Relax and unplug sailing the Grenadines on the S/V Mandalay to unspoiled white sand beaches, hidden coves and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just don't reach. Help in raising the sails, take a turn at the helm or just enjoy the warm Caribbean winds filling the sails.
Grenada is the fruit basket of the Caribbean. The fertile soils of the 'Spice Island' are perfect for growing cinnamon, cloves, and cocoa beans. Banana trees grow as tall as palms along the sides of the road. The scents of ginger, vanilla, almond and nutmeg linger in the air, while the countryside explodes with every tropical fruit imaginable. The bustling farmers' market in picturesque St. George is one of the Caribbean's liveliest and most replendent.
This old and busy small seaport is part of an 18th-century British West Indian colonial town climbing the steep hills. Small, stucco, stone and brick buildings with winding narrow cobblestone streets reflect both the French and English legacy of this island. Large fruit-ships are loading, small ships coming and going, inter-island "one spar" schooners making the run to Trinidad, fishing boats landing their catch, the town market selling spices and produce and engaging in lively banter, marathon domino games in back street shops and reggae music pulsing on every corner. Ancient rum factories at 17th-century cane plantations, island "jump ups" (dance parties). At Grenada you must take in the whole island: The Fishing Town of Guave, stunning blazing beauty of Grand Anse Beach, and spice plantations still using the equipment of plantation days. If there is a Calypso Competition advertised then we must attend. No mere contest, this is a rank-off competition of the first order. Beautiful jungle waterfalls, and you must try the grilled chicken at a roadside barbeque. Busy, bustling, and very, very West Indian.
Peaceful and removed describes this patch of paradise. Green rolling hills descend to sandy white beaches (typical of the Grenadines.) At Tyrrel Bay, under the shade of palms at the edge of the sea, you can watch local men building schooners by hand. Still unspoiled by mass tourism, this is the perfect spot for getting away-from-it-all.
Union Island, , Grenadines
The most southerly island of the Grenadines, Union Island is a mere three miles by one mile, garnished with two dramatic peaks and a population of 2000. Once you land on shore, you won’t want to leave. Union Island is a sailor’s delight offering pretty anchorages, a couple of rowdy bars and some good restaurants. There is mile after mile of undisturbed sand and wild mangoes for the taking.
Mayreau, Grenadine Islands
The island of Mayreau is a true break from reality, with only one road, virtually no development, and farm animals outnumbering the inhabitants. One of the Grenadines, in the larger chain of Windward Islands, it has beautiful beaches, and plenty of solitude. View it as your own private island.
Tobago Cays (St. Vincent & Grenadines)
The five small islands of the Tobago Cays are an archipelago with extensive coral reefs located in the Southern Grenadines, and make up the Tobago Cays Marine Park. These uninhabited cays offer heavenly lagoons with green turtles, colorful fishes and crystal clear waters.
Pretty as a picture describes our beloved Bequia. You’ll be captivated by the island’s charm while strolling along the lovely harbor with its shops, restaurants, and pastel-painted gingerbread homes. There’s a long tradition of boat building and you’ll find a slew of handcrafted model ships, old nautical charts, and rare sailing books to bring back home.
Return to Grenada to disembark.