St Vincent and the Grenadines are a spectacular chain of islands stretching from St Vincent in the north to the 'Spice Isle' of Grenada in the south. These beautiful islands have pristine white sand beaches, soaring palm trees, clear aquamarine waters and stunning bays and anchorages along some of the best unspoiled coastline in the Caribbean.
A few of the islands are inhabited, but many are bird and nature sanctuaries and environmental sites. One-way yacht charters can either start or end in St Vincent or Grenada and take in the sights and natural beauty of the other islands that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Exploring the Grenadines Archipelago
There are numerous islands in this archipelago and the main ones to visit during a luxury yacht charter are Young Island (Grenadines), Bequia, Moonhole Rock, Petite Nevis, Quatre, Bettowia, Baliceaux, Mustique and Petite Mustique, Savan, Petite Canouan and Canouan, the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union Island, Petit Saint Vincent, Palm Island and Morpion Island.
Whether you're looking for an adventurous Caribbean sailing vacation or a luxury crewed yacht so you can relax and soak up the laidback ‘Island Time’, cruising the Grenadines will surpass all your expectations.
The largest island in the St Vincent and the Grenadines chain is St Vincent, a lush island with volcanic slopes and black sand beaches. The busy capital of the island is Kingstown, which embodies a mix of colonial heritage with the vibe of a Caribbean market town.
Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) is a relaxed island with less tourism than other Caribbean charter destinations. Anchor in Admiralty Bay - one of the Caribbean's most protected natural harbours - before strolling along the coastal path, the Belmont Walkway, past the restaurants and bars. Industry Bay, Friendship Bay or Lower Bay are great for discovering truly stunning beaches.
White sandy beaches on the beautiful island of Bequia
The exclusive island of Mustique offers luxury, sophistication and privacy, with visitors including royalty and famous stars. Anchoring in Britannia Bay, don't miss venturing ashore for a quick island tour and a visit to the fruit stalls, Basil's Bar or one of the idyllic beaches such as Pasture Bay Beach or Macaroni Beach. The private villas and boutique Cotton House Hotel on land are a magnificent luxury escape, perfect in combination with a Caribbean honeymoon yacht charter.
Canouan Island is a place of natural beauty, local charm and luxury. Until a few years ago, Canouan was one of the less developed islands of the Grenadine chain but now features high end accommodation, a golf course with picturesque tee-off viewpoints and the newly developed yachting hub of Glossy Bay Marina.
The Tobago Cays, Mayreau & Union Island
Protected by Horseshoe Reef, the Tobago Cays consist of five small islands and extensive coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and water sports. Chartering a yacht gives you the utmost flexibility to enjoy the Marine Park and marvel at the sea life and beautiful coral formations, green turtles, fish and rays. Take the tender to shore for an island BBQ on Baradel Cay and follow the trail to sign the Pirates Log Book.
The sleepy island of Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island in the St Vincent and Grenadines chain. With just 300 residents it’s a relaxed place to visit while on a yacht charter, with traditional charm and no major developments ensuring the natural beauty of the island remains unspoilt.
Located southwest of Barbados, Union Island is a popular anchorage for Grenadines yacht charters. Ashore, there is an interesting main town called Clifton with pleasant boutiques, restaurants and bars in bright Caribbean colours and it is a top destination for scuba diving and kitesurfing lessons.
Petit St Vincent
Petit St Vincent is another popular stop off for luxury yachts seeking a relaxed Caribbean experience off the beaten track. With just 115-acres, the island is home to a private resort that has been recognized as one of the Top Resorts in The Caribbean: Readers' Choice Awards 2016, with huge appeal for yacht charter guests looking for a total escape - the resort is also free from modern conveniences such as Wifi and telephones. On shore you'll find a magnificent beach, Hillside Spa and open-air yoga pavillons as well as superb restaurants. Afterwards, you can return to your private yacht to sunbathe onboard before a sunset dinner of grilled lobster on the top deck.
The island paradise of Petit St Vincent
Carriacou & Grenada
When booking a boat rental in the Grenadines, make sure you include Carriacou and Grenada in your charter itinerary. With rich customs influenced by African and European heritage, Carriacou is a fantastic destination abuzz with traditional festivals and offers excellent snorkeling with shallow waters and amazing coral reefs.
Mountainous Grenada is dotted with natural wildlife sanctuaries, tropical rainforest, white and black sand beaches and pretty waterfalls. When you stop at Port Louis Marina (which has berths for up to 300 yachts) you can wander around the island's charming capital of St George's or dive or snorkel the coral reefs at Sandy Island.
For shore excursions, head to the refreshing cascades of Annandale Falls or tour the Dougladston Estate, a historic spice estate that still grows and processes island essentials of tonka, bay leaves, cocoa, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and cloves.
If you're considering a yacht charter in the Grenadines, 212 Yachts will be happy to propose a sailing itinerary or a crewed motor boat vacation that includes St Vincent and the Grenadines or other beautiful island destinations such as Martinique, St Lucia and Barbados.