On the wild and rugged east coast of Barbados, the isolated beaches are the colour of sunrise, the red sands having blown all the way across the Atlantic from the Sahara. The eastern most island of the Windwards, and indeed, of the entire Caribbean, reaches out to Africa and the Old World, as if not quite part of the New. Bridgetown, Barbados is an interesting town full of contrasts. George Washington actually slept here! Trafalgar Square reminds you that the laid back, rum-and-fun-loving island’s British-influenced heritage includes revered traditions like cricket and high tea.
Captain's Best, Grenadines
Your captain will select one of the smaller Grenadine Islands for a daytime beach visit.
St. George's, Grenada
An attractive colonial-era town spilling down a hillside above the Carenage, with its horseshoe-shaped harbor, Grenada's capital of ST GEORGE'S received the full brunt of Hurricane Ivan's high winds, and the bevy of new terracotta-coloured roofs stand in testament to the power of the wind.
St George's won't take more than a day to explore, and it's worth taking time away from the beach to do so. Though the market is at its liveliest on Saturday morning, most shops close on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays, making the town a quiet place during those times – except when a cruise ship moors at the spanking new docks, in which case the town explodes into a frenzy of activity, market stalls spring up on shore, restaurants and bars fill up, street vendors and local guides come out in force.
Tobago Cays (St. Vincent & Grenadines)
The five small islands of the Tobago Cays are an archipelago with extensive coral reefs located in the Southern Grenadines, and make up the Tobago Cays Marine Park. These uninhabited cays offer heavenly lagoons with green turtles, colorful fishes and crystal clear waters.
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Mainland St Vincent is one of the few places on Earth that can boast about having black-sand beaches and white-sand in the same country.
It is composed of partially submerged volcanic mountains. La Soufrière is still an active volcano.
Admiralty Bay, Bequia
Bequia’s main harbor, Admiralty Bay, is a large, well-protected anchorage on the west side of the island, with Port Elizabeth, at its head. Strung together along a path extending down the southeastern shore from town, are hotels, bars, restaurants and shops spread along the beach. Admiralty Bay is a popular anchorage for the yachting crowd.
Forte de France, Martinique
Welcome to the island of flowers. Roadsides are splashed with bougainvillea, hibiscus and poinsettias. The romantic artist Paul Gauguin came here to paint in 1887. Martinique is the classic French Caribbean island. Wild and mysterious, yet urbane and sophisticated, it is France with a tropical twist, with something for almost everyone. Martinique has it all: deserts, rainforests, volcanoes, white and black sand beaches. Accented with almond and pear trees, the beaches are most exotic. In Fort de France, French and Creole culture bombards the senses, from colorful Madras fabrics to lively Boule games on the town square. You won’t be able to resist the charms of spicy Creole cooking and tempting boutiques. Vive la difference!
Beach Call, Martinique
Your Captain will anchor off one of Martinique's many beautiful beaches. Water sports and beach combing are yours to enjoy.
Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
"The most beautiful Bay in the Caribbean", said James Michener. All year round, Marigot Bay is the home of dozens of sailboats which choose this tropical fjord, a wonderful natural harbor and
yachtsman's haven. It's so picturesque in fact that it has been used for background shots in many Hollywood films.
The restaurants overlooking the bay are all unique, some laid back and mellow, others rowdy. The locals are very sweet and helpful, with real interest in showing you a good time. The beach merchants are definitely pushing their wares, but not in an obnoxious way.
The snorkeling is reported as excellent. You might like to try some scuba diving, as well.
Soufriere, St. Lucia
Soufriere is a fishing town on St. Lucia's southwest coast. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Soufriere sits below the Pitons, St. Lucia's landmark volcanic peaks. The town is small and simple, with a central square on which is located the Church of the Assumption, and narrow streets lined with bright-painted houses. You can wander with your camera, stop at a local seafood restaurant, or buy some treats to eat from a street vendor, or perhaps linger at a bar for a rum drink. The people are friendly and fun-loving. There are spas for massage, and hot, volcanic spring-fed mineral baths for soaking. Visit an old sugar plantation. Rent a trail bike to ride along the French Wall Trail, an old hand-built stone wall, or any of several other trails. Go diving among the coral formations on the reef in the Soufriere Marine Management Area. Or try snorkeling if you prefer.
Take a walk through the rainforest, visit a botanical gardens, or use binoculars to seek the elusive St. Lucia parrot. You'll not lack for things to do on this laid-back island.
Bridgetown, Barbados (return)
Return to Bridgetown for disembarkation