British Virgin Islands
Unspoiled is the best adjective we have to describe BVI. You won’t find any American chain restaurants or hotels. You can dine each night in a locally owned and operated restaurant located right on the beach. We will actually take the dinghy in for dinner each night. BVI is designed for tourism by boat. Most of the neatest places in BVI are accessible only by boat. Those staying on land usually only get to see 1 or 2 other places during their week’s stay. On a sailboat, we can take you to see several different places each day. If your previous beach experiences involve crowds, BVI will be a very welcome change. There are places we can take you where you are likely to enjoy the sand and surf with no one else around…your own “private” beach or even island! This is where we have chosen to base our boat at this time.
Enjoy French culture and cuisine without the stereotypical French attitude! Martinique is a quaint, picturesque country with extremely friendly people. Inability to speak French is little hindrance for the tourist in Martinique. Just ask us about our rent-a-car story!! The little bays with their beautiful churches and architecture offer interesting afternoon walks. In Martinique, you won’t want to miss the rainforest located inland. Again, even in the inland villages, the people are eager to make your acquaintance, and are extremely patient in waiting for you to look up the proper word in your English-French dictionary! Martinique offers an extremely scenic, cultural, and sophisticated sailing vacation.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
For those interested in a little more time spent sailing each day, sailing from St. Vincent down through the Grenadines may best meet your needs. Each of the islands offers a unique personality and terrain. You will be amazed at the tiny villages that are the “hub” of some of these islands. You get to step back to a simpler day and time, with a very slow pace. However, what St. Vincent and the Grenadines lack in modern technology is made up for in its pristine natural beauty. The Tobago Cays are a must see. A large horseshoe shaped reef protects several small, uninhabited islands. The result is constant sea breezes, but a very smooth anchorage, due to the protection of the reef. The views from the tops of the trails on the islands are magnificent! The snorkeling there is also unique, as the water depth is relatively constant everywhere inside the protection of the reef. Bequia and Mustique are two of the most famous Grenadines, boasting vacation homes for many American celebrities who go to the Grenadines to “get away from it all”. When on Bequia, be sure to visit the Sea Turtle sanctuary. It is a unique chance to learn about turtle preservation, and to see turtles up close in all stages of development.
Scenic volcanoes are the most prominent feature in St. Lucia. Touring the active volcano and nearby warm waterfall provide once in a lifetime pictures! Photos taken of your boat anchored under skyscraping volcanoes in the port of Soufrierre are worthy of framing. There is a very organized tour-guide and taxi industry, so get ready to be approached with a “package” deal for all your needs ashore.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Enjoy two distinct cultural experiences in one trip, all while taking in the beauty of the Caribbean. The French side offers fashions straight from the runways in Paris, and has become very Americanized in recent times. Enjoy the sophistication of French cuisine and culture without the long airplane ride! The Dutch side boasts lots of sandy beaches, with the bonus of much duty-free shopping and casinos by night. You can choose to enjoy the excellent beaches of fine white sand with snorkeling and diving by day, and a have great dinner at a fancy restaurant. For the divers in your group, there are several wreck dives available off the coast of the Dutch side.
It has been said, “They do things their own way on this quirky Caribbean island. The place may be hard to figure out, but with the dazzling beaches, great restaurants, and luxury resorts, it is easy to love Anguilla.” Unspoiled beaches are plentiful on this oft-unknown island. Enjoy huge a lobster for dinner, or have a candle-lit feast on the boat while taking in the Milky Way galaxy. While exploring the island, have some bar-b-que from a roadside vendor, if you like. Anguilla offers some of the most scenic vistas found anywhere in the Caribbean.
Named St. Barthelemy, after Christopher Columbus’ brother, St. Bart’s is known as a playground for the rich and famous. During the summer months, female sea turtles are known to use the shores of St. Bart’s to lay their eggs. Good diving and snorkeling are plentiful here, too. If you like, we can also arrange deep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna, wahoo and dorado. The most beautiful beach on St. Barts, Colombier, cannot be reached by car, which makes it just perfect for us! Enjoy an afternoon on a secluded beach with good swimming and snorkeling. What could be better?
We have also done trips in Cuba. However sailing in Cuba is not for the faint of heart.