After breakfast Jessie and Stacy took us around Fort de France to see the sights and make sure we were checked into the country. We motored over to Maximarine to check in. There are computers at some marinas in Martinique that allow you to check in online. This makes checking in and out really simple and fast. When we were all checked in we explored the downtown area of Fort de France. It is a historic area and still retains much of its Caribbean charm.
The next day we rounded Cape Salomon to set the anchor at Grande Anse d’ Arlet. The winds were coming from the east rolling down the high hills of Martinique. The 15 knots of wind made for a nice beam reach as we headed South out of Fort de France Bay. Grande Anse is a picturesque Caribbean anchorage. The water is clear. There are beautiful homes. People are enjoying the beach and the wildlife. Since it was a calm spot I took the opportunity to go up the mast. During our voyage to Martinique one of our lazy jack lines had parted. Lisa raised me up the mast with the main halyard so I could reconnect it. On my way back down I spotted a lone sea turtle coming up for a breath just beyond the transom of Unwritten Timeline. As soon as I was on the deck Lisa threw on her snorkel and jumped in the water to see what else she could find. The bay was teeming with life. She swam with the sea turtle for several minutes. While she was in the water she was greeted with lots of large starfish, spotted eels, baitfish, sea urchin, and even an octopus. Grand Anse was everything you would expect a tropical paradise to be.
We ended up staying and exploring the nearby bays for a few days before we set off North for a rum tour. We are pirates after all. Arrrgghhhhh.