Promenade- SCUBA BVI Staycation

BVI STAYCATION- Yacht Promenade

BVI STAYCATION- Yacht Promenade

Local Residents receive 30% discount on a short stay
BVI Staycation where residents can stay, explore, consume, and enjoy all that our islands have to offer. We invite you to bring your family and friends to indulge in Nature’s Little Secrets. Our islands are rich in history, culture and splendid beauty and what better time to get to know their lure. Throughout the year, visitors around the world travel to experience our destination, and this summer we encourage you to delight in the many amenities and activities of our Caribbean home.
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WHEN IS THE OFFER AVAILABLE?

This offer is valid for new bookings made for stays between the 20TH of April 2015 and December 15th, 2015.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

2 nights and three days accommodation (Boarding at 930 AM on First day, Disembarking after a sunset sail back to port on the third day)
All food and beverage (including meals, snacks, desserts, cocktail hour, fully stocked self serve bar)
All Linens, Beach towels, fishing gear, games, snorkeling gear, noodles- everything on a full stocked luxury charter yacht!
All Boat Toys: water skis, tubes, floating chairs, kneeboards etc (extra charge for SCUBA diving)

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WHAT IS THERE TO DO ON BOARD?

-14′ Tender with 50 hp engine perfect for water skiing, tubing, and going back and forth to the beach!
-Sunbathe on the forward trampoline or cool off in the clear waters of the Caribbean Seas. For the more active enjoy fishing and scuba diving.
-Beach Comb on windward out of the way islands
-Snorkel out of the way places
-Sip Cocktails on our aft deck when the sun goes over the yard arm
-Watch all the brilliant stars
-Make it to all the places the ferries DO NOT go to in the Virgin Islands (After all, we have 64 islands and cays to explore in the British Virgin Islands!)
-We’ll create a tailor-made itinerary just for you, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy paradise on the water, in our local waters. Take that trip to Anegada if you want!

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ANY EXTRAS?
We have a standard ample bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, wine and beer. Any upgraded liquors or wines are additional. SCUBA diving is $25. pp per dive with an additional $25 if you require BC and Reg Rental, or $85 for a resort dive with an instructor if you are not certified. Crew gratuity is additional and a suggested amount based on the non discounted rate for this package will be suggested to you. Typically 15-20% of the normal fee.

HOW MUCH
Our normal rate for ten guests for this is $7817 ( 2 full nights on board, plus a half day for extra time and meals on board, plus 10% short charter surcharge)
Our normal rate for eight guests for this is $7032

Our STAYCATION rate for this for ten guests is $5500. (30% discount. Crew Gratuity is suggested additional $1170 to $1564)
Our STAYCATION rate for this for up to 8 guests is $4922. (30% discount. Crew Gratuity is suggested additional $1055 to $1406)

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This offer is subject to availability
Blackout dates may apply
For new bookings made from April 20th and on. Charters to be taken between April 20th and December 15th. You must be a resident of the British Virgin Islands or US Virgin Islands and show local identification. This is a net price. Your guests can be from wherever you or they like as long as you are on board.
Normal Pick up would be Road Town on Tortola. Please ask for other location pick ups.
All our normal terms and conditions apply 🙂

WE look forward to showing some of our local residents spots they have never seen before!

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BLUE GRYPHON. Yacht shows

Major Yacht Shows Happening in the Caribbean

Three Major Yacht Shows Happening in the Caribbean This Winter!

In early November we have almost 50 yachts showing from the Charter Yacht Society of the British Virgin Islands!

Immediately afterwards, the St Thomas, US Virgin Islands show has 60 yachts for us to view!

Just after returning home from that show, we turn around to go back down to the Super Yacht Show in Antigua to look at the big boys available for you to charter this winter in the Caribbean!

Spring Show at Village Cay Marina in the British Virgin Islands
Spring Show at Village Cay Marina in the British Virgin Islands

This all means over 200 yachts that Stephanie and I will be viewing in the Caribbean this winter and taking notes and pictures on. It is a whirlwind of activity and kicks off a strong winter season of chartering.

The VIPCA charter yacht show in St Thomas, is in its second year with our brand new association running it (VIPCA and put a link to them) and it has quickly grown to become a contender for top shows in the Caribbean.

