Sailing in the Grenadines
When there are many other places to sail, why should you learn to sail in The Grenadines? There are many reasons and people return year after year, needing their “fix” of Grenadines life. I have tried to narrow the reasons why I think you should chose to sail here, instead of choosing the BVI’s or Antigua, for example. So may I present my top 8 reasons why you should consider learning to sail in The Grenadines and Grenada
Top 8 Reasons to Learn to Sail in The Grenadines and Grenada
Sailing Conditions – the sailing conditions in the Grenadines are second to none imagine reaching up and down the islands in 20 knot trade winds! The winds during the winter months tend to be north east 15 – 25 knots and in the summer months, south east 10 – 20 knots. The seas are around 5 – 7 feet in winter months and 3 – 5 feet in the summer.
The Weather – Temperatures vary little during the year with highs of 28 C, 82 F between December and March and 31 C 88 F in the summer months. Dry season extends from January to May, but even in the “rainy season” the weather is normally very sunny with only brief showers during the day. Being so far south the islands are very rarely affected by storms during the hurricane season.
The Islands – the islands of Grenada and The Grenadines all have their own, individual vibe and retain a rustic charm of the “real” Caribbean! So if you want upmarket Mustique one day, laid back Mayreau the next and hippy Carriacou later.. it is all possible!
Sailing Distances – The islands are close enough that you can be in a new island destination every day, in fact, you can try out 2 island destinations in one day! One stop for lunch and another for the evening.
The People – The people of Grenada and The Grenadines are generally very friendly and welcoming. They will go out of there way to help you. Take time to “lime” – relax with a cold drink and chat with the locals.
Swimming with Turtles – A visit to The Grenadines would not be complete without spending time in Tobago Cays. As a protected marine park the area is abundant with wildlife both ashore and in the sea. However, the highlight of any visit to Tobago Cays must be swimming with turtles off Baradal Island. Amazing!
The Food – There is an amazing variety of places to eat throughout the islands. You can have high end dining in Petit St Vincent private resort, pizza in Bequia, sushi in Grenada, lobster BBQ on the beach at Tobago Cays, and roti just about everywhere. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Sundowners in the Cockpit – There is so much to see and do in The Grenadines that this list doesn’t even touch the surface. However, sometimes nothing beats sitting in the cockpit at the end of a great day’s sailing, the yacht gently bobbing, with a cocktail in hand, watching the sun go down, looking at views like this one. Bliss!
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