After a comprehensive chart and yacht briefing at the Horizon base at Blue Lagoon Marina on the south west coast of St. Vincent, set sail for the first part of your St Vincent sailing itinerary – a brief 2 hour voyage to Bequia. This island is one of the most laid back and attractive islands of the whole Caribbean – exactly what you need on the first day of your holiday. Bequia has been closely linked to seafaring for centuries, and old traditions continue. After picking up a mooring in Admiralty Bay you may want to stock up with some hard to find items at Doris Fresh Foods, before cocktails and dinner at one of the shore-side restaurants.
A day to explore after a breakfast of fresh tropical fruit purchased from the local market. For divers Bequia offers some of the best dive sites in the region with locations within easy reach of the anchorage. Shore based activities include a guided tour of the island including a visit to the Turtle Sanctuary. For the more active there are numerous hiking trails around Bequia with superb views from the hill tops.
A leisurely sail to Mustique, stopping for a swim and explore at Petit Nevis, a small palm covered island and the location of an old whaling station where the ruins can still be seen. At Mustique pick up a mooring before heading over to the World famous Basil’s Bar or catch a taxi up to the Firefly Restaurant for sundowners and dinner.
A day to discover Mustique – one of the most special islands of the Caribbean. Mustique is privately owned and has developed into a holiday location for the rich and famous. The island is a mix of luxury houses, lush tropical gardens and stunning beaches. Take a taxi tour, or if you’re feeling adventurous hike or rent a mountain bike. One of the best ways to see the island is on horseback.
Sail to the beautiful Tobago Cays, one of the World’s most breathtaking anchorages. The anchorage is protected by an enormous horseshoe reef which also provides amazing snorkeling. You can swim with the turtles that feed around the five islands that make up the Cays, or explore ashore with the nearly tame iguanas and tortoises. In the evening you can arrange a wonderful lobster or fish beach BBQ with one of the local guides, or light up the BBQ yourself on board and dine under the stars.
Spend the day snorkeling and exploring the Cays – since the area is protected the wealth of sea life is extraordinary. Just off the little island of Baradel is an area cordoned off for turtles to feed, and it’s an incredible experience to get close and swim with these remarkable animals. Explore the islands ashore and climb to their summits for the stunning views and watch the almost tame iguanas and land tortoises lumbering around.
A short sail to Mayreau in the morning, dropping anchor in Salt Whistle Bay, a palm fringed semi circle of white sand. There’s some good walking here, but most worthwhile is the short hike to the top of the hill and the breathtaking view from the Catholic Church. For dinner try Dennis’s Hideaway in the village, a short climb up the hill from Saline Bay.
Sail downwind for an hour to Chatham Bay, Union Island. This large anchorage has a sweeping beach under high hills. There is excellent snorkeling along the north side of the bay and some great walking ashore. For dinner head for Seckie and Vanessa’s restaurant on the beach, which in season will frequently end in dancing on the sand.
Sail from Chatham to Clifton Harbour, clear out of the Grenadines then sail on to Petit St Vincent for the night. Anchor off PSV Resort, dine exclusively at the resort or arrange a water taxi for excellent local food at Palm Beach Restaurant on Petite Martinique. Top off with water and fuel if required on Petite Martinique.
A downwind 2 hour sail to Sandy Island, Carriacou: a quarter mile strip of perfect sand topped with a few palm trees. Snorkel and walk the beach before lunch, then head the short distance around to Tyrrel Bay to clear in at the boat yard facility. Tyrrel Bay is an interesting community of locals and cruisers and the shore is lined with restaurants and rum shops. You’ll often catch some live music at the local jump up. It’s worth spending time to explore Carriacou, another incredibly laid back island of 1 gas station and 200 rum shops!
Take a tour of Carriacou – head to Windward village on the NE corner of the island where traditional boat building skills have been passed down the generations and still continue today. Stop at Hospital Hill and take in the views over Hillsborough and north to Union Island. If you’re feeling fit and adventurous set off on a hike – one of the easiest and most scenic trails is from Hillsborough to Tyrrel Bay. Alternatively explore the mangroves in Tyrell Bay by dinghy.
Tyrell bay – St George’s. Exhilarating downwind sail to St George’s passing the isolated islands of Kick ‘em Jenny and Isle De Ronde, where a stop for a swim is possible if conditions permit. On arrival at St George’s anchor off Ross Point or for luxury book a slip at the new Port Louis Marina. Dine at the marina’s own restaurant or for some very authentic local cuisine go to BB’s Crab Back on the Carenage.
No visit to Grenada would be complete without an island tour. The “Isle of Spice” is one of the most spectacularly beautiful islands of the Caribbean with lush rain forest, waterfalls, old plantations and spectacular beaches. There are many hiking trails around the island – from easy half hour hikes to a waterfall to arduous all day hikes to the island’s highest point Mt St Catherine. The town of St George’s is regarded as the most picturesque capital in the Caribbean.
Sail around the south coast of Grenada and explore one of the many sheltered anchorages on the south side of the island. Clarke’s Court Bay is one of the best and easiest to enter and you can easily spend the day swimming and gunkholing the mangroves that line the bay. There are several local restaurants nearby with fresh fish or lobster on the menu. Alternatively head for Phare Bleu Marina and enjoy the waterside restaurant there.
An easy half hour sail around to True Blue Bay where the Horizon staff will assist you to the dock for a noon finish and completion of your St Vincent sailing itinerary.