Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation with TradeWinds in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Arrival Day. All guests will meet for boarding at 5pm. Guests who have spent the first week staying at Blue Lagoon in St Vincent will be collected at Blue Lagoon Marina at 17:00, and will move out to Young Island for a well-deserved swim before your first gourmet dinner aboard under the stars. We’ll anchor here overnight, nestled below beautiful Fort Duvernette towering 200 feet above.
St Vincent to Mustique. After breakfast there’s time to swim or walk up to the fort before we sail to the millionaires’ playground of Mustique. On our way we’ll cross some of the best fishing grounds in the Grenadines. After lunch aboard, explore the island on foot or take a taxi-tour of the houses of, amongst others, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Tommy Hilfiger and HRH Princess Margaret, before enjoying a drink at the world-famous Basils Bar.
Mustique to Tobago Cays. After breakfast this morning we’re off to the famous Tobago Cays, a pristine National Marine Park comprised of many small islands and home to dedicated turtle breeding areas. Snorkel and SCUBA dive at the Mayreau Gardens. We will spend a day and a half in this pristine turquoise kaleidoscope, and we’ll never want to leave Nature’s paradise.
Tobago Cays to Union Island. Start the day on a high, snorkelling with turtles and rays straight off the boat, before heading to Clifton late afternoon. On the way there we’ll search for some lost rum on Petit Tabac (Pirates of the Caribbean movie) before eating lunch anchored in front of Palm Island. Entering Clifton Harbour we pass by the famous hand-built ‘Happy Island’ and pause for a cocktail here before heading ashore for dinner.
Clifton, Mopion Island, Chatham Bay. Depending on the weather, we’ll sail to iconic Mopion Island for lunch. After enjoying the beautiful scenery around our own deserted island, we head for the tranquil waters of Chatham Bay on Union Island. We’ll enjoy snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding or just relaxing whilst taking in the beauty and serenity of one of our favourite bays.
Chatham to Salt Whistle Bay. We set sail for Mayreau’s Saline Bay from where you can walk over the hill to beautiful Salt Whistle Bay. En route, stop and take in the picturesque cobblestone church with its magnificent view of the Tobago Cays. Snorkel, swim or relax on Salt Whistle’s world-renowned beach and spend the evening here sipping on Captain’s Cocktails served in freshly picked coconuts.
Mayreau to Bequia. Today we set sail to the beloved island of Bequia, about four hours to the north. Bequia is the second largest island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and after lunch onboard you can wander around the many cafés, restaurants, shops and stalls selling locally-made items on this “Big Little Island”. We’ll dine ashore tonight at one of Bequia’s many excellent restaurants.
Departure Day. After a last delicious breakfast aboard, it’s time to exchange contact details with our ship-mates before leaving for the ferry back to St Vincent or for Bequia airport.
A mandatory 5-day quarantine period is in place for all travellers to St Vincent and the Grenadines from “High Risk countries “(including USA and UK). This means that guests MUST quarantine for at least FIVE DAYS prior to boarding, so why not add an extra couple of days to your stay and have extra time to enjoy the full amenities of whichever resort you choose before you board.
Unwind and settle into your first few days in paradise. Catch up on your reading and work on your suntan. Once your test results come through you’ll be totally relaxed, and able to fully enjoy the facilities of your chosen resort before boarding and heading out to explore the wonders of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The following resorts are approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of St Vincent and the Grenadines as quarantine facilities during the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak:
St Vincent: Blue Lagoon Marina and Resort
Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina is nestled in Blue Lagoon Bay, a sheltered sanctuary on the south east side of mainland St. Vincent. The entire property has been recently renovated making it unrecognizable to returning guests. With so much to do on site once you arrive there is no need to ever leave the compound! For guests who are isolating there are 2 restaurants, a café and a supermarket on the property that can deliver supplies to your room with a quick call to the front desk. All rooms have air-con, cable tv, free wi-fi and furnished private balconies.
All staff have been tested for COVID19 and will continue to do so regularly. There is also a nurse on the compound who will come to the guest rooms to do tests as required. Receptionists and housekeeping staff still strive to showcase true Vincentian hospitality at a safe distance and focus on each guest to ensure they receive personal and individualized attention. Choose from either a Kitchenette or Non-kitchenette room, with the choice of marina view, pool view or beach view all rooms with a balcony to enjoy the sweet Caribbean air! For more info and to make your booking please click: https://www.bluelagoonsvg.com
Bequia: Bequia Plantation Hotel
Bequia Plantation Hotel embodies Caribbean luxury and quality at its finest located in one of the islands premier locations. Bequia Plantation Hotel has all the grace and charm of the authentic Caribbean style and caters to an elite international and local clientele, both sophisticated and causal in taste.
With its prime beach front location, secluded at the southern end of Admiralty Bay, Plantation Hotel has one of the most breath-taking views on the island. Within these grounds are newly renovated villas and suites, some with self-contained facilities equipped with the highest quality of amenities. These one-bedroom and two-bedroom Villas are perfect for self-isolating on your arrival to Bequia. During the isolation period you and others in your personal party must stay within the Hotel’s beautifully landscaped grounds. There will be an In-Room dining service available for all meals, drinks, and any special requests. For example, breakfast, light lunch, two course dinner and two non-alcoholic drinks can be delivered to your room for $70 per person. All rooms have air-con, free wi-fi, flat screen tv, private balconies, and an airport shuttle service is available.
For your protection and peace of mind, the resort has created new practises and special self-isolation arrangements that will ensure you enjoy the same high-level service and safe hospitality. For more info and to make your booking please click: https://bequiaplantationhotel.com
There are three different options for boarding and beginning your cruise, depending on where you choose to spend your first few days here in paradise:
If all guests are at Blue Lagoon, we will collect you at Blue Lagoon Marina at 5pm and follow the itinerary as planned.
If all guests are at Plantation Hotel we will collect you at Plantation Dock on Bequia at 5pm and take you out to anchor nearby for the night. We will follow the planned itinerary on Sunday morning as we sail over to Mustique.
If some guests are at Blue Lagoon and others are at Plantation Hotel – guests from Blue Lagoon should take the mid-day ferry on Saturday from St Vincent to Bequia. After exploring Port Elizabeth and having lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafés, they should make their way along the beautiful Belmont Walkway to be at Plantation Dock at 5pm. We will pick you up there and anchor overnight nearby, before heading for Mustique as planned in the morning.
(Ferry cost is EC$25.00 per person one-way, or EC$45.00 return from Saint Vincent).