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Tobago Cays

WOW!

This blog will also be mostly pictures because, as you will see, the beauty of the Tobago Cays is indescribable.

The turquoise blue water was crystal clear. We got our anchor set and just sat on the bow and watched 5-6 sea turtles leisurely swimming around the boat.

 

The first day we were there we took it easy, caught up on school work and just took quick snorkels around the boat. The next morning Rich and Tyler went snorkeling and then in the afternoon we went to check out the beach.

Petit Tabac is the small island in the distance

The beach Did Not Suck!IMG_4669

Once again there were lots of kids.

So, That means lots of parents too…IMG_4668

We spent 4-5 nights anchored here and then went over to Petit Tabac for the day. I still have to pinch myself when we pull our home up to a uninhabited island paradise!! I keep thinking my life is only a dream that I am going to wake up from and be back in the real world. IMG_4679

Petit Tabac is the island that was used in Pirates of the Caribbean scene where all the rum was burned.

People who visited this island before us built coral and stone sculptures

and we added to them.

Then we took a walk on the beach with the crew from Saltair 3.IMG_4713IMG_4710.jpg

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Sail Pending and Saltair 3 anchored in paradise

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The crews from Sandy Feet and So What dingied across from the anchorage we spent the last night and the kids built a shelter out of palms.

Here are some more pictures of this beautiful island.

View of the island as we are sailing away….IMG_4720

Next stop…. The anchorage being Frigate Island, near the town of Ashton, Union Island.

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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St. Lucia

We had a really nice passage from St. Anne, Martinique to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The winds we a steady 15-20knots and seas were nice. We had our fishing rods out, but did not even had a bite!!As soon as we anchored in Rodney Bay we were greeted by Gregory, who was selling fruits and veggies from his boat. He kindly welcomed us and told us he could get us anything we need. 

We purchased a few things from him and they were delicious!!

Rich went in and checked us in and then we raised the courtesy flag. 

The next day we rented a car to explore the island from the land. 

As we were driving around we discovered it was election day. These little stands were set up along the roads so the people could come and vote. 

Me picking up some fresh mango’s from the side of the road.

We stopped and had lunch in the town of Soufriere which is at the base of the Piton’s.

Our little rental car.

Over looking the town of Anse la RayeThe rain washed mud into the bay of 

The next day was not rainy and was much nicer so we had a beach day!! There was an obstacle course set up in the water that Rich and Tyler wanted to try out. They had a lot of fun!!

After the obstacle course it was time for Lunch. We ate fresh Roti’s on the beach.

Gregory found us and asked us if we wanted some fresh Conch.

… and people started taking our picture as we were talking and buying conch from Gregory. 

We stayed in Rodney Bay for about a week and every morning we woke up and took walks on the beach.

We got together with our friends on “Hanna” and “Escape Claws” for beers at Antillia Brewing Company. 

The day we left Rodney Bay, we made a quick stop for drinks and lunch a Marigot Bay.

Rich forgot to put on a shirt before going into the restaurant!! 

Cheers!! Celebrating Kevin and Barbara’s 1 year anniversary of living aboard!!

Next stop….. The anchorage between the Pitons.

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