Grenada and The Grenadines are a superb sailing area. Cruising around you will find traditional West Indian towns and villages, and picture post card perfect beaches and islands.
Beginning your trip from St George’s harbor on Grenada, there is a mixture of Colonial and Caribbean architecture. It is a pleasant town and you could stop off at Grand Anse Beach nearby, a brilliant two mile long stretch of white sand. Carracou Island is a smaller sister of Grenada and Tyrell Bay is a safe, scenic anchorage. There are some interesting walks through the National Park on Carriacou and the island has some flawless beaches. Next you may want to explore the tiny islands of Petite Martinique and Petit St. Vincent. The best anchorage can be found on Petit St. Vincent, it is a private island but boaters are welcome to anchor and visit the beach bar. Union Island is a popular stop off for sailors. In Clifton there is a marina and some shops to find supplies, but alternatively, Ashton Habour is a quieter anchorage. Next, the island of Mayreau - famous for Saltwhistle Bay, a strikingly beautiful bay where a long strip of palm lined sand is surrounded by the sea on both sides. There is a small village in Saline Bay that is the only settlement on the island. The Tobago Cays lie just off Mayreau and are part of a protected marine park. On and around The Tobago Cays there are two coral reefs, the wreck of a British gunship, a bird sanctuary, a turtle sanctuary, and of course untainted beaches. There are entrance fees into the park. Over on Canouan, we recommend visiting the authentic Caribbean town of Charlestown Village. You can also see the real Caribbean on Bequia. There are no private tourist resorts on Bequia and it is known to have a traditional feel. All beaches are public and rarely busy. You will find an easy going atmosphere. Port Elizabeth in Admiralty Bay is the only real town on the island, and there is a wonderful farmers market or ‘Rasta Market’ that sells fresh fish and tropical fruit. Princess Margaret’s Beach is close to Port Elizabeth, as well as Lower Bay Beach. From Port Elizabeth, sail to Kingstown over on St. Vincent. Kingstown is a lively city and inland, it is worth trekking to the La Soufriere Volcano and the Trinity or Dark View waterfalls. Returning to Grenada, you may want to see more of Bequia, and we recommend stopping at L’Esterre Bay on Carriacou near Paradise Beach on the way back.
Sailing in Grenada and The Grenadines is more challenging than sailing in other Caribbean waters. The islands lie substantial distances apart, and there are Atlantic winds that create strong swells and currents. There are not marinas or facilities on every island, so it is important to plan your stops carefully. The route is not suitable for a first bareboat charter.
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