We (my boyfriend and i) are already almost 20 days in St Martin looking for a boat going south. I feel like we are stuck here, still no luck in finding people who would take us. We want to be crew and help on board but seems like nobody wants extra crew. We spend all our time at the marinas, already checked couple of times all the major marinas, shipyards and even some small ones. Put messages on the walls in some bars, the yacht club, went to Shrimpy's and asked him to announce our message on the radio, went to some charter companies, keep checking all the websites where people might look for crew..... and still nothing. The thing is that we really want to leave the island as soon as we can, it's crazy expensive for us here and also it's not backpackers friendly but it's for the tourists who are here for holidays. Also we are not using airplanes, we can only leave by boat. So what else can we do? Where to go, who to ask? The cargo boats to Dominica want to charge 120 usd per person and they don't want to hear about working out our way instead of paying. Also one more question - any good place for wild camping on the island where is not private property and nobody will disturb us if we put the tent at sunset and pick it up at sunrise? So far we try to stay up in the mountains but some parts of them are private properties and we don't want to have any problems.
Thanks for any ideas, advices!