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    Posted: 19 Feb 20 at 2:52pm
Hi everybody,

I'd love to go sailing round Caribbean islands with a group of friends in March. Will appreciate any recommendations on the route! I've got some experience, but not plenty, and would love to practice in a beautiful place like that. 

Is that a good idea?
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Sounds marvellous hope you have a great time .


Not sure how much cruising experience is on the forum at the moment . Most of us spend our  time racing round 100 acre puddles  LOL


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I once took a bare boat out of St Marten with some pals, across to St Barts overnight, then down to St Kitts, Nevis, overnight again, then to Antigua where we arrived a week to early for Antigua week, must have been late March early April 99/2000. Fabulous three or four days in and out of English harbour teaching myself to kite surf somewhere up the coast a bit. Then the last day we gunned it from Antigua back to St Barts in a day, (we stuck pretty much to daytime sailing, one of the dicks we were with dec ided in his captaincy on the first night, to disconnect the Battery (for overnight safety ) and defrosted the freezer and lost all the waypoints in the GPS.
But it was a fun trip can thoroughly reccommend a blue water cruise down there, we even got to spot a bloody Whale just off Redonda, fabulous trip marred by one t**ser, but there's always one.

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Agree with GRF that English Harbour Antigua needs to be in there somewhere.
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Thank you!
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Originally posted by NickM99

Agree with GRF that English Harbour Antigua needs to be in there somewhere.

I'll second that.

A lot depends on your view of life. For example we loved Dominica but some friends hated it - they preferred things nice and sanitised. 

If you like nice restaurants and waterside bars, stick to the French islands - Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin and travel by air-conditioned taxi. If you want to see real island life, go for the English islands - St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and travel by rusty minibus ('dollar buses').

Here are a few of our favourite spots:
/Grenadines: Tobago Cays, Bequia
/St Lucia:  Marigot Bay
/Martinique: Pointe du Bout, St Pierre
/Guadeloupe: Isles des Saines
/Montserrat:  Volcano taxi tour
/St Barts: Anse des Colombier
/St Martin:  Cole Bay & Lagoon
/Barbuda: 7-mile beach


Edited by snowleopard - 11 Mar 20 at 5:54pm
One hull good, two hulls better.
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P.S.  Skip Barbados - unless you fancy 12 hours bashing to windward in big waves!
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