Jewels of the Caribbean ..... The Grenadines
THE GRENADINES..... the 32 enchanting islands of this unique Caribbean archipelago are like gems on a chain that dangle between St. Vincent and Grenada with the Tobago Cays being the centerpiece sparkling like a small cluster of diamonds.
Sail through aquamarine waters on gentle trade winds from one of these treasures to the next. Drop anchor and dive in. These tranquil waters could not be more inviting.
Explore the tropical islands. Stroll the palm-fringed beaches and sink your toes in the powder white sand. Paradise awaits.
BEQUIA - the Carib Indian term meaning "Island in the Clouds", is the largest and northern most island in the Grenadines. It has retained its age-old traditions in boat building, whaling and fishing. This picturesque "big little island" with its seafaring history has long been a favorite anchoring spot and watering hole for pirates of the past as well as yachtsmen of today. Here you can enjoy one of the many secluded coves with golden beaches and tranquil waters .... Or if you need a night out on the town Bequia is the place. There is live music somewhere every night of the week - from steel bands, soca and West Indian folk to country-n-western and rythm-n-blues. Cheers and welcome to paradise.
MUSTIQUE - this privately owned, well manicured gem of an island with its grand villas and astonishing views has long been a hideaway for British Royals and international celebrities. Mustique is "unquestionably one of the most exclusive islands of the world". Stroll on one of the equistite palm-lined beaches or share a cocktail at world renowned Basil's Bar with such sophisticated beachcombers as Raquel Welch and Shawn Connery or rockers David Bowie and Mick Jagger. At Basil's you never know with whom you'll be sharing your next "sundowner".
CANOUAN - nestled in the midst of the Grenadines, this three square mile crescent- shaped island holds claim to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean..... long ribbons of powder-white sands, wide tranquil shallows and an amazing protective barrier reef.
TOBAGO CAYS - the Diamonds of the Caribbean, are a cluster of five uninhabited islands collectively sheltered from the open ocean by the appropriately named Horseshoe Reef. With their powdery, white sand beaches, coconut palms, rocky outcrops and green-topped hills, these cays are considered to be the most scenic anchorage in the Caribbean. Without a doubt by virtue of its crystal clear, shallow water, abundant marine life and flourishing corals it is a superb location for snorkeling and diving. There truly remain few places on Earth today that can match the unblemished natural beauty and tranquility of the Tobago cays. The shallow water of the lagoon sorrounding the cays inspires an ever-changing kaleidoscope of blues, greens and seemingly limitless shades of aquamarine, creating a picture perfect backdrop for the islands ...... and for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Come and discover a true treasure.
MAYREAU - at just one and a quarter square mile, it is the smallest inhabitat isle in the Grenadines with just over 250 residents. It boasts the world famous Salt Whistle Bay where yachtsmen from around the globe seek anchorage just off the sweeping half-moon beach. It is well worth a short hike up the hill to the lovely, old stone church offering unforgettable panoramic views of the Grenadines and the breathtaking Tobago Cays. Don't forget your camera !
UNION ISLAND - boasting the highest point in the Grenadines, has a dramatic and impressive profile of ridges and peaks.....the Caribbean's own little Tahiti. This mountainous island is fringed by superb beaches, lagoons and reefs for you to enjoy. And since the main airport serving the Grenadines is located here, Union Island has become a great pick up / drop off point. As such this now popular yachting centre often has quite a bustling atmosphere. Shop, dine or simply "lime" at one of the many watering holes.
PETIT ST. VINCENT - or PSV , as it is often called, is one of the worlds most enchanting, intimate private resort hideaways - no telephones or televisions, no casinos or cabarets but you are welcome to come ashore for a drink and stroll the beatifull beaches that almost totally surround the island . The beauty of this anchorage continues to attract yachtsmen from all over the world.
CARRIACOU - is "an island with over a hundred rum shops and only one gasoline station". Perhaps this is why their people "number among the friendliest in the Caribbean". But if you'd rather "lime" than "jump up" you can always find your own pace in Carriacou. Put on your hiking boots and explore the many trails crisscrossing the island without losing sight of the sea. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views. Stroll the lovely beaches, dive in the crystal clear waters or explore a few of Carriacou's tiny islets.
GRENADA - is a beautiful, mountainous, volcanic island covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches and dotted with picturesque towns, this lush tropical island has long been the source of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. The seductive sweet scents drift through the colorful Saturday markets and tropical rainforests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls to refresh your senses.
The capital, St. Georges, is the loveliest in the Caribbean. Visit its century-old spice plantations and rum distilleries or take part in one of the many local festivities. It is definately worth a day of exploration.
ISLE DE RONDE - our favorite little secret, was once called home by cotton farming slaves. Remains of their dwellings exist to this day. It is a lovely little place to explore.... enjoy lunch in this peacefull anchorage or snorkel in the moonshine clear waters ..... And make sure to keep a lookout for lobsters that are abundant in these inviting waters.
For more information on Grenada, Carriacou, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines go to : www.grenadaexplorer.com & www.discoversvg.com