Top Reasons Why You Should Go Sailing in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia is a great place to moor for the night
Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia is a great place to moor for the night | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Lexi Fisher

With more than 30 individual islands spanning almost 100km (62mi) of the southern Caribbean, sailing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a holiday you’ll never forget. The islands are close enough that you can usually see the one you’re going to before departing, but far enough apart for an exciting passage. Palm-lined white sand beaches, shallow turquoise water and steady trade winds are just the beginning…

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It provides unparalleled freedom

Sailing provides a type of freedom seldom found elsewhere. Bound only by the depth of the water and direction of the wind, your destination and your route are almost entirely up to you. If a bay is too crowded for your liking, weigh anchor. Want to check out another beach? Hoist the sails. Dinner at a luxury resort? Take the helm.

Salt Whistle Bay has one of Mayreau’s best beaches

You’ll spot incredible wildlife

One of the most exciting things to do in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is experience the wildlife. This is especially true in the Tobago Cays Marine Park where sea turtles gather to feed on seagrass in the protected lagoon formed by a cluster of four small uninhabited islands. Only accessible by boat, these virgin islands and the surrounding reef provide refuge for seabirds, iguanas, hermit crabs, fish and marine life. Grab your snorkel and get exploring.

Snorkel with sea turtles in the Tobago Cays

Visit crowd-free beaches

The reason most people travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the beaches. Gently sloping, seemingly endless white sand; calm, crystal-clear water shimmering in the Caribbean sun; tropical fish darting between your toes. Vacations in Saint Vincent provide ample opportunity for long walks on the beach, lounging in the shade of a coconut palm and appreciating the breathtaking vistas.

Explore the unspoilt beaches of Bequia

You’ll experience true solitude

One of the great things about the freedom of sailing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the ability to truly get away from it all. Grab your suncream and swimsuit and leave the stress of everyday life behind. Sailing between remote Caribbean islands is a great excuse not to answer that work email, or for being unreachable for extended periods of time. It must be the cell service, right?

Explore multiple destinations in one trip

Sailing between the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines provides boundless opportunities for unique experiences. Each island is special in its own way and has something different to offer: from the secluded beaches of the Tobago Cays and enchanting reefs of Mayreau, to the lively beach bars of Bequia and luxury restaurants of Mustique. Let yourself be spellbound by the unexpected variety on offer.

Port Elizabeth, on the island of Bequia, is a popular sailing hub

Learn a new skill

The best time to sail in the Caribbean is between December and June, when the trade winds are steady and the risk of hurricanes is at its lowest. These steady winds and clear, calm weather make Saint Vincent and the Grenadines one of the best places in the world to learn to sail. Whether you’re a beginner or already have some experience under your belt, the waters of the Grenadines are a great place to learn the ropes.

Watch the sunrise

How often do you get to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean? On a sailing holiday, every day is a new opportunity to start the day in total awe of the world’s beauty. Add in the gentle flight of flocking seabirds, paradise islands and untouched coral reefs, and the tranquility is almost too good to be true.

Enjoy 360-degree sunsets from your deck

It’s a true adventure

When you travel by sailboat you take the route less travelled, seeing a part of the world in a way that many people will never experience. Not knowing what’s around the next headland or beyond the next island is all part of the fun, and the excitement of discovering something new is rejuvenating in immeasurable ways. Keep an open mind, embrace the adventure and expect the unexpected.

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