Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe

Although Dominica was dreary when we left at 7:30am, the weather improved as we sailed North towards Îles des Saintes and we had a pleasant reach most of the way. Îles des Saintes consists of four tiny islands: Grand Îlet, Terre d'en Bas, Îlet de Cabrit, and Terre d'en Haut where we anchored near the point called Pain de Sucre. These islands are part of Guadeloupe which is part of France so everyone speaks French and the vibe is very European.

Here is a view of our anchorage with Pain de Sucre in the upper left. A two mile dinghy ride up and around it to the right takes you to the main town, Bourg des Saintes, where there are lots of tourist shops and restaurants for the day trippers who come over on the ferry from Guadeloupe.

This is Pain de Sucre (Sugar Loaf) which has good snorkeling around the base of it.

Being a part of France, Bourg des Saintes has baguettes, croissants, French wines and cheeses, great produce, and motorscooters galore. We rented one and intend to explore the island tomorrow.

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