The “Spice Island” famous for its spices, rum, chocolate and friendly people. Grenada has something for everyone: uncrowded, unspoilt white sandy beaches, diving, snorkelling, hiking, waterfalls and vibrant local markets. Tours of the island can be arranged. The picturesque town of St George’s dates back to the 1600s and its steep winding streets offer a wealth of historical landmarks. A great base for Caribbean sailing.
This is the home Caribbean port for S/Y Katerina. Based in Port Louis Marina guests have access to the excellent facilities the marina has to offer, lounge by the pool, enjoy a relaxing drink or meal in The Victory Bar, sample sushi in Yolos, enjoy a pampering spa at Spice Island Salon or simply wander down to the small secluded beach and have a look at the super yachts. Port Louis is an excellent base for Caribbean sailing from which to explore Grenada.
The early settlers, the Amerindians, called the island Kayryouacou ‘land surrounded by reefs’. These reefs, full of tropical fish and coral, are rated amongst the best in the world and offer a memorable diving experience. A largely under-developed island Carriacou has a charm all of its own. People are friendly, the scenery dramatic and the beaches beautiful. Tyrell Bay offers a safe calm anchorage and is a port of entry for Grenada.
A short hop from Tyrell Bay is the very small uninhabited Sandy Island where pelicans can be seen showing off their high speed dives to catch fish. Snorkelling here is wonderful and it makes a great lunch time stop.
The smallest of the three inhabited islands making up the tripartite country of Grenada, Petit Martinique is infamous for its previous smuggling history. Many stories abound!
Travelling from Grenada, Union Island offers the first port of entry for St Vincent and the Grenadines and is situated a short sail north from Carriacou. Clifton is a vibrant town and offers a variety of bars and restaurants with a traditional Caribbean feel. In the colourful fruit and vegetable market the vendors boast that Union is the only island that grows all its own produce. Scaramouch, the sailing boat used by Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, anchors in Clifton Harbour and is a magnificent sight as it sets off under full sail.
A must whilst in Clifton is a visit to Happy Island. Jonty started to build Happy Island on the reef in 2002 using discarded conch shells. Today Happy Island is a unique bar offering the perfect setting to sip a rum punch and watch the sun set.
For a more secluded and relaxed anchorage, Chatham Bay which is best approached only by boat, offers excellent snorkelling. There are several opportunities for a beach BBQ provided by local vendors.
Petit St Vincent
This is a private island resort surrounded by turquoise waters. Guests are welcomed to the bar and restaurant. Adjacent to Petit St Vincent is the tiny desert island of Mopion which supports just one solitary beach umbrella.
Part of the Tobago Cays Marine Park, Mayreau offers two tranquil anchorages : Saltwhistle Bay and Saline Bay. both bays are bordered by long sandy deserted beaches. A hike up the hill into the village offers you amazing views and allows you to sample the laid back atmosphere of this island.
Marine Park and Wildlife Preserve
Often referred to as the Jewel of the Caribbean, Tobago Cays is acknowledged as one of the best anchorages in the world. The archipelago consists of five uninhabited islands set in a turquoise sea. Petit Tabac provided an iconic location for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and it easy to image Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley drinking rum whilst sitting on the white sands. Whilst here you can snorkel or dive across coral teeming with tropical fish, swim with turtles and sting rays or explore the islands and spot the numerous iguanas and tortoises. Beach BBQs, which can be arranged by request, are a popular feature with lobster being the favourite dish. However both fish and chicken are always on offer.
A beautiful, unspoilt and immaculately groomed island where the rich and famous (even the royals) choose to relax. Visit Basil’s Bar for a little people watching or indulge yourself with a meal at The Cotton House, rated one of the best restaurants in the world.
The ancient Arawaks named Bequia meaning ‘ island of the clouds’. Bequia is the last of of the islands in The Grenadines and is becoming very popular with much recent residential development. Admiralty Bay is a large, settled anchorage giving easy access to the bars, restaurants and markets of Port Elizabeth. A wander along the newly extended sea path will lead you to the long sweep of St Margaret’s Beach where you can soak up the sun or relax in the calm, warm sea.
For more information about Grenada check the Pure Grenada web site. This is full of useful information that will help you plan your Caribbean sailing holiday. There is loads to do in Grenada so remember to allow time for that island tour.
“From terrific sailing to beaches, bars, amazing sights and great people. This Caribbean sailing holiday had it all.”