This is held at the International Yacht Haven Grande Marina in Charlotte Amalie and this year we even have 90+ motor yachts on show! The venue is one of the world’s finest luxury marinas.

US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands

“The U.S. Virgin Islands have a lot yet to be discovered by the charter industry,” says Oriel Blake, VIPCA executive director. “Known attractions include the Islands’ accessibility from the U.S., thus smoothing the way for both charter guests’ expeditious arrivals and vessel parts. Also, there’s a wide choice of provisioning available to fulfill preferences and provide for a hasty charter turnaround.

The less known attractions are the off-the-beaten-track discoveries of the cruising grounds: beautiful, protected private coves tucked out of view of mankind with access to impressive hikes of the St. John National Park, St. Thomas or St. Croix locations, or bays with nightlife near at hand, all within easy reach to further discoveries in the British and Spanish Virgin Islands.”

Favorite Anchorage British Virgin Islands Cane Garden Bay
Chartering a yacht, Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

There are MANY new yachts to see this winter, with the turn over in yachts after hurricane Irma last year. I also will spend time visiting the Bareboat fleets and getting an idea on how they are doing.

2 of the yachts that I am looking forward to seeing in St Thomas are :

“The show in St. Thomas provides the showroom to fully put on display Suite Life’s 92-foot grand, all-inclusive experience,” says Captain Roy Sayvetz, owner and operator of Suite Life Yachting. “This VIPCA-sponsored event allows charter brokers to come aboard and experience first-hand the ‘Suite Life’ and see what we’ve proudly added and improved. We were thrilled to be a part of last year’s VIPCA event, on the heels of Maria and Irma, and are proud to do it again to kick off the 2018-2019 charter season.”

Motor yacht Suite Life available November, 2017 in the Virgin Islands!
Motor yacht Suite Life available in the Virgin Islands!

New to this year’s show is Blue Gryphon, an 83-foot Prout catamaran.

“We chose the be in the St. Thomas show due to the venue, the location and the timing was key for us,” says Captain Jon Bellamere. “It also gives brokers a good idea of what a pick-up in St. Thomas would be like. This is our first show with Blue Gryphon, therefore we are super excited to show her off.”


Fall yacht holiday

Fall Yacht Holiday Special with Catamaran Genesis!

Fall Yacht Holiday Special

Genesis has a busy upcoming winter season planned but has a few weeks in fall to fill 🙂

Save 20% off All Inclusive charters taking place between November 1 – December 15, 2018!

Pickup/drop off out of Red Hook, USVI.

GENESIS offers a total of 4 guest cabins. 3 guest cabins offer queen size berths plus ensuite heads. 1 guest cabin offers a double berth and no ensuite head, guests of this cabin use inside day head/shower. Spacious cockpit and deck offers plenty of lounge and relaxation room for guests.
 
Genesis crew
Brad and Kristi of Genesis!

3 Queen cabins each with ensuite electric heads, cool Bliss Gel memory foam pillows. There is also a 5th Queen berth, with AC, available forward with an entrance from the deck hatch, this cabin has its own separate head located mid ship.

Genesis guest cabin
Genesis guest cabin

yacht genesis cabin

 

Guest salon
Salon

More Info Here!


Yacht holiday with Viramar

Yacht Holiday Deals with SCUBA Yacht Viramar!

Yacht Holiday

Great opportunity for divers to enjoy a charter yacht holiday in the Virgin Islands! Viramar is now offering five dives per week for certified divers for week long inclusive charters! Non-certified divers can enjoy a FREE Discover Scuba!

Also, for charters booked by December 1st, 2018, Viramar will be offering a complimentary land excursion day for either Anegada or Virgin Gorda! 

Viramar is excited to announce that are introducing brand NEW 2018 Scuba Pro BC and regulator sets, brand new tanks and top-of-the line Scuba Pro snorkel gear! Plus, all water toys are brand new!

Dive yacht
Erika about to go for a dive!
Yacht Holiday with Viramar!
Dive the Virgin Islands with Viramar!

4 queen cabins plus 1 cabin with a set of twin bunk beds. Each queen cabin has an en-suite bathroom with electric head and dry shower stall. Twin bunk has an en-suite bathroom with electric head and dry stall shower stall.

More Details Here!


dauntless-cockpit. Charter holiday

Yacht Charter Holiday with Catamaran Dauntless!

