|The islands of the southeastern Caribbean are often considered to be in one
of two groups. The islands from the Virgin Islands south to Guadoloupe are
referred to as the "leeward" islands while those islands from Martinique south
are referred to as the "windward" islands.
|The most northerly of the windward islands is Martinique. St. Lucia is
the second most northerly and that's where we started our Y2K cruise of the
|Upon returning to
St. Lucia from our holiday break at home we cruised the west coast of the
island a bit. We spent some time in beautiful Marigot Bay and a few days
in Soufriere where we were moored to a buoy within sight of the St. Lucia
trademark Pitons, a couple of volcanic cones near the south end of the island.
|In terms of tropical settings Marigot Bay is perhaps the most beautiful spot
we've been to. It is a bay within a bay with the inner bay virtually
indiscernible from the outside. The British are said to have hidden
their Caribbean fleet inside the inner bay, using palm fronds to
camouflage the tops of their masts, while the French fleet sailed right by.
|I've visited third world doctors a few times in my life. One of them
was during the time we were in Soufriere. Click
here for details.
|We stayed in St. Lucia until we pretty much had to leave in order to get to
Jolly Harbor, Antigua in time to meet Rich and
Mara. On the trip from St. Lucia to
Jolly Harbor we spent a few days on the islands of Martinique, a "department" of
France and Dominica where we enjoyed their local version of carnival.