Saturday, March 9, 2013

Guadeloupe - Sticker Shock

We are currently at the Marina Bas du Fort in Guadeloupe. I am suffering from sticker shock. The marina itself is not all that expensive - $50 US per night including water and electric. But everything else is out of sight. After paying $25 US for a carton of cigarettes $70 US seems a bit steep. We are back in the world of $5 US beer. Even more annoying is that the bottles are the little pony size. What a massive ripoff.

The marina here is reminiscent of the marina in Cascais, Portugal. It is a large marina with a "technical area" for repairs, a travel lift, and a number of chandleries. The rest of the marina area is apartments, restaurants, and shops. This makes everything quite convenient. My guess is that it is also expensive, but not a great deal more than the surrounding area.

Tomorrow is Sunday, on Monday we will take a trip to the local shopping mall. It is quite big and we will see what the prices are like.

Fair winds and following seas.

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