Overview – St. Vincent
St. Vincent is situated south of St. Lucia and is the northernmost and main island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This island chain of 9 inhabited and 23 uninhabited islands ends just north of Grenada. With a strong British heritage, the island of St. Vincent is lush and volcanic with steep mountain ridges, valleys, waterfalls and acres of coconut palms. Although there are some golden beaches, St. Vincent is famous for its black stretches of volcanic sand that dots the entire coastline.
The Leeward, which is the western side of the island, is characterized by secluded coastal valleys, quaint fishing villages, and well-protected anchorages such as Chateaubetair, Troumaca Bay and Wallilabou (famous for being transformed into the set of Port Royal for the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean!) All three anchorages offer excellent snorkeling and the cliffs around Buccament Bay feature St. Vincent’s ancient petroglyphs (prehistoric rock carvings).
The dramatic Windward, which is the eastern side, is lined with windswept black beaches. In the fertile valley of Mesopotamia, bananas, breadfruit, cocoa, coconuts and nutmeg all grow in abundance. Inside the mountainous interior, the active volcano, La Soufriere, which last erupted in 1979, rises 4,048 feet.
A crewed yacht charter or bareboat sailing vacation itinerary would head from St. Vincent south through the Grenadines and return to St. Vincent, or go directly to Grenada for a one way charter. The Grenadines islands include Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island and the Tobago Cays. A desirable one week itinerary would comprise of approximately 100 nautical miles with two days sailing roughly 6 hours and the rest of the days sailing 1-3 hours.
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Events & Activities – St. Vincent
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect on your St. Vincent yacht charter with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- Escape from the hustle and bustle with this breath-taking mix of inhabited and uninhabited islands – just the right mix to ensure you can unplug and unwind, and truly get on island time!
- Island Adventure. A network of tranquil hiking trails, rich in wildlife, run through the region. Consider taking an organized tour that will take you to the breathtaking 60 foot tall “Falls of Baleine“, where a swim in the huge rock-lined pool is unforgettable!
- Underwater Adventure. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a large network of lively reefs with a variety of colorful coral, fish species, turtles and much more.
A Few of the Best Spots to Visit in St. Vincent:
- Bequia. The second largest of the Grenadines islands. The harbor at Port Elizabeth, its capital, leads to Admiralty Bay and Princess Margaret Beach. From your yacht you can swim and snorkel and explore the caves or walk the trail along the cliff into the pretty waterfront town. Ashore the bay is lined with restaurants, bars and shops (most closed on Sundays). With a long tradition of fishing and whaling, here you’ll find Bequia’s famous boat-builders’ workshops where the craftsmen can be seen making traditional boats. There is also much in the way of natural beauty to discover at Bequia.
- Mayreau. As the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, Mayrea is an unspoiled island with 200-300 inhabitants and lots of dogs, cats and goats. Go ashore at Saltwhistle Bay to explore the beaches and walk up the hill to the village where there are a handful of restaurants and bars. From the Roman Catholic Church built in 1929, you have an amazing view of the island across the bay to the Tobago Cays.
- Tobago Cays. There’s a reason the Tobago Cays are often referred to as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. The water surrounding five uninhabited islands is home to the The Tobago Cays Marine Park— a vast system of coral reefs, brimming with life. Swim with green sea turtles or take a majestic and colorful dive. Kitesurf from Petit Rameau to Horseshoe Reef. Witness mangroves, hot springs or lounge with the iguanas on one of the many white sand beaches. Adventure here is near endless for the castaway at heart.
Weather & Seasons – St. Vincent
Those vacationing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Windward Islands can expect typical Caribbean weather. The year round tropical weather is warm and humid, averaging in the pleasant low 80’s. There is less humidity in the winter and more humidity in the summer.
The typical drier season is from January to May, otherwise known as high season. Going into June through December, more rain is expected with historically the most rain during August and September. The hurricane season is June through November, but St. Vincent is just south of the typical storm path and thus has less risk of tropical storms. Even during the low season, you can expect mostly sunshine with passing rain showers.
|Temp Max (°F )||Temp Min (°F )||Avg. Water Temp (°F )||Avg. Rainfall (in)||Avg. Wind Speed (kts)|
|January||82||76||5||NE 10-25 |
|February||82||76||4||NE 10-25 |
|March||84||76||4||NE 10-25 |
|April||88||76||3||NE 10-25 |
|May||88||76||6||SE 10-25 |
|June||89||76||9||SE 10-20 |
|July||89||76||9||SE 10-20 |
|August||90||76||11||SE 10-20 |
|September||90||76||10||SE 10-20 |
|October||88||76||9||SE 5-15 |
|November||86||76||9||NE 10-20 |
|December||82||76||8||NE 10-25 |
Sample Itinerary - St. Vincent
Young Island Cut, St. Vincent
20-30 minutes | 1 mile
- Shopping and recreational opportunities
Young Island is conveniently located right off the shores of St. Vincent and is an exclusive resort with romantic bungalows, secluded swimming pools, a beach front restaurant, and lush foliage and flowers everywhere. It is minutes from the airport and plenty of shopping and recreational opportunities abound. For the avid hiker, there are many spots to explore. In the afternoon trek to Trinity Falls, which is a roaring waterfall within the tropical rainforest. Fort Duvernette is also a great place for a hike. Once you climb the winding 250 steps and reach the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of St.Vincent and the island of Bequia. Explore the fort’s ruins and caves. It will leave you wondering how they were able to haul the cannons all the way up there.
