Charter from Grenada or St Vincent and explore these Robinson Crusoe islands with soft white sand, turquoise seas and spectacular coral reefs.
The Grenadines rise up out of the emerald Caribbean Sea in a chain of exquisite islands stretching from the Spice Island of Grenada in the south as far as St Vincent, 50 miles to the north. These beautiful, unspoilt islands have idyllic beaches with white sand, palm trees, clear turquoise waters and a myriad of bays, anchorages, and moorings - perfect to explore on a sailing holiday.
Start your yacht charter at Grenada, where the trade winds are perfumed by tropical spices and the easy going islanders make you welcome. Sail north into the Grenadines, just far enough off the beaten tourist track to let you explore the authentic Caribbean. Visit the islands of Carriacou, Union, Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau and Canouan and anchor in the fabulous Tobago Cays, a breathtakingly beautiful national park. Nightlife is conspicuous by its absence, peace and solitude are unsurpassed, and the dress code, like the lifestyle, ranges from informal to barefoot casual.
Start your yacht charter from St Vincent. Located at the re-developed Blue Lagoon Marina the new base is ideal for skippers who want to cruise the unspoilt Grenadines. Bequia, one of the most sought after locations in the Grenadines, is only an hour and a half’s sail away.
The Grenadines are one of the great yacht cruising areas in the world and now with a charter base located at each end, St Vincent and Grenada, you have even more options and flexibility for your sailing holiday.
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From base at True Blue Bay, make an early start for an exhilarating day sailing to Tyrrel Bay, on the island of Carriacou. Anchor amongst the local fishing boats and dine ashore or BBQ the fish you caught on the passage from Grenada!
Take a swim at Sandy Island, a flawless sandy spit with no more than half a dozen palm trees, before visiting Hillsborough to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables at the market, as well as to clear out of Grenadian territory. Sail over to Petit St. Vincent and anchor behind the reef to the north east of the island. Dinghy ashore for an excellent meal at the exclusive hotel on PSV.
The dramatic peaks of Union Island are a short down-wind sail away. Enter Clifton Harbour and complete check-in formalities for St. Vincent territory. Set sail for palm-lined Saltwhistle Bay on the north west shore of Mayreau. Snorkel the reef on Grand Col Point. Hidden behind the pristine beach and palms of Saltwhistle Bay nestles a fine resort where you can enjoy dinner Flintstone-style on rock tables.
Take an early morning stroll to the top of Mayreau and enjoy the magnificent views of the Tobago Cays and surrounding islands. Navigate the channel to the Tobago Cays under the midday sunlight. The horseshoe reef offers limitless snorkeling and some fine drift dives. Dine aboard under the stars, in the knowledge that you are in one of the most spectacular anchorages on earth.
Sail back to cosmopolitan Clifton Harbour to check out of St. Vincent territory, then ease the sheets for a great down-wind sail to Tyrrel Bay on Carriacou.
One last passage to Grenada and overnight at Prickly Bay, a large tranquil bay on the south coast of Grenada. Enjoy exclusive dining at one of the best restaurants on the island. At weekends, dance the night away to the local sounds of the steel pan band at the Boatyard.
A short leisurely sail brings you back around to True Blue Bay Marina for a noon finish.
After a comprehensive chart and yacht briefing at the base in Blue Lagoon Marina on the south west coast of St. Vincent, set sail for a brief 2 hour passage to Mustique. Pick up a mooring in Britannia Bay, before heading ashore for cocktails at Basil’s Bar, or catch a taxi up the hill to the Firefly Restaurant for sundowners and a glorious dinner.
After breakfast set sail for the beautiful Tobago Cays, one of the World’s most breathtaking anchorages. The anchorage is protected by an enormous horseshoe reef which also provides amazing snorkeling. You can swim with the turtles that feed around the five islands that make up the Cays, or explore ashore with the nearly tame iguanas and tortoises. In the evening you can arrange a wonderful lobster or fish beach BBQ with one of the local guides, or light up the BBQ yourself on board and dine under the stars.
Leaving the Cays by the northern entrance enjoy an exhilarating reach past Mayreau and Union before reaching the sheltered waters of Petit St Vincent. Explore the tiny sand islet of Mopion with a single coconut thatch sun shelter before heading over to the PSV anchorage overnight. Dine exclusively at the resort or arrange a water taxi for excellent local food at Palm Beach Restaurant on Petite Martinique. Top off with water and fuel if required on Petite Martinique in the morning.
Sail downwind for an hour to Chatham Bay. This large anchorage has a sweeping beach under high hills. There is excellent snorkeling along the north side of the bay and some great walking ashore. For dinner head for Seckie and Vanessa’s restaurant on the beach, in season this frequently ends up as a dancing party in the sand.
A short sail to Mayreau in the morning, dropping anchor in Salt Whistle Bay, a palm fringed semi-circle of white sand. There’s some good walking here, but most worthwhile is the short hike to the top of the hill and the breathtaking view from the Catholic Church. For dinner try Dennis’s Hideaway in the village, a short climb up the hill from Saline Bay.
Set out for a four hour romping sail to Bequia, arriving in time for lunch before setting off to explore the island. This island is one of the most laid back and attractive islands of the whole Caribbean – absolutely perfect for your last night. Restaurants and bars abound, choose between local fare and fine dining according to your taste and budget. Shore side activities include a guided tour of the island including a visit to the Turtle Sanctuary. For the more active there are numerous hiking trails around Bequia with superb views from the hill tops.
A short but exciting sail brings you back to Blue Lagoon Marina in time for a noon finish.
Temperatures in the Grenadines are around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers, especially in July to October. Trade winds at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months, north-easterly and lighter in the summer. Passages are more exposed than in the BVI, but islands are no more than three hours sail apart.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)
Flights are available with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, both with short stops in St Lucia.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have daily flights from Gatwick to Barbados, with connecting flights to St Vincent.
We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base as some flights arrive later in the evening. A transfer from Grenada airport to True Blue Bay Marina takes approximately 10 minutes and from St Vincent airport to Blue Lagoon Marina the transfer is also approximately 10 minutes.
The Caribbean is a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. Why not make the most of your time in the sunshine and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay in Grenada or even another Caribbean island!
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|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Oceanis 40.1 - 3 cab.(2023)||Oceanis 41.1(2018)|
|Dates||3 cabins/2WC||3 cabins/2WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||4590||3990|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||5148||4476|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||5590||4862|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||5452||4738|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 520 GL(2019)||Oceanis 45 - 4 cab.(2017)|
|Dates||5 cabins/3WC||4 cabins/2WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||6443||4790|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||7071||5371|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||7743||5833|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||7486||5686|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Bali 4.1 - 4 + 2 cab.(2020)||Lagoon 40 - 4 + 2 cab(2020)||Lagoon 450 F - 4 + 2 cab.(2018)||Lagoon 46 - 4 + 2 cab.(2022)||Nautitech 40 Open - 4 + 2 cab.(2020)|
|Dates||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/2WC||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/2WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||6367||4881||7419||8729||4881|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||8924||6562||9300||12105||6562|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||8924||6562||9300||12157||6562|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||9829||7167||11433||13452||7167|
Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100. Non refundable deposit on request.
End Cleaning: Monohulls - up to 38' €150, 39' - 45' €180, 46' - 49' €215, 50' and above €240.
Catamarans - up to 40' €235, 41' - 45' €255, 46' - 49' €280, 50' and above €310.
Starter pack and fees: €70
One way available on request
Prices may be subject to change.
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.