Itinerary: Antigua–Guadeloupe–Antigua 14 nights/15 days
Following your meet and greet, we will then do a full technical briefing and a one to one chart briefing. The Marina boasts a large supermarket for your provisioning. You are also just a short walk to a beautiful, mile-long beach called South Beach. Depending on your flight arrival time, you will either set sail, or if it’s getting late, you can enjoy a cold Carib beer in Castaways on the beach and watch the sunset. Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants in the Marina; from local goat curry to freshly caught mahi mahi and Greek lamb shank. A great way to start your Guadeloupe itinerary!
From our base, sail south along the coast of Antigua to a secluded bay called Carlisle Bay; a great place to spot turtles. Snorkel to the south of the bay close to the base of the cliffs to see brightly coloured fish.
From Carlisle Bay, sail south further around the coast to Falmouth Harbour. You can pick up a mooring buoy here and pay Sea Pony around US$25 per night or simply anchor – there’s plenty of space. Ashore, discover a bustling village full of restaurants, bars, interesting art/culture stores and The Antigua Yacht Club. Take a short walk through to Nelson’s Dockyard and see English Harbour where Nelson hid his fleet and carried out repairs to their ships. You can clear customs in English Harbour.
An early start for your sail south to the French island of Guadeloupe. Your first anchorage will be the pretty fishing village of Deshaies. Home to where they film the UK TV series “Death in Paradise”, this fun town offers a host of French café’s, boutiques and dive shops. You don’t have to speak French to get by but a little effort goes a long way. Remember to change your dollars into Euro. Once ashore, head along to Le Pelican café to do your online clearance. Enjoy a wonderful French creole dining experience at one of the many restaurants on the waterfront.
Stock up on provisions from the Spar store (and ice) and also visit the little fruit and vegetable stands dotted along the water front. If you are lucky, you might even meet some of the fishermen selling their catch. There is a lovely boulangerie and patisserie is on the main road so make sure you get your fresh bread and pastries to dip in your coffee.
A trip to Deshaies would not be complete without a trip to the Botanical Garden. Entry is Euro 15 per person. You can make a quick call and they will come and pick you up from the town. Macaws, flamingo’s, a waterfall and a huge array of tropical plants await you. Feed the carp at the entrance and remember to have the camera ready for the brightly coloured display! Leave room for a nice lunch at the restaurant overlooking the waterfall.
From Deshaies, sail south along the west coast of Guadeloupe to the anchorage of Pointe Malendure. This is a good overnight anchorage. From this bay, you can visit Pigeon Island which is about half a mile offshore and snorkel. This is the home to the Cousteau Underwater Park. If you are a keen diver, make sure you book a dive with one of the dive shops in the town. Reserve a spot for dinner at La Touna which has great views overlooking the Pigeon Island and the water front activity. Fresh lobster in the tank and home-made rum punch should be tried!
From Pointe Malendure, sail further south to your next overnight anchorage called Anse a la Barque. A beautiful deep bay where you can enjoy a quiet swim and some well deserved R & R.
From Anse a la Barque, sail south to the cluster of tiny islands off the southern tip of Guadeloupe called Iles des Saintes. Your first night anchorage is at Anse de Bourg on Terre de Haut with pretty views of the main town and the other islands. Mooring buoys are plentiful.
Immerse yourself in a culture with its roots firmly set in years gone by – parents taking their kids to school on their scooters (no cars allowed on this island), the smell of baguettes baking in the morning, domino’s being played in the café’s – perfect! Explore Fort Napoleon for some history of the islands and stunning views across the bays – you should be able to see Marie Galante island in the distance, too.
Rent an electric green buggy and explore the island and all its winding roads – everywhere you stop there are stunning views. Pretty boutiques, soap factory and little boutique stores await you. Top up your water from the guys who you rent the moorings from. A couple of good stores for provisioning too.
Explore further by sailing to your next overnight anchorage; Petite Anse. Tuck yourself in under the hills and enjoy the peace and quiet of this protected anchorage.
From Iles des Saintes, make your way back up along the west coast of Guadeloupe – this time perhaps taking a tour to La Soufriere active volcano and the waterfalls inland.
Sail back to Antigua and clear into customs in English Harbour. Depending on the day of the week, perhaps take a taxi up to Shirley Heights and enjoy a beautiful sunset whilst listening to the steel band music, enjoying a tasty BBQ and sampling the traditional rum punch with fresh nutmeg.
Finish your Guadeloupe Itinerary back at Jolly Harbour Marina. Refuel, top up your water and we will collect you from the fuel dock (make sure you have cleared in to customs though!). Disembark at Noon.