31 December 2017 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
Sun they promised us. Bikinis they promised us. Turquoise blue water they promised us. So what do we have all day whilst sailing from St Lucia to Martinique – wind, rain, more rain, lumpy seas, rain. Only consolation was it was a reach, so even with two reefs it was a fairly fast sail – oh, and the rain was warm.
It has been an interesting transition, moving from four people on board to only having two of us. It was always particularly useful to have extra hands whilst reefing or mooring, but now we are getting use to doing it all ourselves again.
Anyway, we finally picked Martinique out of the mist and figured out where we were. We worked our way round the south west end of Martinique and anchored up in the south of Petite Anse D’Arlet, in a sheltered cove away from the village. Martinique immediately had a different feel to it. At first sight, it looks more prosperous than the other islands we have seen. There are a fair number of boats up here – many of them French, and a lot of the standard charter catamarans that are endemic in the Caribbean.
So the interesting thing about Martinique is that it is part of France, in all regards. It is in the EU. It uses the Euro. A flight to Paris is domestic. We fly a French courtesy flag. They speak French. They get a snow clearance allowance along with all departments of France (thanks, Jill – not sure if it’s still the case but it makes a good story). I’m sure our EHICs work here. Our phones tell us that we are on European rates with no roaming charges. Love it.