Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Grenadines

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.

** NEW ** From 1st October 2014 you can 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. You can also plan a one way charter start from St Vincent to Grenada.

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. 

Sailing conditions

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.

Sailing area

From Grenada sail north into the Grenadines, visiting Carriacou, Union and the fabulous Tobago Cays, a stunning anchorage protected by the horseshoe reef. Linger a couple of nights at Tobago Cays, a stunning anchorage protected by the horseshoe reef. Union is full of local life and colour, while the smaller islands are just the way you imagine - untouched, uncrowded, with perfect white sandy beaches.

From St Vincent sail south to Mustique, where the jet set have their holiday homes. Visit the Tobago Cays and Bequia, one of the most sought after locations in the Grenadines.

One-way charters between St Vincent and Grenada can also be arranged.

Charter yachts

Start your charter at True Blue Bay on the south-west tip of Grenada, just minutes from the airport. Or start your charter from Blue Lagoon Marina on the southern coast of St Vincent.

To ease you into your Grenada sailing charter and maximise your time onboard, hire a check-out skipper for your first day's sail from Grenada to a mooring on the island of Carriacou. During the passage, the skipper familiarises you with your charter yacht and the sailing area. The skipper then disembarks in Carriacou, leaving you to enjoy sailing at your leisure through the Grenadines.

Travel arrangements

FLIGHTS TO GRENADA: Virgin Atlantic and Monarch operate direct flights from Gatwick to Grenada. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also have daily flights from Gatwick via Barbados. Transfer time to True Blue Bay Marina 10 minutes.

FLIGHTS TO ST VINCENT: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have daily flights from Gatwick to Barbados, with connecting flights to St Vincent. Transfer time to Blue Lagoon Marina 10 minutes.

DAY 1 : After a comprehensive chart and yacht briefing at the Horizon Yacht Charter 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.
DAY 2 :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.
DAY 3 : 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.
DAY 4 :& Sail downwind for an hour to Chatham Bay, Union Island. 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.
DAY 5 : 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.
DAY 6 :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.
DAY 7 : A short but exciting sail brings you back to Blue Lagoon Marina in time for a  noon finish.

DAY 1 : From base at True Blue Bay, make an early start for an exhilarating day sailing to Tyrrel Bay, on the island of Carriacou (30nm).  Anchor amongst the local fishing boats and dine ashore or BBQ the fish you caught on the passage from Grenada.
DAY 2 : 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 (10nm) and anchor behind the reef to the north east of the island. Dinghy ashore for an excellent meal at the exclusive hotel on PSV.
DAY 3 : 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 (12nm). 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.
DAY 4 : 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 (5nm) 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..
DAY 5 : 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 (15nm). 
DAY 6 : One last passage to Grenada and overnight at Prickly Bay (35nm), 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.
DAY 7 : A short leisurely sail brings you back around to True Blue Bay Marina (5nm) for a noon finish.

DAY 1 : After a comprehensive chart and yacht briefing at Blue Lagoon Marina on the south west coast of St. Vincent, set sail for a brief 2 hour voyage to Bequia. This island is one of the most laid back and attractive islands of the whole Caribbean – exactly what you need on the first day of your holiday. Bequia has been closely linked to seafaring for centuries, and old traditions continue. After picking up a mooring in Admiralty Bay you may want to stock up with some hard to find items at Doris Fresh Foods, before cocktails and dinner at one of the shore-side restaurants.
DAY 2 : A leisurely sail to Mustique, stopping for a swim and explore at Petit Nevis, a small palm covered island and the location of an old whaling station where the ruins can still be seen. At Mustique pick up a mooring before heading over to the World famous Basil’s Bar or catch a taxi up to the Firefly Restaurant for sundowners and dinner.
DAY 3 : Sail to 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.
DAY 4 : 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.
DAY 5 : Sail downwind for an hour to Chatham Bay, Union Island. 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, which in season will frequently end in dancing on the sand.
DAY 6 : Sail from Chatham to Clifton Harbour, clear out of the Grenadines then sail on to Petit St Vincent for the night. Anchor off PSV Resort, 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.
DAY 7 : A downwind 2 hour sail to Sandy Island, Carriacou: a quarter mile strip of perfect sand topped with a few palm trees. Snorkel and walk the beach before lunch, then head the short distance around to Tyrrel Bay to clear in at the boat yard facility. Tyrrel Bay is an interesting community of locals and cruisers and the shore is lined with restaurants and rum shops. You’ll often catch some live music at the local jump up.  It’s worth spending time to explore Carriacou, another incredibly laid back island of 1 gas station and 200 rum shops!
DAY 8 : Exhilarating downwind sail to St George’s on Grenada passing the isolated islands of Kick ‘em Jenny and Isle De Ronde, where a stop for a swim is possible if conditions permit. On arrival at St George’s anchor off Ross Point or for luxury book a slip at the new Port Louis Marina. Dine at the marina’s own restaurant or for some very authentic local cuisine go to BB’s Crab Back on the Carenage.
DAY 9 : No visit to Grenada would be complete without an island tour. The “Isle of Spice” is one of the most spectacularly beautiful islands of the Caribbean with lush rain forest, waterfalls, old plantations and spectacular beaches. There are many hiking trails around the island – from easy half hour hikes to a waterfall to arduous all day hikes to the island’s highest point Mt St Catherine. The town of St George’s is regarded as the most picturesque capital in the Caribbean.
DAY 10 : A last short sail across the flat waters of Grand Anse Bay and around the South West tip of Grenada to the charter base at True Blue Bay. True Blue Resort is just a few minutes ride from the airport and is a great place to base yourselves if you plan to be on island and explore for a few more days.

