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.
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.
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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.