2 hours | 12 miles
- Stunning white sandy beaches
- Hiking opportunities
- Variety of shops, bars, and restaurants
Explore this unique island and enjoy a feast in a welcoming Caribbean restaurant, visit the Bequia Maritime Museum, head for the beach to swim, snorkel and sunbathe, or hike the beautiful trails around the island. Hiking is popular along the beaches and on the trails in the hills of Mount Pleasant. Hike to the top of Mount Pleasant see the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. For those wanting a more relaxing day consider stunning and quiet Friendship Bay with its beautiful white sandy beach.
2 hours | 12 miles
- The land of the rich and famous
- Pristine white-sand beaches
- Excellent snorkeling
Mustique is home to both charming towns, with vibrantly colored fishing boats lining the shore and the grand island estates of the rich and famous. You can take a tour of this private island and awe in the magnificent homes of celebrities, royalty and business tycoons with their inspiring architectural styles or gaze at them from your yacht. Enjoy the pristine white-sand beaches or treat yourself to some excellent snorkeling opportunities. A popular gathering place is Basil’s Beach Bar, which is built on piers above the sea and is famous for its seafood. Admire the view and you might even get to see a celebrity while you’re there!
Charlestown Bay, Canouan
3 hours | 18 miles
- Great shipwrecks to dive
- Guided historical train tour
- Inland crystal-clear river pools and cascades
Unspoiled and virtually undiscovered, this small island of heavily forested mountains has a deep history dating back to 2,000 years ago when Arawak founders named their home Canouan, which means turtle island. Looming Mount Royal, from the interior of the island, offers flawless panoramic scenes from its summit. Visit the local boutiques and the maritime museum, while sampling on some delicious Eastern Caribbean cuisine. Soak up the sun in near seclusion on brilliant white sand beaches or snorkel and dive on one of the Caribbean’s longest barrier reefs.
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau
1 hour | 7 miles
- Swimming and sunbathing
- Pristine white sandy beaches
Offshore from arching Half Moon Beach, anchor in dazzling Saltwhistle Bay, a popular yachting destination, then step ashore to explore the island on foot. On the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, you will find a quaint traditional village perched on a hilltop and located on the only paved road leading from Saltwhistle Bay to Saline Bay. The short hike to the top unveils spectacular views of the Tobago Cays. Explore the friendly local restaurants and bars and taste some delicious island home cooking. In the evening, the Saltwhistle Bay Beach Club is an excellent spot for dinner and cocktails.
45-60 minutes | 3 miles
- Unspoiled beauty
- Fantastic snorkeling
- Teeming with sea life
A treasure of the Grenadines, Tobago Cays Marine Park features some of the prettiest scenery and some the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the entire Caribbean. Visibility is an astonishing 100 to 120 feet. Made up of four uninhabited, palm-lined islets with pristine, sandy white beaches and protected from the open sea by the legendary Horseshoe reef makes this a perfect spot for beach combing, swimming, windsurfing, and stargazing. There is an abundance of sea life, including many sea turtles and the coral reef teems with tropical fish.
Petit St. Vincent
1 hour | 7 miles
- Beautiful white sand beaches
- Excellent scuba diving and snorkeling
- Exclusive cottage style resort
It’s a short morning sail to Petite St. Vincent. There’s excellent snorkeling off the white sand beaches. A large horseshoe reef protects the long stretch of eastern beach, and smaller reefs encircle the rest of the island. Stop at the bar and restaurant which has a breathtaking view of the anchorage below. The island is privately owned and known for his exclusive cottage style resort. After lunch, continue on to the lovely island of Carriacou. The yacht may make a quick stop at Sandy Island for some more excellent snorkeling in this tiny palm fringed islet.
3 hours | 15 miles
- Excellent scuba diving and snorkeling
- Warm white sand beaches
- Delicious local cuisine
Tyrrel Bay is a beautiful, calm anchorage with a number of local bars, restaurants and rum shops. Idly wander the soft, warm sandy beach with the sea gently lapping over your ankles. A truly laid-back haven of R&R. Or partake in excellent diving and snorkeling adventures. Eat, drink, swim, snorkel, soak up the rays, repeat. For the evening this is the place to be. Lots of restaurants, live music, and great local cuisine.
6 hours | 40 miles
- Gourmet restaurants
- Busy retail shops
- Ideal waters for swimming and snorkeling
A quaint little town with lots of interesting stalls, shops and restaurants to explore, and a delightful coastal walk along the bays. Even during the heat of the day there are plenty of spots to get out of the sun, and the turquoise blue waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In the evening make a stop at the floating bar to join other fellow sailors enjoying a few sunset drinks.
BACK TO MARINA
1.5 hours | 10 miles
One last short adventure enjoying some delicious cuisine, shopping, and soaking up more of the local culture before returning your yacht.
Travel Info – St. Vincent
There is a fairly newly constructed international airport on St. Vincent, Argyle International Airport – airport code SVD. This airport is the largest airport within St. Vincent and the Grenadines and services flights from Miami, JFK New York and Toronto, as well as inter-island flights from nearby islands like Barbados. Blue Lagoon Marina is located on the south side of St. Vincent, a 15-minute taxi ride from the Argyle airport.
Some private crewed yachts offered by Virgin Island Sailing® embark from islands south of St. Vincent, but still in the Grenadines. The other airports within the St. Vincent and the Grenadines are located on the islands of Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and Union Island.