we woke up the next morning find the sea calm,. Sparkling and enticing. It was pleasant and so of course we had to go out to the 100 metre mark to put out the fishing rods. Alan’s arm is a lot better. Pigeon Island was only about an hour and a half away. Pretty little anchorage, took two attempts to make the anchor hold. Lots of eel grass, very slippery stuff. We put our gear on and did a dive. It was very clear, pretty and full of fish. There was a big spotty green moray eel who wanted to be friends, but I was not too keen on him. It was clear ... read more
pigeon island anchorage


We left St. Bart's just after sunset and had a wonderful sail to Les Saintes. And yes- we actually sailed. We were booking it around 8 knots with full sail and engine off, just the sound of the waves and the water rushing against the hull- nice! It was the first time since we left the Bahamas that the wind was off our stern not dead on the nose, so instead of bashing thru the waves we just got pushed along, surfing down them as they came in behind us. It was a calm night and we enjoyed watching the lights of St. Kitts, Nevis, and Antigua as we sailed by. We had to plot our course to pass the island of Montserrat on the windward side because the volcano there is erupting and spewing out ... read more
Waterfront
Bourg de Saintes
Cafe


We sailed to the Saintes Islands just south of Guadeloupe. The roosters woke us up in time to walk up to Fort Napoleon. Fort Napoleon was built in 1867. The Fort has a well tended garden of labeled cactuses and succulents. ... read more
Fort Napoleon


'Up in de hills, where de streams are cool, An mullet an janga swim in de pool, I have ten acres of mountain side, An a dainty-foot donkey dat I ride, Four Gros Michel, an four Lacatan, Some coconut trees, and some hills of yam Evan Jones The plants of the Caribbean are extremely colourful, with exotic looking flowers and fruits. Some of the most common species were brought by early settlers for food, or to decorate their garden and remind them of home, so the vegetation of today is almost certainly very different to what it looked like before Christopher Columbus first sighted the West Indies in 1492. Scrumptious fruit is everywhere, in many places you can literally stop on the side of the road, run into the forest, pick some ripe bananas, papaya, ... read more
Bread made from the root of Cassava
Hibiscus
Wash you hair with this


The beginning of the week was all about the French settlement of Les Saintes, a sleepy series of islands nestled just south of Guadeloupe. The crew of Ocean Star spent their two day stay exploring the quaint little town and hidden beaches, as well as sampling the delights of local bakeries and gelato cafes. Gelato is like the ultimate in ice-cream experiences; the chocolate is rich and gooey and the fruit flavours are like eating strawberries or raspberries straight from the bush at a pick-your-own farm! We left the Saints after a relatively short stay and moved north to Pigeon Island off the west coast of Guadeloupe, a place made famous by Jacques Cousteau, one of the founding fathers of SCUBA diving. He, along with another Frenchman, Emile Gagnan invented the aqualung in 1943, allowing us ... read more
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