We were joined in St Martin by Nic's mother, Chrissy, on 12th January. We rented a car and toured the island visiting its many lovely beaches. The Dutch capital, Phillipsburg, is lovely, despite being a major cruise ship destination. The next day, we sailed around to Baie Orientale and anchored overnight before sailing down to St Barth on particularly rainy, grey day.
The island has a unique character to the other islands we have visited; a St Tropez in the Caribbean with a very affluent European population. The port of Gustavia is dollhouse-sized and very picturesque. The beaches are stunning and remain largely undeveloped. We anchored in Colombier, snorkelled with the many turtles there and had a beautiful walk across to Flamands on the Atlantic side.
We stopped at Ile Fourchue on our way back to St Martin - uninhabited it has a desolate charm and good snorkelling.
Our time with Chrissy went all to quickly and we were sad to see her off on her flight back to Spain.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
We sailed up to St Martin last Monday, getting horribly dusted by the continuing eruptions from the volcano on Montserrat. We are now anchored in Simpson Bay Lagoon and looking forward to Chrissy's arrival tomorrow. We plan to take her on a cruise around this island, St Barts and, if there is time, Anguilla.