After we left St. Lucia with Britican, we headed toward St. Vincent. When we got there, five different people came rowing up to us on homemade kayaks. They helped us find a good place to anchor and then helped us check into the country. Two boys came by our boat and asked for food and fishing line. We gave them big candy bars and Cokes. They were pretty happy with those. We bought some delicious bread from another guy and passion fruit from another. We stayed there for the night and left for another anchorage the next day. We did a Med-mooring, which is where you drop your anchor and back up to shore to tie a rope around a tree on shore. Wewere so close to Britican that all we had to do was jump in the water and we were there. We all swam and played catch. By catch, I mean the dads throw a ball in the air and the kids jump off the boat and try to catch it mid-air. We had dinner on Britican that night. The next day, we went to take a tourof some waterfalls. We took two different vans. We saw nice views of the island on the way. While we were hiking, our guide told us about all different types of plants on the island. He even showed us one that was sensitive to the touch. If you touched it the leaves would close up. It was amazing. When we got to the waterfall, we swam in the freezing water. After a couple of days, we decided to leave St. Vincent.
Our friends Britican at our first stop in St. Vincent to check into the country. We were the only two boats in the bay.
We barely made it to St. Vincent before dark, but just in time for a rainbow.
Cumberland Bay, St. Vincent
Katelyn and Sienna crossing a homemade bamboo bridge to hike to a waterfall.
The kids walking to the waterfall
waterfall in St. Vincent
hike to waterfall in St. Vincent
hike to waterfall
Made it to the waterfall.
Time for a swim in the super cold water.
Kids looking for fish or freshwater creatures
hiking back from waterfall in St. Vincent
Our guide showing Mike local plants
The kids loved standing in the sunroof on the drive through the town and waving like they were in a parade. The locals were sweet to smile and wave back.
Looking down into Cumberland Bay. You can see Rondo and Britican in the bay.
Sunset in Cumberland Bay
Boats anchored in Cumberland Bay
Sunset in Cumberland Bay
View from the back of our boat in Cumberland Bay
Local produce from St. Vincent: Tamarind, Sugar Apple, Plums, and Wax Apples.
Our friends on Britican with a rainbow in front of them
We headed toward Bequia, where there was supposed to be clear water. When we got there, we noticed other kids. We played with them and met other kid boats too. The next day, there were 8 kid boats in the area. All the kids got together on the beach and played infection, tag, monkey in the middle, Marco Polo, etc. We found a rock we could jump off of and then the parents had a BBQ on the beach. We all had a blast. Since their were two Siennas, we called the one from Britican “The Little Sausage.” We stayed in Bequia for a week playing with all the kid boats.
All the kids playing at the beach in beautiful Bequia
Kids played all day until sunset
Beautiful sunset in Bequia
Hike to the other side of Bequia
Sienna and Katelyn waiting for ice cream after our hike in Bequia
One of the best hamburgers I have ever had. Bequia used to be known for whaling. It is still allowed to whale, but they do not get one very often.
Some of the kids in Bequia waiting for the Bequia Carnival
Bequia Carnival – it was terrible
Katelyn and Sienna paddling
All the kids met on the beach on their paddle boards
a turtle we found on our hike through Bequia
After we left Bequia, we headed for Grenada. We stayed in Grenada for three nights while we played with kids. Then we left with Pura Vida to Trinidad and Tobago.
Mikey caught a tuna on the way to Grenada
Mikey and Katelyn playing the “Pirate Game” that Mikey made with some help from Katelyn and their friends.
When we arrived in St. Lucia around lunch time, we headed into Rodney Bay Marina.We heard from Britican that there was a pool with lots of restaurants around it. All the kids swam in the pool. The adults went to go have drinks for a while, and then we decided to walk around town. We found a nice place to eat and got some cheeseburgers with dessert. The adults insisted on going to another bar, and we found one that was doing Karaoke. The kids did a few songs, and then we played on this big playground right next door. It was the first playground with a seesaw, merry-go-round, and more than three slides. We had an awesome time running around.
The next day, Simon wanted to go to Marigot Bay. It was his birthday, so we did whatever he wanted. All the kids came on Rondo for the short trip. When we got back, I decided to make Simon cookies for his birthday. Katie Grace and Sienna wanted to help, so we made double chocolate chip cookies. When we were done, we headed into Marigo Bay Resort. Rodney Bay was supposed to have a nice pool, Marigo Bay was supposed to have an even nicer one. We all swam in the pool with the adults and played monkey in the middle. We enjoyed some milkshakes in celebration of Simon. Later that night, the adults went to go have dinner while the kids stayed on the boat. When the adults got back, we had cake and cookies and played twister on the trampoline. The twister game evolved into a pushing and throwing people in the water. Everyone but me and the moms got wet.
