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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 St. Vincent 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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20-30 minutes | 1 mile
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
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
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!
3 hours | 18 miles
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.
1 hour | 7 miles
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
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.
1 hour | 7 miles
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
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
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.
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.
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.