Guadeloupe

Many times we sailed past the main island of Guadeloupe and only stopped for a quick stay in Deshaies, and then we’d be off to Ilses Des Saintes, the archipelago just to the south. Deshaies is a pretty town on the northwest coast which every cruiser loves because of its nice protected harbor. The botanical…

Passage to Pointe A Pitre

We delayed leaving Isles des Saintes for Pointe A Pitre waiting for squalls to pass. When we left we motored east into the wind wanting to get the worst behind us. An hour later we were full sails up heading northeast to the main island of Gaudeloupe. The island is shaped like a butterfly and…

Isles des Saintes

The first thing we do in Iles des Saintes is get used to the French ways of doing things. The shops open at 8 or 9, whether it’s groceries, clothes, trinkets or government. They close their shutters at noon sharp, as the restaurants set tables on sidewalks, and frame entrances with chalkboards touting plat de…

Guadeloupe’s surprise

Friday’s forecast was perfect for our sail east to Guadeloupe. We left at 4 am, increasing our chances of arriving at Deshaies by Dark. We pass the south coast of Montserrat with the sun reflecting off the dusty lava still evident of its 1995 flow down the mountain of Soufriere. The eruption wiped out the…