in August and September
But before leaving Martinique, take time to visit the unspoiled beaches, delightful harbors, and seaside villages of this cosmopolitan French island. From the main base in Le Marin you can explore Martinique’s lush rainforests and historic plantations, while divers and snorkelers can enjoy the sheltered waters and wrecks off the coast of St Pierre. Along your journey there are secluded coves perfect for swimming and snorkeling, reefs, unspoiled fishing villages, hot springs, lush rainforests, rugged peaks and exotic flowers and fruit everywhere.
August through October 2017
August through October 2017
Temperatures in Martinique remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. The Windward Islands provide exciting sailing with the opportunity for some longer passages between the islands (7-10 hours). In the winter months the wind blows from the northeast and in the summer from the southeast, averaging 10-25 knots. Night sailing is not recommended in the Grenadines, due to the presence of numerous coral reefs and shoals, rarely illuminated, and only allowed under certain conditions.
Sea conditions in the lee of the island are relatively calm but the waters between islands are exposed and can have a bit of a swell.
For the most part, travelling to from the US mainland to Martinique requires a short transfer flight from one of the other neighboring islands, usually Puerto Rico, Antigua or Barbados. However, there are also weekly direct flights from Miami.
DAY 1 : Embark at Marina Le Marin, a full service marina on the south coast.
DAY 2 : Anse d’Arlet (15 miles) is a lovely relaxed beach where you can anchor for the night.
DAY 3 : St Pierre (10 miles). Head for Fort de France to shop the boutiques or the bustling local market. Clear customs and then hug the coast up to St. Pierre, site of the 1902 volcano tragedy.
DAY 4 : Rodney Bay, St Lucia (35 miles). Full day’s sail down to St Lucia. Customs clearance (entry). Visit Pigeon Island, Reduit Beach and maybe the “Jump up” at Gros Ilet every Friday night.
DAY 5 : The Pitons, St Lucia (13nm). Explore Soufriere Bay and the Pitons and discover the volcano, the waterfalls and sulphur springs. Good snorkeling here.
DAY 6 : Ste. Anne (35nm) Full day’s sail back to Martinique. Ste. Anne on the south coast is a charming village with its boutiques, restaurants and local market.
DAY 7 : Return to Marina Le Marin.
Day 1: Le Marin / St. Lucia: 31 miles
Early departure to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia. Crossing the channel may require visual navigation. Swimming and lunch on the island. Night in Marigot Bay, former hurricane shield now a bit crowded, so anchorage off the shore recommended.
Day 2: Marigot / Deux Pitons: 10 miles
Soft and easy navigation along the West coast of St. Lucia up to Soufrière, a picturesque village. Walking excursion through the city and the botanical garden, driving to the waterfalls, the hot water springs and the volcano. Overnight at Deux Pitons.
Day 3: Deux Pitons / Bequia: 50 miles
Navigation day down to Bequia (say “Bekoué”). Bequia, entrance to the Grenadines, is the former whale hunter’s island. Anchoring in Admiralty Bay, facing the capital city Port Elisabeth. “Happy hours” at Frangipanier and dinner in one of the restaurants.
Day 4: Bequia / Mustique: 15 miles
Once customs formalities are done, short navigation towards Petit Nevis where the fishermen used to flense the whales. Then sailing to Mustique, the “Jet Set” island. Night outside the famous built on piles “Basil Bar”.
Day 5: Mustique / Mayreau: 20 miles
Early morning touring of Mustique island, its beaches and villas. After lunch heading to Mayreau, anchoring at Salt Whistle Bay, a wonderful coconut trees beach (fabulous beach walking!).
Day 6: Mayreau / Tobago Cays: 2 miles
Short navigation to the Tobago Cays. Anchoring in the most beautiful Caribbean lagoon. Turquoise waters and white sand beaches, ideal for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.
Day 7: Tobago Cays / Union: 5 miles
After one hour navigation stop over at Union, the capital of the Grenadines: airport, hotels, restaurants, fruit and vegetables market, ship chandler, Internet café etc..Overnight at Palm Island (½ mile from Union).
Day 8: Union / St. Vincent: 40 miles
Navigation day down to St. Vincent and anchorage for the night at Cumberland Bay or Wallilabu Bay, where the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean” was shot.
Day 9: St. Vincent / Martinique: 77 miles
Last long crossing towards Martinique. Anchorage at St. Anne (traditional village with wonderful beaches) or at Club Med.
Day 10: st. Anne/Marin: 2 miles
After a last swim in a heavenly bay, head back to the Marina of Marin
Day 1: Le Marin / Anse d’Arlet: 15 miles
Navigation towards Petite Anse d’Arlet passing close to the Diamond Rock, lunch and swimming. First night at the anchorage at Grande Anse d’Arlet.
Day 2 : Anse d’Arlet / Fort de France/ Anse Mitan: 10 miles
Short sailing toward Fort de France. Lunch ashore, visit of the town, shops and local market. Bay crossing to spend the night at Anse Mitan.
Day 3 : Anse Mitan / St. Pierre: 15 miles
You skirt the Caribbean coats of Martinique till Saint Pierre, former economic capital which was destroyed by Montagne Pelée eruption in 1902. Night in bay of St Pierre.
Day 4: St Pierre / Dominica: 54 miles
Set sail early for Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay. Visit the Indians River with the local guides. Night spend in the anchorage.
Day 5: Dominica / Les Saintes: 20 miles
After a sail from Portsmouth to Les Saintes, anchor first at Pain de Sucre for snorkelling. Anchor then for the night in front of Bourg des Saintes and have dinner ashore.
Day 6: Les Saintes / Guadeloupe: 26 miles
Set sail for Pigeon Island and pick up a mooring to visit the famous Reserve Cousteau underwater park. Snorkelling and diving . Sail for a night anchorage to Anse Deshayes.
Day 7: Guadeloupe / Antigua / 50 miles
Depart early morning for English Harbour. Take a walk among the beautiful restored houses and visit the museum.
Day 8: Five Island / Five Island: 14 miles
A short sail along the west coast to Cade Reef. Snorkelling on a magnificent coral reef. Lunch anchored in Fries Bay. Enjoy a swim, relax and sail to the evening anchorage at Five Islands Harbour.
Day 9: Five Island / Barbuda: 43 miles
Sail to Barbuda, a fabulous unspoiled coral island. Anchor at Codrington, in front of a beautiful white sand beach, lunch, swim, snorkel, and stroll along the long deserted beach.
Day 10: Barbuda / Antigua: 40 miles
Depart early morning for Non Such Bay, small bay on the East coast of Antigua, wild and beautiful. Take the boat behind Green Island.
Day 11: Antigua / Ilet Gosier / 80 miles Depart early morning for Ilet Gosier, East side of Guadeloupe. Nice surrounding with white sand beach and coral reef.
Day 12: Ilet Gosier / Marie / Galante: 18 miles
Set sail in the morning for Marie Galante, the emblem of the sugar past of the Guadeloupian Archipelago. Here, rum shows off its 59°! Mooring in front of the village of fishermen of “Grand Bourg”. Visit of the island.
Day 13: Marie-Galante / Martinique: 90 miles
Leave Marie-Galante early morning for the last big sail to reach Martinique for lunch in Grande Anse d’Arlet. After sail to St Anne, a charming village with its boutiques, fishing boats and local market.
Day 14: St. Anne / Marin: 2 miles
Time to head back home