04/03/2017 - 23/03/2017
Amsterdam: Hotel boat "Amsterdam" and Anne Franke house, long queue, then KLM flight to Sint Maarten where I stay private Airbnb in Simpson's Bay, its the end of the Heineken Regatta, lots of people; Next day Win Air short flight to St. Barths, Gustavia where I stay in Sunset Hotel, Rue de la République, very good location, center of town; rent a car for 45 Euros, go around, passing the airport, then Eden Rock, a luxury hotel with nice beach, then drive around the island to Anse de Grande Saline and Anse du Gouverneur, both top beaches;back to Gustavia and on to Anse des Flamands, sauvage indeed! St. Barths is good mixture of snobism, exclusive life style and natural beauty. Following day the weather is getting worse, especially strong winds, sothat I am not sure if my Catamaran "Edge II" goes, but at the end it does, and we arrive safely in Sint Maarten, Pelican Bay.<br /> Day trip with Winair to St. Eustatius, had the whole day, fantastic little island, was walking to Oranjestad from the airport! <br /> Next day rent a car Budget and driving around in St. Martin, highlights were the Trump Villa in Basse Terre and the Semanna Hotel five star in the same neightbourhood, Longue Baie. Grand Case, Cul de Sac, Anse Marcel and a drive to the highest point, Pic Paradis 424M. Stayed overnight at Hevea in Grand Case, lots of moskitos to kill. A bit of nightlife on the Dutch side behind the airport. Insel Air flight cancelled so I visit their office in Philipsburg, and book Pawa Dominica via Sto. Domingo! Stop in Baie Oriental, a bit of mass tourism there, dont stay long. In Philipsburg lunch in Escargot, a french restaurant where the owner tells me he does not have internet because he wants his customers to concentrate on the food! Marigot, stay at Fantastic guesthouse that lives up to its name, overlooking the Marina, with a pool for 55 Euros. Had a swim at beautiful Friar's Bay, with a Planers punch, then dinner at the Marina, Cafe de Paris, the french way. Next day was the flight to Sto. Domingo on Pawa, then transfer to Boca Chica where I stay at Mango, a bit behind from the frontline beach and action, but walking distance. There is not much to do here except watching the chicas of the calle Duarte. Next day continuation to Port au Prince, a very different country, much poorer, much more chaotic. Stayed at le Plaza, but mixed it up with Prince, so ended up at a different location!<br /> Due to a bus accident with 34 people killed, and manifestations on the way, the buses to Cap Haitien are cancelled, and I was lucky to get on this flight of Sunrise Airways, just few seats left. Habitation des Laurier was a good choice in Cap Haitien, overlooking the bay. Next day, we made the trip to the Citadelle and the Palace of the first Haitian black king, up by horse, the name was Toyota, it took around one hour, together with a flight attendant of American Airlines, so we shared the car, and also the bottles of red wine! Fantastic lunch in Lakay restaurant. Next day my flight was cancelled again, Carribean airlines, I was transferred to Turks and Caicos, a small beechcraft propeller plane. From the airport straight to the da Conch shack where I had a Curry conch lunch, delicious, plus a planter's rhum! Afternoon Grace Bay, and a visit of the Conch Farm at the end of the island!Next day flight to Nassau on Bahamasair and connecting to North Eleuthera where I rent a car from the airport police lady to visit some of the nice beaches up to the very south, the hidden Lighthouse beach. Winner is the fantastic Pink Sand beach on Harbour island, but prices astronomically high. Flight back to Nassau and connecting to Freeport more than 2 hours late, so arrive late in the night in Sunrise Resort and Marina, just overnight, then back to Nassau, Towne Hotel in the center, and then flight to Havana where I stayed for 4 days with Jorge and family near Universidad.