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Snapshots | Q&A: A Young Sailor’s Guide to the Caribbean

Here, he recalls some highlights.

Q. What do you most want to see again?

A. I almost don’t want to say this, but one of my favorite places would be the Tobago Cays, a cluster of five small, uninhabited islands in the Grenadines that form a sort of mini-archipelago. It’s circled in reefs, so there are no waves, and it has some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. It’s got all those winds off the Atlantic, so it’s cool. The coral was the best part. If you’re a diver, that’s part of what makes or breaks the site. And there, it was absolutely phenomenal.

Q. Best place to see nature?

A. Dominica is the best place for rugged jungle beauty. Almost the entire island is covered in jungle. We saw two waterfalls, 120 feet high, one with freezing cold water that came out of some underground reserve and the other, geothermally heated. Then they converged below to form what is called the “faucet of God.” There is a bunch of wildlife, very large marmot-like rodents called agoutis that you don’t get to see anywhere else.

Q. Favorite escape?

A. Gustavia in St. Bart’s is often called the Paris of the Caribbean and has some of the best beaches in the northern Caribbean. Saline is simply stunning. Close by is Anse de Colombier. It is a completely protected area under the Rockefeller Trust and one of my mom’s favorite places to escape to. She loved that harbor because there was no man-made construction nearby.



Q.
Best place to go for a first-time visit?

A. You couldn’t go wrong in Grenada. It’s got an extensive rain forest and mountain range. And then the gorgeous beaches on the southern end. But the thing that makes it a really great island, a really Caribbean island, is the people. It’s a really warm, vibrant, happy culture. Laid-back.

Q. Favorite memory?

A. All of the islands have Carnevale at some point. My favorite was around my 10th birthday. We got up at 4 in the morning, piled into a van and headed down to St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, where there was a drifting party. The streets were sealed off, and there were vans open in the back with buckets of paint. They would douse you, and there were trucks with music coming from 10-foot-tall speakers, blasting the island with music at 5 in the morning.

Q. Advice for future island-hoppers?

A. One way is with Chris Doyle’s guidebooks. He’s sailed the Caribbean many years and regularly updates the books. There is a lot about navigation, but he also notes great beaches and local attractions and gives you a good backdrop on the culture of the islands.

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