Grenadines Yacht Charters
Explore remote anchorages and dense tropical setting on your luxury charter in the Grenadines
Grenadines yacht charters offer the ultimate escape in the Caribbean. Life moves at a much slower pace here, with every moment of the day savored to the fullest.
Instead of large resorts and hotels, you’ll find quaint, family-owned shops, bars and restaurants, lush rainforests, farmers’ markets, white sand beaches, and the clearest blue water across 32 islands and cays.
This region is also home to the Tobago Cays, an undeveloped preserve full of crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and sea turtles. A yacht charter is the perfect venue to explore this tropical paradise.
- Unspoiled natural beauty
- Pristine white sand beaches
- Clear aquamarine waters and stunning bays
- Lush tropical rainforest full of eco-adventure
- 32 islands and cays to explore
Best Time to Charter in the Caribbean
When to go: all year
Dry season is from January through May and a wet season from June to December. However, even in the “rainy season” the weather in the Grenadines is normally very sunny with only brief showers during the day.
The winds are constant at 10 to 25 knots from NE to SE, making the Grenadines a great sailing destination.
The islands are not affected by storms during the hurricane season, making chartering in the summer pleasant and safe.
Why Charter a Yacht in The Grenadines?
32 Enchanting Islands and Cays
The Grenadines is comprised of quaint, verdant, and often uninhabited islands and cays. Head to St. Vincent for its white sand shores and secluded coves. Visit the cultural centre of Bequia with its galleries and artisan shops. Venture to Grenada’s nature trails and 45 beaches. Explore the natural wonder that is the Tobago Cays National Marine Park. For the ultimate escape, Mustique is one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive hideaways.
Untouched by Industry and Heavy Tourism
The beauty of The Grenadines has not been spoiled by sprawling resorts and hordes of tourists. Booking a yacht charter here promises carefree sailing, harbors that aren’t overcrowded, and unrivaled views of the breathtaking surroundings. You’ll be able to have a truly relaxing time since you won’t have to compete for anchorages and beach space, or spend time in long lines for attractions. It is also the only place in the Caribbean where you can see petroglyphs that record the ancestral history.
Ecoadventurers will love the abundant rainforests in The Grenadines. St. Vincent’s Vermont Nature Trail promises memorable hikes surrounded by exotic tropical flora, and unique creatures like the St. Vincent Parrot. Measuring almost 11,000 acres, there are hiking trails for all ages and skill levels. Make your way to the Parrot Lookout on the far side of the reserve to see these majestic birds in their natural habitat.
Natural Beauty of the Grenadines islands
The Grenadines are unlike anywhere else in the world – from Mustique’s sandy beaches to Grenada’s volcanoes. Many of the islands and cays are only accessible via boat, so a yacht charter is the best way to fully experience everything there is to offer. Add the Tobago Cays National Marine Park to your itinerary, where you can get up close to its colorful coral reefs and exotic marine life. Stop for a swim on one of the pristine sandy beaches, or indulge in world-renowned diving.
Relaxed Pace and Sleepy Old-Worldliness
If escaping the fast pace of everyday life, The Grenadines offers an idyllic paradise for those craving a truly relaxing getaway. It’s a great place to unplug and master the art of liming, an important aspect of island culture where you and your charter group essentially do nothing while sharing food, drink, conversation and stories. If you’re not sure how to lime, the friendly locals would be happy to guide you along the way.
Sample Exotic Fruits and Spices
In an area of the world that is so lush and green, you are sure to find some of the freshest Caribbean fruits. Sink your teeth into sweet tropical pineapples, coconut, juicy mangos, papaya, starfruit, passion fruit, pomegranate, crisp golden apples, and guava. Breadfruit is also prominent in the regional cuisine, and is often paired with fish. The Grenadines are also known as “The Spice Islands,” so the markets are filled with the aroma of anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and cloves.
Swimming with Turtles
During your charter, see the world-famous green and hawksbill turtles at the Tobago Cays Marine Park. The best place to spot them is at the only natural sanctuary in the Grenadines, just off the southeastern shores of Baradal. Watch them gracefully swim by from the comfort of your yacht, or grab your snorkel gear, dive into the clear, shallow waters, and swim alongside them.
Grenadines Yacht Charter Itinerary
Because of the prevailing winds, it is best to start your charter in one of the northern islands and cruise south. This sample week long itinerary will take you from St Vincent to Grenada.