Yacht Charter Holiday

Jim and Judy (Owner Operators and Captain and Chef) on Yacht Dauntless just took possession in the last year or so..and most possibly had one of the longest times getting down to the Caribbean from the North East of the United States! They holed up for weeks at a time waiting for weather windows on the Eastern Seaboard.

Dauntless yacht salon
Dauntless yacht salon

Both Jim and Judy were both Landscape architects in their professional career, having met in University they have sons who have just flown the coop so it was time for them to may their way to warmer climates. Jim spent 4 years in the Coast Guard while young.

Dauntless crew
Jim and Judy

“In beginning the next chapter of their lives on Dauntless, the
designer in Jim was drawn to the clean lines and craftsmanship of the Jeanneau
fleet, which truly marry form & function. She is beautiful, comfortable and rides
smooth & steady. As a licensed Captain, First Aid & CPR certified, Jim was definitely ready to
return to the ocean (this time warmer & clearer water!) He can’t wait to share
his yacht, the beautiful water and islands and his enthusiasm with YOU.

Judy started as food journey to improve her health which became a passion for
making great food. The Italian in her loves to share it with others. Judy appreciates a holistic approach to full body
well-being, with Real Food being the key. Whole food is not only healthy: it is
DELICIOUS! As the Chef onboard the Dauntless, Judy is excited to be able to work
with the local Caribbean markets to provide fresh, tasty ingredients to create one-
of-a-kind, satisfying dishes for her guests. How fun to enjoy the local fare in the
comfort of your own private yacht with libations in hand”

Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options are no challenge for this girl.

Yacht Dauntless bases itself out of Grenada, and her general cruising area is between St Vincent and the Grenadines down to Grenada, but depending on their schedule, they can make themselves available up to the Virgin Islands and Points in between!

Yacht Dauntless

A Day on Yacht Dauntless*
Breakfast at the mooring
Sail for 3/4 hours +/-
Arrive at your chosen destination
Afternoon excursion on land or sea
Happy hour on Yacht Dauntless with the dazzling sunset
Dinner on-board or ashore
Evening festivities with private tender transfers
* Weather Dependent

Yacht Dauntless

FAQ – what are some of the highlights

Disembark at Islands of your choice
Yoga
Complimentary airport transfers
Welcome party!
Complimentary wifi
Spectacular views
Complimentary daily happy hour with Hors d’oeuvres
Personal tender to and from shore
Explore (the water and the islands)
Dazzling Sunsets
Excursion options
All inclusive
Expert curated excursions
Exquisite personal concierge service
Farm to table inspired dining
Options for shore excursions
24 hour self-service pantry, featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines & other non-alcoholic beverages.
Enrichment programs – learn how to sail!

Dauntless food

Dauntless is a great charter holiday for honeymoon couples and families to step aboard. I enjoyed my time with Jim and Judy while viewing the boat in Grenada. We even had Judy doing a bit of singing and guitar playing for us one afternoon 🙂

7 night fully crewed and inclusive charters on Dauntless range from $9999 to $13,500 depending on number of guests onboard. You can even do a half board charter if you would like to explore some of the local dining options.

Dauntless cabin

Detailed Info Here


h2o team member stephanie. conch Mountain, Kerry and Stephanie

New H2O Team Member Stephanie!

New H2O Team Member Stephanie!

H2O Trips and Yachts is pleased to introduce you to our newest team member,  charter assistant Stephanie Lowrey.

Stephanie Lowrey

Many who know Kerry (Charter Broker)  in person from H2O Trips will know Stephanie. Stephanie is the wife of Singer Songwriter Levi Lowrey ( Co writer of Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band). H2O Trips has worked together with her in the past bringing Ultimate Fan Trips  to life. Joining Ultimate Singer Songwriter Super Fans with their favorite artists for week long yacht charters in the Caribbean.

THAT is a blast, imagine a deserted beach with your favorite singer songwriter playing tunes to your small group!

Stephanie has managed the events and bookings for Levi Lowrey as well as other artists in her working career. Artists such as Erin Enderlin and Joe McGuiness.

