Short sailing distances take you to the rain forests of St Vincent or the stunning islands of Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union, Petite Martinique, Petit St Vincent. There are so many anchorages and opportunities to snorkel and see amazing marine life. Ashore visits to buzzing little ports and white sandy beaches.
ONE WAY ST LUCIA TO GRENADA
ONE WAY ST VINCENT TO GRENADA
ST VINCENT/BEQUIA – ST VINCENT/BEQUIA
DOMINICA, ANTIGUA OR MARTINIQUE ?
St Vincent – capital Kingston a buzzing vibrant town full of character and charm. Sail north to bays and stories of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. If you have time take a guided tour of the rain forest.
This unique island is privately owned and become developed with holiday homes for the rich and famous. Moor in Brittania Bay and rent golf carts or bikes to explore. Take a taxi guided tour and see the houses of Mick Jagger, Brian Adams, Tommy Hillfiger and more.
Canouan has spectacular beaches and stunning walks. The northern part is dominated by a resort hotel but Charlestown Bay is the main anchorage. The Tamarind Beach Hotel has rental mules for eploring the town and their Saturday night BBQ is worth a stopover. Call them to reserve as they are normally very busy.
Salt Whistle Bay and Saline Bay are both shaded by palms and covered in white sand providing an excellent evening or lunchtime stopover. Both anchorages again provide excellent snorkeling and a short walk into town enables you a chance to really get to know the island and see an amazing view of Tobago Cays.
Part of which was a film set for the Pirates of the Caribbean. Tobago Cays is considered the most scenic anchorage in the Grenadines and by some, the whole Caribbean. This national marine park has crystal clear shallow water, an abundance of fish and beautiful corals and is a great location for snorkeling and turtle spotting.
Local venders sell fresh fish and lobster which can be barbequed for you on request on the beach, otherwise bring your own provisions and cook on board. An ideal place to anchor, snorkel around the reefs and unwind for a couple of days.
Dive boats can pick you up from your yacht and if you have run out of supplies they will bring more for you also! We can arrange a lobster BBQ on your own private beach under the stars. Bring your own drinks and the guys will provide a meal to remember.
Union Island is well worth a stopover. Clifton, the main harbour, is protected by a reef and is a bustling small port. Chatham Bay is a sheltered anchorage where you can watch the pelicans dive whilst you watch the sunset. There is a colourful market in the village square where you can buy local produce.
Both lovely overnight or lunchtime stops before either sailing back to Union or continuing to sail south towards Grenada. PSV is a private island but yachties are welcome on non private beaches. The beach bar serves drinks and food and a great sunset stopover. Fine dining in the hotel restaurant is by reservation only. Petite Martinique has charm and character and well worth a visit be it to provision or sample the local food.
Dominated by fishing, farming and seafaring, Carriacou is a beautiful island to explore by land or sea with plenty of anchorages for lunchtime and overnight stops. Hillsborough town is ideal for provisioning and great fun to wonder around on a weekday.
Take an island tour and explore the waterfalls, mountain trails, spice plantations, chocolate and rum factorys and coconut plantation to name a few highlights. Known as the “isle of spice” Grenada has become famous for its fragrant spice trees. Take a mooring in Port Louis marina or venture south to a quiet bay. Snorkel trips to the coral statues can be arranged.
From the main marina in Rodney Bay at the north of the island to the picturesque Marigot Bay and then Soufriere and Anse Chastanet in the south you will see stunning scenery, the amazing Pitons and a bustle of island life. The island has activities for all ages from Buggies, Hiking, Diving, Watersports, Horse-riding, Shopping and much more.
The climate varies between the islands, as the Grenadines to the south are slightly drier than St Vincent. The wind is prevailing North Easterly being the trade wind that normally arrives mid December. This wind direction is ideal for exploring the islands Saint Vincent dine Islands further south. If finishing or starting charters further afield we suggest a north to south itinerary.
Your sailing area can short or long distance. Most clients remain in the Grenadine islands but some do explore St Lucia and Grenada. For charters of one week we recommend you enjoy the islands. The close proximity gives you options to visit a different island each day. 2 weeks gives you more time to explore but we do recommend a southerly passage if you are doing long distance.
Mooring is by anchor in sand – please be very aware of coral as there are huge fines for any yacht seen to be damaging the coral seabed. Mooring buoys are available in most anchorages and local guys will assist and charge. Most are very helpful and average costs for a buoy are 50 XCD /night. If the guy owns the buoy then you need not pay for the assistance. If not 15 XCD is a good price to pay. In St Vincent you can long line and again the local guys will help. Mustique has a set rate of 70 USD 200 XCD and you can stay from 1 to 3 nights. Quay space is limited and you wil need to call ahead to pre book in Bequia, Union, St Vincent Blue Lagoon. Mustique – you can moor along side the quay for fuel and water when the ferry is not docked. Call the Mustique Moorings to arrange a time.
VHF is widely used around the islands. Your yacht will have a phone with local sim card to contact the office once out of VHF range
You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK or other country and make sure your yacht and tender are secured at all times Be vigilant, take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.
Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents hidden on board. Always lock hatches when you leave the yacht unattended to go ashore and padlock your tender to the dock. Each evening it is advisable to use the padlock supplied to attach your tender to your yacht. Our team in Bequia will advise and answer any queries.
There are garbage facilities on most islands with the exception of Mayreau/Petit St Vincent and the Tobago Cays. PLEASE do not throw garbage into the sea. Plastic containers can kill sea life.
Under no circumstances empty holding tanks close to shore. PLEASE ensure you are well out of distance of land. ALWAYS close the seacocks when in harbour or on anchor off beaches.
As you sail around the islands you will meet the locals – be friendly, chat maybe buy a few bananas or fruits, fish or some beads. Many local crafts are sold this way and it is a very important source of income for those concerned.
Water is available on certain islands and best to check with the office before you leave if there are any changes to availability.
You may be offered drugs – under no circumstances accept. Drugs are banned on board our yachts and serous fines and imprisonment could follow.
Rotis, jerk chicken, mouth watering ribs and amazing fish – the islands have an abundance of food to choose from. Fresh lobster and even lobster pizza has been seen on menus. There is such a variety from local food stands to five star hotels. The choice is yours – don’t be afraid to try conch fritters, jerk wings and salt bakes!
The islands all have their unique charm. Wander ashore, do a little provisioning and respect the local culture. Many survive on tourism so a few dollars for fruits etc will be well appreciated.
White sandy beaches, clear warm blue water, swaying palm trees and reggae music – your in the Caribbean – enjoy!
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