Palm Island
 
Caribbean

Good to know

The Important Stuff

Not sure what to pack? Easy:

  • Shorts & bikinis
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen - plenty of sunscreen! The sun not only reflects from the water, but also from the white, sandy beaches. This greatly increases the sun’s tanning (or burning) effect is far more powerful at sea than on land.

Climate

The Caribbean climate is generally dry, hot and sunny. There is always a slight breeze from the north-easterly trade winds which keeps temperatures bearable during the day, a bit cooler at night and the wind in our sails.
Low temperature: 24 -25°C
High temperature: 28 - 29°C
Water temperature: 26 - 30°C

Language

Martinique:  Parlez-vous français? While many people in the tourist industry speak English, the lingua franca on this island is French. If your French is not trés perfect, a friendly Bonjour with a switch to English should suffice.

The further we head south: English all the way

Currency

Martinique: Being French, the Euro is the official currency

The further we head south: the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the official currency, but US dollars are accepted everywhere.

While all major Credit Cards are widely accepted, remember that cash is king (especially when ordering your fresh lobster on that remote island)

Entry Visas

For all islands, no visa is required for EU and US citizens. All you need is a passport valid for another 90 days, at least two blank pages and you’re good to go.

Groceries

As most everything needs to be imported to the islands, prices tend to be expensive. But the supermarkets are large and carry a large range of European, American and local products. Alcohol, especially local liquors like rum, is extremely cheap. Imported beers and wine tend to be more expensive, but there are plenty of Caribbean beer varieties available that will make you forget about your Heineken.

Local fish including, red snapper, mahi-mahi, yellow fin tuna and Caribbean lobster is very reasonable. French products such as wines, cheese and foie gras are plentiful but pricey. French baguettes, pastries and cakes are delicious, rival any boulangerie in Paris and are priced on par with their mainland counterparts.

At the helm
 
Sailing into the sunset
 
Sandy Island
 
Peach Island
 
Marigot Bay
 
Lobster underwater
 
St. Vincent beach