Evocative of the Caribbean of last century, a yacht charter itinerary starting in St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines to Grenada is a lovely yacht charter experience. More remote than Caribbean islands further north, life on these islands operates at a slower more relaxing pace of yesteryear.
St Vincent – Grenada
Join your yacht at Young Island, St Vincent and enjoy your first refreshing drink followed by a swim before lunch. After lunch, find your sea legs on the short passage to Bequia, a two-hour sail.
Once an active whaling station, Bequia is a very unique island, with a very interesting history. Ashore, Bequia offers a fun, tropical marketplace and sought-after, hand carved, wooden sailing boats. Enjoy your first night at anchor in Admiralty Bay, and step a shore to visit the well know Frangipani Hotel for cocktails on the lawn overlooking the bay. After breakfast, sail by the Moonhole, where the architecture of Tom Johnson’s ‘open houses’ grows out of the rocks. You’ll continue to cruise close to West Cay, then on past Pigeon Island and Isla A Quartre. Sail on past Semplars Cay into Friendship Bay, with its wrap-a-round golden beach. Enjoy Lunch on anchor, and a swim before heading towards Mustique.
Mustique is about 2 hours away, cruising past Montezuma Shoal to Britannia Bay. Pick up a mooring and meet the friendly Harbor Master who will reveal the evenings’ entertainments. You can take a tour of this private island, where the exclusive homes of the rich and famous command the landscape exhibiting a variety of architectural styles. Visit Basil’s Bar, where a chance meeting of David Bowie or Mick Jagger has been known to happen. Then, rent a Moke or a horse to visit Macaroni Beach.
BASILS BAR – MUSTIQUE
Canouan is a 3-hour sail. Try your hand at fishing for Tuna, Jack, King Fish or Mahi Mahi whilst cruising by Petit Mustique, Savan Island and Petit Canouan on your way to Charleston Bay, Canouan. The anchorage gives easy access to the Tamarind Hotel. This elegant hotel has two waterside restaurants under picturesque thatched roofs, ideal for a thirst-quenching afternoon drink whilst you write your postcards. The island offers excellent hiking and the opportunity to play a round of golf on the beautiful Frangipani golf course. There is a Casino perched high on the North East coast.
Friendship Bay, Canouan is a 1-hour sail. A dingy ride inside the reef pass takes you to some less well-known snorkeling sites. In settled conditions you can dingy along the windward side of Canouan, inside the reefs where the snorkeling is excellent and there are incredible beaches. After lunch sail to the Island of Mayreau.
Mayreau is one-and-half-hours away. Sail by Catholic Island through the northern passage and into the calm waters of Salt Whistle Bay – the perfect Caribbean bay – crescent shaped with a gently rising, fine sand beach backed by palm trees. The water is especially warm and pretty tropical fish dart here and there in the shallows.
The Tobago Cays is a 45 minute cruise from Mayreau. The Tobago Cays are the highlight of the area for many and call for more than a fleeting visit. Five perfect uninhabited islands lie within the protection of an encircling coral reef. Take the northern approach inside the horseshoe reef and the Petite Bateau/Petit Rameau Pass. Anchor in the stunning turquoise waters, the favorite destination of many sailors.
Union Island is a 1-hour sail. Cruise along the southern route from the Tobago Cays, sailing close to Palm Island, and into the stunning reef anchorage of Clifton Harbor, Union Island. After exploring Union Island take refreshment at The Bougainvillea. Their tables, overlooking the bay, are right next to a large aquarium with a beautiful reef shark in residence. Take a short sail over to Palm Island. Anchor overnight.
Sandy Island, Carriacou is a one-and-half hour sail. After breakfast take a leisurely sail past Gun Point and Jack o’ Dan. Round up into the turquoise waters between Sandy Island and the beautiful St Louis Bay, Carriacou, after sailing between Mabouya Island and Sisters Rocks.
Sandy Island offers great snorkeling with chances to see Sting Rays swimming close to the yacht in the sandy anchorage. Anchor overnight.
Isle de Ronde is a 3-hour sail. Then, it’s another three and a half hours to St Georges, Grenada. Enjoy a light lunch underway and soon you are into the lee of the west coast of Grenada. The lush mountains of Grenada tower above the bright coastal fishing villages. Arrive at the anchorage in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun.
Fishing boats, Sauteurs Bay, Grenada
Grenada is a beautiful island, the “Spice Island” of the Caribbean, and some say you can smell the scent of the spices in the wind when approaching the island. Anchor outside the picturesque waterfront capital of St Georges – just a short ride to the airport.