On the way south from St. Lucia, steer well west of the north end of St. Vincent. Doyle says the winds there can be much stronger than gradient winds, and I've spoken with several cruisers who did encounter quite strong winds there. When we sailed from Martinique
straight to Grenada
, we were about 12 nm west of both St. Lucia and St. Vincent, and the winds and seas between St. Lucia and St. Vincent picked up even though we were not close to St. Vincent. This assumes, of course, that you are not planning to visit the north end of St. Vincent.
Good, cheap diesel
can be had at PM. We're cruisers, so we can't comment on the beef wellington at PSV, although it sounds delicious.
cays, of course, are a nice stop. You can take the big boat around the south end and anchor
at Petit Tabac and get the Jack Sparrow/Elizabeth experience there.
Sandy Island at Carriacou is a nice stop. Take a mooring
ball, its not legal
anymore to anchor
there (although we saw boats do it) - national marine
park. Respect it.
If tropical weather
threatens, go in the mangrove lagoon
at Tyrell Bay. Amazing protection. If you're in a cat (width) or mono (draft deeper than 4'6"), check it out first by dinghy
if you want to go in farther than the first little bay.
Stop at Ronde island north of Grenada
. Tuck in close at the north end of the west side. The Doyle guide says day stop only, but we spent 2 or 3 nights there after talking with the capt of a 100+ sailing yacht who we saw anchored there (saw his AIS
and later bumped into him in immigration where we chatted). Ronde is if you want to be anchored out alone, very few lights, bright stars, privacy. Decent snorkeling also.