Exploring

Jackman going full euro :)

Jackman going full euro :)

We are trying to explore as much of the island as we can, moving from bay to bay and following suggestions for new beaches and places. We are exploring by car most of the time and on weekends, we head out of the lagoon and try to find somewhere new to spend a night or two.

This also lets us swim from the boat and just get a different perspective on things.

This island seems to have 4 kinds of people on it … locals, long term visitors (think snowbirds), overnight tourists (people coming for 1-2 weeks) and day tourists (cruise ship tourists, who are only on the island for the day).

The beaches and to some extent towns/communities on the island cater to each of these types. There are beaches that are mainly for the locals, these have very little services on them, so nothing to buy, nothing to rent … just a quiet place to play in the water. The beaches for the snowbirds are usually attached to the condo complex, usually small and hard to get to unless you are a resident of the place.

The overnight tourist beaches,have restaurants and some rental places, they are usually the main beach of the town, so restaurants are nearby to it and it seems like a place to spend a couple of days at.

The day tourist beaches have lots of bars, lots of umbrella rentals, and lots of activities, from Jet Ski’s to SUPs to para sailing. They seem to be empty before 10A and again after 5P … but in the early afternoon they are very busy.

Each for us has it’s own attraction … some are great for just relaxing, some are great for people watching and some are nice to sit and have dinner at.

View from the bow of Discovery while at anchor in Great Bay. That's Phillipsburg, on a very quiet Sunday morning.

View from the bow of Discovery while at anchor in Great Bay. That’s Phillipsburg, on a very quiet Sunday morning.

Kelly enjoying the sunpad as we head from Great Bay to find a place called Long Bay.

Kelly enjoying the sunpad as we head from Great Bay to find a place called Long Bay.

We had the entire beach at Anse Marcel to ourselves, 5 o'clock on a Sunday ... my favorite time to explore, always very quiet and relaxed.

We had the entire beach at Anse Marcel to ourselves, 5 o’clock on a Sunday … my favorite time to explore, always very quiet and relaxed.

Found this beach (and cave) from Discovery as we made our way to Long Bay... we are going to have to come back to explore this one.

Found this beach (and cave) from Discovery as we made our way to Long Bay… we are going to have to come back to explore this one.

The Front Street in Phillipsburg

The Front Street in Phillipsburg

One of the "local" beaches, not many tourists, very quiet, awesome water ... one of everyone's favorites.

One of the “local” beaches, not many tourists, very quiet, awesome water … one of everyone’s favorites.

Le Galion Beach, as seen from the swim platform... given a choice, we always seem to choose this place to come to.

Le Galion Beach, as seen from the swim platform… given a choice, we always seem to choose this place to come to.

This is our bay ... Simpson Bay ... we live in the marina by the red roof houses on the middle right ...

This is our bay … Simpson Bay … we live in the marina by the red roof houses on the middle right …

I think he is having a pensive moment ...

I think he is having a pensive moment …

Jaci took a bunch of great panoramas ... this one of Discovery at anchor in Great Bay ... we left a little early as the jet ski rentals started to take over the bay. The "thing" to do seemed to be to buzz Discovery :( ...

Jaci took a bunch of great panoramas … this one of Discovery at anchor in Great Bay … we left a little early as the jet ski rentals started to take over the bay. The “thing” to do seemed to be to buzz Discovery :(

Didn't want her picture taken :) ... but I'm never a good listener.

Didn’t want her picture taken :) … but I’m never a good listener.

Our big girls coming to hangout with us... Anna and Kelly in the islands at the same time... everyone very happy.

Our big girls coming to hangout with us… Anna and Kelly in the islands at the same time… everyone very happy.

Enjoying a quiet moment of reading as the sun sets ... kids inside playing games ...

Enjoying a quiet moment of reading as the sun sets … kids inside playing games …

There are currently 9 people living on the boat (Abuelo, Abuela, Kelly and the 6 of us). Kids having an "electronic" moment ... that's our new ice maker on the table, looking for a permanent home :)

There are currently 9 people living on the boat (Abuelo, Abuela, Kelly and the 6 of us). Kids having an “electronic” moment … that’s our new ice maker on the table, looking for a permanent home :)

Discovery is a very comfortable boat, we have a large landing platform in the rear ... 3ft across and 22ft wide ...

Discovery is a very comfortable boat, we have a large landing platform in the rear … 3ft across and 22ft wide …

Docked at our home marina at Port de Plaisance ... sporting our new grill, new rod holders and 4 new toilets :)

Docked at our home marina at Port de Plaisance … sporting our new grill, new rod holders and 4 new toilets :)

Check out the content look on this kids face ... at a French Cafe with a couple of beautiful older women :)

Check out the content look on this kids face … at a French Cafe with a couple of beautiful older women :)

 

10 thoughts on “Exploring

  1. Hello everyone! Ive been reading your blog and I’m verry happy to see that you guys enjoy your new life on the water as much as you can. :) I miss you and I hope you’ll still be somewhere in the island next year when I can visit. Lots of hugs and kisses!!
    PS : abuelo and abuela joined you??
    love jack’s hair ! Don’t cut it please! :)

    • :) … we’re missing you too. Come visit when you can, we will be somewhere fun and interesting :). Yep, my parents came last week for a couple of weeks. They leave on Tuesday. Jack might need a trim, he can’t see forward most of the time :)

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