Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 161- Les Saintes, Guadeloupe

We anchored in L'ilet Pigeon for one night and spent a day exploring the Jacques Cousteau National Park.  The little beach town is mainly comprised of dive shops and the park is known for spectacular diving.  We had a blast snorkeling, though we heard that some of the better sites are pretty deep.  Water visibility is amazing.  This has taken a little getting used to.  At first I warned Pablo about every rock I saw, until it sunk in that they were 50ft or more under the surface.
 We are now in Les Saintes, a group of islands about 10 miles off the coast of Guadeloupe.  The main town on Terre de Haut, one of the islands, is gorgeous.  Lots of cute stores, cafes, cheese shops, and bakeries.  There are basically no Americans here and in general people speak no English.  We did meet a boat briefly, sv At Last, that hails from Wickford, RI and the crew live in Western MA.  Otherwise we've been speaking French, which is pretty funny.  We eat a lot of local produce, papayas, huge avocados, golden apples (like small mangoes), grapefruit and are really getting into a groove with all the French goodies (cheese, fresh bread, wine).
We plan to stay in the area for Christmas and hope to have access to wifi for a bit.  E-mail us if you want to Skype or Facetime.

Sunset over Ilet Pigeon

Coral with an black spiny urchin hiding inside

Dominican grapefruit, French Brie, fresh bread baked by ex pat Finn in Antigua

Les Saintes

Terre de Haute

The local liquor store


  1. Merry Christmas Tatja, Pablo Mia and Remi,
    We love reading your blogs and it sounds like you are having a wonderful time. We wish we could be there with you because we really love cruising. We have been reading Mia's blog but haven't been able to post a comment because anonymous is not an option, so please tell her how much we enjoy reading about her adventure. Her story is wonderful and we anxiously await the next installment. We love Guadaloupe and Les Saints as well and if you can tour a rum plantation its fun!
    Again happy holidays!!
    Pat & Bob


  3. Pablo,Tatja,Mia & Remi

    Merry Christmas!

    Hyvää Joulua!

    Toivottaa Muksi