to Iles des Saintes
A few hours leisurely sailing brings us to a different isle in Les Saintes group to the one we visited on our downwind passage. We anchor off a very pretty little beach for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling, reading and snoozing. All in all we enjoyed a most delightful day followed by a lovely dinner courtesy of chef Liz.
Next morning we awake to a glorious sunny day and we await the promised delivery of our breakfast croissants and baguettes. The baker from the local boulangerie had called by "Cerulean" yesterday to take our order and told us to expect a 7.30am delivery. We were beginning to think the deal had fallen through but the goodies finally arrived at 8.15am.... just another example of "island time" here in the Caribbean.
All good things must come to an end and after a couple of days in Antigua we offer our thanks to Alan and Liz weeks who have looked after us superbly for the last 12 days. Alan ferries us ashore for the last time and then it's off to Antigua's international airport where confusion reigns supreme. It's only a tiny airport really but apparently some Nigerian terrorist had been caught trying to board a flight with some explosives a few days before. Now every passenger has to pass through myriad checkpoints before boarding an aircraft.
West - Florida
The journey from Miami to Key West is about 135 kilometres from memory but maybe more. It's only one lane in each direction with little chance of passing. You go from one island to the next down the island chain crossing many bridges both small and large. One of the inter-island is about 12 kms long whereas some are only 200 or 400 metres long.
We were very disappointed by this journey because it was totally flat the whole way with all low vegetation (predominately mangroves). Our frequent glimpses of sea were mainly sand flats and mud flats and only occasionally covered with a little water. Some of it was pretty smelly also. Our disappointment can be mainly attributed to the fact that it was low tide because on our return next day there was much more water and no smells. It made the return journey more appealing.
In retrospect we don't think the journey down to Key West and back on the same road was really worthwhile, especially as the town of Key West itself is very expensive and often neck deep in cruise boat day trippers.
Our unavoidably expensive hotel room in the Crowne Plaza la Concha was really small and was a rip off compared to every other hotel we stayed at in the USA where we usually got double the size for half the price. And when the water in our bathroom sink was so slow to empty, Lynn lifted the American style levered plug completely out of it's orifice to reveal the state of affairs you see in the photo above. Lynn took the plug down to the reception counter to show them. he clerk's only response was to roll his eyes but he did at least waive our $20 parking fee when we checked out next morning for our journey to Naples which is located well up into Florida and about 230 kms north of Key West