Hiking Across the Islands

Anna and I point to our boats anchored at Terre-de-Haut.

Little did the Lezovich family know six months ago that hiking would become one of our favorite activities–right up there with sailing, meeting other cruisers and sharing sundowners aboard Happy Times. In fact, hiking has become our primary form of exercise, apart from raising a rum punch or a local Carib beer.

Our most frequent companions on these outings are Anna-Karin Sundquist and Hakan Borjesson aboard s/v Unicorn. They have been living aboard their Aphrodite 37 for the last eight years. They have found many great trails on their own and within the pages of Caribbean Hiking: A Walking and Hiking Guide to 29 of the Caribbean’s Best Islands by Timothy O’Keefe. Today we hiked a trail on Terre-de-Bas, one of the inhabited islands among Iles des Saintes.

Hakan and Mike cool off with a couple of beers.

We started at one end of the beach at Grande Anse. We climbed 2.5 hours over a trail laden with boulders to the top of Morne Sec. Then we descended from 945 feet through a tropical forest and crossed hills covered in high grass to return to our starting point. The waters of the Caribbean offered a welcome relief from the heat. A beer at the end helped, too.


About Cheryl Crockett Lezovich

Mom, first mate and writer aboard a 40' Manta catamaran, S/V Happy Times.
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