Arrive 9 am. (guests can stay on board the night before at no extra cost), allocation of berths and watches, familiarization, briefing on itinerary. Short sail to a Grenada south coast anchorage, preparation for overnight passage to Trinidad including clearing customs. Overnight 100 miles trip sailing past spectacular, flaming oil rigs.
Arrive in Chaguanas, clear customs, and enjoy a relaxing day to explore ashore, shop or just chill onboard.
Days 3, 4 and 5
Sailing the Trinidad coast including one memorable night anchored at Chacachacare Island which is an abandoned leper colony with the sanatorium, houses and workshop still standing. Very interesting.
Sail back to Chagaramas to clear customs, lunch in Scotland Bay surrounded by jungle echoing to the sound of howler monkeys. Spot an iguana if you can! Prepare for overnight passage to Grenada. Depart late afternoon.
Arrive Grenada, anchor for swimming/snorkeling and lunch. In the afternoon sail to St George’s, possible visit to world famous underwater sculpture park. Clear customs then depart or stay with us for another evening (at no extra cost).
St. George's, Grenada
An attractive colonial-era town spilling down a hillside above the Carenage, with its horseshoe-shaped harbor, Grenada's capital of ST GEORGE'S received the full brunt of Hurricane Ivan's high winds, and the bevy of new terracotta-coloured roofs stand in testament to the power of the wind.
St George's won't take more than a day to explore, and it's worth taking time away from the beach to do so. Though the market is at its liveliest on Saturday morning, most shops close on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays, making the town a quiet place during those times – except when a cruise ship moors at the spanking new docks, in which case the town explodes into a frenzy of activity, market stalls spring up on shore, restaurants and bars fill up, street vendors and local guides come out in force.
The Borough of Chaguanas is the largest borough and fastest-growing town in the country of Trinidad & Tobago. Located on the west coast of Trinidad, south of Port of Spain, the town is named after the indigenous Chaguanes Amerindian tribe who originally settled there. During the WWII the area was developed for blimp and air bases by the US Navy and the RAF, with roads, airfields and aircraft hangers. Its subsequent development relates to the Woodford Lodge sugar refinery producing the country's major export, sugar. It remained a minor town until the 1980's when it grew more rapidly, drawing people for its bargain shopping and moderately-priced housing.
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island country that is the southernmost nation of the West Indies in the Caribbean and is situated less than 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498. In the late 18th century, Trinidad was ceded to Spain. Tobago changed hands among Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers more times than any other island in the Caribbean, during the same period. Trinidad and Tobago were ceded to Britain in 1802. The twin island nation obtained independence in 1962 and became a republic in 1976.
As of 2015, the sovereign state of Trinidad & Tobago had the third highest GDP per capita in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the economy is primarily industrial, based on petroleum and petrochemicals. Much of the nation's wealth is derived from its large reserves of oil and natural gas.
The country is known for its Carnival celebration and as the birthplace of steel drums, the limbo, and Calypso.
Chacachacare Island, Trinidad
Chacachacare is an island in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the westernmost of the Bocas Islands which belong to Trinidad & Tobago. The island was spotted by Christopher Columbus on his third New World voyage in 1498. It was originally named El Caracol (the Snail) by Columbus because of its shape. At various times in its history Chacachacare has served as a cotton plantation, a whaling station and a leper colony. Looking across the Boca Grande you can see Venezuelan mountains just eight miles away.
In 1791, there were many people living on this island, cultivating ground provisions and sugar apples. During the time of slavery large quantities of cotton were grown. In 1887 a stone pier and a large house for the use of a sanatorium were erected on the island. Chacachacare later became a nuns’ quarters and a leper colony.
In 1942, 1,000 U.S. Marines were stationed on the island and built barracks there. The island was abandoned by the 1980s, when the nuns left their quarters. The last leper on the island died in 1984.
Today, Chacachacare remains uninhabited, except for staff maintaining the lighthouse. The Hindu Temple founded in 1945 continues to be functional with religious activities. The island is also regularly used for camping and visits by recreational boats.
Donald Trump visited Chacachacare In 1999, during the Miss Universe contest. He contemplated building a casino and hotel on the island, but the idea has not been pursued.
St. George's, Grenada (return)
Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. The seductive fragrance drifts through the colorful Saturday markets and Grenada's dense forests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rain forests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable. The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.