Anse Galet: This
is the beach just below the house, your private beach. For
those with a little extra "spunk" we have a set of stairs
leading down from the pool terrace to the beach. Otherwise,
you can walk the long way around by the road, or drive your car around. Many say that this peninsula has some of the best snorkeling and diving on the island.
Only several minutes away by car is Anse
Cochon, with the new
Ti Kaye Resort, offering a beautiful white sand beach and excellent
snorkeling. Ti Kaye has
excellent dining and is a wonderful small, private resort if you
need or want to extend your stay a day or two.
Pig Bay: North of Anse la Raye. Ask Christie or Martina for directions.
Anse Couchon: A beautiful, undeveloped beach just south of Les Chaudieres. It is possible to drive there in a 4x4 vehicle be sure to ask Paul to arrange to have the gate unlocked. Bear in mind there is practically no shade at this beach. Its nice to drive over there after a late, leisurely lunch at the house when the sun is not so intense, and the tourist boats have moved on. Don't forget to take pool floats, T-shirts, hats and sunscreen. Please, wherever your travels take you on the island, do not leave your trash behind.
You can arrange for an "Anse la Raye fishing boat" charter which will pilot you down the coast to enjoy private sandy beaches, snorkeling, beautiful views of the Pitons from the water, the bat cave, a stop at the Anse Chastanet hotel for drinks, a meal or to enjoy their beaches for awhile. Or, instead of having a meal at one of these hotels, pack a cooler with food and drinks and enjoy a picnic at the deserted beach of Anse Couchon. Whatever your itinerary, the boat will wait until you are ready to move on to the next spot. Be sure to pack a few Heinekens for the boat "crew".
Although some snorkeling equipment might be found at the house, if you are interested in snorkeling or diving we suggest you bring down your own equipment. Proper fitting of the masks and fins is important, and these rubber items tend to degrade in the tropical heat and humidity, therefore we cannot guarantee the availability or condition of any equipment at the house.
If you are planning to SCUBA, we have found the best method is to bring your own mask, fins, regulator and gauges, then rent the tanks and vests on the island, such as at Oasis Marigot or Anse Chastanet. As with any location, if you are planning a SCUBA dive or equipment rental, bring a valid NAUI/PADI card.
Please, leave your spearfishing equipment at home. The fragile bond of sea life around this volcanic island has already been adversely affected by unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of sea life. Underwater cameras are the best method of "catching" a find!
As you can see, there are many activities to keep
you very busy . . . or very relaxed! Enjoy your stay on the island.
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