Blogs from Grenadines, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Central America Caribbean - page 6


(h2) BEQUIA(/h2) This has been a really fun time here. We have enjoyed fairly calm seas, one night of wind, but otherwise still, lovely gentle breeze. Great barbeque on the beach, can we really drink that much rum? And then the jazz festival has been entertaining as well, it was great to sit on the beach listen and watch live music. So what have we been doing. Well firstly we walked to the other side of the island, about 3 miles to go to the turtle sanctuary. It was interesting but the owner was not too thrilled when Alan asked if you could eat them!! We were not really looking forward tot he long walk back, but there was an open taxi waiting for some americans so we asked if they could drop us off in ... read more

After a night in a very gloomy dank and wet Marigot bay, we were up quite early to sail across to St Vincent. As we motored up the side of St Lucia the clouds seem to hover amongst the green verdant forested hills. Inside the boat everything had felt damp that morning, even the pages of the log book were limp and soggy. As we cleared the island the whole atmosphere inside the boat changed, just as if you had turned on an airconditioner, everything dried up, the sun came out, and St Lucia was a smudgy darkness behind us. We saw callisto in front and stopped for a chat alongside, then carried on to sail to Wallibilou. Another good sail, gentle winds except for the edges of the islands, loads of yachts out, all passage ... read more
wallibilou 005

One of the many questions amongst sailors in the last couple of months was, “Where are you going to spend Christmas this year?” There are a couple of islands that are popular during the holiday season like Antigua, Bequia, and St. Lucia. These islands celebrate Christmas with real gusto! There are tons of Christmas lights and live music and parties filled with holiday cheer. But there was no question of where the Rum Runners wanted to spend Christmas- in Bequia of course! Bequia, Sweet Sweet Bequia. It is our favorite island in the Caribbean, the people are so friendly and the water is so beautiful, palm tree lined beaches with soft white sand, and a wonderful town to explore filled with boutiques and great restaurants. So we set sail for Bequia a couple of weeks ago ... read more
Light Up
Caribbean Christmas
Ho Ho Ho!

We continued on our little jaunt around the Southern Grenadines and sailed back up to Chatham Bay, a quiet anchorage on the west end of Union Island. It was a glorious trip- a stiff Caribbean breeze filled our sails and pushed the Rum Runner swiftly along the lush coast of Union. The west coast of Union is totally undeveloped, except for a couple of beach bars that the locals open on the weekend. And the anchorage is beautiful, surrounded by tall cliffs filled with cactus and dense scrub. The first thing we wanted to do was launch the kayaks and explore the bay. We haven’t used the kayaks in ages and almost forgot how much fun it is. We paddled along the crystal clear water beside the cliffs, amazed at all the fish we could see ... read more
Beach Bar

Mopion isn't even an island, more of a sandbar out in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. But it has a nice little beach, great snorkeling all around, and a tiki hut for some shade. So we definitely wanted to go there, at least for the day. In fact it is a day anchorage only, the holding is poor and there is no protection from the wind or waves. It really is attainable only in good weather, just a cool place for a quick stop while sailing between the islands in the Southern Grenadines. So we decided to head that way. The weather was glorious, sunny with light trade winds and no squalls- absolutely perfect! So we set sail for Mopion. We had to work our way between 2 sandbars to reach Mopion and then attempted ... read more
Deserted Island Paradise

The trade winds calmed down significantly, giving us a glorious week to explore the Southern Grenadines. Our first stop was a secluded anchorage behind Mayreau Garden, on the Windwardside of Mayreau. We worked our way between the island and the reef until we found a perfect spot- right near the beach. It was beautiful and serene. But most importantly we had the anchorage all to ourselves, not another boat in sight. It was so nice to get away from all the crowds, all the charter boats, and all the boat boys. We haven’t had an anchorage to ourselves since we were in Turks and Caicos over 9 months ago- holy cow! The Caribbean is very crowded. So it was nice to just get away. We spent the day reading books, fishing off the boat, snorkeling the ... read more

We decided to stop for the day at Palm Island on one of our trips between Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Unfortunately it is a very rolly anchorage, so we didn’t want to spend the night there and loose sleep. But we still wanted to visit this island, which the guide book describes as having one of the most beautiful beaches in the Windward Islands. In fact Doyle writes that it is, “The ultimate picture-perfect Grenadine Beach.” So of course we had to go! Palm Island is not a very big island (actually none of the islands in the Grenadines are very big, which is why we like it here so much). However it has a nice resort with a restaurant, bar, and boutique to visit. So after a short walk on the beach and ... read more

As we had promised, we returned to the Tobago Cays. We had stopped here for a few days on our way to Trinidad last cruising season and fell in love with the place. We intended to spend lots of time there, so we provisioned the boat with fresh bread, fruits, and vegis from Union Island and set sail. Luckily the Tobago Cays aren’t far away, in fact it only took us 18 minutes to get there and have the anchor down. We quickly jumped into the crystal clear turquoise water and swam with all the turtles and rays there. What a magical place! We stayed in the Tobago Cays for a couple of weeks, making a few runs back to Union for provisions once in a while. We anchored in the protected waters behind Horseshoe Reef ... read more
Spotted Eagle Ray
Petit Bateau

After a fun week in Grenada it was time to set sail for the Grenadines (which in my opinion is the loveliest place in the Caribbean- with gin colored waters, abundant sea life, and many small islands to explore). Our first stop was Union Island in the Southern Grenadines. For the last couple of weeks we have used Union Island as a home base. Not only because Clifton, the main town in Union Island, has a couple of grocery stores and many fruit and vegi markets for all the provisions, but also a couple of great bars and restaurants to visit as well as a protected anchorage to weather out the occasional squall. It is also has the dive center and internet access and a post office. What more does one need? After gallivanting around the ... read more
Union Island
Happy Island
The Gang

Greetings from Bequia, This morning I ran barefoot in the packed sand and surf on Friendship beach. I paced the beach off and judging by my time its a half mile from end to end. So back and forth and back and forth a few times and I had in four miles. Then I just fall in the water to cool down. It doesn't get much better than this. Mid morning we get some much needed rain. Admiralty bay is glassy slick while the rain falls down. After about an hour, the rain has stopped but its still cloudy and breezy. Alethea and Kim (from the villa/ship office) are heading out to lunch and invite me to come along. They take me to a back street hole-in-the wall diner visited only by the locals. There I ... read more
Alethea, Auntie Pearl, & Kim
the Almond Tree

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