Sailing Holidays in Grenadines
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.
Sailing in the Grenadines
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. Passages are more exposed than in the BVI, but islands are no more than three hours sail apart.
One-way charters between Grenada and St Vincent, Union Island or Carriacou can be arranged at extra cost.
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.
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. Experience level 2-3 depending on itinerary.
To ease you into your Grenadines 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. Fee for this service US$300.
SAIL & STAY IN GRENADA: Extend your sailing holiday with a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel in Grenada.
Yacht charter in Grenada
Start your yacht charter at True Blue Bay Marina on the southwest coast of Grenada. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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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.