A paddling getaway in St Barth..

  • By Ozzy & Fanny
  • 05 Jul, 2017

Caribbean Paddling went away this week end, and the paddle boards were part of the trip!

Living in Saint-Martin has many assets to offer. And one of them is that we have Islands closed by to travel to in no time, either for a day trip or for the week end. An Island Hoping paradise for everybody: the locals and the visitors! 

Anguilla is the British Island located at the North of Saint-Martin, less than 4 miles away. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water. This is the perfect Island for a relaxing getaway (beach, snorkeling, water activities…) since besides the magnificent coast, there is not much to do over there. 

Saba is located at the South West of Sint-Marteen and belongs to the Dutch. It is actually the highest land of Netherland! The landscape is the opposite from Anguilla’s (which is absolutely flat) and the particularity of this island is… It is a beachless Caribbean Island. How incredible, right? But no worries, you still have a lot to do over there, mostly sportive activities! Basically, Saba is well known for its beautiful hikes in the mountain with thousands of different plants & amazing deep dives with colorful reefs. This is a great alternative from the “beach style” vacations that most of the Caribbean Islands usually offer.

And the last, but not the least: Saint-Barth . We are sure that you have already heard of it, isn’t it? ☺ Saint-Barth is located at the west of Saint-Martin, and is accessible either by ferry (30 minutes of ferry ride), by charter plane (12 minutes of flight), with a helicopter (10 minutes of flight) or by private boat. This island is a pure gem! Famous to be the destination for the famous and rich people, this French island has everything to satisfy everybody’s tastes (but still pricey)! Hilly landscapes with amazing point of views of the deep blue & turquoise Caribbean sea, white sand beaches, great shopping (!!), 5 stars resorts or charming casual ones, gastronomic restaurants, hikes on the wild side, natural pools… And of course, all the water activities you can think of!

This week end, we have decided that after this very busy season in Saint-Martin, we had well deserved a little getaway on our favorite sister island! We were lucky enough to stay at one of their most beautiful resort – Le Barthelemy  – located on Grand Cul de Sac bay, where the turquoise and crystal clear lagoon is simply perfect for paddling and kite surfing. Good for us!

We took the ferry on Friday morning, and at 11:00am we were all settled in our beautiful room, overlooking the infinity pool… Ending up on the lagoon. Not too bad :) After sipping our welcome fresh fruit cocktail to shake our energy, we took our batting suits, put on some Sun Bum  sunscreen, took our Crazy Fly  kite equipment and went straight to the hotel watersport “ 7eme Ciel ”. There, we met the owner, Enguerrand , who gave us all the recommendations to enjoy our session to the fullest… which we did, even though the wind dropped at some point. But we still got to ride on this turquoise lagoon, with our dear sea turtles, and while short, this session was priceless. Why?

  • First, because it was different from what we know, and change is always good.
  • Second, because we were in vacations, and holidays give a better taste to everything.
  • Third, because we were on a Paradise spot, so there was nothing much we could complain about.
  • Fourth, because we were surrounded by friendly people, which directly turns a moment into a special one.
  • And finally, because since the wind completely dropped, we had a full week end of SUPing ahead of us! And nothing can please us more than that! ☺

So after a good lunch on the beach, we went venturing around with our convertible   Mini Cooper  under the Caribbean sun. And that is actually what we did during the whole week end, mixing off property excursions (hiking, driving, swimming, beaching, "cocktailing", lunching, dining…) with on property activities: paddle boarding on the bay thanks to the watersport’s Sroka gear  (that we are planning to purchase at Caribbean Paddling, by the way ☺), enjoying the hotel’s pool & beach, and so much more…

In other words, we had the best time ever in Saint-Barth! We are so grateful for all we got to do and for all the welcoming people we’ve met during this 3 days getaway… And most of all, we can wait to go back there to paddle & kite some more!

More pictures here .

Keep Calm and Paddle Out

By Ozzy & Fanny 05 Jul, 2017

Living in Saint-Martin has many assets to offer. And one of them is that we have Islands closed by to travel to in no time, either for a day trip or for the week end. An Island Hoping paradise for everybody: the locals and the visitors! 

Anguilla is the British Island located at the North of Saint-Martin, less than 4 miles away. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water. This is the perfect Island for a relaxing getaway (beach, snorkeling, water activities…) since besides the magnificent coast, there is not much to do over there. 

Saba is located at the South West of Sint-Marteen and belongs to the Dutch. It is actually the highest land of Netherland! The landscape is the opposite from Anguilla’s (which is absolutely flat) and the particularity of this island is… It is a beachless Caribbean Island. How incredible, right? But no worries, you still have a lot to do over there, mostly sportive activities! Basically, Saba is well known for its beautiful hikes in the mountain with thousands of different plants & amazing deep dives with colorful reefs. This is a great alternative from the “beach style” vacations that most of the Caribbean Islands usually offer.

And the last, but not the least: Saint-Barth . We are sure that you have already heard of it, isn’t it? ☺ Saint-Barth is located at the west of Saint-Martin, and is accessible either by ferry (30 minutes of ferry ride), by charter plane (12 minutes of flight), with a helicopter (10 minutes of flight) or by private boat. This island is a pure gem! Famous to be the destination for the famous and rich people, this French island has everything to satisfy everybody’s tastes (but still pricey)! Hilly landscapes with amazing point of views of the deep blue & turquoise Caribbean sea, white sand beaches, great shopping (!!), 5 stars resorts or charming casual ones, gastronomic restaurants, hikes on the wild side, natural pools… And of course, all the water activities you can think of!

By Ozzy 16 Jun, 2017

Are you thinking of going to Pinel Island during your stay on Saint-Martin?

First, this is definitely a great idea that should be at the top of your “to do list”. Pinel is a must see, and spend the day over there is a guarantee of an unforgettable experience. 

Second, there is nothing easier! 

In Cul de Sac ferry station, the boats are departing everyday (except if the weather condition does not allow it) and at a very frequent times: every 30 minutes.

Basically, during high season, the ferries run from Monday through Sunday, from 9h30am until 5:00pm (same opening hours as Caribbean Paddling all year long ;)). During low season, the last ferry back from Pinel Island leaves at 4:00pm and you’d better not miss it if you do not want to spend the night with our favorite iguanas!

To sum up, in low season, renting your gear through us to spend the day on Pinel gives you an extra hour in P.A.R.A.D.I.S.E.

More time to enjoy the sun, the white sand beaches, the turquoise water, some snorkelling & paddling in the bay, and why not one last homemade cocktail? ;)

You will find bellow the ferry schedule to go to Pinel Island, according to the time of the year you will be visiting our friendly island. 

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Today , I met my new friend Barry and his girlfriend for another trip to St Martin! The meeting point: Maho Beach at the end of the runway of the airport Juliana !

There are 2 years , Barry had hired me 2 paddle boards had been already photographed at Maho Beach . His picture was even selected as picture of the year by the magazine SUPconnect.com  ! That was in 2011. This year, he returns by St Martin with his friends, and gave me a call about doing another photo shoot. There was just to bring 3 standup paddle boards before heading to the beach . After drinking a beer together at the legendary Sunset Cafe , it was time to get to the water.

After a beach start , we paddled 50m and we are aligned with the runway , we had only to wait for the aircrafts, hoping to see big ones! I 've been here several times with friends to Maho to watch planes from the beach , but never ON the water .. Barry gave me the opportunity this year and it was amaaazing !

The gallery below is my own selection with my GoPro  . I expect pictures of Barry to complete this super afternoon stand up paddle in Maho !

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