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Grenadines Islands  
Bases for Grenadines Islands
Grenada
Le Marin
 
Boats for Grenadines Islands
Asteria (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Kristina (Catamaran - Max 12 P.)
Legend (Catamaran - Max 12 P.)
Megaira (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
 
Grenadines Islands - Destinations
Bequia
Carriacou
mayreau
Mustique
PSV
St. Vincent
Tobago Cays
Tortola
Union Island
 
 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Grenadine Islandsare located in the south Eastern Caribbean about 90 miles west of Barbados - the likely place that you would disembark then continue your flight to St. Vincent. The islands lie between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and are located north of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago and south of St. Vincent. The islands and cays offer a traveller white sand beaches edged with deep blue waters lined with palm trees. Many of these islands are "Gilligans Islands" - remote little or no population with a unique Caribbean flavour. The Grenadines are a favourite with sealers who can sail right up to a small island and explore the area (note sailors and boaters must first visit a customs office before anchoring). The Grenadines seem to be well known to wintering yachters, beach loving aristocrats and rock stars, but remains off the beaten path for most other visitors. The remainder are bird sanctuaries and havens for hikers and snorkelers. All are volcanic in origin, deeply embayed with inlets where clear aquamarine waters shallow up on fine white sand beaches. The larger islands include Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Palm, Petit St. Vincent, Mayreau and Union.

Grenadine IslandsThere are some uninhabited islets and rocks including the famous Tobago Cays. All the Grenandines have lovely soft white coral sand beaches and clear water, ideal for snorkelling, diving and sailing. Although a visit to these islands may at times seem like a step into the past, there is a measure of one's pleasure that has little to do with clocks. Where warm breezes blow. 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. Visit ten islands, or anchor by one; sit back and relax or take to the helm - the choice is always yours. Turquoise waters, powder-white beaches, and secluded island adventures are all guaranteed components of the perfect sailing holiday taking you through this majestic volcanic world. Discover a beautiful getaway; a hideaway that is not as commercial as most others, but offers the visitor an uncommon vacation with plenty of variety. This is the land - St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


Bequia
Bequia Bequiais an island for the connoisseur. Very few Caribbean islands offer such a tranquil and beautiful location for an escapist's dream sailing vacation. The island is just 7 miles long. Bequia is the ideal destination for a dream like sailing holiday escape offering a paradise complete with quiet lagoons, beautiful reefs and long stretches of near-deserted beaches. Small, beautifully lush, and the quiet side, Bequia has its own unique culture. The atmosphere is very West Indian and the inhabitants who enjoy a comfortable standard of living, are usually friendly and polite. Sunsets are really breathtaking and that usually signals the locals, fishermen, yachtsmen and tourists to the friendly bars. Once or twice a week there might be a "jump-up" - where admission is free at clubs and locals with tourist intermingle for a good time of dance and festivity. The food is exceptionally good and healthy - lobster, chicken and fish steaks, tropical fruits, fried plantains, coconut and guava pudding fresh each day. Bequia is definitely worth to a visit during your Caribbean islands sailing cruise a great Caribbean getaway vacation from all days life.

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Carriacou
Carriacou Carriacouis the most southerly of the Grenadines, situated 20 miles north of Grenada, latitude 12,5 degrees. It has an area of 13 square miles and is the largest of the chain of islands between Grenada and St. Vincent. Don't forget to visit the renowned Sandy Island just east of Carriacou (right in front of our hotel). This tiny island serves as the symbol of the ideal sailing and not sailing tourism destination - pure white sand embraced by turquoise blue waters (the Caribbean dream) While in Carriacou whether your choose to explore, snorkel, swim, dive or simply stroll, you will experience the special lure of this gem and its islets. Come enjoy, retuning again and again to bask in what one might refer to as the 'paradise for water lovers', and escape from the routine of daily living, and when you leave take only good memories, leave nothing but footprints.

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mayreau
Mayreau Mayreau islandlies west of the Tobago Cays. It is the smallest (1 1/2 square miles) of the inhabited Grenadine islands, with a population of two hundred and fifty-four people. Mayreau is accessible only by boat. The island is rimmed by magnificent sweeping white sandy beaches perfect for sailing and snorkelling. Hike along the trail from Salt Whistle Bay up to the quaint little village, with friendly bars, local restaurants, and a lovely Catholic church which offers a panoramic view of the Tobago Cays. From Saline Bay a road also leads to the village or across the southern part of the island to the salt pond where you can collect rock salt in the dry season, or continue on to explore the pristine beaches. The climate in the Southern Grenadines is hot and dry. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures are 30 and 24 degrees Celsius (86 and 75 Fahrenheit) respectively. Rainfall is only 100 mm (4 inches) per year concentrated in the periods May - June and October - November. Sea surface temperature varies between a low of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in February/March to a high of 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) in September/October.

