It would be difficult to say that anyone could ever actually get tired of sailing in the British Virgin Islands- those short passages and beautiful islands are wonderful to return to year after year. But, perhaps you’d like to try something new; to get off the beaten track.
For this there is St. Vincent. If you’ve heard that it’s a beautiful place for sailing you can be sure that the rumors are true- this southern Caribbean paradise is a bit less travelled but offers much in the way of excitement and adventure. It’s a great area to go and get away from it all. Here you can enjoy the landscape as it has been for thousands of years.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines also offer some of the same advantages as the BVIs- many beautiful smaller islands to discover, good facilities for yachties and a good mix of activities for everyone in your group.
To get there you’ll need to fly in to E.T. Joshua Airport, which is set to be joined by the Argyle International Airport within the next year. Connecting flights currently arrive from airports such as San Juan, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad. There’s also the option of arriving by sea, setting off from Martinique or St. Lucia, so if you have a bit more time we can help you can explore this option.
St. Vincent is composed of the larger island of the same name and the upper two thirds of the chain of islands known as the Grenadines. Sailing south you would find yourself in the Grenadines owned by Grenada and eventually on the spice island itself.
Our St. Vincent charters leave from Blue Lagoon, which is located on the south of the island. From here you can easily sail off to explore the Grenadines and all that they have to offer.
The largest island of the St. Vincent part of the Grenadines, at a size of just 7 square miles, is Bequia which boasts the beautiful Admiralty Bay. From here you can sail on to Mustique, a beautiful and stylish island frequented by celebrities and royalty like Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Stop for a drink at the famous Basil’s Bar- they have a now-famous Blues Festival every Sunday which is a fun outing for the entire family.
Relax and sail to the island of Mayreau before really getting out your snorkeling or diving gear for the Tobago Cays. This marine park has so much natural wildlife to enjoy it can make for days of exploration- you’ll find everything from snorkeling to kiteboarding. There is also a protected turtle observation area around the beach in Baradel.
The park charges a fee of $10.00 per person per day, or you can choose to purchase a monthly license for the entire boat. This can be a better option if you’d like to visit for multiple days. Mooring in the Tobago Cays is available but in order to minimize environmental impact on the cays they are limited to 150 vessels. There are also no facilities on the islands, but boat vendors are plentiful especially during the high season- they can supply you with everything from ice to bread to seafood; they even hold barbecues on the beach! Union Island, Mayreau and Canouan also make for good places to head back to for the night.
Once you’ve had your fill of exploration you can head back to St. Vincent and if you haven’t already, spend some time exploring its on-land attractions. The island is home to plenty of lush tropical rainforest, the botanical gardens and if you’re up for the hike, breath-taking views from Mt. Soufriere volcano.
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