Originally Posted by night0wl
Just remember, most of the year, the wind in the Carib is honking with limited # of anchorages available. Better like mooring fields and/or marinas!
It was not our impression that there were a limited number of anchorages in most of the Eastern Caribbean. Since the winds are so consistent there are lots of spots on the leeward sides of the islands. The obvious exception is the BVI which is a victim of its own success. It is pretty crowded and moorings now fill some (many) of the best anchorages. In some places like parts of the USVI, moorings have been installed to protect the coral. These are relatively inexpensive compared to BVI which are really expensive. When we go through the Eastern Caribbean next year we are just going to skip the BVI. There are not a huge number of marinas considering how many boats there are. You rarely see 'ordinary' sailboats in marinas. We never spent a night in a marina anywhere in the Caribbean.
The OP is from Britain. He is likely used to honking winds ... and they won't be warm like in the Caribbean. You can pick your windows and rarely have more than 25 knots and you will be reaching. Generally great sailing, although Bequia to St Vincent (8 miles) was quite miserable.
Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Relatively few stops along the way from Grenada. Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin (must have something to do with the French food), then Bermuda, New England and up the Hudson/Erie Canal. We were going to go via Newfoundland and Labrador but June remembered that one of the kids is getting married this summer - details, details!