What a fun trip for you!
You can clear in and out in Marigot Bay. It's also one of our favorite places to be near a city here, for swimming off the boat in crystal clear water
and the pastries and sandwiches ashore.
We also like Grand Case, for the food
. The barbecue
places are so good. The dock
is a bit dicey -- we saw inflatables underneath the concrete dock
, so I tried to rescue
them as best as I could and then set an anchor
to keep ours from doing that. Then a local boat came alongside the dock by pushing into the crowd of inflatables, dragged our anchor, pushed ours (and a few others) underneath to scrape on the underside of the concrete with each wave -- so that's why so many inflatables were underneath the dock when we arrived. Sometimes I wish I spoke enough French to yell at people like that. Now our new outboard
looks like someone took a grinder to it, though maybe that's better. So we landed on the beach after that.
We like the Southern part of Orient Bay. We liked the open and friendly atmosphere and the plentiful and reasonably priced food
and beach chairs. The beach was too crowded during the day to land the dinghy
, so we anchored it and waded ashore. In some parts
of the weather
cycle there was a 1-2' chop coming over the reef, but it was aligned with the wind
and made us pitch
, rather than roll, which isn't as annoying.
Ilet Pinel was more calm, but the food and beach chair rentals are twice as much. Though, the floating ice cream and beer
truck kind of makes up for that.
Reading this, it looks like all I am concerned about is dinghy parking and food. That's sometimes what my wife asks about cruising -- sure it's fun, but shouldn't we be doing more with our lives?