>> Friday, February 25, 2011
A little over 200 nautical miles in less than two days, and we find ourselves anchored in Admiralty Bay in Bequia. Known for its whaling heritage, Bequia offers us a unique look at Caribbean history, tradition, and its transition to a tourism economy. We'll also visit the Old Hegg Sea Turtle Sanctuary and play some sports with local youth.
We arrived here after calling at Iles des Saintes, south of Guadeloupe. An overseas department of France, we took in some great food and a very different culture than much of the rest of the Eastern Caribbean. We also visited Fort Napoleon, which houses a great museum on maritime military history and the Battle of the Saints in particular, and snorkeled the reefs to the east of town. Baguettes, cheese, crepes, and gelato greeted us in the all too charming town on Terre de Haut--a wonderful piece of Europe in the Caribbean.
Before that we had a fantastic visit in Dominica, hiking to a boiling lake, eating lots of local fruits and delicacies, and celebrating the start of the carnival season.
All are well aboard and looking forward to Trinidad!