Day 1 St. Vincent to Bequia
Untouched by tourism, St. Vincent has maintained the vibrant Caribbean flavor of an agricultural island with dramatic natural beauty including a magnificent rain forest and a 4,000 foot active volcano. Young Island lagoon on the south side of the island is an idyllic embarkation point.
Cast off for Bequia, a seafaring island rich in the historical traditions of boatbuilding and fishing. The scenic harbor of Port Elizabeth is lined with boutiques, restaurants, and model boat shops and has a decidedly island flair. You’ll love a quiet meander around the town, and be sure to belly up to a local bar for a Cheeseburger in Paradise. Catch a cab to the top of Mouth Pleasant for a view of the surrounding islands and visit the turtle sanctuary that has protected hawksbills since 1995. The tiny island of Bequia has a unique, magical charm that offers an immediate feeling of the Caribbean as it was 100 years ago.
Day 2 Bequia to Mustique
Mustique is well known as the destination for Royalty and celebrities seeking freedom from the paparazzi – fondly referred to as the Beverly Hills of the Caribbean. The local mode of travel is a golf cart or “mule” as it’s locally known. Rent one and putt around and explore wooded hills, fertile valleys and secluded beaches. Back in “town” are a handful of shops and restaurants including the legendary Basil’s Bar and the Cotton House, renowned for its fine dining. And for horse lovers – a canter along the beach in the cool of the early morning is a must.
Day 3 Mustique to the Tobago Cays
The Tobago Cays are the Crown Jewel of the Grenadines. Five uninhabited postcard–perfect islets – a national park and a water-lover’s paradise with a kaleidoscope of aquamarine blues and greens stretching into infinity. Swimming with the sea turtles is a highlight as is the barbecue lobster dinner on the deserted beach. This place is so exquisite that most people want to linger here for a couple of days. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and lazing about in one of the most alluring places on Earth is what the Tobago Cays are all about.
Day 5 Tobago Cays to Mayreau
Mayreau is the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Grenadines with one concrete road and a population of about 300, all of whom welcome tourists with open arms. Salt Whistle Bay is a favorite anchorage. Some captains think it’s the most beautiful port on the eastern Caribbean. And you can enjoy wonderful hikes to panoramic overlooks.
Day 6 Mayreau to Petit St. Vincent (PSV)
Petit St. Vincent, at 113 acres, is another privately owned Caribbean Island lying in the middle of the Grenadines. En route, we’ll stop at Mopion, literally a spit of sand with a single palm tree – like a scene from Castaway. At PSV, enjoy snorkeling on the reef, having a sundowner at the resort, or basking on yet another and beautiful beach. The hiking path to the summit is a tropical paradise filled with rubber trees, local orchids, and the smells of truly fresh air. After your walk, take a refreshing swim or snooze in a hammock.
Day 7 Petit St. Vincent to Union Island
Head straight to Chatham Bay on the far end of the island – gorgeous beaches and charming beach bars powered by batteries. After all of your onboard gourmet meals, you might enjoy a taste of barbecue at “Shark Attack” . Vanessa and Seckie’s Sun & Beach Bar was featured in TV chef Anthony Bourdain’s hit series, “No Reservations.” Union Island with its near perfect winds has become the kitesurfing haven of the Caribbean. If you’re up for a bit more bustle, Clifton Harbor has a settlement with an open air produce market, a few grocery stores, restaurants, and of course, beach bars. Our favorite spot is on the far end of the island – Chatham Bay where you’ll find a few beach bars. A great place for your last sundowner in paradise is on Happy Island with a unique bar built from conch shells. Don’t worry, be happy.
Day 8 Disembarkation in Union Island