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Mustique
Mustique Mustiqueis a private island owned by shareholders of The Mustique Company representing seventeen countries. A controlled development plan dictates that the island currently has one hundred private residences. Seventy-two villas comprise the Villa Collection and are available for weekly rental through Mustique Villa Rentals. It is the island's constant warm climate, private and unspoilt island lifestyle that attracts sophisticated international guests, many who eventually become owners.

MustiqueMustique is such a peaceful island that even during peak season, there is little traffic, congestion or noise. Many of the roads are not paved and there is minimal signage, thus there is a very non-commercial feeling to the island. All of the power and telephone lines are underground. You may find yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches and even renowned spots such as lovely Macaroni Beach remain tranquil and uncrowded. English is the common language but due to an international scope of owners and guests, languages such as French, Italian, German and Dutch are often spoken. The island, 3 miles long and 1,5 miles wide at its widest point, is hilly, with a large plain in the north and is essentially composed of seven valleys each with a white sand beach and wooded hills that rise to a height of 495 feet. Mustique is a pefect destination for an enchanting Caribbean escape.

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PSV
Petit St. Vincent, or PSV, Petit Saint Vincent as it is often called, is one of the world's most enchanting hideaways, and one of the favourite Caribbean sailing escape. Over its varied terrain (113-acres) twenty-two private cottages are scattered some on hillsides, some set into the sides of cliffs, some right on the beach - all absolutely heavenly. For most people the appeal of PSV is what it "does not have"- no telephones or television, no air-conditioning, no casinos or cabarets. Not even room keys. When you want nothing so much as to be alone, you simply send up the red flag on the bamboo pole outside your cottage and you are instantly furnished with that most valuable of commodities exclusive privacy. On the other hand, hoist a yellow flag and the staff are at your service, whether it's a picnic lunch served on the beach, or a night cap in your villa. There is plenty to keep the active people busy, and hammocks have been strategically placed all along the beaches for those who just want to unwind and relax. In the interest of guests' sought after privacy, access by non-guests is limited to the main building which houses the bar, restaurant and boutique. Dinner is by reservation only.

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St. Vincent
The big island of St. Vincent Saint Vincenthas 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.

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Tobago Cays
The Tobago Cays Tobago Caysare recognized as the "jewel in the crown" for marine tourism in the Southern Grenadines. It is one of the best known and most popular tourist destinations in the region. The Tobago Cays are located in the Grenadines chain of islands, in the southernmost waters of the state of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Four of the Cays - Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Jamesby and Baradal - enclosed within the aptly-named Horseshoe Reef, while the fifth Cays - Petit Tabac - lies just to the east of the main group. Surrounding the islands are series of other reefs and shallows, including Egg Reef and World's End Reef on the eastern side, and Mayreau Gardens to the west.

Tobago CaysHistorically, the Cays also supported a small local fishing industry, giving an important local source of income and employment. Overuse from both tourism and fishing has damaged the valuable resources. To sustain livelihoods and other opportunities for future generations, the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Cays and Mayreau must be protected and preserved. The Cays have been declared a wildlife reserve by the government and all visitors are urged to preserve and protect this unique natural resource. Towards these aims, the Government of St.Vincent & the Grenadines established the Tobago Cays as a marine park to protect, conserve and improve the natural resources of the Tobago Cays. No fishing, jet skis, or anchoring of dinghies allowed.

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Tortola
On the ivory sand Tortolaof Josiah's Bay, the Caribbean Sea surges and retreats to the calypso rhythm, the rolling waves betraying a therapeutic silence. Like a colossal volcanic periscope, the island of Tortola emerges from the incandescent sea, its forested peaks gazing upon the primitive archipelago that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". Settled by the Spanish after Columbus' second expedition of 1493, the Virgin Islands soon became a battleground for pirates of the Renaissance - the small scattered islands

Tortolaproving ideal for the concealment of plundered treasures. Today the BVI has become an exploratory playground for the adventurer or holiday-maker seeking respite from the commercialism of the Carib's 'down islands'. With its abundance of marinas and watersports facilities, the BVI is well-equipped to support the growing interest in boating vacations. Like Sir Francis Drake and the infamous Blackbeard before them, today's visitors set sail from Tortola's Road Town in search of the island treasures that locals call 'Nature's Little Secrets'. While Tortola is the industrial and communications hub of the BVI, it is much more than a convenient launching point.

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Union Island
Union Island Union Islandis located midway between Grenada and St. Vincent and is equidistant from Barbados, Trinidad and Martinique. Union Island has an impressive cultural background and the islanders celebrate a surprising amount of festivals throughout the year. The Roots Connection Culture Club is a newly formed cultural group on the island whose aim is to preserve the island's cultural heritage by practicing and developing their cultural art forms of drumming, dancing, singing, story telling and poetry. The annual Union Island Maroon Festival is one of the most important cultural events on the island. It is held every year in the month of May, three days before or after the full moon. This festival marks the start of the planting season, and contrary to popular belief, it is not a festival held to herald in the rains.

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