The best way to appreciate the Grenadines is by sailing there. The itinerary may vary slightly depending on the weather. The region is visited by only a handful of 'yachties' in search of eternal summer, making these islands one of the most exclusive sailing grounds in the world. Sprinkled in the crystal clear waters between the volcanic peaks of St. Vincent and Grenada is a 60-mile trail of palm-studded sandbars, coral reefs and tiny islets that haven't changed much since Columbus first sailed these waters. Mandalay can sail right up to an islet and anchor off a deserted beach. You can ride the tender ashore bto enjoy the ultimate beach day until your Captain gives the cue to hoist sails. If it's cultural stimulation you desire, Grenada has just that, plus excellent beaches, lush rain forests and all kinds of water sports.
This island is a nature lover's paradise. Here, the dueling Piton peaks serve as an inspiring landmark for sailors. You'll have a chance to visit waterfalls, hot springs, botanical gardens, and the world's only 'drive-in' volcano. Hiking boots are what you'll need for trekking tails through the Rainforest Preserve, a favorite for bird watchers. The forest is loaded with wild orchids, giant ferns and towering stands of bamboo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.