Cruise to the Caribbean
Cruise December 2010 - January 2011 Martinica e Grenadine on catamaran Lagoon 440.
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Caribbean cruise 2010 program
Arrival in the Caribbean to Fort de France, Le Marin transfer and boarding on board our catamaran welcome drink and accommodation in cabins at a dinner of local characteristic of the area.
2nd Day - Marigot Bay
Galley and departure from Le Marin towards St.Lucia, 3 / 4 hours or so of browsing, the 'Aliseo and the sun will surely these to the bathroom and lunch in the beautiful bay of Marigot Bay where we will spend the night.
3rd Day - Bequia
Departure early in the morning, until a beautiful crossing BEQUIA, 7 / 8 hours of enjoyable browsing and long St.Lucia St.Vincent.alla search for Dolphins, whales and flying fish that will accompany us throughout the voyage. Arriving in the early afternoon, customs and shopping in this wonderful call.
Awakening in the heart of Granadina after 2 hours of navigation and anchorage for breakfast PETIT NEVIS, MOUSTIQUE love, the island of millionaires. Immersed in a water clear, as the natural aquarium turquoise, beautiful walk in the palms along the beach and dinners by candlelight.
5th Day - Mayreau
Arriving in MAYREAU, about 2 hours. The anchor in Salt Whistle Bay is a postcard: the beach of white sand and coconut trees ... .. then we must say that you can not see you 'ear
6th Day - Tobago Cays
After 1 hour of browsing, the last jewel of the Caribbean, the Tobago Cays, small islands, lagoon, paradise, fish, turtles and lobsters in 1 up to 2 meters of water. . . and in the evening barbecue. Masks, fins and tubes will be required to do some snorkelling. This reserve is really a delicacy for the eyes.
7th Day - Union
Another unforgettable moment of your cruise, the transition to MORPION, a small island of white sand lost in the sea. After noon bath PALM ISLAND, refuel and then to evening Union, Steel Band and a small restaurant in the area.
8th Day - Béquia
Béquia after rising to a final bath Mayreau.
9th Day - Saint Lucia
Lifts to Saint Lucia, a beautiful day on the bike if you like. Take the troll, and place for a last thasard or swordfish before arrival at the site of two great Pitoni.
Arriving in Martinique at Le Maren, landing, taking care not to forget anything about the beautiful Caribbean experience.
The path is broad, it may 'undergo some changes according to weather or sea if all agree and / or extend some support.
The "Martinique" story
Martinique was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his 4th voyage, in 1502. The island was inhabited by Indians and was named Caribbean Madinina, "Island of Flowers".
During the seventeenth century it was colonized by the "Compagnie des Iles d'Amerique" who founded a small settlement on the north-west, which became the ancient capital of Saint-Pierre.
On 31 October 1636 the King Louis XIII signed a decree authorizing the use of slaves in the French Antilles.
Thus began an intense work of colonization, which brought the inevitable conflict with the Caribbean people, the logging works undertaken by the settlers for the treatment of sugar cane plantations acuirono conflicts with indigenous peoples, the island finally hunted in 1660.
The island was then subject to mire the British, who occupied it for almost the entire period between 1794 and 1815, away to the other blood baths of the French Revolution.
Among the clashes between the French and British at the Battle ricordiamo Rocher Du Diamant.
The Rocher du Diamant and Diamond Rock is a picturesque volcanic island 176 m high to head off south-west of the island, close to the beach Le Diamant. Interesting natural habitats of many sea birds and place of attraction for divers, this rocky outcrop has a particular story to tell. In 1804 we landed 120 British sailors, who made a small fort with barracks and warehouses, and called with the same name as un'inaffondabile warship of the British Royal Navy, Diamond Rock. For almost a year and a half the British attacked a French cannon ships trying to cross the passage. The battle ended only with the development by the French of a plan to deceive the enemy: the French admiral sent sull'isolotto a boat load of rum, the British now isolated for too long and fell into the trap again French the island.
The island was finally returned to the French in 1815, when, after the Napoleonic wars, the French empire was entering a period of stability.
Throughout this period of intense Treat Blacks changed the population of Martinique. The persistence of slavery in the revolutionary era (unlike Guadeloupe) was the source of many revolts between 1816 and 1848.
In 1848 Victor Schoelcher, French minister for overseas possessions, he obtained the abolition of slavery in the French Antilles, convincing the government to sign the Proclamation of Emancipation.
The history of the island is marked by another important event, the eruption of Montagne Pelée on 8 March 1902: the capital city Saint-Pierre, the most advanced of the French Antilles, was completely destroyed by one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the Caribbean and killed all its 30,000 inhabitants. The capital was finally transferred to Fort-de-France.
Since 1946, Martinique and French overseas departments and the French region since 1982.
Martinique (French Martinique, Matinik in Creole) is an island of the Antilles, (capital Fort-de-France). It is 14 ° 40 'north Equator and 61 ° west from the Greenwich Meridian in the heart of the Caribbean, and is part of the Lesser Antilles islands or upwind. Its coasts are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and west by the Caribbean Sea.
The island has an area of 1102 km ². Measuring 80 km in length and 39 in width. The North, with the Peak and Mount Carbet Pelée (or Pelée Mountain), highest point (1397 m asl), is the realm of tropical forest. The centerpiece is the plain of Lamentin ago from transition to the south of the island offers a succession of small hills (Mornese) and enchanted valleys. The coast is characterized by numerous bays and coves (loops) are very picturesque. Among the places of greatest interest is the scenic beaches of Salines.
Martinique, with its tropical climate conditions, is covered by a vegetation flourishing: sumptuous tropical rain forests, savannas, many species of trees, plants, flowers and fruit make a Martinique genuine natural garden.
The fauna consists mainly of crustaceans, fish and tropical birds flying mainly in the south of heaven.
Among the Caribbean islands, Martinique is known for its cultural richness.
The official language is French, but all the original inhabitants of the fluent in Creole, a language common to other Caribbean islands. Creole is a set of words derived from English, French, some African dialects and Amerindians.
The literature of the island is full of writers and poets very famous, the most important authors from the island are Patrick Chamoiseau, Édouard Glissant, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Joseph Zobel and others.
The music is the dance are everywhere on the island: Bel Air, Calenda, Haute-Taille, Mazurka, Zouk are just some of the types of music played continuously and danced in the streets and in the city of festivals.
The Creole cuisine is very rich, and is characterized by colors and the incredible amount of spices that their odor spread to every corner of the island.
There are also numerous festivals that are flanked by a traditional Catholic, between them, the most important thing is that Carnival brings the streets and the city almost all the inhabitants of the island, between dance and music incredibly rhythmic.