Bajun Beach Day: Barbados, Wednesday 6th March 2019

We visited Barbados just over a year ago, but it was not our most memorable visit of last winter. There is nothing really that wrong with the place, but expectations are high because Barbados has, somehow, made itself the archetypal West Indian destination, the place to go. And yet, it lacks the forests and mountains … Continue reading Bajun Beach Day: Barbados, Wednesday 6th March 2019

Unexpected Return: Grenada, Tuesday 5th March 2019

There was no surprise yesterday when we were told that the planned visit to Mayreau, one of the Grenadines, had been cancelled. If the weather was deemed too rough for tendering at Bequia, there seemed little prospect that it would have improved by today. Our loss was to be our gain. Although Mayreau is described … Continue reading Unexpected Return: Grenada, Tuesday 5th March 2019

In Search of a Parrot (and a Warbler): St Vincent, Monday 4th March 2019

In the morning, we had the novelty of sailing towards a Caribbean island in daylight. Last year, we visited five West Indian islands, but we travelled between them almost exclusively in darkness. Today, St Vincent appeared on the horizon in mid-morning and gradually loomed larger on the horizon There were a few seabirds as we … Continue reading In Search of a Parrot (and a Warbler): St Vincent, Monday 4th March 2019

Defying Preconceptions: Cartagena, Colombia, Friday 1st March 2019

Back in the Atlantic: flying fish (there were some in the Pacific but very few), sargassum seaweed, and waves, a big rolling swell which made it seem as though we are at sea for the first time since, well, the last time we were in the Atlantic. The sea calmed down noticeably mid-morning, though, as we … Continue reading Defying Preconceptions: Cartagena, Colombia, Friday 1st March 2019