Car, Gardens and Paddle Board
23 February 2019 | Les Trois Ilets - Martinique
Frank & Mandy | Windy
On Friday we left Sainte Pierre and motored down the coast to Fort de France.
It was another windy trip gusting over 40 knots.
We anchored briefly in Fort de France but it was very noisy and the swell from the ferries made it quite uncomfortable.
So we motored 3 miles across the bay to Les Trois Ilets.
The water is much calmer but we are anchored on a lee shore. However the anchor is well dug into the mud and we have 50m of chain out.
Les Trois Ilets is a very pleasant little town with terracotta tiled roofs.
The dinghy dock arrangements are pretty bad here.
On Saturday we rented a car and as usual Mandy drove and I navigated.... it is the only way to prevent a divorce.
First stop was Decathlon to buy Mandy's standup paddle board. It won't get its trial outing until the wind drops.
Our next stop were the Botanical Gardens at Balata high up the volcano in sub-tropical rain forest.
The gardens were absolute stunning and certainly as good as, if not better than the ones at Deshaies in Guadeloupe.
We continued our drive north right up over the top of Morne Rogue at 1500ft through the thick rain forest and then back down to the windward coast at Le Robert and then back across country.
Martinique is a fabulous island with lush mountains and vast fertile areas with healthy banana plantations.
It has been a real insight being able to visit the high lands and interior.
Tomorrow we plan to take the car to the southern end of the island.