Originally Posted by Ram
I’m in the planning process of sailing from Cypress to Florida
& wanting to do it as cheap
as possible, avoiding marinas
as much as I can , but also stopping and taking in the sights on my way- and getting resupplys along the way-
Once i cross the Atlantic (perhaps with the ARC)
where would be a good place to start, What islands to stop at and what islands not to stop at that is the question?
Sounds like you'll be headed for St Lucia
Going north from St Lucia
, you should definitely
plan to spend some time in Dominica
. Knowing your love of fresh fruits and vegetables, I'd bet you'll find Dominica
to be a paradise. Anchor
in Prince Rupert Bay and choose one of the Indian River Guides to work with (we liked Martin Carierre, call sign "Providence" on VHF
, very much). Take some hikes in the rain forest. Martin will climb trees in the wild and shower
you with oranges, grapefruits, avocados, papayas...you name it. Visit the only Carib Indian reservation in the Caribbean
. Martin can also guide you through the Saturday market in Portsmouth, where you can load up on all sorts of fresh produce and fish
at the best prices in the islands.
Just had to get that said!
Get out of Rodney Bay ASAP and head
north. There's not much there to attract me, anyhow.
The French islands aren't inexpensive, but the restaurant food
is good, and so is the provisioning
. Nice spots to stop are St Anne's, Martinique
, and Les Iles des Saintes and Deshaies, Guadeloupe
isn't cheap, either, but Nelson's Dockyard is a must-see if you like history
, and there are a lot of picturesque anchorages
on the east and northern sides of the island. There's a very nice supermarket at Jolly Harbour, on the west coast
. C&I have offices in Jolly Harbour, so you can clear out there.
, you can visit Nevis
, St Kitts
, Statia and Saba
. Each has it's own distinct character. Save your provisioning
for St Martin
, an easy reach up from Saba
BVI's are worth visiting, but be prepared for a much more "touristy" experience, with lots of charter
Lots more to say, but others will chime in. You should have a great time!