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Mayreau, SVG

We were impressed with Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau as soon as we dropped out anchor. This bay was definitely the most beautiful bay we have anchored since our voyage started. There was a kite boarding company taking photos of their kiters here.

 

After we got settled we took our dingy to the beach and had a cold celebratory crossing beer with Kevin and Barbara (s/v Escape Claws) and Kerstin and Jerry (s/v Saphire)IMG_4510

The beautiful beach was lined with Palm Trees and Beach Bars! Yes, We HAVE found paradise!!

 

We had so much fun at Black Boys and Debbie’s Beach Bar we made dinner reservations and returned after sunset for an amazing dinner. Here are a couple pictures from the amazing sunset that night. The sky was bright orange and then turned pink and purple before turning dark.

Our dinner of fresh conch and red snapper was cooked with love over an open grill. It was an amazing dinner and one of our favorite dinners and settings so far!!IMG_4520

The next day we woke up early and took a walk on the beach, as we always do.

We practically had the entire Bay to ourselves. It was nice to be able to walk on the protected Leeward side and then cross over a small sand bank and walk along the windy Windward side, as well. After our walk on the beach we decided it would be a good day to complete a boat job, so we brought the dingy to the beach and flip it over to clean the bottom. Boat jobs aren’t too bad when you’re in paradise with a beer in your hand, right?

All of the kid boats from Beaquia started showing up at Salt Whistle Bay too. Here come all the kids to the beach!!

A couple boat dads decided to make a zip line from a palm tree into the water. The kids had a blast!!!

Here is a video of Tyler doing the zip line.  

It was another beautiful sunset. We enjoyed sundowners on the beach and called it an early night.

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The next day was Cole’s (from Saltair 3) Birthday!!! All the kids got together and Cole’s parents planned a fun party with games and food. The first game was a coconut race. (pictured below)

The next game was a kayak and SUP board race to a treasure map which was attached to Sailor 3’s anchor chain and then a scavenger hunt to a buried treasure!!

Next, Cole opened his presents and received hand made cards, gifts, and souvenirs from the other kids journey’s.But his favorite seemed to be the roll of duct tape!! IMG_4585

Now, it was time to eat. Everyone got to enjoy cinnamon rolls and birthday cake.

This birthday party was just like any other children’s birthday party at home, but the only difference was it was on a beach. Also, there was no garbage from plastic decorations, wrapping paper or single serve containers. All the decorations that were used will be reused again and the presents were wrapped in reusable bags, non colored paper or from things in nature, like palm leaves. (Notice the Christmas Tree gift bag) All the food was home, well “boat” made and brought in containers that needed to be taken back to the boat and washed.

 

The day ended with a cruiser pot luck dinner on the beach. After dinner we fed the left overs to the very friendly stray dogs that have become our pets over the past few days.

The next morning we were up early again for a relaxing walk on the beach. Now the dogs follow us everywhere.

It was very hard to Leave Salt Whistle Bay, but we wanted to check out Saline Bay around the corner. It was also a beautiful palm tree lined beach, but it did not have any services that were open on shore. So, we stayed one night and moved on to the Tobago Cays the next day.

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Iles des Saintes; Terre d’en Haut. 

Iles des Saintes are located about 10 miles off the Southern coast of Gaudeloupe.  

 This group of islands are made up of 7 different islands, two of which are habited and the others are not. Bourg des Saintes is the town on the island of Terre d’en Haut, and this is where we rented our car and drove around this charming island.  

The island is not very big and our goal is to drive on every road that the island has, starting with the town of Bourg de Saintes.  

 Then we travel up the hill towards Pain a’ Sucre and saw this spectacular view of the harbor.  

 

We ran across an old ruin with a couple very friendly goats that came to greet us as soon as we pulled in. 


Just another stunning view as we were driving around. 

Ilet a Cabrit (close) and Guadeloupe (far)
 
Below is the beach at the western edge of the island by Pt. Dubois Joli 
 
Then we had to drive back into town and head towards the Southern side of the island. Our next stop was Plage de Figuier.     
   
Next stop, Grand Anse; a large beach with breaking waves on the Southeastern coast.  
   One of the most unique things at this beach was the different workout stations that were installed for the public to use for free. So, we all had to try them out and get a little exercise.   

  

 After a good work out it was time to expire Fort Napolean, which sits atop of the 325′ hill looking North towards Guadeloupe.   

  The fort is designed to be hidden from the sea. It is built into the mountain and surrounded by a dry moate.   

Inside the fortified walls were different buildings. 

 The views from the fort were absolutely amazing!!!    

Looking East into Marigot (above); below, looking south into Bourg des Saintes
     

  After the fun day driving around the island we were tired and hungry. We met up with Escape Claws for dinner in town.   
The Frech islands are amazing places to eat out. The food is as good as eating in France, if not better, because of the influence of Caribbean spices, attitude and culture.  

Foie Gras and Smoked Fish
  

Stay tuned…. Next we’ll tour Ilet Cabrit, an uninhabited island North West of Terre d’en Haut. 

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