Landfall at night: Yes
Night at anchor: Yes.
Draft: No issue.
Warning: Lots of lobster pots.
Waypoint: 14°28.96 N - 061°05.53 W
Reproduction authorization N° E52/2000 - SHOM reproduction prohibited. DO NOT use for navigation.
The approach is straightforward, also at night, as the church of the village is lit and makes a perfect guiding light. Just keep a lookout for the numerous lobster-pots, sometimes just plastic bottles! Just to the West of the town quay there are three clearly visible little reefs to keep clear of. Anchor about 150 meters from the quay on 5 meters sand with good holding keeping the church aligned with the quay. However, a south-eastern swell will make the anchorage untenable.
Go ashore on the west side the quay, the east side being used by the ferries to and from Fort-de-France.
You may also anchor in the Anse Chaudière by 4 meters on sand with good holding. It's further away from the village but with pretty wooded cliffs. However, beware of the northern part of this bay, as the ground is foul and there are some rocks.
There are the usual bars and restaurants in the village, as well as a grocery, pharmacy, post office and a doctor (9:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 18:00). The place has remained authentic and a stroll in the afternoon before drinking a ti'punch while admiring the sunset is one of those pleasures of sailing in the Antilles that you'll miss when you are back at work. If you go back...