RayfromFrance: Now you are giving good information about what you want to do >> Looking for good beaches, good snoorkling and awesome fruits ripe on the trees. Dreaming a bit......
- - From Guadeloupe
sail south to the Iles des Saintes for wonderful small French Village experience with some good places to snorkel and dive for 2 or 3 days. Assuming you are renting
the boat in Pointe-a-Pitre it is about 24 nm to Iles des Saintes.
- - Then check-out of Guadeloupe (Iles des Saintes) for Portsmouth, Dominica
which is about 21 nm south. Anchor
in the north end of Prince Rupert (Portsmouth) Bay where the moorings are located. You can take a mooring
if you want to pay or just anchor
closer to the beach for free. Check in to Dominica
using one of the Indian River Guide Association "boat boys" in his boat, He will take you from your boat to the Check-in/out where you will get almost two weeks including automatic check-out for only EC$10 (about 5 Euro +/-) and then back to your boat. The Indian River Guides Association is the "boat boys" and they will provide information about everything, assist you in finding stuff and provide security
for the anchored/moored boats in the north part of the harbor - which is why you use them for something or other, then they will take an interest in "watching over you and your boat."
- - Dominica will provide all the stuff to do that you asked about. It is a "ecological treasure" of an island with lush jungles, volcanoes, gardens of fruits and veggies up in the mountains and great snorkeling in the bay just north of Prince Rupert (Portsmouth) called Douglas Bay. Fabulous Fort Shirley to hike and explore. Rent a car for 2 or 3 days and drive totally around the island a couple of times to explore great - no tourist - jungles and beaches. You could spend a month there and not see everything, so you will have to do some pre-planning to be sure to include the top ten things to do - - or just lay back and play as the mood strikes you.
- - Then sail back to Iles des Saintes and Guadeloupe. Allow 4 or 5 days to get back north in case of nasty oceans. Maybe a little less than that if you and the boat can handle big waves and winds. With 2 weeks you will use one week for sailing and one week for exploring. You will love it!