Sailing the Grenadine islands – part 5 & last one

Early morning in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

Waking up in St. Lucia, we discovered Marigot Bay. The night before we arrived from our inland exploration after dark, so we couldn’t really appreciate how lovely & calm the bay was.

Early morning in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

Early morning in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

We admired local artisans at work & couldn’t help but buy one of these leaves baskets to bring back home.

Local artisan making a leaves basket in St. Lucia

We discovered the program of the day while having breakfast,

Programme de la croisière à la voile Iles Grenadines Promovacances

& off we sailed to Castries market.

Castries is a city in St. Lucia mainly known because of its duty free shops. Huge cruise ships stop there and thousand of tourists get off on the island for shopping.

Kind of a useless stop, if you ask me.

Anyway, there we were, so we jumped out the boat,

Wandering around Castries, St. Lucia

wandered the little streets,

Wandering around Castries, St. Lucia

stopped in a colorful church,

Colorful Church in Castries, St. Lucia

Colorful Church in Castries, St. Lucia

Colorful Church in Castries, St. Lucia

& arrived to the central market.

Castries market in St. Lucia

I love markets so it was nice to wander around, even though it was very touristic.

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Wandering around Castries, St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

What was interesting, was to wander the streets outside the central market. I felt like I was back in an old century…

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Castries market in St. Lucia

Back on board, we sailed back to Martinique. We arrived in St. Anne in the middle of the afternoon & happily enjoyed the long sandy beach.

Drone view of Sainte Anne, Martinique

Drone view of Sainte Anne, Martinique

Swimming, playing beach volley,

Playing beach volley in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Playing beach-volley in Sainte Anne, Martinique

& enjoying a drink in front of the most glorious sunset!

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Drone picture of Sainte Anne, Martinique

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Sunset in Sainte Anne, Martinique

Unfortunately as the sun went down, mosquitos went out, starting to savagely bite us, so we sadly had to leave.

Although a couple of cute bikini & beach-dresses shops cheered us up along the way back to our catamaran.

On the boat our captain, passionate about stars, showed us some constellations & an amazing thing I didn’t know : he showed us the Orion’s belt & the Pleiades. And with good lens you can see thousands of stars among the ones you can see by your bare eyes. Like we think the Orion belts is 3 stars constellation, but they’re actually countless!

I found it wonderful to see it.

For our last night in the Grenadines, we decided to go out.

We walked along the beach, peering at the different restaurants, picked a table on the sand & enjoyed some lobsters, while listening to the sound of waves.

Lobster based dinner in Sainte Anne, Martinique

The next morning we woke up kind of sad as we knew our sailing adventure was over.

But still ready to enjoy our last day on the beach at Le Marin.

The beach in Le Marin, Martinique

Keen to make the most of our last day, we soaked all the sun we could, while droning around (the police arrived in about 5 minutes to make us stop!),

Drone view of Le Marin, Martinique

Drone picture of Le Marin, Martinique

Drone view of Le Marin, Martinique

enjoying the ocean,

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

& refining our circus numbers…

Playing in the ocean in Le Marin, Martinique

Playing in the ocean in Le Marin, Martinique

Playing in the ocean in Le Marin, Martinique

We soon noticed we weren’t the only ones keen to enjoy the beach & the ocean…

An iguana on the beach at Le Marin in Martinique

An iguana on the beach at Le Marin in Martinique

An iguana on the beach at Le Marin in Martinique

At the end of the afternoon, we reluctantly got out of the water as it was time to go to the airport…

Beach life in Le Marin, Martinique

A sudden & providential tropical storm helped us to leave the beach…

…& a beautiful rainbow on our way to the airport reminded us how beautiful this world is 🙂

Rainbow after the storm in Martinique

Drone pictures as well as iguana close-ups ;) courtesy of photographer Gregory Prouvost.

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26 Comments

  1. I loved reading the last installation of this article series so it was nice to catch up on what happened next. It looks like so much fun sailing around there. Wish I was splashing around in that water!

  2. The central market looks so colourful and vibrant, I’d love to wander around too. I must say though, the sunset pictures are the highlight. Your photography is great!

    1. Thank you Gemma! Sunset in the Caribbean is something! And the market was very interesting, especially the little streets around that were less touristic!

  3. The lobster dish looks scrumptious. The market looks vibrant. I would have bought some fruits and eat while walking around the town. I like your photos at the Le Merin beach a lot.

    1. We bought some fruit juice & coconut to drink while wandering around 🙂 As for the fruits, I must say they were less good than in other tropical places… Like I wanted to buy mangos, but they were really hard, maybe it wasn’t the right season.. Otherwise, these lobsters were something!!

  4. What a colorful place! The iguana sauntering by is such a great moment. We always travel with the kids and the would so love to see on on the beach like that! What a cool place!

    1. Sailing is a great way to explore several places indeed, if one loves to live in a boat, which I definitely love!! ;)) Everyday you wake up in a different spot is so beautiful! 🙂

  5. All the pictures are so colorful and looks like you had a fun time in Grenadine islands. I hate mosquitoes and somehow they are quite prevalent in tropical conditions. Sometimes even when we don’t want to leave, we have to.

    1. It was a wonderful trip in the Grenadines indeed 😉 yup mosquitos can be a pain ahah! But actually we were lucky: we only had mosquitos on the last evening 😉

  6. Such a fun adventure sailing the Grenadines. The streets outside the central market seems like a great way to experience the true island life. All those beaches look breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Riely, yes the streets outside the market were really interesting as they were “true”. Whereas the market itself it’s kind of a place for tourists. The market corner with fruits and veggies was more real too, though.

  7. Looks like such an awesome trip! The sunsets look fantastic but the thing that really caught my eye is the church – It’s stunning! Like you, I love wandering around the markets whenever i’m in a new destination. I think it really gives you a feel for local life.

    1. Hi David, yes the Church was really different from what we’re used to see. So colorful! And yes markets are always a good way to discover the local life. When I’m in big cities, I also like to go in a supermarket to see 😉

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