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 Accidental Cruiser in the West Indies

 
Northbound Guadeloupe Down Island   Easting: Antigua
Corsair, beer of Guadeloupe
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flag of France
Flag of France

Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island of Saint Martin) Guadeloupe is a department of France. It is also the common name of the large body of land traditionally described as "butterfly" shaped consisting of Basse Terre and Grande-Terre. If you are not confused enough already, Basse Terre is the large, mountainous island on the left wing of the butterfly and Grande Terre is the low, flat island on the right wing of the butterfly. Perhaps this is not confusing if you don't speak French. We have treated St. Martin and St. Barts separately as lie to the north and are usually visited separately. Guadaloupe is large by Caribbean standards with a population approaching 1/2 million.

We have passed on the lee side and spent time in Deshaies, the traditional cruiser hang out on the north west. We have passed on the windward side going north to Antigua and we have passed through the narrow waist in the Rivière Salée. The Saintes are not to be missed for the charming land, the good food and the fabulously clear waters.

Lunch at L'Oiseau du Paradis
Lunch at L' Oiseau du Paradis

Ilse des Saintes with Dominica in the background
Iles des Saintes with Dominica in the background
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