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Old 06-11-2013, 18:29   #31
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wow -- let me see - first shopping in markets -- they vary from more than you can imagine to nothing until the next boat comes in - in the sb the veggies boats started coming around with some regularity - in the western carib we found good fresh veggies and chicken most places - some of what you gets depends on the season of the fruit - in the eastern carib it really varies by location some once a week some daily -- as for super markets boy that really varies from beautiful carrefour in the french isls to bamboo shacks in the sb and you stock when you see stuff as you never know the next time you will see one
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Contrary to conventional wisdom we found provisioning easy in the San Blas. On our first day there the veggie boat showed up...they even had beer, wine, and rum! Bought lobster, conch, fish from the Kuna fishermen. Went ashore to the local tiendas and found a few more basics. We were well stocked the whole time, but of course this was not in the summer months.

But, in more remote places provisiong is more of a challenge. This is where good fishing skills and a watermaker help a lot.
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:06   #32
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Re: How crowded is the Caribbean?

The regular San Blas veggie boat is a marvel of only the past year. Before that, the veggie boat arrived every 2-4 weeks during high season and disappeared completely June 1 to Jan 1.

However, eggs, rice, flour, bananas, limes, and a few other basics were/are always available - along with the lobster and crab from the fisherman. They have fish also, but I like the ones I catch better!

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We don't go where the crowds are.

It is surprising the number of cruising boats in the Caribbean that purposefully bunch up in crowds. They plan daily group activities and tours and potlucks, etc. Many of them even plan group movements to other anchorages - planning specific "anchor up" times (announced on the radio via a count-down in the morning), where they are all bumping about trying to get out of an anchorage en mass, along with announcing the minimum speed necessary to get to the next anchorage in time. We often watch the "group organizer" get in a dingy at the destination and assign anchorage spaces to the boats coming in!

We avoid all of this like the plague. .
You are kidding just a little right? Whew...sounds like the only thing missing is Nurse Ratshit calling out Pill time over the VHF....
I think I would have to turn off my VHF radio for sanity.
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:18   #34
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Re: How crowded is the Caribbean?

Sorry, that is no joke at all. In any way. Our VHF is tuned to channel 70 and anyone we want calling us has our mmsi.

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Old 07-11-2013, 13:20   #35
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You are kidding just a little right? Whew...sounds like the only thing missing is Nurse Ratshit calling out Pill time over the VHF....
I think I would have to turn off my VHF radio for sanity.
No he is not kidding there are places and people like that...we avoid them too.
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Re: How crowded is the Caribbean?

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We were the only boat in the Tobago Cays a few years back in September month, then a charter boat came in and anchored right up close. We had to ask him to move !!!
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Re: How crowded is the Caribbean?

There are quite a few anchorages in the Lesser Antilles that are popular with the charter boat crowd. They and many of the less-experienced (or more gregarious) cruisers tend to frequent the "best" anchorages featured in the cruising guides. But we never had a problem finding solitude when we wanted it. Frankly, the only time we felt crowded was in the Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barths, Bequia's Admiralty Bay, and the Tobago Cays. But even in those places we were able to find uncrowded spots.

Here we are in a beautiful anchorage on Virgin Gorda, all by ourselves.

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There are quite a few anchorages in the Lesser Antilles that are popular with the charter boat crowd. They and many of the less-experienced (or more gregarious) cruisers tend to frequent the "best" anchorages featured in the cruising guides. But we never had a problem finding solitude when we wanted it. Frankly, the only time we felt crowded was in the Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barths, Bequia's Admiralty Bay, and the Tobago Cays. But even in those places we were able to find uncrowded spots.

Here we are in a beautiful anchorage on Virgin Gorda, all by ourselves.

White bay is beautiful and I can see why it would be quiet there as charter boats are forbidden to go there.
A good explorer chart would get you in there nicely.
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Re: How crowded is the Caribbean?

No experience in the Caribe, but in other popular chartering areas we've found that a local cruising guide is essential... so that you can go to anchorages that are NOT listed!

And if there are no appropriate other anchorages, simply anchoring in a spot away from the little "anchor symbol" usually helps a lot.

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