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|02-09-2008 10:22 PM|
To all that have replied - Bluewater MD, Chuteman, Hphoen, Cam, Brak, Billyruffn, E38, and Chrondi:
I want to thank you all for alleviating concerns about my trip and providing some excellent recommendations as far as what to see, provision, and visit during my upcoming charter to the Grenadines! The quality of postings by all of you on this forum is first rate – I hope to run into some of you one day – maybe while out sailing! Appreciate you all taking the time to help out!
|02-08-2008 11:26 PM|
The Tobago Keys are great. Absolutely beautiful islands and beaches. No shops or anything, with the exception of a few locals selling wood carvings and fresh lobster.
Bequia is without a doubt my favorite island out of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The people are wonderful, there are great little restaurants, and secluded beaches. I have spent many days in Bequia, and might recommend staying a couple of days... or at least a day at the beginning and another day at the end of your trip.
Regardless of where you decide to go, I am sure you will have a great time. The Grenadines are a very special place!
|02-07-2008 11:04 PM|
Been doing a bunch of searching & reading as I prepare for charter in the Grenadines.
You may enjoy a preview ...............get comfortable and scroll up when it pops
St. Vincent Provisioning Summary:
|02-07-2008 06:10 PM|
The story is...
You walk in to Basil's bar. You ask, "Has Mick been here lately?" The answer, "Oh, yeah! He was here last night and did a set for us."
Doesn't matter when you ask...
|02-07-2008 05:18 PM|
|camaraderie||OK...so Canouan needs to drop in favor of either PSV or Brittania Bay...I vote for Mustique and a chance to hang with he Mickster!|
|02-07-2008 05:03 PM|
Cam's proposed itenerary is an excellent suggestion, but I wonder about Canouan.
We've been there three times (twice to pick up and deposit guests), and didn't find much of interest compared to the other islands. I mean, it's a pretty island, as they go in the Grenadines, and we had a nice walk around, but really didn't find much else to do. And the swell was so bad in Charlestown Bay that we opted to head for Mayreau rather than spend the night there--we definitely wouldn't have been able to sleep, we were rolling so badly.
South Glossy Bay is pretty nice, but I'd be willing to bet you a Carib that the little French hotel/restaurant/bar there is out of business by now. They were barely hanging in there when we were there two years ago. The bartender told me that the Canouan government had agreed to limit hotel room availability on the island to promote the Raffles development on the northern end. The locals were incensed about it.
Here's Chris Doyle's summary of Canouan: http://www.doyleguides.com/canouan2.htm
Visiting Mustique is an "experience", and well worth it to some. My wife, Lynne and her visiting friend, enjoyed seeing it. I went along to carry the credit cards. But you should know that, last time I checked, they were charging $25 US per night for moorings, with a three night minimum, i.e., $75 US. We visited Mustique on a day sail on the Caribbean schooner, The Friendship Rose. She leaves Admiralty Harbour on Bequia in the morning, and you're back by 4:30 pm or so. They do a fantastic job of wining and dining their guests while on board, and you get to see a genuine piece of Bequia's sailing history up close.
|02-07-2008 03:19 PM|
Thanks for the tips -- from what I read I do want to get to Britannia Bay, Mustique. Hadn't read about Basils bar but will make that at plan. We typically eat out one night during the week. Was this your favorite restaurant?
|02-07-2008 03:17 PM|
I like your suggestions - on the provisioning, the last time we went through Tortolla we had Sunsail provision and were pleased. Is there a reason you didn't provision - and did the store work out OK?
Appreciate your link. Have picked up the first book you mentioned - has some useful info.
|02-06-2008 01:57 PM|
Cam's 7 day schedule makes much sense. My only alternative proposal would be to skip Petit St. Vincent (Mopion island is too small to be of any interest either) and add Britannia Bay, Mustique, just for the fun of having dinner (and dance!) at Basil's bar. The restaurant of the luxury hotel at Petit St. Vincent is quite expensive by any rate, while the ambiance at Basil's bar (and residences + Cotton Club hotel on Mustique island BTW) is just exceptional.
|02-06-2008 12:19 PM|
We chartered for 7 days out of St.Vincent in 2006. It is a great place to sail. Some big ocean swells in the short passages between some of the islands and there is often a good breeze on. I recommend staying flexible and not trying to get to too many places. Cam's proposed itinerary looks good to me. Here is what we did:
Day 0: Arrive St. Vincent and overnight on the boat.
Day 1: Check-out and provision and sail to Admiralty Bay, Bequia. We had arranged provisioning through the charter company and then canceled and provisioned through a grocery store in St. Vincent I had found on the web. There was a mis-communication on this and it ended up causing a big delay in our departure. Because of this, we opted for the short sail to Bequia instead of the planned sail to Mustique.
Day 2: Explored Bequia from Admiralty Bay. There are beautiful secluded beaches on the other side of the island.
Day 3: Tobago Cays (get an early enough start so that you are not arriving too late in the day at Tobago Cays). You'll have some time in the afternoon to enjoy the Cays.
Day 4: Enjoy the morning in Tobago Cays and then short sail to Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau
Day 5: Canouan
Day 6: Admiralty Bay, Bequia (you want to be close to St. Vincent for the return sail on the following day).
Day 7: Return to St. Vincent
One of the members of our party was particularly disappointed at not getting to Mustique. However, I'm glad we didn't try to fit it in. From what I could tell, it's not necessarily a short easy sail from Admiralty Bay to Mustique (usually most of it upwind and up current so your estimate is probably off unless you get lucky with the weather). Next time we go the Grenadines, we'll try to charter out of Canouan (Moorings has a base there) so that we don't have to cross the Bequia channel twice.
You might want to pick up these 2 books before your trip:
Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands
By: Chris Doyle, Nancy Scott
Adventure Guide to Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
By: Cindy Kilgore, et al
And there is some good info at this web site:
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