Originally Posted by Pblais
As far as customs go St Vincent includes the Grenadines and I wouldn't think you'll want to spend time in Grenada. You gcould take a trip to St Lucia and check in at View Fort. The hurricane
from several years back really did very serious damage to the island of Grenada. They are still trying to put things together. It used to be a lovely place. The Grenadines were not seriously damaged at all. With the serveral islands in that group there you'll have your hands full seeing all there is in just two weeks. There would be many anchorages
you'll just be happy to spend many days in a row. The distances are not huge.
Well: to be strictly accurate you have two areas. St Vincent and the Northern Grenadines is one country which is from STV down to Union where you would clear out if going to - Grenada which is actually a 3 island group Grenada itself, Cannouan and Petit Martinique
Slightly off topic - but it was mentioned - I have to totally disagree that Grenada is still "trashed". Sure they lost
90% of their housing stock (mainly the roofs though) and the nutmeg crop wont fully recover for the next 3 years, but with the motto "We're building better and stronger" they are certainly up and running. As an example, they are a host venue next
year for the World Cricket Cup and their brand new stadium will be ready on time and has been assessed by the cricket world authorities as the best in the caribbean
and about 3rd best in the world. Cricket attracts huge influxes of fans and actually most of the host islands like St Kitts
will not have enough accommodation for the expected amounts of visitors. Grenada is in the same boat of course but you can be dam sure that all
their hotels will be up and running.
The trouble with living in a hurricane prone zone is that you get complacent when you havent been hit, like Grenada, since 1957 which is probably outside the living memory of a large percentage of the inhabitants.
Take for example 10 or so years ago when Sint Maarten, USVI and BVI were hit by Luis and Marilynn within 10 days of each other. Prior to that the last strike had been many years before by Hugo. And here we get to different island territories' mind-states. Hugo had been a Wake-Up call for BVI which has a major yachting industry and so when L and M came through, we were sending out charter boats within 4 days of the weather
. This is because BVI not really liking being a British Colony (woops - not allowed to use that word nowadays - I mean Overseas Territory) and knowing that all the Brit Gov't would do would be to send a gun boat, just rolled up its collective sleeves and got on with the job. USVI meanwhile sat back and wrung its collective hands whilst waiting to be declared a disaster area and then to receive US Gov't funds. Consequently they took a much longer time to recover. St Maarten, which to be fair, was worse hit, certainly by Luis anyway, took many years to recover (some would say that it still hasnt!) Sure, Grenada received massive financial aid, mainly from British Commonwealth countries, but has the independent mind-set and will to roll up its sleeves and get on with re-building.
Back to topic. Yes - you'll love it. Read Doyles Guide, maybe do some pre-planning with Imray Iolaire Charts
, enjoy the comprehensive chart and area briefing that you will get from the base staff (Seth at Barefoot Charters, also in Blue Lagoon
- gives a fabulous brief!) and as has been mentioned read up Rob's "The Usual Suspects" site. Enjoy!! Tony