To the South of the Antilles Island Arc, the archipelagos of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are leading winter destinations for sailing enthusiasts. Accessible from Le Marin port in Martinique, this destination can easily be reached from France. You will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to drop anchor, in the chain of islands with black and white sandy beaches edged with palm trees. The main island of Saint Vincent is distinguished by the dense vegetation on its volcanic land. Mustique, Palm Island or Bequia open the door to a tropical paradise.
The Grenadines are popular with both experienced and novice sailors.
Between Saint Lucia and Grenada, to the west of Barbados, the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is well-known for its brilliant seabeds and well-preserved nature. Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed against this heavenly backdrop and these deep blue waters. It is a luxury tourist destination and is considered to be a yachting paradise. With its picture-perfect landscape, it is also a fantastic spot for diving.
The archipelago is made up of the main island of Saint Vincent around around 30 little islands which stretch out in an arc across 84 km of coastline. A cruise on a sailing boat or catamaran is the best way to discover these tropical paradises.
The island of Saint Vincent
To the south of Saint-Lucia, stretching over 28 km and oriented north-south, Saint Vincent is made up of volcanic mountains. The highest peak is the Soufriere Volcano with an altitude of 1219 m. The rocky coast features cliffs with impressive drops which go deep beneath the sea. Whereas, to the west, you will find magnificent black sandy beaches, which are often completely deserted. The island is also well-known for its lush vegetation and many waterfalls such as Trinity Falls, Dark View Falls or the spectacular Falls of Baleine.
It is a possible departure point for sailing enthusiasts. Here you can rent sailing boats and catamarans with a skipper or a full crew, if you don't fancy being the captain. Don't hesitate to disembark at Saint Vincent to visit the Soufriere, an active volcano which will fascinate both children and adults.
Blue waters and fertile valleys - this picture-perfect landscape is well-preserved and a favourite spot for millionaires. The island is home to the most beautiful properties in the Caribbean, with many celebrities owning a holiday home here.
If you long for peace and quiet, you will find it on this little private island with its coconut forest. It is an ideal spot for relaxation, observing captive turtles, diving and golf.
Stop off here and go scuba diving in Charleston Bay, protected by one of the largest coral reefs in the Caribbean. Here you can observe clown fish, parrot fish, barracudas and flagfish.
With a surface area of just 18 km², the island of Bequia is the largest in the Grenadines. To the south of Saint-Vincent, a road follows the coast, giving you a view of spectacular scenery. This isolated island has maintained its authentic charm, by observing its traditional fishing and boat-building methods, handed down from their ancestors. Admirality Bay, the island's natural port, is an ideal mooring spot. Walk west to Princess Margaret Beach, which features among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Owned by an old local family, the island is home to a tiny, picturesque village and is known for its stone church at the top of the mountain. The white sandy beaches here are just magnificent.
These little islets can only be accessed by sea. They are home to many creeks with clear blue waters - an ideal mooring spot.
It is an unmissable diving destination with its many colourful fish and turtles, especially at Horseshoe Reef.
Known as the "Spice Island", Grenada is a mountainous island with a rolling landscape home to powerful aromas and rare tropical flowers - it is sprinkled with crater lakes and is rich in wildlife. Bordered by black and white sandy beaches, this island boasts rich vegetation and for centuries has been a principal source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cacao.
It is an excellent departure point for a private cruise in a rental catamaran or sailing boat.
Before going sailing, don't miss out on a trip to the magnificent waterfalls nestled in the lush rainforest, a visit to the chocolate factory or a spice plantation.
Grenada also hosts many sporting events such as the Grenada Sailing Festival, the Easter Round Grenada Race, and the Grenada Classics Regatta. Whether you're a sailing enthusiast or not, you will get caught up in Grenada's warm atmosphere. (it is not permitted to dive outside of local authorised organisations, with the aim of looking after these sites which are among the best protected in the world).