Arrived after 2,700 miles in just over 16 days to Marin, Martinique and a grim reminder of sailors who didn't make it the last mile

Sailing north from Marin, we passed Diamond Rock, which the British used as a battleship and had cannon mounted to waylay unsuspecting ships.  Now, it's a playground.

Petit Anse d'Arlet, Martinique one of the prettiest anchorages, beautiful blue clear water, sand bottom, a pier in the middle of town, a church steeple, laid back, what more could you want?

This was also Petit Anse d'Arlet.  It's one stop north of Marin on Martinique.  There are a slew of pretty anchorages there, but this is a keeper.

St. Pierre, Martinique, this sleepy town was once the Paris of the Caribbean, until an eruption in 1903 sent hot, heavy gases rolling down Mt. Pelee, killing all but two of 30,000 residents.

On to Iles des Saintes or Les Saintes.  It's a small group of four islands 5 miles south of Guadeloupe.  You can't see it on most maps.  But it's a delight.

This is the west end of the bay that houses that only town in Les Saintes.  The town is called Le Bourg.  I think this means The Town.  You get the picture.

The flowers everywhere at Les Saintes are impressive.  This is a sample.

This is the beach fronting the little cove called Pain de Sucre or Sugar Loaf.

On and north to Antigua.  This is part of what is now Nelson's Dockyard, a national park of Antigua in English Harbor.  It was once a main garrison for British in the Caribbean.  Nelson was once stationed here.

Cruise ships regularly visit St. John's Antigua on the north side of Antigua.  English Harbor is on the south. 

If you're a cheap cruiser, you have to hike about three miles to the top of English Harbor to a viewpoint called Shirley Heights.  From there you see Falmouth Harbor in the distance and a small part of English Harbor.