We’ve spent the last several days anchored just off Les Anses – D’Arlets, a little village near the southwestern end of Martinique. Although it’s been a bit rolly here, we’ve put up with that because the water is clear, the town is quiet and of course, we’ve been able to pick up Wi-Fi, even if it has been intermittent. We’ve walked around the town (it’s full of cafes and restaurants with views of the sea), done a bit of snorkeling (did I mention that the water is CLEAR?) and yesterday, had an adventuresome hike along the coast (pics to follow another day).
Speaking of coast, we were actually boarded by the Coast Guard here the other day. This is the first time we have had the Coast Guard come on board since we passed through the Hudson River on our initial trip south and coincidentally, we were just having a conversation with our friends about this last week! The four officers were polite but thorough, checking all of our papers and doing a little inspection of the boat. If we knew they were coming we might have cleaned up a bit. 🙂
As nice as this place is, it’s time to move on and we plan on raising anchor to set sail towards Le Marin a bit later this morning. As the route to get there is pretty much straight into the wind, we might just have a bit of a motor sail ahead of us. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to minimize the engine use though.