The big island of St. Vincent has rugged mountainous terrain, lush forest and many uncluttered beaches and inlets that more than imitates an Amazon getaway. Yet the island is sufficiently small (133 sq. miles - 18 miles long and 11 miles wide) that there is never the dread of being lost to civilization with a good guide. Few things conjure up idyllic visions as clearly as the thought of a yachting trip. Isolated beaches, romantic moonlit evenings, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, walks, hikes, island explorations, and island night life are but a handful of the possibilities available when you choose a sailing holiday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This most fertile of Caribbean islands has been fed by volcanic ash as recently as April 1979 - and provides for its inhabitants enough fruit and vegetables to make them self-sufficient.
The Soufriere volcano which is to the north of the island is itself a wonderful attraction for the energetic and adventurous visitor. On the south west coast of the island is Kingstown the small bustling capital, built on a broad bay between two hilly promontories. From Kingstown, highways wind their way northward along both coasts: the Atlantic or Windward coast is rugged, with pounding surf and rocky shores, providing dramatic landscapes; the Caribbean or Leeward coast offers spectacular scenery and most of the island's beaches. The most beautiful beaches in St. Vincent lie along the south coast. Saint Vincent is the perfect place for a dreamlike sailing escape towards Caribbean islands. Whether you opt for a “bareboat” or fully chartered vacation, St. Vincent is undoubtedly the prime jump-off spot. Starting here puts you on the doorstep of the Grenadines without the 65-mile sail (including a 5-hour open-water passage) from St. Lucia, or the 6 to 7 hour sail (often against the wind) from Grenada.