Suggested One Week Charter Itinerary for the Grenadines
Set out below is a sample itinerary for a week's charter aboard Jambalaya to sail and explore the Grenadines, from St. Vincent to Union Island.
There are literally hundreds of anchorages in the Grenadines so limitless variations on this sample itinerary are possible. It also shows some of the activities that can be arranged during your sailing vacation.
You can also start your yacht charter in St Lucia, Grenada or anywhere in the Grenadines and finish at the island of your choice.
But remember: it is entirely up to you!
"An unforgettable time on Jambalaya sailing from Carriacou to the Tobago Cays. We were shown exciting spots like the island Baradel where we went snorkelling to see big turtles."
Arrive St Vincent (SVD Airport) where you will be met by Peter and Sylvie. After welcoming drinks and a leisurely lunch under the awning, discuss the coming week and help plot your course over a couple of charts. Then set sail for Bequia—an easy hour and a half's run—arriving in time for a quick swim before the sun dips below the sea and cocktails are served. Dine aboard, under the stars and maybe go dancing and hear the steel band play at The Frangipani.
The magic of Bequia, with its seafaring heritage and rich tradition in boat building and fishing, will capture your spirit. Swim and breakfast anchored off the pristine beach of Princess Margaret's Bay. Visit the Turtle Sanctuary, enjoy views of the harbour as you explore boutiques and markets along the waterfront, scuba dive, snorkel, or laze on one of the fabulous beaches. At dinnertime plan on a traditional local dinner at Fernando’s Hideaway, a must for every visit to Bequia!
Then time to visit the world-renown celebrity island, Mustique . A two-hour sail to this famously idyllic island with magnificent beaches and snorkeling. Rent a 'Mule' to zoom around and laze under a coconut-palm hut at Macaroni Bay. They keep beautiful horses here for a canter along the beach in the cool of early evening. Sundowners? At Basils, Firefly, Cotton House followed by dinner onboard Jambalaya.
After breakfast sail to the Tobago Cays, the jewel of the Grenadines! A two to three hour off-wind ride passing Canouan along the way. Tobago Cays is a group of uninhabited islets, which are now a national park. Experience an absolutely unforgettable afternoon of swimming and snorkeling in the warm, crystal-clear waters, and a dinghy expedition to Jamesby, relaxing on the pristine white sand beach. For Dinner? Lobster BBQ on the Beach.
A relaxed morning in the Tobago Cays. Swim with turtles off Baradel, snorkel over amazing coral on the south side of Petit Bateau, where the big fish hang out, or dinghy out to the lagoon with shallow turquoise waters. In the afternoon, sail to Mayreau where gleaming beaches line both sides of the island. Challenge yourself to a steep hike through the village for a panoramnic view of the Tobago Cays, Canouan and Union Island. In the evening, it's sundowners on the yacht followed by dinner under the stars.
Time for a visit to Petit St. Vincent (PSV). An hour's sail, stopping at miniature Mopion Island along the way for beachcombing and a refreshing dip and then on to PSV. A quiet afternoon wandering along the shore and snoozing in the hammock. Sundowners at the hotel's lush garden bar or on board Jambalaya, followed by dinner.
Set sail to Union Island, passing close to the beautiful Palm Island. Dinghy ashore to explore the pretty little town of Clifton with its colorful market stalls. Union Island, with it's volcanic silhouette, is sometimes called the "Tahiti of the West Indies". After a refreshing shower, dinghy over to Happy Island—entirely made of conch shells—for sundowners. Back to the yacht for a Creole dinner, one of Sylvie's specialties!
Enjoy a tropical breakfast and perhaps a short visit to the town before catching your flight. Bon voyage!
"The week has been amazing and your hospitality superb. Peter your captainancy was excellent and calmness exemplary. Sylvie, your food was the best ever. Thank you for sharing the Caribbean community with us. A trip we will never forget!"
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