DAY 1: St Vincent to Bequia
Arrive at Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent and transfer to your charter before heading to Port Elizabeth on Bequia. Casually stroll through its shops or enjoy some local fare at one of the restaurants. For an unforgettable view, take a tour to the top of Mount Pleasant.
The waters surrounding Bequia have some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean for divers of all levels, including shallow reefs, caves, cliffs, and wrecks. It’s a great place to learn how to scuba dive, and the vibrant marine life will captivate the entire family. For snorkeling, visit Spring Bay or Industry Bay.
Bequia has a rich maritime tradition and is known as the model sailboat capital of the world. Bequia is also home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, which has protected hawksbill turtles since 1995. Immerse yourself in all things nautical with a stop at the Bequia Maritime Museum and one of the area’s famed model boat shops. If you stop in Admiralty Bay, you can step back in time with a visit Fort Hamilton, or experience local culture at the Easter Regatta or the Bequia Music Fest.
DAY 2: Mustique
Mustique is an enchanting private island with villas that attract celebrities from around the world. It is quiet and pristine with spectacular beaches for swimming or romantic walks. Visit the exclusive Cotton House Hotel, shop at one of the luxury boutiques, or indulge in a meal at one of the gourmet restaurants.
Stop by the Firefly at sunset and sample the Full Mosquito, a martini made with cranberry and lime. Mustique is also a great place to enjoy a game of tennis, a horseback ride, or an afternoon of water sports.
DAY 3: Canouan
Canouan, also known as the “Island of Turtles,” is one of the Caribbean’s emerging luxury destinations. Located in the heart of the Grenadines, this tiny island has quaint bays and coves, and secluded beaches with warm water that is perfect for swimming.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll love Canouan’s 18-hole championship course designed by Jim Fazio. The island also has one of the Caribbean’s largest barrier reefs, which promises great snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
DAY 4 & 5: Tobago Cays
Next stop is the breathtaking Tobago Cays, a veritable paradise for water lovers. Swimming and snorkeling along the local reefs promises encounters with colorful marine life, including sea turtles. The best place to see green turtles is just off the southeastern shore of Baradai, whether you watch them from the deck of your yacht or swim alongside them.
For a watersport adventure, try ocean kayaking, windsurfing, or kitesurfing. At the end of a day filled with excitement, plan a beach barbecue with fresh-caught fish and seafood.
DAY 6: Mayreau
Mayreau is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, accessible only by sea. Tranquil shores, picture-perfect beaches, and a spectacular view await. The island’s beaches have been selected among the top ten in the Caribbean.
Saltwhistle Bay has a long, powdery white sand beach, calm waters for swimming, and a lively area with souvenirs, food, and cocktails. Saline Bay also has a sheltered area that is great for swimming.
Mayreau is a great destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. The offshore reefs are part of the Tobago Cays Marine Park, and are comprised of coral, sponges and sea fans. Divers can look out for nurse sharks, reef sharks, eagle rays, the occasional manta ray, and green turtles.
The wreck of the Purini, a 1918 British gunship, is the perfect dive spot for beginner and advanced divers at a depth of 40ft below the surface.
DAY 7: Carriacou
Carriacou is a little-known treasure for those seeking a private, secluded escape. Its immaculate beauty is highlighted by deserted beaches, hidden coves, and wooded hills.
Snorkelers and scuba divers will love exploring the surrounding waters. For some adventure on land, visit High North Nature Reserve. Hike the trails to peak, where you’ll see iguanas, tortoises, and birds including Macaws and Grenada Doves. Once at the top, savor the incredible views of Grenada to the south and the rest of the Grenadines to the north.
DAY 8: Grenada
Grenada is the perfect place to end your charter, and has something for everyone in your group. Whether you want one last adventure, a leisurely day at the beach, or a romantic retreat, you’ll find it here.
Head to St. Georges, the capital, to pick up some last minute gifts at its shops or sample local cuisine at one of the restaurants. Take a tour of the Belmont Estate cocoa plantation, and sample their famous cocoa tea. Hike the Grand Etang Forest Reserve and swim in the water filled crater of an extinct volcano.
Grenada is known for its waterfalls, including St. Margaret’s Falls at Grand Etang, the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, and Annandale Falls. Nature lovers will want to visit Levera National Park, a scenic coastal area with a picturesque beach and a lagoon that is one of the island’s most important wildlife habitats.