Photo by Grayhound in the Caribbean.
The Spanish Main on Lord Nelson
11-28 day Caribbean Sailing Expeditions
In winter 2014-15 Tall Ship Lord Nelson is sailing accross the Atlantic to the Caribbean. After an 11 day Christmas voyage from Antigua exploring the Windy Indies, Lord Nelson will set off to roam 'The Spanish Main' and boldly go where no British tall ship has been seen for several hundred years. Sign on as ships crew on this three masted suare rigger for a one of her month long Caribbean sailing expeditions: These include a passage through the Panama Canal to explore the Pacific side of Costa Rica, with island hopping in the Dutch Antillies, Aruba, Bonaire, or Curacao, or Trinidad en route. You can also join her in Costa Rica, explore Pacific coast towards the Panama Canal Transit, then an 'ocean' Passage accross a remote part of the Caribbean towards Jamaica and Cuba. Lord Nelson also has voyages from Cuba to Antigua exploring the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos then awesome sailing in the NE trade winds down the Caribeean island chain to Antigua. She finishes with a month long adventure holiday in more familiar territory with destinations ranging from the Grenadines to Martinique, Dominica and Leeward Isles. All these voyages are open to able bodied and disabled crew.
Lord Nelson won Best Sail Training Ship Award in 2014 from Sail Training International Awards - read more about the ship
Trade Winds & Tropical Sun
The Caribbean West Indies is perhaps the most perfect sailing ground in the world in terms of wind, sunshine and variety of places to visit. The Caribbean sits squarely in the North East trade wind belt and this time of year is peak season and well outside the hurricane season. Ships like Tenacious revell in strong winds and boisterous turquoise seas and the white square sails look magnificent against the deep blue skies. There is few things to beat a tropical sunset below the yard arm at anchor away from the tourist hustle and bustle ashore, or landing on a remote beach anchorage under a forest covered volcanic peak. The ship engineer's deck barbeque and punch are legendary too.
Lush rainforests, mountains and waterfalls
If you have been dazzled by the natural scenery in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies then both Guadaloupe and Dominica are much closer to that lush volcanic island paradise than more well known Caribbean tourism locations. The second movie 'Dead Mans Chest' and 3rd Capt Jack Sparrow adventure At 'World's End' were filmed in the rainforests of Dominica, close to Guadaloupe.
Coral Reefs & Marine Wildlife
Some of the best dive sites in the world are in the Caribbean, but you don't have to be a diver to enjoy them. In Scotts Bay, Dominica you can swim off the beach with a snorkel and face mask and swim from shallow coral and 12ft of water to a sheer underwater wall of coral and cliff - descending 4000ft. Alive with fish and coral and upwelling plankton, this sunken volcanic crater is also deep enough for Sperm Whales to swim close inshore. Further North the Bahamas Banks contain approximately 5 percent of the worlds coral reefs and the crystal clear visibility over white sand bottom means you may see sharks, dolphins and turtles from the ships deck without getting wet.
Caribbean Island Life
The cliche is that the Caribbean is very laid back. The relality is that every island community and culture is different. Compare the French sophistication and fashion concious young people of Guadaloupe and Martinique, where people watching is an art form, to the Caribs of Dominica pushing their solid dugout canoes out into the ocean with hand woven fish traps.
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