Re: Caribbean advice
From across the pond I'd probably have to say Antigua is a good candidate, esp if you want visitors from the US.. English Harbour/Falmouth are good anchorages/marinas, good rates, decent facilities.. and if you're spending some time there and want a weekend diversion it's a pleasant sail around to Nonsuch Bay, Green Island area for great snorkeling on the reefs. Another easy sail back to port afterwards. Going the other way offers some nice sailing behind the reef to Jolly Harbour.
For a more Euro feel, then the French islands are south... Guadaloupe, Martinique have good marinas, and each has similar less busy 'destinations'... Iles des Saintes is a must see.. another nice daysail from a major centre (Pointe a Pitre). We know people that spend months here alone.
Further on in the SVGs I'd say that Tobago Cays should be on your list.. as should Bequia. If you get this far south, then Carriacou is a totally laid back, non cruise-ship-destination place where you can wander pristine beaches for miles all to yourself. The bus rides here are worth the trip alone!!
Panama bound and short on time might call for a diversion towards Nevis/St Kitts, then on to Saba, yet another totally different experience though weather and swell conditions are huge factors in stopping there... no good anchorage but a handful of buoys.. more interesting cab rides and an island night and day from your average sandy reef protected haven.. but worth it in its own way...
Pretty much can't go wrong.. it's all good!
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
Last edited by Faster; 01-10-2013 at 05:40 PM.