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The Grenadines are an interesting collection of civility, great sailing and unbridled natural beauty. Here you can rub elbows with the rich and famous or be the only boat in a quiet bay. They are diverse as St. Vincent, the largest island, complete with an active volcano, scenic drives and lush rain forests, and the Tobago Cays, one of the most popular and unspoiled snorkeling sites in the Caribbean. You can grab a mooring on Mustique where Basil's Bar plays host to the like of Mick Jagger, Princess Anne, and others who have homes there, or enjoy a roti (a West Indian burrito) among the natives on Bequia. Our itinerary combines it all, and the sailing is phenomenal.

Sample itinerary:
Day 1 It is required that guests arrive intending to spend the first night in a hotel so that they can explore the rain forests and beautiful bays of St. Vincent's western shore the next day. From Ft. Lauderdale, we will fly into St. Vincent arriving late in the afternoon and head directly for our hotel. I can recommend the Paradise Inn having stayed there, it is clean, on the "beach," and reasonably priced. Or see Where To Stay for other hotel choices of all prices and services. For dinner, we will try to all meet at either the hotel or other beachfront local places.

Day 2 A taxi service will be arranged to take you around the west side of the island, stopping at the St. Vincent Yacht Club then up the mountain at Wallilabou into the rain forests. For the more athletic/adventurous, you can climb into the clouds to the top of the active volcano, (bring a rain jacket!) or you can hike to the Falls of Baleine. Others can go to the meat and vegetable market for a cultural culinary experience. Be back to the charter base before 3 PM so we can depart for Mustique (16 miles) and arrive before dark.

Arriving in Mustique about 3 hours later, we will tie up to a mooring in front of Basil's Bar. The hundreds of conch shells lining the beach and the quiet woodsy charm of Basil's make this a wonderful watering hole. Dinner will probably be aboard unless decided before to eat on shore.

Day 3 Wake up to a nice swim or snorkel then breakfast. On shore we will rent a jeep to explore the island and gawk at the expensive mansions and estates. For lunch, I recommend the Firefly Inn, where a spectacular view and fine lunch awaits. The four room inn is very eclectic and the food scrumptious. Two of my guests returned to the Firefly one month after our sailing trip to fully enjoy the inn. After a brief snorkel and swim, we will be off to Mayreau (15 miles) for dinner ashore at Salt Whistle Bay. A tiny one-road island, this is the picture you see when the travel companies try to depict paradise.

Days 4 & 5 Off to the Tobago Cays for a half day of snorkeling. Dinner that night will either be on board or we can buy lobster from boat boys who will barbecue them on the beach for us. Swing in the hammock, read a book, watch the sun traverse the sky, this is paradise. We will spend two nights here, the other dinner on board.

Day 6 We could go to Canouan, Petit St. Vincent or back to Mustique for Day 6, the pros and cons I will be happy to discuss. It would depend on the preferences of the guests and whether another isolated spot or a more upscale environment is desired. We might visitthe Palm Island Beach Club for lunch as well.

Day 7 We sail to Bequia, a wonderful starboard tack romp, about 3.5 hours, the longest of the trip. Bequia is known for wooden boat making and has a special charm. Here we will have dinner on board, but hopefully arrive in time to try one of Donna's or the Port Hole's excellent rotis for an afternoon snack.

Day 8 After breakfast we will cross the sometimes wild Bequia channel (8 miles) returning to the charter base on St. Vincent in time to check out. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have to stay another night on St. Vincent, do you think you can handle one more day in paradise?
***of course itinerary can change depending on things like weather, boat speed, too much D in the D***

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