Sailing the Grenadines
The Grenadines islands sit just to the North of Grenada at the very Southern end of the larger Caribbean chain. The region is beautifully diverse and an amazing sailing ground to explore on your own chartered yacht. Smaller sandy islands contrast with their larger volcanic counterparts that rise imposingly from the sea covered in lush rain-forest. Take the time to cruise the area and you’ll discover amazing picture-perfect white sand beaches around every corner. Its no wonder that the area featured heavily in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies.
The Grenadines are much less developed than many other areas in the Caribbean and you’ll find real authenticity here. A place where a beach shack remains a literal cobbling together of drift wood manned by a couple of friendly local fishermen looking to sell you their wares. The lack of infrastructure won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who want to feel like they’re on a genuine adventure away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life – the Grenadines offer a true paradisaical reprieve.
A collection of tiny islands protected by a giant horseshoe reef, the Cays are the kind of place that leave even world circumnavigator’s struck with awe. Take a mooring and then swim over to Baradel Island where you can snorkel with turtles in just 8 to 10 feet of water.
Designated a marine park in 1998 the site is protected and patrolled by rangers who ensure that the wildlife is left in peace. If you’re looking to stay the night consider talking with the local “boat boys.” They’ll have a small shack setup on the beach ready to host anyone looking to stay overnight.
Bequia is the second largest of the Grenadine islands (excepting Grenada and St Vincent themselves) and is an exceptional place to visit. Taking up a good portion of the West side of the island you’ll find Admiralty Bay, home to the main settlement of Port Elizabeth. The bay has provided perfect shelter from the ever-present Trade-wind for as long as people have been sailing the Caribbean. The little town here is full of character. Wander its streets and take in the sights and sounds of the local fish market. The people of the island are charming, friendly and very welcoming to their visitors. Outside of the town you’ll find a beautiful island with pristine beaches, a true Caribbean gem!