Sunset at Marigot Bay
Resort at Marigot Bay
View from resort at Marigot Bay
Our friends Kim and Sienna from Britican, Ansley and Katie Grace from Pura Vida, and Katelyn
Relaxing at Marigot Bay while kids swim
Kids playing at Marigot Bay
The next day we stayed in Marigot Bay. We swam at the resort and got ice cream. We went to Rodney Bay after that. We saw an inflatable obstacle course like the one in St. Kitts. All the kids and my mom headed out to go do some obstacles. It was much bigger than the one in St. Kitts, so we had a lot more fun. The only thing we did not like, was that we had to wear life jackets. We did obstacles like the blob, rope wall, trampoline, swinging across, monkey bars, etc. We had a blast.
We stayed in Rodney Bay and Marigot back and forth just relaxing in the pools. We wanted something else to do, so we decided to climb the Petit Piton. Most locals said it was a hard hike that we needed a guide for, but do-able. Some locals said it was impossible and that only the best could do it. So, my dad asked a guy that worked on our boat to be our guide. He told my dad that it was a hard hike and that he did not think that I could do it. I didn’t really want to do it either, so Ansley said she would take me, Katie Grace, and Sienna to rent a car and go see the island.
The Petit Piton hike was more of a climb. It went straight up.
Mikey and Heyward taking a break 1/2 way up.
Me and our guide, Vision.
Mikey, Mike, and Heyward enjoying the view 1/2 way up
View from the Petit Piton 1/2 way up
The last 1/2 of the hike was so steep, you needed ropes to climb up.
Sometimes, you did not want to look down.
Hayward climbing up Petit Piton
Little Heyward climbing Petit Piton
We were all pretty tired, sweaty, and dirty after the hike.
The yellow stuff in the water is all the seaweed that was everywhere that season.
The view from the top of the Petit Piton of the other Piton
If we thought the way up was bad, the way down wasn’t much easier.
Mike coming down the Petit Piton.
Heyward climbing down
Petit Piton, St. Lucia
Little Heyward was so tired after the hike, he passed out on the way home.
While we went to rent a car, the Piton group had an accident with Simon’s camera. His water bottle opened in his backpack and ruined his nice camera, so he was too upset to go. It was now only Michael, Heyward, Little Heyward, my mom, my dad, and our friend Douwe. The girls got a small car and headed toward the city. It was very crowded. We had Subway for lunch and then headed out for the waterfalls and hot springs of St. Lucia. The waterfalls were very nice, and the hot springs were fun to swim in. We also saw a botanical garden with tons of different types of plants that grow on the island. It was beautiful.
Katelyn, Sienna, and Katie Grace at the hot springs in St. Lucia
Silly girls having fun
Katelyn, Katie Grace, and Sienna at the Botanical Gardens in St. Lucia
On the way back, we stopped at a viewing point to look at the two pitons. One gradual grassy piton, and one tall, steep, rocky piton. Guess witch one they were climbing. On the way back we turned a corner and I’m not sure what happened, but the car fell sideways in a ditch. It was very sudden. Everyone was freaking out except for Ansley. We got out of the car ( which was kind of hard since it was sideways), and these very nice people offered to let us borrow their phone. We called the car rental place, and they picked us up and dropped us off at Marigot Bay.
Sienna, Katie Grace, and Katelyn overlooking the Pitons. Can you see us climbing in the background?
Ansley’s rental car. Whoops! The roads in St. Lucia are no joke. They are narrow and winding, and you drive on the left!
We went out for dinner, and my mom dropped our credit card in between to planks of wood on the floor. We joked about how each family had bad luck that day, camera, car, and credit card. They also all started with a “c.” We stayed there a couple more days, and then we headed out with Britican to St. Vincent. Pura Vida had to stay behind to pick up someoneand to finish settling the rental car accident.
The Pitons of St. Lucia
Mikey showing where we hiked while in St. Lucia as we sail by on our way to St. Vincent.
After we left Dominica, we headed towards our second French island, Martinique. After Guadeloupe, we were really craving more chocolate croissants, muffins, baguettes, and donuts. We could not wait for more sweets.
You have to pay to use the toilet in Martinique.
