Guadaloupe January and March 2022  We decided to base ourselves at the Marina Point a Pitre while we waited for the arrival of Pat's brother and wife, Jim and Chris.  We're looking forward to exploring with them during their 12 day stay.  Guadaloupe is very mountainous, with an active volcano, La Grande Soufriere, which last erupted in 1977.  We had to med moor at the marina (tying the bow of the boat to a buoy and backing into the slip).  The slips are very close together.  It's not very comfortable, but the marina has many stores, restaurants, a supermarche and a wonderful bakery!  It's also easy to rent a car here.  During our stay, I was able to get a dental appointment and Sushi visited a vet for her skin problem.  We toured the island to prepare for our guests, finding the best beaches, restaurants and places to explore.  Famous for its rum, we visited Bologne rum distillery.

Our first stop with Jim and Chris was a 4 hour sail to Petite Terre Nature reserve.  The reserve has boat moorings which are mainly used during the day; there are a limited mooorings available for overnight stays.  We booked two nights to explore the small uninhabited island and to snorkel to enjoy the sea life.  There's a lot of fish; there were friendly lemon sharks at the end of the beach.  I wasn't able to get a photo of one.


Our next stop was Marie Galante, a quiet laid back island which is fairly flat.  We rented a car to visit the sights and had meals at some terrific restaurants, such as Jaz Karayib and Dantana Cafe.

We sailed to Les Saintes, where we had visited in 2005.  The island is much busier with tourists and more shops and restaurants; we're glad we were able to visit here when the pace was much slower.  However, it's still very charming, and we're happy to be here.

We visited the town, the fort and some beautiful beaches.

We move from the town anchorage to the nearby anchorage, Pain du Sucre.  It's small and very relaxing.  There's a small beach with trails into the hills.

We sailed back to the mainland and we anchored at Plage de Malendure to visit the Jacques Cousteau Marine Park.  Near the beach, there are many sea turtles.  We took our dinghy to the reserve and tied up to a buoy.  We enjoyed snorkeling in the reserve.



We had a terrific meal at Le Rocher de Malendure, a restaurant overlooking the sea, and La Touna.

Our final anchorage was in Deshaies.  It's a lovely town, small and compact.  They filmed the popular British tv series Death in Paradise years ago.  We rented a car and visited several beautiful beaches.

We had a great trip much fun.  Thanks for joining us Jim and Chris!!


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