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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????
I 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):
25/1 Bahamas: New Providence and Great Bahamas
3/2   Jamaica
15/2 Haiti
22/2 Dominican Republic
7/3   Puerto Rico (US)
14/3 Virgin Islands (US): Thomas, St John and St Croix
19/3 Saint Kitts and Nevis
25/3 Antigua and Barbuda, but not Barbuda
30/3 Dominica
6/4   Saint Lucia
11/4 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but not the Grenadines
13/4 Grenada
20/4 Barbados
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) 
Curašao (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....