Grenada and Grenadines
Grenada - True Blue Bay Resort &
Grenada is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled
of the Caribbean islands. Bordered by stunning and waterfalls, lush rain
forests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes
The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the most picturesque city in the
Caribbean. Its horseshoe shaped harbour is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of
dockside warehouses and the red tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.
Cruising the Grenadines under sail for 10 days
Getting to Grenada is a great deal easier than most Caribbean Islands. Point Salines airport on the southwestern tip of the island handles the largest jets, and whether flying from the States or Europe, you can book direct flights or at worst, a one-connection journey. True Blue Bay Resort and Marina, just a ten-minute taxi ride from the airport.The following itinerary suggests some of the islands and anchorages you might expect to visit during a 10 day cruise, but can easily be modified to suit a 7 or 14 day vacation.
Day 1 After a comprehensive boat and chart briefing, set sail for Hog island or the quaint capital of Grenada, St .Georges. Take a walk along the Carenage, itself an ancient volcanic crater. Complete your provisioning, pick up some gifts, and later enjoy waterfront dining at one of the restaurants.
Day 2 Make an early start for an exhilarating day sailing to Tyrrel Bay , on the island of Carriacou, a volcanic peak created 26 to 36 million years ago. Enjoy cruising 20 miles up the leeward west shore of Grenada, accompanied by the nutmeg-scented tradewinds. A brisk 10 mile reach from the north-west shore of Grenada past Diamond rock, and Ille de Ronde, to Carriacou makes the first drink at one of the local rum shops taste even better! Anchor amongst the local fishing boats and trading schooners that still ply their trade under sail today. Enjoy a stroll and a swim off the beach. Dine ashore or BBQ the fish you caught on the passage from Grenada.
Day 3 Take a swim at Sandy Island, a flawless sandy spit with no more than half a dozen palm trees. Watch the pelicans performing aquabatics around your yacht as you enjoy breakfast. Snorkel the reef, 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, or anchor between PSV and Petite Martinique for the night. Dinghy ashore for an excellent meal at the exclusive hotel on PSV.
Day 4 The dramatic peaks of Union Island, the Caribbean equivalent of Chamonix, are a short down-wind sail away. Enter Clifton Harbour, protected by the extensive Thompson reef and complete check-in formalities for St. Vincent territory.
A stone's throw away lies Palm Island, where the golden sands of Casuarinas beach will lure you into the turquoise waters once more. 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, nestles a fine resort where you can enjoy dinner Flintstone-style on rock tables.
Day 5 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. Horseshoe reef offers limitless snorkeling and some fine drift dives. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours surrounding you. Dine aboard under the stars, safe in the knowledge that you are in one of the most spectacular anchorages on earth.
Day 6 Set sail for chic Mustique, navigate clear of Montezumas shoal, and moor in Britannia bay. Tour by foot, taxi, or horseback past the homes of the rich and famous. Take a swim off the secluded beaches of Macaroni or Sandy Bay. Step back a century when taking afternoon tea at the Cotton house . Keep an eye out for celebrity residents – Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Princess Margaret all have homes here! Sail over to the southwestern tip of Bequia, past Petit Nevis and carve to windward in the flat waters of Admiralty Bay. Soak up the friendly, bustling atmosphere ashore, with an excellent meal at one of the many restaurants.
Day 7 An early morning trip ashore to replenish provisions at the local market and with the roadside vendors . Snorkel the reef off Princess Margaret's beach or dive the wall at Devil's Table or the deep waters of Moon Hole. Heading South again, set your course for the west side of Union Island. Chatham Bay is your destination, a beautiful deserted bay surrounded by hills. Watch the local fisherman purse-seining whilst you light the BBQ for some of their catch.
Day 8 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. Maybe this time you'd like to try some local oysters offered by one of the fisherman in the bay!
Day 9 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, or choose from many other restaurants ashore. At weekends, dance the night away to the local sounds of the steel pan band at the Boatyard.
Day 10 A short leisurely sail brings you back around to True Blue Bay Marina for a noon finish.
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