Posted on April 18 2018, by Els Kraakman.
Most crewed yachts will be closed for the season in August, September and October in the Virgin Islands, but some will sail down south and charter in the Grenadines this summer, which is a very beautiful location for chartering too.
The Grenadines are a group of islands that make a superb yacht charter destination. These unique islands have a similar feel to the British Virgin Islands and yet they are much less developed and far less busy. Sailing from island to island can take a bit longer and less protected than in the BVI (the longest sail is around 4 hours), but the sailing conditions are perfect. With prevailing winds and currents, it is comfortable to sail southward from St. Vincent down to Union Island with the wind and the swell. Steaming north can be more of a struggle but the islands are close enough together that a round trip can easily be accomplished in a week. The smaller islands that make up the Grenadines offer a quieter pace of life, whether it’s on the budget-kind island of Bequia to the luxurious hideaways of Mustique.
Some of the crewed all-inclusive yachts that are available in the Grenadines:
Dauntless: Jeanneau 519, 6 pax
Bella Vita: Leopard 46, 6 pax
Knot Anchored: Leopard 46, 6 pax
ExtaSea 2, Leopard 46, 6 pax
Karizma: Royal Cape 53: 8 pax (10 pax Fam.)
Vivo: Fountaine Pajot 60, 8 pax
Split Second: Lagoon 62, 8 pax
A3: Lagoon 56, 8 pax
Ventana, Lagoon 520, 10 pax
Day 1. Join the boat in Young Island Cut, a few minutes from the airport. St. Vincent has some nice botanical gardens to visit if you have time. Sail to Bequia, arriving in the evening.
Day 2. Spend the day in Bequia. This is a fabulous island with some great local shops, bars and things to see. This is the largest of the Grenadines (7 square miles) and still has a very authentic West Indian character with a rich history of boatbuilding and whaling.
Day 3. Sail to exclusive Mustique, home of the rich and famous. Mick Jagger, Brad Pitt and Raquel Welsh all have homes here. Basils Bar, on the waterfront, and The Cotton House are famous meeting places. Night anchorage on a mooring in Mustique.
Day 4. Sail to the famous Tobago Cays, arriving in the afternoon. A snorkeling paradise with huge areas of coral reef. The local government has made this whole area a National Park, above and below the water.
Day 5. Sail to Petit St. Vincent or Palm Island. Both are small exclusive island resorts. The rooms at PSV each have two flag poles. Raise one flag when you want something – the other when you want to be left alone.
Day 6. Sail to Union Island and clear customs in Clifton Harbor. This is a busy harbor with shops and markets, but without the character of Bequia. It does, however, have some good restaurants and bars. Sail on to tiny, beautiful Mayreau for the night, with its 150 residents and two pristine anchorages.
Day 7. Set sail to Canouan, the “island of the turtles”. You will enjoy virtual seclusion on the islands pristine white beaches, but you will really want to explore this former whaling port. In an abandoned village, a magnificent English church still stands as a testimonial to latter day prosperity. A new 18 hole golf course and five star hotel compliment the islands offerings.
Day 8. Early sail to St. Vincent, disembarking at midday to fly home.