Sailing the Islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines

written by | Posted on December 4th, 2012

In a destination made up of a constellation of close-knit islands and cays, it’s only natural that sailing is an intrinsic part of the local culture. St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) is one of the most sought-after sailing destinations in the world and has naturally become a major hub for yachts, schooners, and all manner of sailing vessels. A blue voyage over its calm tropical waters in a steady breeze is the best way to explore hidden bays and vibrant harbors.

With 32 islands and cays to choose from, visitors can see as much or as little as they like. While individualized itineraries can be designed beforehand, a typical 1-week itinerary will cover approximately 90 miles of cruising with distances between islands ranging from two to five hours. Anchorages on the nine inhabited islands—St. Vincent, Mustique, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Young Island, and Petit St. Vincent—offer charming towns, remote villages and pristine beaches for exploring ashore and wonderful restaurants for nightly dinners.

Sailors can also spend time in the beautiful Tobago Cays, a protected marine park of small islands on a horseshoe reef offering some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling, where a beach barbeque can be taken ashore.

There are a number of charter companies operating out of SVG. Travelers can contact TMM Yacht Charters, Barefoot Yacht Charters, Sunsail, The Moorings, or Captain Yannis, for bareboat charters, skippered yachts or a day trip.

Professional sailors captain each boat, so vacationers can rest assured that a qualified skipper is at the helm.

To learn more, visit discoversvg.com.