Last winter we cruised down here for a week from Antigua
while on our CPM course. A few observations:
Iles des Saintes is very charming, and a totally worthwhile stop. The restaurants and shops along the waterfront are quaint and really enjoyable. The water
is crystal clear, the people are friendly, and beachfront dining watching the yachts and occasional ferries is not to be missed.
Here's a view of the anchorage from Napolean's Fort:
Here's a shot of my bride Karen and our leader Capt. Norman heading into customs:
Here's a deck-level view of the local swim club:
After an overnight passage
to Marie Gallante, and an adventurous + delightful provisioning
stop, we motor
sailed eastward to Iles de la Petite Terre, my so-far favorite anchorage.
Iles de la Petite Terre is a fantastic anchorage if there is no north swell and you can make the entrance. It is a French National Nature Preserve, and the beaches, palm trees, and surf breaking on the reef a few hundred yards to the east (with nothing except W. Africa
behind it) is unbelieveably beautiful. We tied onto a mooring
ball in 5.5' of water
on our 46' cat and waded 30' to shore. Breathtaking and spectacular. Complete with uninhabited sandy beach, reef, palm trees, light house, excellent snorkeling and swimming, and very few boats:
Caution: do not try to study and take a test while you are at such a beautiful anchorage...
We can't wait to go back. Enjoy!