little ibex goes French – first stop Martinique

Little ibex heads north from St Lucia and enters Martinique. She is quite surprised by the vast number of boats. It is very different compared to St Lucia where 14 days quarantine upon entering the country is mandatory. Entering Martinique for Europeans is fairly easy: you go on a quarantine anchorage and do a COVID-19 quick test. If it is negative, you are free to roam the island within hours. But as little ibex liked the quiet quarantine anchorage she stayed for some days there and just relaxed.

Next stop was the beautiful bay of Grande Anse d’Arlets with a long sandy beach. It was time for hiking (to Petite Anse d’Arlets just south), snorkeling and enjoying a cold beer at the beach.

And of course there is a sunset – or two to enjoy from the stern of the boat.

On she went north to St Pierre – the town that was destroyed by the volcano eruption in 1907. Many ships sunk that day in front of the harbor, hence there is still a no anchoring zone to avoid getting tangled in remains of the wrecks. The town was rebuild and is a beautiful sight from sea.

What would a visit to a country be without a hike? Mt Pelée is the highest mountain in Martinique and most of the time in clouds. During the whole hike of 6 hours it was raining and the wind was blowing. It was a good exercise, but definitely not a hike worth for the view. At least the Kolibri did not mind the rain.