Tropical Yacht Service's
base at Marina "du bas du fort" is located in the
center of activity in the town of Pointe a Pitre. The many restaurants
with their French Creole flavor are reminiscent of the Paris
cafes. Also being in the center of the Caribbean chain, it allows
you to travel one way North toward St. Martin or South to our
base of Martinique. The Catamaran Company is the exclusive representative
for Tropical Yacht Service in North America.
A perfect place to cruise South to the picturesque Isle des
Saintes and Dominica, on to the tropical splendor of Basse Terre,
Grande Terre and Marie Galante or travel North to the island
of Montserrat and Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis and ultimately
known by the Caribs as Karukera (Island of pretty waters), has
a population of 330,000 and is part of France. The island is
shaped similar to a large butterfly with Riviere Salée, a mangrove
type river, separating the two islands. Our base is located
in the capital city, Pointe a Pitre, where you will find a colorful
and lively Creole atmosphere.
Terre is the eastern low land with small villages, sugar cane
plantations and awe-inspiring cliffs on its northeast side.
Located on the far-east end you can hike to the top of Pointe
des Chateaux and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire island
of Guadeloupe. Base Terre is the western, largest island with
a tropical rain forest taking over a lush world of rivers and
the highest waterfalls in the Caribbean.
volcano La Soufriere at 4,813 feet is the highest mountain in
the Lesser Antilles. Just a half-hour walk from the parking
area you will reach the 350-foot high Carbet Waterfalls where
you can bathe in the hot springs! Here is a suggested itinerary
that we provide to our avid sailors!
1: Pigeon Island on the Western side of Basse Terre and
Cousteau’s Underwater Park where you can experience spectacular
2: Illes des Saintes, 24 nautical miles south, is a small
group of islands. Bourg des Saintes is the only smalll town
located on the main island. Terre d’en Haut, anchor and
awaken to fresh croissants and baguettes. You can easily
spend a few days here and enjoy its idyllic charm, abundant
beaches, great snorkeling and the fantastic view from the
mountains climbing up to an impressive 1,000 feet.
3: Marie-Galante, about 14 miles East is a rare unspoiled
haven with beautiful turquoise lagoons surrounding its many
white sandy beaches. The sugar cane on the island is still
produced the old fashion
way. If you decide to go on one of the many hiking trails
you will pass by windmills and ox drawn carts. *On a 7 day
sailing vacation you would probably remain within the locations
we just listed. If you intend to stay longer you could sail
4: Head South from Marie Galante for a 22- mile crossing
to Portsmouth, Dominica. The island lacks white sandy beaches
but is a nature lover’s paradise and a guided tour of the
island is a priority. The 17,000-acre park is a rain forest
with waterfalls and freshwater crater lakes, as well as
the 190 degrees volcanic lake.
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