Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Immerse yourself in turquoise waters, with sea turtles and dolphins as your neighbours. Enter an enchanting tropical world, with tiny islands covered in lush hillsides that hide mystical waterfalls beneath their forest canopies. St Vincent and the Grenadines are a cluster of small emerald volcanic islands, some uninhabited or privately owned, with the Grenadines consisting of 35 tiny, hard-to-reach but lush islands. This sultry paradise is where the first three Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed. Sail around this dreamy destination, sipping on rum punch under coconut trees on some of the quietest white sand beaches in the Caribbean. Snorkel in colourful reefs, visit coves that are only accessible by boat and feast on fresh seafood and tropical fruits.
Your adventure starts on the main island of St Vincent, home to the capital of Kingstown with cobbled streets and colonial buildings. Meet your skipper and chef at Blue Lagoon Marina overlooking the Blue Lagoon Bay, a magical sheltered sanctuary that is truly a sailor's paradise. If you have time after helping your host shop for the provisions for the week, we recommend visiting the nearby Botanical Gardens to say hello to some very special endangered parrots and check out the indigenous and exotic tropical plants and trees. Sink your toes into the sand with dinner at a local beachside joint or go for something more upscale like French seafood cuisine on a verandah overlooking the sea.
After a brief morning introduction to help you get more acquainted with your floating home for the week, you’ll set sail for the beautiful island of Bequia. Pronounced 'Beck-way', this is a popular yachting island, covered in lush hillsides dotted with bougainvillaea tumbling to the beaches and bays filled with sailboats. At Port Elizabeth on Admiralty Bay, you’ll find a long walkway along the waterfront lined with gift shops, restaurants, cafés and dive shops. Just beyond the walkway are the secluded, clear waters of Princess Margaret Beach, which we highly recommend! Today you will embark in our local Plantation tour. See the ruins of a historic 280 year old sugar mill and explore a lush and tropical plantation with orchards producing guava, mango, bananas, Bequia plums, and a variety of wonderful, exotic crops.
Rise early for a remarkable sunrise, as you begin a 25-mile (around 3.5 hours) sail to the stunning Tobago Cays and marine park. Today’s longer sailing day is the perfect opportunity to learn the ropes, as your skipper teaches you the basics. Tobago Cays encompass five tiny uninhabited islands. Protected by reefs, the island’s long white sand beaches offer tranquil crystal clear waters with surrounding coral gardens rich in marine life. This is a great place to spot sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda and shoals of reef fish. End an incredible day with a group dinner of freshly caught grilled lobster and fish overlooking this stunning paradise, accompanied by a live local steel drum performance.
Start the morning right with a luxurious and leisurely brunch prepared onboard by your chef as your yacht makes the seven-mile journey towards Union Island. Pass by stunning small islands like Petite Tabac and Petit St Vincent. We highly recommend stopping by Palm Island with its five white sand beaches and abundant coconut palms lining the coast. Located between Palm Island and Union Island, make sure not to miss 'Happy Hour' on Happy Island - a man-made island constructed out of conch shells, with an excellent bar built on top. End the day at Union Island, the southernmost island of the Grenadines, capped by dramatic volcanic peaks. If you have some energy left we highly recommend a hike up into the hills before heading into town for dinner at any of the many fun and funky restaurants on the island.
Mayreau’s Salt Whistle Bay is a magical, half-moon shaped, six-mile-long, white sand beach separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. The one village on the island is made up of 200 laid back and easy-to-meet locals and sits atop a hill with spectacular views. Join us for an incredible one-hour hike up the island's hill, scuba dive to an underwater volcano or sunken ship, snorkel in the reefs, and explore the extraordinary beaches. Meet back up with us at a local beach bar to cheers to the sunset and an incredible day. Then sit back and let your chef prepare your dinner onboard, as you enjoy the sea at night.
This 19-mile sail to Mustique Island is on almost every sailor's bucket list. It is unquestionably one of the most exclusive islands in the Caribbean, with five square miles surrounded by nine tempting beaches of pure white sand, gently swaying coconut palm trees and warm turquoise waters. This privately owned island offers something for everyone like scuba diving, snorkelling, golfing, tennis, horseback riding, fitness trails and so much more. For those looking for a little pampering, we recommend the five-star hotel spa. Join us back at Basil’s Bar for drinks, food and a Caribbean sunset (plus, the ever-so-possible celebrity sightings).
Today is a two-hour sail back to Blue Lagoon Marina on St Vincent, which you can make as long as you'd like with leisurely swim and exploration stops. Back on St Vincent, meet back up with the rest of the Yachts and Friends crew and join us on a cultural journey to the island’s local rum distillery. Finish your week-long adventure with a cheers to new friends and lasting memories!