Turtles in the Tobago Cays
21 December 2017 | Horse Shoe Reef, Tobago Cays, SVG
Yesterday we anchored in Grand Bay, off Charlestown on Canouan. It was a fairly idyllic spot with lovely blue water but with very gusty wind swinging us around. We were thinking about spending the night anchored off the Tamarind Hotel but had a look at the security history for that location and decided to move round to the new marina in the SW corner of the island. Glossy Bay Marina was quite a contrast. It has only just opened and looks like a first class facility. Prices seem high but in reality it is only what you would pay on the south coast of England or France. We enjoyed the best showers since leaving home, and had a lovely settled and secure night.
In the morning we walked into the village of Charlestown for some provisions. The island is a real set of contrasts. The north is private and has become a 24 room boutique hotel owned (we believe) by Donald T. The south is becoming a very upmarket marina facility. Beside the marina is an airport with a thatched roof, which is where the rich and famous park their private jets (they were all lined up on the strip). And in between, the locals live in what look like relatively poor conditions. You have to believe that such extreme contrasts in one small place cannot be a good thing.
This morning we moved south to the Tobago Cays – gosh! Turquoise water, white surf breaking over the outer reefs, tiny islets fringed with palm trees and turtles bobbing by - pure Caribbean at its best. Daddy Boy (one of the boat boys) is bring us snapper tomorrow. Think we will stay here a while.