Steph and H2O Trips have done Ultimate Fan Trips with Levi Lowrey, Travis Meadows, and Whiskey Jack Untz as well as bringing them to the Love City Country Music Festival on St John.
While managing, booking and promoting singer-songwriters, together with the artist, she created an atmosphere with their fans to allow for the comfort and ease of getting know each other. Touring around the United States, playing house shows, creating yet another fan experience on land.

Levi Lowrey, Travis Meadows and Whiskey Jack at Myetts
Levi Lowrey, Travis Meadows and Whiskey Jack at Myetts

During Yacht Ultimate Fan Trips Stephanie would act as crew member or hostess, so she knows the islands, and she even acted as Chief Cook and Bottlewasher on a Ultimate Fan Trip last summer in the Spanish Virgin Islands.

Keeping the details straight and making sure EVERYTHING comes together for your yacht charter vacation should be a piece of cake for this talented enthusiastic girl! I bet she could even get a singer songwriter “add on” if you wanted one on your yacht…

Stephanie lives with her husband and two sons (10 and 15 years old)  just outside Atlanta, Georgia. She loves to travel and of  course, is looking forward to attending the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands Charter yacht shows this fall.

Stephanie can be reached on 305-912-7719  or [email protected] She works on Eastern Time Zone hours generally.

Please welcome our newest H2O Team Member Stephanie- She will be instrumental in communicating with you after you have booked your charter as a charter assistant!

H2O Trips and Yachts is really excited to welcome Stephanie on board. If you have ANY kind of event, corporate or otherwise, Stephanie will be an invaluable resource with her experience, bubbly personality and enthusiasm.

Stephanie Lowrey on the beach at Anegada
Stephanie Lowrey on the beach at Anegada

Safari Yacht. Catamaran holiday

Caribbean Catamaran Holiday with Yacht Safari!

Catamaran Holiday

This 58’ Catana Catamaran only takes maximum of 6 guests so you will have plenty of room aboard!

“SAFARI’s crew are fun, professional and most importantly they have an incredible local knowledge of the anchorages and the islands, having sailed these waters all their lives. ”

Safari yacht crew
Safari boys!

It was not hard to tell in Grenada just how popular Captain Bagga and Chef Matthew were. Captain Bigga has been taking guests around these islands sailing for years, with a smiley, larger then life personality, who it was not hard to get him to show off his dancing skills in Grenada at the various parties during the charter show! Captain Bagga was born and brought up on Union Island in the Grenadines. His Local knowledge would make any guest feel comfortable!
Matthew, the chef from Barbados is definitely the quieter one of the two. Both these guys want to make sure that you are having a great catamaran holiday.

Yacht Safari

The yacht, a 2002 model Catana, was well presented and have obviously been recently refit.

3 cabins, the master has the complete hull and then in the other hull, you have two queens and one can be a twin if you have the need for it. Rates for between 2-6 guests for 7 nights fully crewed and inclusive range between $16,700 and $18,400 (2018/2019) depending on number of guests.

Yacht Safari guest cabin
Yacht Safari guest cabin

This yacht can also be rented on a Captain Only basis, where you get to do the cooking and cleaning and act as deckhand.

This is a fabulous choice for yacht charters in the Grenadines and Grenada 🙂

Detailed Information on Yacht Safari!


canouan

Is Canouan going to be the Caribbean’s next luxury destination?

Canouan- Grenadines

How many of you know where Canouan IS? It has been said tongue in cheek that it is one place that billionaires will go to escape the millionaires 🙂

canouan
canouan

It is a small 5 square mile island in the Grenadines that has had a complex history, at one time in the not so far past having a Raffles Resort and “everything branded Trump” Hotels and Casinos. The casino is now a shelter and the rest has gone.

Mandarin Oriental hotel has taken over Pink Sands on the North side of the island, and Irish Billionaire Dermit Desmond has been doing the work on the VERY Superyacht Styled marina on the South part called Glossy Bay. Which, upon arriving at, you could be confused and think you were at Portofino in Italy when we were there last month.

The airport runway has been extended, now almost 6,000 feet and will fit a 737 never mind your private luxury jet.
The marina will have space for a 100 meter yacht (!) and down.

There are thousands of tortoises on island. Canouan means Island of Tortoises!

Canouan has the only championship 18-hole golf course in the Grenadines,The par-72 Jim Fazio course

If you have to ask the price of any of the amenities at the Mandarin Oriental or Glossy Bay Marina, you may not be able to afford them.

