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Windward islands

WINDWARD ISLANDS ITINERARY

At the southern end of the Caribbean chain, the Windward Islands are the best-kept secret in the Caribbean tourism lore. Situated as the last links before Trinidad and South America, the Windward Islands are lush and richly tropical volcanic islands. They are very green with palm lined sandy beaches. Unlike the dry, scrubby Leeward Islands to the north, the Windward Islands are off the beaten path and in that lie their full splendor. The following is a typical itinerary for a yacht charter.

 

Arrive at St Lucia airport which is served by American Airlines. You will be greeted and transported to Rodney Ray Marina by the crew of your yacht. Relax, unwind and unpack to settle in aboard your new home afloat for the next week. While in port, you can rent a 4-wheel drive jeep for some exploring or hiking, stroll the shops or take an afternoon swim. Tomorrow is a big day.

Day 1: Leave just after breakfast for a short cruise to Soufriere, St. Lucia and the famous Pitons. For sheer physical beauty, the area around here is outstanding. Soufriere is a small picturesque town of French Creole ancestry. This is a huge day for photographers. The Pitons are sheer mountains that start at the sea and tower 2600 feet almost straight up.

Day 2: We leave St. Lucia behind and travel at our best speed for St. .Vincent and the Grenadines.

Home of the 3000′ active Soufriere Volcano. This is not to be confused with the town we just left. The adventurous in your group will hike the well-marked path to the cone for lunch and enjoy breathtaking views. Others may enjoy a small boat trip to the Falls of Baleine. We will spend the night anchored in Chateaubelair, the most scenic anchorage in St. Vincent or Cane Garden near Kingstown, the capital.

Day 3: Leaving after breakfast we arrive at the island of Bequia. An old whaling island Bequia, is an all-time favorite among yachtsmen. Boats are still built by hand on the beaches there. Descending from Scots and French, the inhabitants of Admiralty Harbor, Bequia are proud people. Diving is exceptional and can be arranged for you by the crew. A land tour is recommended to appreciate this tropical Nantucket..

Day 4-5: We will spend the next two days in and around Mayreau in the heart of the Grenadine Islands. This small outpost of islets consists of powdery beaches and the bluest water you will ever see. We will have two days of watersports, beach parties, snorkeling, and exploring the wonders of this gem in the Caribbean. The calm Tobago anchorage sits behind a huge reef protecting it. The only thing between you and the coast of Africa is water.

Day 6: Leaving the splendor of the Grenadines will be hard but the famous island of Grenada awaits us. Lush green mountains, waterfalls and golden beaches. Grenada is known as the “Isle of Spice” due to the abundance of spice trees and not its lively history. Grenada is now a full democracy and has embraced tourism completely. Two days will only give you a small sampling of this island’s treasures ensuring your return. With a crater lake, waterfall after waterfall and the hundreds of monkeys, touring this island is like being on a safari.

 

Day 7: Today is your last full day. Spend it anyway you like here in Grenada before you have to say goodbye and be transported to the airport . Shop or swim and snorkel. Today as It is up to you. By evening you will be back home relaxed and ready to attack the rat race again.

This itinerary is only a suggestion. It can be redesigned to meet your needs and interests starting and ending from any of the islands in the Windward Chain.

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