|Jamaica, Montego Bay, early morning|
From 22 Feb to 3 March 2017, I have been crew on a 50 ft catamaran cruising the Caribbean seas. On this leg, we sailed from Jamaica, past Cuba, Haiti and Bahamas, to the beautiful island group of Turks and Caicos.
|Sailing off early in the morning|
|On passage, just prior to entering Caicos Bank|
|Docked in a marina in Providenciales, Caicos Islands|
This place is so much quieter than the rest of Caribbean. I’ve been sailing to most of the islands in this sea, on my previous travels, and the experiences have been mostly positive but also mixed. Here, it’s very unlike the Antilles, almost hard to believe. Surely, tourism is the main industry here, but even the most popular beaches are far from crowded, there is no garbage, no visible social problems. Apart from small Belonger settlements, there full star constellations of hotels hugging the most popular beaches, with a low-key luxury ambiance, and top-notch restaurants and service centers. No charter tourists, no back-packers (they can’t afford it), and the Belongers I have spoken to seem to have good, respectful lives. This is (at least a facade of) a luxurious paradise tucked away in the corner of the Caribbean, and I do not mind it being unexplored by sailors and mainstream tourists. I would love to come back here again and have it for myself and the chosen few.
|Tranquility at the beach|