We had a taxi driver on the island who, lets say, was “politically active” on island and listened to the long history politically on Canouan.

This is one gorgeous island, with beautiful white sand beaches that are well worth your stop.

canouan-beach
canouan beach

Glossy Bay Marina is not QUITE finished yet, (and it was August 2018 when we were there, not exactly a mecca for tourism in the Caribbean time.)
A minimum of 250 million dollars has been put into this location. Shenanigan’s Restaurant on the beach there is very pretty and one of the local hot spots for well heeled tourists. To me, it looked a bit out of place in the Caribbean some of the architecture and I wonder how it will stand up to time. Time will tell that!

If you are on a luxury charter yacht vacation it is DEFINITELY going to be a must call stop on Canouan!

Contact us for yacht vacation packages out of Canouan!


Sailing holiday

Yacht Sailing Holiday With Altitude Adjustment!

Sailing Holiday!

What a treat it was to visit with Brian at the 2018 Grenada Charter Yacht Show! 

Altitude Adjustment Captain
Captain Brian

Captain Brian is the only one I have heard of who filed his insurance claim before hurricane Irma hit!
I love these stories. Read on and you can hear the story a bit below..

Altitude Adjustment catamaran does an unique charter program.

The Captain IS the cook and he has a very good all inclusive price on his charters which includes everything except 3 dinners ashore at the guests expense, BVI custom fees and crew gratuity.

You will notice the change in service with only one crew member instead of two. Don’t think that you will be getting 5 star service and luxury, you would be the extra set of hands when the Captain Requires one.

Altitude Adjustment

I spent time with Brian a couple weeks ago discussing his menu’s. I think I threw out, “they must be pretty basic meals” which had him rattling off to me what he does and how over time he has perfected the procedure to get everything done and out. I was surprised by the menu he offers which includes
dinners of:
Dinner-Shrimp fajita burritos, guacamole, salsa, refried beans 2) Grilled fish, parmesean pasta, broccoli 3) Steak, twice baked potatoes, vegetables 4) Shrimp stir fry, rice, vegetables
Of course, the above is just a sample menu, but it is balanced, healthy (Brian is quite a healthy person overall so tends to cook healthy)

Catamaran salon
Salon

Brian can take up to 6 guests on board, and 7 nights, fully inclusive is between $6,750 and $10,500 depending on the number of guests onboard.

Now back to the story…

Just after hurricane Irma, like so many others, I was watching to see how all my friends and friends boats made out. I saw Altitude Adjustment on top of another larger catamaran in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

Knew that yacht would not be sailing anytime soon. Little did I know how apt the phrases “the early bird gets the worm” or “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” was!

Altitude Adjustment was following its hurricane plan last year being hauled out and Brian was back in the states on Vacation.
A few days before Irma, well, he had a sense that all would not be well and requested a claim form from his insurance company.
The day before Irma hit the Virgin Islands he filled it out. On the day that Irma hit he sent away the claim.

Altitude Adjustment Aft. Sailing Holiday
Altitude Adjustment ready for your sailing holiday!

Within a couple weeks he was flying around the world looking at replacement yachts.
No fuss, no muss, no yelling from the rooftops, just quietly replacing his yacht for a newer one! Like many, he looked at a few that looked NOTHING like their brochure pictures before finding the one.

Altitude Adjustment is now a 44’ Lagoon 2007 model and Brian is pretty booked up but you can still find weeks in the Virgin Islands this winter in December (including Xmas) February, March, and May.

Another example of our private yacht crews CAN DO attitude!

More info on Altitude Adjustment!


Bequia Beach Hotel- overview

Stay And Sail- Bequia Beach Hotel - Yacht charters

Stay And Sail- Bequia Beach Hotel – Yacht charters

Stay and Sail- Bequia Beach Hotel – Yacht Charters

The beautiful Island of Bequia.

Grenada Charter Yacht Show arranged a FAM trip for us on the 35.5 M Benetti, Star of the Sea, which took us from Port Louis Marina in Grenada up to the Canouan to view over the $250 million dollar Glossy Bay marina  under construction backed by Irishman Dermot Desmond.