Sail and stay - add an hotelSAIL & STAY IN GRENADA: Extend your sailing holiday with a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel in Grenada.

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10 for 7 in Grenada

10 for 7 in Grenada

SUMMER SPECIAL: Charter any yacht or catamaran from Grenada between 10 Jul & 31 Oct and get 10 days for the price of 7. That's 30% OFF!

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Low Season Specials in Grenada

Low Season Specials in Grenada

Charter these yachts between 10 Jul & 31 Oct with UP TO 40% OFF
Bavaria cruiser 45 (2011) 1week £1732, 10nights £2145, 2week £3003
Oceanis 51.5 (2006) 1week £2140, 10nights £2650, 2week £3425
+ FREE snorkeling rental for a week!

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One way sailing in the Grenadines

One way sailing in the Grenadines

With the new base opening in St Vincent in October 2014, you can now plan a fabulous one-way sailing trip to Grenada this winter and explore more this idyllic Caribbean island chain.

CATCH THE CARIBBEAN BREEZE

Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO GRENADA: Virgin Atlantic and Monarch operate direct flights from Gatwick to Grenada. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also have daily flights from Gatwick via Barbados. Transfer time to True Blue Bay Marina 10 minutes.

FLIGHTS TO ST VINCENT: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have daily flights from Gatwick to Barbados, with connecting flights to St Vincent. Transfer time to Blue Lagoon Marina 10 minutes.

 



Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. Experience Level 1 are suitable for less experienced crews and Experience Level 3 are more suited for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Antigua, St Martin, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St Vincent, Belize

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Cuba. One way itineraries, eg Antigua to St Martin, St Lucia to Grenadines

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO GRENADA: Virgin Atlantic and Monarch operate direct flights from Gatwick to Grenada. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also have daily flights from Gatwick via Barbados. Transfer time to True Blue Bay Marina 10 minutes.

FLIGHTS TO ST VINCENT: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have daily flights from Gatwick to Barbados, with connecting flights to St Vincent. Transfer time to Blue Lagoon Marina 10 minutes.

 



The Tobago Cays is an idyllic yachting anchorage, a dream for snorkellers, a paradise for beachcombers and a film location for Pirates of the Caribbean. The anchorage behind a cluster of five uninhabited cays, is protected from the Atlantic swell by Horse Shoe Reef, an excellent coral reef with an abundance of colourful corals and tropical fish.

Rub shoulders with the rich and famous on Mustique, a Caribbean island that blends elegance and luxury with natural white sands, palm trees and turquoise seas. Famous for its celebrity guests including pop stars and royalty. Pick up a mooring in Britannia Bay, dine at the Cotton House, sip cocktails at the lively Basil’s Bar or relax on the lovely Macaroni beach. 

Grenada is called "the Spice Island" because there are more spices per square mile here than anywhere else in the world. Grenada produces a third of the world's nutmeg and other spices grown included cloves, cinnamon, mace, ginger, turmeric and vanilla. Taste the flavours in the local cuisine and smell the perfume all over the island. You can visit the nutmeg plantations at Gouyave.

"Service from Nautilus Yachting was very satisfactory. Excellent on all counts."
Antigua 2014 - T.C.

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