I have never sailed anywhere in the Caribbean
, or even been there (outside of Cancun) and I'm looking to do a short 7 day sailing vacation
with some friends in late March of 2015...
There is still plenty of time to plan this, but I prefer to book the boats early as I am able to get a substation discount when doing so, plus, it makes all the planning easier...
First of all - is late March a good time to sail in the Caribbean
? I prefer to avoid the huge crowds and highest prices. I also prefer not to be anywhere near the hurricane
or rainy season. From what I've read, late March might work - after the regatta
season and before the Spring break crowd...
Second - what are the best destinations? So far, I've looked at the following options
Airfare and boat availability is relatively similar for all, so any of the above could work.
We prefer to be able to mix some local culture and nightlife with quiet and peaceful anchorages
is not a problem, in fact, we prefer it. We also love to scuba
dive, though we typically do not go for deep dives, choosing to explore reefs
and sea life at 10-15 meters... We prefer to be independent and would much rather dive on our own - without local guides (we do have Padi certificates)
I have read a lot about BVI being the ultimate sailing destination
, but also read that it has become quite crowded and you will be surrounded by tons of other sailboats anywhere you go, and in fact getting a spot to anchor
after 1-2pm is a problem in some areas. Is that true?
I've also read that the winds in the BVI are very light. Also, a negative for us...
After doing some reading, St Lucia
seem very appealing. The one way charter
from St Lucia to Grenada would seem ideal, but the added charter
cost and added airfare expenses seem too high, so we would likely do Grenada and sail (or motor) upwind first and then back downwind...
What are the best spots for diving
in the Caribbean? For sailing? For best beaches?
I've even read that there may be some sea turtles in the Grenadines!
I know that it gets windy in the Grenada area, but I heard it is less so in March.
Anything below 20 knots in not a problem. Over 20 knots would turn a relaxing vacation
into something else, and we would prefer to keep it relaxing...
Lots of questions... sorry... Thank you in advance!