on 14 February 2010
Chris Doyle's guides are very informative and well researched. They are the only guides with colour photos showing anchorages and moorings. As a cruiser who has spent many years in the Caribbean waters I can vouch for the information provided in the guide. The author has lived in the Caribbean for many years and spends much time sailing up and down the islands collating and updating details for each guide. They really are the sailor's bible for the eastern Caribbean encompassing everything of interest from sailing passages, harbour details, island culture, visitor attractions etc. Some of the shoreside information you won't even find in the risk averse island travel guides. Whether you are chartering or taking your boat into Caribbean waters, this is the first guide you will want. Even if you are a landlubber who has spent a bit of time in the Eastern caribbean or dreams of visiting in a boat one day, you'll enjoy reading Doyles guides.
on 20 December 2012
This is a "real" guide. It has been carefully compiled and includes all the information which any water-borne visitor will need to know when visiting the Windward Islands., These are (in the order they appear in the book); Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia (pronounced Beckway), Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Union Island, PSV and Petite Martinique, Grenada, Carriacou, and, of course, each of the passages between these enchanting islands.
In an informative introduction, which gets anyone who is sitting in a cold house during an American or European harsh winter (like I am!) wanting to reach for the phone and book a flight, we learn something about the local land and the customs of the people who live there. There are also a number of helpful suggestions on any topic from "what to bring" to sunburn - and it's all useful stuff, even for the seasoned traveller.
Then it's on to the cruising information with notes on weather and navigation as well as more general information about scuba diving, flora, fauna and even the flags of the different countries visited. From now on we get down to cases in the order of march already mentioned.
Telling people how they should navigate their boat is a very responsible undertaking. Forget to include that, otherwise well known, underwater obstacle and you can guarantee at least 3 boats will have hit the darned thing within the first 24 hours of your book being published. This book, however, is a professional work and I doubt any yacht or other small boat travelling to and from these small islands will be without a copy.