We then carried up to Princess Margaret Beach at Bequia, and took a taxi ride over to the Bequia Beach Hotel on the windward side of Bequia.  There, we spent several enjoyable days touring the hotel properties, seeing the sites, enjoying the beaches, meeting the people, and going over to St Vincent to Grenadine House, also same owner as above.

View from Bequia Beach Hotel at night. The sounds of waves…The full moon…

The company and personnel, truly went above and beyond welcoming us.  I will do a story on each of the “parts of the whole”  but I am going to start with Bequia Beach Hotel.

When we arrived in Bequia it was quite late, I think about 9 PM or later, but Gideons Taxi picked us up with Fresh Water after unloading our luggage from Star of the Sea Motor Yacht

We were greeted by General Manager Isola and reception staff with a big smile. The staff unloaded our luggage into our rooms, which were all beachfront and beside each other. The Hotel even remembered that I had an allergy to a protein in fresh fruits and vegetables so I happily had cake 🙂

Very inviting Bed at Bequia Beach Hotel!
Very inviting Bed at Bequia Beach Hotel!

Fruit plates, chilled water and ice, and cake were all in our  gorgeous beachfront rooms! In a splendid uncommon touch, they refilled our ice buckets every day without us asking. Very nice to come home too after a warm afternoon out on the island.

I can picture myself reading in this library
I can picture myself reading in this library

After we ooohed and aaawed we were all happy to drift off into a blissful sleep. I slept so well that I was late for my 11 AM appointment for the hotel tour.

The property is the only 4 star property on Bequia with a room type for everyone. From Classic Rooms to Beachfront Suites to Luxury Estate Villas…that yes, even have a separate kitchen and storage for your Butler or chef!

After our tour it was time to head over to Jacks Bar, which is also owned by Bequia Beach Hotel where I had the best Fresh Snapper Sandwich that I have…well, ever had!

 

Grilled Snapper Sandwich lunch at Jacks Beach Bar on Friendship Bay
Grilled Snapper Sandwich lunch at Jacks Beach Bar on Friendship Bay

Island tours, shopping, and more were on our agenda. We had a lot of fun roaming the main streets of Bequia doing a bit of shopping and getting some essentials. 

Open those curtains wide at Bequia Beach Hotel
Open those curtains wide at Bequia Beach Hotel

We enjoyed a dinner at Bagatelle, their fine dining restaurant on the beach and did a bit of shopping in Beach Bums, an exclusive clothing line inside the Bequia Beach hotel.

I hope you enjoy the little video I put together with some of my thoughts on this fabulous property. We enjoyed our time there, and can’t wait to send our clients to be charmed by Isola, Ali and Clinton (among other staff) as well.

 

Contact us for more info!


Welcome to Grenada

Luxury Charter Yacht Brokers Fam Trip Grenada, Canouan, Bequia, St Vincent

Grenada Charter Yacht Show

Luxury Charter Yacht Brokers Fam Trip Grenada, Canouan, Bequia, St Vincent

Grenada charter yacht show-This is not going to fit into one blog post (Lucky you!) so this is the Introduction and then I will go into the  details in the subsequent parts.

Charter Yacht Broker Fam Trip. At Bequia Beach Hotel
Charter Yacht Broker Fam Trip. At Bequia Beach Hotel

The last time I was in Grenada or the Grenadines was the early 2000’s. We did several yacht charters down there in summer at the time. My memory of those charters is in no particular order:

  1. Fighting with the flies in Bequia
  2. Being hassled by the Boat Boys
  3. Being hassled by the fruit and vegetable vendors
  4. Going down south to avoid hurricanes only to have to find a place to tie up for a hurricane (yes, during charter)
  5. Torrential rains and Italian clients who kept on insisting that our boat was not the one the charter broker booked them on. And them complaining aboat everything possible. One of our very best “charters from hell” stories
  6. Before Port Louis Marina was built (yes, it was that long ago!) In Grenada being scared to go ashore in town
  7. Trying to find sodas the clients wanted at a reasonable price
Caribbean yacht charter, Children Playing on Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia
Children Playing on Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia

I also remember some highlights

  1. SCUBA diving off Young Island and finding old bottles from the 1700’s. I probably still have one or two.
  2. Climbing to the top of Young Island for the beautiful view, that I could not climb them today.
  3. Tobago Cays. Before there was anchoring or SCUBA restrictions, was just about the most beautiful place i had seen in the world
  4. Mustique. SImply because one just has to go there (yes, it was expensive still then)
  5. Finding Erikas Yacht Services in Union Island and being able to get INTERNET! You should see how they have grown today!!! ( )
  6. Buying a piece of Scrimshaw on Bequia for my husband
  7. The Many Dolphins that played in your wake in between St Vincent and Bequia. I had never seen so many at one time.
  8. Loved the beaches
  9. Loved that it was like the Caribbean was 25 years ago.
  10. Loved the friendly, warm people

As you can tell my experience was a mixed bag. We did not ever venture too far inland away from the water (my mistake as you will learn). 

starfish yacht picture
Starfish Eggs Benedict Breakfast

The great news: It is still the Caribbean of 25 and more years ago and this trip I discovered my ranking of things I liked and bothered me had totally changed.

Maybe I was looking at the Grenadines and Grenada from fresh, older eyes, eyes that had not already been strained from probably doing 30 weeks of charter in the 10 months proceeding it. Maybe with age comes wisdom. Definitely the Southern Caribbean has “grown up” some and after IVAN (a rare hurricane hitting it, caterogry 3 in 2004, typically Grenada is just about out of the hurricane belt) billions of aid poured into the island over time and they used it to rebuild properly. The result shows on Grenada. It is simply stunning.

The Grenada Charter Yacht show put on by Select Yachts gave me the perfect excuse to spend 3 days traveling from Brisbane, Australia where husband is buidling a marina to even get there. Brisbane to LAX, LAX to Miami, Overnight, MIAMI to Grenada. 35 hours in the air. Totally worth it.  Coming back had an extra day and night of traveling. By the time the Virgin Islands shows come in November I will be rested up and ready to collect more sky miles.

Coming into the airport at Grenada
Coming into the airport at Grenada for the Grenada charter yacht show!

We had an opportunity to visit and board 18 yachts doing charters either full time or part time in Grenada and with it being a small show it was relaxed (too relaxed I found out after the first day when I realized I better pick up the pace!). Horizon Yacht Charters and Sail Grenadines let us view some fabulous bareboats for those who want to do it all themselves, not have a Captain and Chef (and more!) on board.

Horizon yacht charters
Horizon yacht charters

We were able to view the bareboat bases, Eat in the Restaurants (Victory Bar at Port Louis Marina, The Aquarium and Belmont Estates  and the restaurant at Blue Lagoon Hotel (try the seafood buffet on Saturday nights), Blue Horizon Resort, Grenada were stand outs as well.)

Colors of the Sea Dock Party- Select Yacht- Grenada Charter Yacht Show
Colors of the Sea Dock Party- Select Yacht- Grenada Charter Yacht Show

Victory Bar and Restaurant says they have the #1 thin crust pizza in Grenada, which I can attest too, I had it every single Lunch and Dinner I ate there during the show!

This covers my Introduction. Stay tuned for Part 1 which will be our boat trip up from Grenada to Canouan and then onto Bequia.  Here is some links on place I will be talking about.

-35.5 Benetti, Star of the Sea Motor Yacht

Glossy Bay Marina in Canouan

Shenanigans Restaurant in Canouan

Bequia

Bequia Beach Hotel

Jacks Beach Bar

Island Tour of Bequia  

Ferry ride from Bequia to St Vincent  

Flowers on Grenada
Flowers on Grenada

-Small tour of St Vincent 

-Visit and lunch at Grenadines House in St Vincent

I genuinely urge each and every one of you to get to these islands any way you can.

An ideal itinerary for the Southern Caribbean in my mind would be to Fly into either St Lucia or St Vincent, stay overnight, take a ferry down to Bequia or a quick few minutes flight, spend a couple days being pampered at the Bequia Beach Hotel, and then board your yacht. Taking in all the islands between there and Grenada. Get off in Grenada and spend a couple further days on land there before flying home.

A ten night itinerary on the yacht would do it, or 7 on yacht and a few days on land either end. 

We can tailor this to whatever your heart desires. By the time you get through the entire series I write on this, you will know why.

Go. Make your plans and go. Trust this long time Yachting Professional. Ask me for help.

Alternatively, come along with me while I show you some of the highlights of this area of the Caribbean

Oh Grenada you are so beautiful
Oh Grenada you are so beautiful