Martinique

 

 

We have arrived in Martinique the last of the French islands. We anchored off of Fort St. Louis. We found a little river that we went part ways up before we hit too shallow of waters.

 

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Dominica

Before we even got to Portsmouth, our first stop in Dominica, we were approached by the first of the infamous “boat boys”. These are adult men who want to sell services to yachties. They are known for being pushy and very aggressive. I wasn’t looking forward to them at all. We anchored down and proceded with the check in procedure. When we were returning to our dinghy from immigrations another “boat boy” started his sales pitch. This guy started spitting and swearing when he thought we weren’t going to pay him $40 US each for a ride up a river. We just didn’t get a good feeling from this little town so we headed down the coast for Roseau.

We took a mooring in Roseau since the water was so deep and the mooring was only $20US for 3 nights. The “boat boy” selling it seemed much more civil so we asked him the price to fill our propane tank. We then took a look around town and found everywhere we turned we had to deal with beggers wanting money. The big attractions on Dominica are the waterfalls. We were looking forward to getting out of town. Since we did not have a car we decided to take a bus to the closest one- Trafalgar falls. The bus took us most of the way up a steep mountain then we had to hike about 20 minutes to get to the waterfalls. It was a very nice experience except for maybe the bus ride home where the driver insisted we had to pay double simply because we weren’t locals.

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The bay was very rolly and we wanted to leave but our “boat boy” still had our propane bottle. I flagged him down and he finally went to get it. (2 days after he said he would get it to us) When he brought it he insisted on a tip of double the price we agreed on. I refused and his act started. Yelling, insulting talk about sinking boats! He did get a tip of sorts as he never gave me my $10eu change. All and all I would skip Dominica if I were in this part of the world again.

May 2007. Dominica

Before we even got to Portsmouth, our first stop in Dominica, we were approached by the first of the infamous “boat boys”. These are adult men who want to sell services to yachties. They are known for being pushy and very aggressive. I wasn’t looking forward to them at all. We anchored down and proceeded with the check in procedure. When we were returning to our dinghy from immigrations another “boat boy” started his sales pitch. This guy started spitting and swearing when he thought we weren’t going to pay him $40 US each for a ride up a river. We just didn’t get a good feeling from this little town so we headed down the coast for Roseau.

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Guadeloupe

We arrived in the French island of Guadeloupe. In Guadeloupe hardly anyone speaks english. We might have been the only American tourists there! The first spot we anchored was Deshaies. We were going to take the bus to Pointe-a-Pitre but it was a holiday and no buses were running, so instead we walked to the botanical gardens. The botanical gardens had flowers, waterfalls and birds.

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On the way back from the gardens we had our traditional French lunch of a Baguette, salami, cheese and of course, wine! We found some very inexpensive french wines so we bought a couple of bottles to try. So far our favorite is a white table wine for 2.50 (about $3us) Euros a bottle.

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The next day we took the bus to Pointe-a-Pitre. It was almost a two hour bus ride so we got to see quite a bit of the island. Pointe-a-Pitre is the cruise port city with lots of shopping! Cheap clothing stores lined the streets. There are also lots of fabric stores. I bought some fabric to put on the hatch as a tablecloth.

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We sailed two hours down to the town of Basse Terre. In Basse Terre we took the bus to the coffee museum. It was a fun learning experience and the museum grounds were beautifully manicured. We were able to see coffee trees and cocoa trees. At the end we got to sample a cup of expresso!

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After our morning java jolt we walked along the road finding lots of exotic fruit trees- mangoes, papaya, banana, coconut, soursop and bread fruit.

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We got back on the bus and headed to the Rum Distillerie Bologne.

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We sampled some fruit at the market and learned the names of the fruits and how you eat them.

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We ended our day with a walk along the black sand beach of Grand Anse.

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