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CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

 

A tour around 17 islands by foot, flights, boats and cars

 

In the early 2019, I had only seen a small part of the amassing Caribbean Islands. In 1997, I went around Cuba, I enjoyed Bonaire and its fantastic diving in 2006 and again in 2008, and I explored Trinidad & Tobago in 2018.
In an attempt to escape the Danish winter (which is like a freezer; cold and dark), I planned a tour around the remaining countries and two colonies in the early 2019. A few weeks before I planned to leave, all 24 flights, 11 cars and 92 nights in hotels are booked - non refundable - and USA is kind of closing down due to a childish stubbornness. That means my first stop-over, being in Fort Lauderdale, might just be STOP???? Well, I hardly made it there, due to some bold American ESTA rules: I am only aloud in American Airspace for 90 days. And US air is Mexico, Carribian and way more. And they start counting as I leave London till I touch down in Paris. I ended uo spending 28 hours in Gatwick! And I got a wrong ticket to Bahamas, and ended up in Barbados! Then I get on track, and  start out in the north-western corner and end down south-east. It is the perfect time of year - except everyone else is here as well. Just after the rainy season, when things are green and lush, no hurricanes and perfect temperatures.
The little backpack is fare from full, and it weights only 3,0 kg, but I doubt I will need much, and things can be bought. I will be wearing additional 1,7 kg: Flip-flops, camera, trouser and alike. A total below 5 kg, and real comfortable.
The plan for the three next months are (read the diary and see the pictures under each country):
A small error occurred, as the US consider the entire area (including Mexico and more) American Airspace, and I am only aloud 90 days - from I leave London, till I touch-down in Paris. Bit of a bummer, as I had to spend a day in London, and buy a new ticket. Especially because  I got one for Barbados, not Bahamas, and had to buy yet one more. A waste of 7.000 DKK/US$1100.
25/1 Bahamas: Only New Providence and Great Bahamas The best photos
3/2   Jamaica    The best photos
15/2 Haiti   The best photos
22/2 Dominican Republic    The best photos
7/3   Puerto Rico (US)    The best photos
14/3 Virgin Islands (US): Thomas, St John and St Croix    The best photos
19/3 Saint Kitts and Nevis    The best photos
25/3 Antigua and Barbuda, but not Barbuda    The best photos
30/3 Dominica    The best photos
6/4   Saint Lucia    The best photos
11/4 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but not the Grenadines    The best photos
13/4 Grenada    The best photos
20/4 Barbados    The best photos
27/4 Denmark
That ought to keep me warm and entertained for three months.

I will not be visiting all of the minor islands, nor some of the colonies:
Aruba (NL) 
Curaçao (NL)
Guadeloupe (FR)
Martinique (FR), although I do a stop-over her breathily.
Montserrat (UK)
Virgin Islands (UK)
Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
Anguilla (UK)
and Cayman Islands (UK)
I save a bit for another cold winter....