Made up of lush rainforests, towering mountains and sheltered bays and alabaster beaches, the Windward Islands are strewn down the eastern Caribbean, stretching from Martinique in the north to Grenada in the South.
Within this island group, lying like a string of pearls, the Grenadines lie between St Vincent and Grenada. Best discovered by yacht, the islands’ peace and solitude are unsurpassed and the nightlife is conspicuous only by its absence. A haven for the waterborne, the 32 islands and cays are set over the strikingly blue sea, each one a short hop from the other.
The southernmost of the Windward Islands and named the ‘Spice Island’, Grenada is one of the more sleepy Caribbean islands, and Barbados, the most easterly of them all, has a quaint British air. Fringed by white-sand beaches and with an interior thick with rainforests, the volcanic island of St Lucia is one of the most popular in the Caribbean. Hikers, divers and nature lovers come here to explore its breath-taking mountains and underwater world created by past volcanic activity. The 14,000-acre island of Mustique is as famed for its celebrity guests as it is for its beauty. Reminiscent of a simpler time, the island has become synonymous with the world of luxury and exclusivity and is perfect for a few days’ anchorage when cruising through the Grenadines. A vacation in the stunning cruising grounds of the Windward Islands ensures quality time with loved ones in a unique and spectacular setting.
- Anchor between St Vincent and Young Island and enjoy a cocktail at the floating Coconut Bar
- Dive the reefs around Canouan or snorkel at Rameau Bay
- Spend the day snorkelling the famous kaleidoscopic waters of the Horseshoe Reef lying off Tobago Cays
- Visit the oyster beds around Tyrrel Bay on Carriacou
- Anchor beneath the Pitons on St Lucia
- Swim at Sandy Island, a flawless sandy spit connected to Carriacou
- Marconi Beach is one of Martinique’s most popular beaches and is a great spot for snorkelling
- Dive the wreck of Nahoon, a three-mast lighthouse boat lying 36-metres underwater off the coast of Martinique
- The waters around Grenada are perfect for a spot of fishing
- Grenada’s most popular restaurant Aquarium is worth a visit on Sunday afternoons when it serves up a barbecue accompanied by live reggae and calypso by the water’s edge.