I have been on this trip twice now and am already planning my third trip.One of my favorite things about this boat (aside from Captain Neil and crew) is that they usually only take between 8 and 16 people. This makes sure there is plenty of space for everyone . Also means you'll probably all be friends by day's end. It's the perfect daysail for relaxing and getting a look at SXM from the sea.
The trip we take is the full day to Tintamarre,Creole Rock and Happy Bay. Captain Neil and crew take care of everything the entire time. Everything is included in the price except for gratuity , so please make sure to bring some extra $ for Captain and crew. And yes , weather permitting you will be sailing at least part of the time. This is the time when you could be asked to help haul sheets and halyards or even be asked to man the helm.
The things I look forward to most on the trip are breakfast and lunch. Fresh fruit,yogurt,pastries,coffee,juice,Mimosas and Bloody Mary's while you cruise the lagoon to the French drawbridge.
Once you get to Tintamrre, Captain Neil whips up an AMAZING lunch onboard that will be waiting for you when you get back from hanging out on the beach. This is no picnic people . I'm talking ribs (some of the best on the island) paella , grilled fish , salads and garlic bread. There's probably an item or two I'm forgetting but you will be full and ready for a nap on the deck . All this while surrounded by some of the prettiest blue water and white sand anywhere in the Caribbean.
Then you're off to Creole rock for snorkeling. While I've heard that Prickley Pear is better for snorkeling, the secret to Creole Rock is the giant rock that's submerged over towards the left side of the area they want you to stay in. Dive down and check out all the critters hiding around the bottom of the rock.
Next stop, Happy Bay .We had the choice on both trips to either go ashore or stay onboard for our mud baths (and don't skip the mud bath please). I recommend going ashore. We took a vote and the beach won. It's another SXM beach under your belt and you can't get to it easily by land so this is a good chance to check it out.
Then time to rinse off and get ready sunset.
BBC's at sunset on The Celine just outside the harbor in Marigot ? You can't put yourself in a much more beautiful spot on your trip to SXM.
The island really does have a lot to offer and I include a daysail on The Celine with Captain Neil a must for any visitor . First timer or Old Salt.
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