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January 2018 touring the Caribbean Sea – Part 1

Sailing from the Port of Miami, Florida

Scenic view of Miami as we left the port and headed south towards the US Virgin Islands.
100 Miami Harbor

There were two days at sea, where we were able to take time to enjoy reading our Kindle books.
101 102 Reading Kindles

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The United States Virgin Islands is a group of islands in the Caribbean that is a territory of the United States located 40 miles east of Puerto Rico.

When we reached St Thomas Island, there had been a rainstorm and it was followed by a glorious full rainbow over the harbor.
103 St Thomas - Morning Rainbow (2)

As we toured St Thomas, we were able to see some of the devastation from the two hurricanes that struck the island in 2017.
104 St Thomas - Hurricane damaged church

While visiting St Thomas, we took a tour which included a trek through the St Thomas Mangrove Wildlife Refuge, a 3-mile kayak trip and finally a lengthy snorkeling swim out to an ocean reef.
105 St Thomas - Snorkling Gear

Along the coast we took time to watch the tidal waves and blowholes (a blowhole is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts, which results in blasts of water out of the top of the blowhole)
106 St Thomas - Tidal Waves and  Blowhole

Basseterre, St Kitts

Saint Kitts (formerly known as Saint Christopher) is an island country in the West Indies.  It is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population. 

We took a Jeep Safari trip around and over St Kitts.
107 St Kitts - Jeep Safari Trip

On the top of one of St Kitts mountains, we took a short trek through the forests.   Strong wind gusts played havoc with Richard’s hair.
108 St Kitts Trek

The sky was so foggy that it was not possible to see the tops of nearby mountains.
109a St Kitts Foggy View

The lengthy peninsula at the bottom of St Kitts separates the Atlantic Ocean (left) from the Caribbean Sea (right).
109b St Kitts Coastlines

Nassau, Bahamas

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an archipelagic state consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba and east of the Florida Keys.

View of Nassau harbor with the luxurious Royal Atlantis hotel in the background.
110 Bahamas, Nassau


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