Originally Posted by Lightfin
In a couple of weeks we're chartering in St Vincent & the Grenadines for a week.
Looking for itinerary, and any other suggestions anyone with first hand experience there cares to offer.
Best for sailing info and pilotage is Chris Doyle's "Sailors Gudie to the Windward Islands".
Admiralty Bay in Bequia is probably the busiest place you will see. You will get a great flavour of local life there. If overnighting, take a mooring
- occasionally if the wind
is whistling down from the V of the mountains, the holding on anchor
can be interesting. You could do some provisioning
at Euroshoppers there.
Call in to Clifton on Union Island also. The reef is spectacular. Have a drink at Jonties little island - he built it from conch shells. Union is a good place to buy fresh fruit and veg. You'll see the open air market as you approach the main street. You'll get some goodies, nice wines and food
specialities at the little French Shop on the main street.
Mustique is well worth a visit. The moorings there are well worth the EC$75 they charge for 3 days. Dine in Firefly and/or in The Cotton House. Neither are cheap
. To get the two in you could get lunch in Firefly (spectacular views) and dinner in The Cotton House. The latter was listed as Conde Nast's top hotel
in the world. I never stayed there, always having the boat to reside on, but I've enjoyed dining there many of the times I've been to the Grenadines. Do the walk along the beaches, to the right as you face Basil's Bar from where you are moored. It is fabulous along the uninhabited side of the island.
Don't miss Saltwhistle Bay on Mayreau. Walk up to the top of the island and down to Salines on the other side. The walk will work off all the lovely seafood you will have been nibbling! The views are lovely and the people are very welcoming. Some genius got overexcited when they were putting in electricity a few years ago and installed a maze of poles and wires up in the village, probably on the basis of "if you've got it, flaunt it".
Cays are simply magnificent. There are turtles and rays there now which are great to see.
Don't miss the anchorage at PSV, between PSV and Petite Martinique
. The hotel
on PSV is good to dine in also.
Palm Island is as said above way too rolly to overnight in, particularly when there are such other lovely places.