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Guadeloupe vs Grenadines vs St Martin

I'm sure this topic has been touched on many times, but would like to get some opinions. We are looking at doing a charter this spring and trying to decide on a location. We've done the BVIs and St Martin a couple of times and are looking at other options. Our favorites so far have been, St John, Jost Van Dyke, and St Barts. We like the beautiful beaches with the option of going to shore for an occasional dinner and drinks as well.
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They are all beautiful, of course, but generally as you move down the chain you'll experience less crowding. The French islands (Guadeloupe and Martinique etc) have large marinas and good services - but English-only visitors will have a slightly more difficult time.

Iles des Saintes, part of Guadeloupe are a real gem, good snorkeling, charming villages, good hikes to some old forts.

The Grenadines are prime snorkeling, less crowds if you want them, and well worth the visit.

Carriacou is a gem too - no cruise ships, friendly people and deserted beaches, off the beaten track.

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Re: Guadeloupe vs Grenadines vs St Martin

Hi All
I would be grateful for an update on experiences with bareboat chartering from Guadeloupe. We are a group with prior bareboat sailing in BVI, USVI, Spanish VI, Chesapeake, Puget Sound, and Channel Islands. This would be new territory to us.
Looks like there are fewer charter options in Guadeloupe and I am conservative - do not want to take much of any chance on new or not well established operations. Too much money at stake to risk a major problem.
I am tempted because of the recent availability of non-stop flights to Guadeloupe from Baltimore!
Thanks for your help,
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Re: Guadeloupe vs Grenadines vs St Martin

Guadalupe and Martinique have a lot of well established charter operations, but almost all of them are French and don't get advertised in the US. You might try broadening your search specifically in that area, but be aware that if you are not fluent in French, you may find the challenge too high for a vacation.

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Re: Guadeloupe vs Grenadines vs St Martin

We have made several visits both to the Grenadines and the Guadeloupe/Saints...For a charter I would go to the Grenadines, more islands and anchorages in a smaller area. When we asked our 6-yr-old Grandson what was his favourite thing in Tobago Key he listed 10 things!

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=to...tLB9EQ_AUIBigB

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If you like lots of sailing the St Martin is good ... but if you want a 1 hour sail per day then its the wrong choice


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.....For a charter I would go to the Grenadines, more islands and anchorages in a smaller area. When we asked our 6-yr-old Grandson what was his favourite thing in Tobago Key he listed 10 things!

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.. and fewer customs issues if you stay within SVGrenadines.

If only a week easy to spend that there without crossing borders.. more than that you may want to extend to Bequia or Grenada way.

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Re: Guadeloupe vs Grenadines vs St Martin

One of my Grandson's top ten!

Janti's Happy Island where we had a family Christmas dinner in November!

Janti built the island himself out of builder's rubble one barrow load at a time!

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=ha...U_Rh2Xxk4fU%3D

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