The Grenadines have to be one of my favorite cruising destinations in the world, they are a chain of small islands that lie on a line between the larger islands of Saint Vincent and Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. Nine are inhabited and open to the public (or ten, if the offshore island of Young Island is counted): Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Petit St Vincent, Palm Island and Mayreau, each with its own distinctive charm and subtle difference, for sailors that want to experience the real Caribbean this stretched out Island chain has to be on your bucket list.
I first visited the Grenadines nearly 20 years ago, much has changed but also much has stayed the same, on my fist visit to the tiny Island of Mayreau we anchored in 15 feet of crystal clear turquoise water in Saline bay and wandered up the hill to see what we could find, there was no government power on the Island, we found our way to Dennis's hideaway the one must do stop in the cruising guide and met our host sitting at his circular bar, Dennis was a larger than life character, charter skipper, entrepreneur, restauranteur, engineer, you name it Dennis had done it, he had wicked sense of humor and a huge smile for all his visitors, and also an eye for the ladies, especially the blue eyed and blonde ones!
Dennis also had a big heart, a few years later I went back to Mayreau and there was a power station on the Island and power cables running up the hills, Dennis had been instrumental in getting the power to his Island, he had paid for the generator and had helped made sure all the properties were connected to power, his restaurant was prospering and the small village was benefitting from the increased tourism.
Mayeau is one of my all time favorite islands, it has one primary school, 4 restaurants, 30 houses, no police, no lawyers, and 3 justices of the peace, one of whom is Dennis, at the highest point the view from the one Catholic Church there is the best in the Grenadines over looking the Tobago Cays to the East and the rest off the Northern and Southern Grenadines to the North and South, a must do stop on any Grenadines itenary.
If I was to pick the top 5 things to do and places to visit in the Grenadines, I think the list would look something like this, most charters start at the Northern end of the Island chain and head south so I will list in that order.
1. Bequia is a sailors paradise, always welcoming and with a unique charm of its own, you will definitely think about buying a piece of paradise and settling down here as many people have done, from its historic whaling industry to its, Rastafarian fruit market, abundant restaurants and its home grown Turtle sanctuary, Bequia has something for everyone.
2. The Firefly, Mustique Island! If you have one meal ashore during your trio through the Grenadines I recommend you take it at the beautiful Firefly restaurant overlooking Britannia bay.
The restaurant takes its name from the Fireflies that live in the woods surrounding the property, if you walk up after dusk these magical creatures will give you one of natures most amazing light shows, its truly amazing if you have never experienced it, Firefly serves some of the best cocktails I have ever had, you must try one on the terrace watching the sun set behind your yacht in the anchorage below, the service is second to none and the meals are amazing served in a small and intimate setting, if you a are lucky one of the Islands rock star residents might pop in after dinner to play a few tunes on the Piano, this is truly a special place!
3. Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau. Probably the most photographed bay in the Grenadines, this beautiful small but perfectly formed bay will blow you away with its charm and beauty, arrive early to get a good spot and enjoy lunch on the beach at one of the growing number of restaurants there, in the evening walk up to the village and find Dennis hideaway or even better Robert Righteous & de youths seafood restaurant and bar where you will experience real Island music and hospitality.
4. Tobago Cays. Head over from Mayreau through the narrow channel that protects the Tobago Cays and enter one of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, you can snorkel, dive, kite-surf and swim with the Turtles here, what I like about this marine park is the locals realize that they have a finite resource and protect the surroundings here, park rangers patrol the area and garbage dumping and pumping out of heads is strictly prohibited unlike many other "marine parks" in the Caribbean, you could spend a week at anchor here completely protected from the Ocean a few meters behind the reef, the next stop Africa 4000 miles away.
5. Mopion Sand bank. A tiny Coral and sand Island at the end of a reef nestled between Union Island and Petit Saint Vincent a private Island. A single sun shade marks this tiny beach where the snorkeling is outstanding in a few feet of crystal clear warm water, only accessible by dinghy, bring your packed lunch, a bottle of champagne and your best friends and enjoy a magical spot for a couple of hours, hopefully you will get it to yourselves!
Charter deals in the Grenadines
Chartering in the Grenadines is an all year round destination, the trade winds can get boisterous there and the summer sees much more gentle conditions and at around 12 degrees latitude its just at the bottom fo the hurricane zone.
If you want to join us this summer in the Grenadines I have some amazing special offers for you!
This is probably the best bareboat deal I have seen this year
Caribbean - St Vincent and the Grenadines from 15/08/2020 to 22/08/2020
Boat model: Catamaran - Astrea 42 with watermaker - Super Premier - Bareboat
Boat Information: 2020 | 41 ft | 12 Persons | 4 cabin(s) | 4 bath. | 4 head(s) |$3268