Diggin’ our updated average speed http://t.co/Jo7NrHsI5O
Had an amazing sail today from Still Pond back to Annapolis; close reaching in 30+knts and averaged just over 9knts the entire way.
Sunset from ATA Marie http://t.co/Oc3hnAZory
After the rain http://t.co/L8KQW1f7Tk
All summer we asked the question of every cruiser we met, “Caribbean or the Bahamas?”. And what we discovered was equivalent to a religious divide on the subject. Not one person said, “oh both are great!”. So here is our list of favorite places including both the Caribbean and Bahamas. Keep in mind the furthest south in the Caribbean we went was Dominica.
1. Falmouth Harbor, Antigua – Antigua is very welcoming. Falmouth Harbor with its bars and restaurants were fun and the nearby Nelson’s Dockyard was an awesome place to visit with a lot of history. We toured the island and enjoyed the people we met and all the places we visited. Plus the harbor was very sheltered and it was nice to have some calm nights!
2. Gorda Sound, BVI – We may be biased because we got married at the Bitter End Yacht Club in Gorda Sound. However, while in the BVIs we did find ourselves gravitating towards anchorages in Gorda Sound which were both beautiful and and calm. And the free wifi from Saba Rock didn’t hurt either!
3. Road Bay, Anguilla – What made Anguilla for us was the people. Everyone, and I mean everyone, smiled at us and said hello as we passed. Even the teenage boys who were headed home from school took a moment to say hi! The smiles and good vibes (not to mention amazing beaches and great food) made this place for us.
4. Hope Town, Abacaos, Bahamas – This is probably the cutest place we visited in all the Bahamas. The houses were all adorable and well kept. There were restaurants, a great beach, grocery store and lots of shops all within walking distance. Plus they had a wine bar downtown. Now you’re talking!
5. Culebra, Puerto Rico – This little out island off the east of Puerto Rico was an oasis in itself. The cruising community was vibrant and the island is a (somewhat) hidden gem. It doesn’t hurt that it boasts one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach. We enjoyed the laid back feel and the wonderful company. And the tacos (at Zaco’s Tacos of course!).
6. Les Saintes, Guadeloupe – This was a place everyone told us we would love, so expectations were high. And it did live up to what was said. This place, above all the other French islands we went, evoked a feeling of France. We loved that we could walk everywhere and not worry about lots of cars on the road. There were interesting historical places nearby, like the Fort, and beautiful beaches, and fun dance clubs and good restaurants.
7. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – This place was fun to see, with all the inlets cut out of the limestone, the amazing Grace Beach, and of course Prince’s House complete with purple driveway! We stayed at the Southside Marina and I think this made the stay for us. We met great people, including amazing friends Kirk & Donna, and heard about all the history of the island at Bob’s Bar.
8. St Croix, USVI – We mostly spent time in Christiansted here and loved the quaint town. The Dutch architecture was gorgeous and to be honest we loved the comforts of St Croix (i.e. Mexican Food!!) which we had been missing while further south in the Caribbean.
9. Grand Case, St Martin – What’s a LOLO? Turns out it’s code for super delicious, inexpensive meals! We had great meals on the cheap in Grand Case (actually so good Ryan preferred it to my cooking. Hurrumph! 🙂 . The vibe here was more laid back than other parts of St Martin and we felt at home and comfortable here.
10. Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas – You’ve got swimming pigs and the Thunderball grotto nearby, what’s not to love? We had a fun time anchored out here in the beautiful water with these fun attractions nearby. And the Staniel Cay Yacht Club was a nice place to eat out!
Passed! . . . Actually killed it 🙂 http://t.co/bn1R5BTXsh
Because who doesn’t love a top ten list… This is our list of favorite places that we have visited on the East Coast.
1. Annapolis, MD – It should be no surprise to those that know us that this city tops our list. It’s a great town for boating, has great happy hours and you can either be in the social tourist areas or go to some of the more low key places in Eastport. Plus watching all the boats, big and small, around the harbor is very entertaining, and the Wednesday night races are great fun to see.
2. Newport, RI – This is another town rich with boating history and just history in general! The rugged shoreline is exceptionally pretty and the old mansions from the Gilded Age are quite a sight to see. Sitting in the harbor you are apt to see the old America’s Cup boats racing around as well as the biggest yachts we saw in the US. We also happened to be there for the Newport Folk Festival which was an unexpected bonus!
3. Boston, MA – While the moorings here leave a little to be desired (very rolly) you can’t beat the location for access to the city. We spent our time here doing the Freedom Walk, eating awesome Italian food (holy cannoli!) and frequenting the Irish pubs. The vibe of Boston is a great mix of old and new and if you’re on foot it’s a blast (those in cars didn’t look like they were having as much fun. 🙂
4. Beaufort, NC – Beaufort is a nice mix of southern charm and modern ideas. We have enjoyed chatting with many a local at Stanley’s favorite bar, the Backstreet Pub. Although we did find out that most of the “locals” are transplants from other areas. It seems people come to Beaufort and then don’t bother leaving. There are charming neighborhoods and a cute downtown area right on the water.
5. Portland, ME – Not to be confused with the Portland in Oregon, the Portland in Maine is a pretty, highly walkable town with great folks, the Mainers. It’s a foodie town with good restaurants on every corner.
6. Nantuckett, MA – This is a great place to have fun for a few days. I’m not sure I’d want to spend extended periods of time here but we enjoyed our visit. The town is beautiful and the island’s history is interesting and there is always something going on in the many shops and restaurants.
7. Mt Desert Island, ME – This is a gorgeous place with lots of access to hiking and kayaking. The LL Bean free shuttles are an awesome way to get around and make everything you want on the island accessible. Bar Harbor is a great town with a lot going on and we met many nice people around town.
8. Port Jefferson, NY – This is a quiet, quaint town with a nice protected harbor with water warm (and clean) enough to swim in! We spent two weeks here visiting with family and enjoyed our time walking around and visiting the nearby beaches on the Long Island sound.
9. Gloucester, MA – Gloucester is a working town with a lot of history and the fish stick factory! The air smells like fried goodness (only sometimes!) and the town ranges from an industrial feel to an artists colony down the way.
10. St Augustine, FL – This was our first stop in the US after being out of the country for 6 months and boy were we excited. As the nations oldest city there is a lot of history here and combined with that is a fun walking downtown tourist area.
Beautiful day on the Chesapeake http://t.co/DVMFuEposG