The little town where we were anchored in Martinique
When we got close to the harbor, at least one hundred dolphins greeted us. We had never seen so many dolphins in our lives. The dolphins, apparently, were very popular in Martinique. We even saw a video from our friends aboard Vela of dolphins doing flips. We did not see them flip, but we did see them jump super high in the air. Once we got into the bay, we had a hard time finding a place to anchor. We found a place and got settled while my dad went to go check the anchor. We anchored on sea grass, so we had to redo the anchor. We anchored right behind Pura Vida, and they checked our anchor for us. While getting ready to go snorkeling, we heard a rumor that a teenaged boy was in the anchorage. Unfortunately, we didn’t know what boat he was on, so we went ahead and snorkeled. Katie Grace, Sienna, and I didn’t feel like snorkeling, so we stayed on Rondo with Ansley and my mom. We liked jumping off the front of the boat and swimming in between the two hulls, so we did that a lot. When the boys came back, we saw a dinghy that looked like there was a teen in it. We waved them over, and Michael and he jumped off the boat and swung on the gung gung swing. While they were there, we decided that we would all go out for dinner. The boys went out to go fishing before dinner.
While in town, we thought it looked much spookier at night than during the day. There were some people dressed in black and wearing coats. We are in the Caribbean! Its never cold! When we found a restaurant, we got a big table and ordered our food. Michael was feeling exotic and got shark fin. The parents found a soda called loco cola and ordered it for all the kids. It was too late before they realized they got coca cola for everyone. We were all energized and crazy (especially Sienna who had never had coke before – she was super crazy). We had a fun night at the restaurant and then headed home for bed.
Next day, we needed to stock up on groceries. We went into town with everyone and got chocolate croissants and donuts and juice ( no dessert for me that night), and then we went to look for a rental car place. It was taking forever, so the moms took us out for ice cream while the dads rented a car (YAY MORE SWEETS). Once the dads got the car, we headed out for the great mall of Martinique. We stopped by a marine store for us to get a new fishing net. Lucky for the kids, there were roller skates that you could try on. We all got a pair and roller skated around the shop. After spending an hour there, we were getting hungry ( the kids weren’t since we just had ice cream), so the adults let the kids pick where to go. The majority rules, so we went to McDonalds (at that point, I was about to cry so we could go somewhere else – I hate McDonalds).While we were at “McDonalds,” I ate a happy meal – it tasted like plastic. I got cheap binoculars, so apparently, I got plastic toys and plastic food. Once we were done, we went to the mall to get groceries. The grocery store was the biggest I have ever seen in my life ( though a quarter of it was wine). They had tons of different food and anything you could possibly need. After we got all our stuff, we headed back towards the boat. It took a long time to get back because the traffic was unbelievable. We loaded all the stuff into the dinghy and went back for a rest night. The next day, we went to go get our breakfast in the bakery then headed out for St. Lucia.
After Ile Des Saintes, we traveled to Dominica. We were just passing Terre de Haut when we started fishing. I let out the line and a minute later we hooked a tuna. We brought it in and put it in the bucket. That night we invited everyone over for sushi rolls. While we were eating sushi, a man on a paddle board came by and sold us some small rock hard mangoes. We only bought them because he looked like he could use help.
The next day we met a boat called Love and Luck which had 3 kids aboard. We met them on a beach and were having fun until a 40-year-old man offered us weed and went on and on about his weed. He was attracted to the older girl that lived on Love and Luck. He sang a song to her and asked her parents if he could live with her. The dad said no and they left. After they quickly left, he asked us if he had a chance with her. We were worried he would swim to our boat the whole day.
We had a great hike up huge boulders to a waterfall that had a hot springs right next to it. You could sit in the hot water or the cold.
A waterfall in Dominica
Love and Luck, Pura Vida, and Rondo kids before the waterfall hike.
The Gorge was our favorite thing on the island. Unfortunately, I did not take my watr
Dominica was hit hard with a hurricane last year. They said there wasn’t a leaf left on the island. It has grown back amazingly well, but the people are still struggling.
Hiking up to the waterfall
The water was boiling hot
Steam vents coming out of the ground
View of the capital
Our friends on Carpe Ventum
The hot springs at the top of the waterfall
The next day we took a tour throughout Dominica. We went through a river that made a crack in the ground (a gorge where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean). It was very pretty. It was not worth a tour guide because all he showed us was how we could walk under the small waterfall. After that, we got scammed at a restaurant with each meal costing $20. They did not give us menus, which was unfair. We visited other stuff too, like a natural hot tub, a hot water stream, and volcanic steam vents. Everyone did not enjoy the end because they were upset that they got scammed. After that scam, we decided we didn’t like the island and left quickly.