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We have enjoyed three sailing trips aboard a catamaran in the Windward Islands including the Grenadines.  We hope you enjoy some of our favorite stops.

Main Harbor in St. George's, Grenada We began our winter sailing trip in Grenada and our first stop was St. George's.  Grenada is a beautiful island with lush green mountains, crystal waterfalls, golden beaches and the fragrant spice trees that give the island its nick name, the Spice Island. 
We made a very nice mid-morning stop at Sandy Island,  just off the west coast of Carriacou.  Diving and snorkeling are great on the reefs on the north end.  Pelicans and seagulls are the only inhabitants.  Sandy Island off Carriacou
James came to take our lobster order for dinner One night we anchored in Chatham Bay on the lee side of Union Island.  It is a large protected anchorage with a long beach to explore.  There is good snorkeling around the rocks off Rapid Point.  The fish life is rich and attracts all kinds of birds.

Meet James, also known as Shark Attack.  He does barbecues on the beach with fish, lobster and local vegetables.  He will also come by your boat and take your order for lobsters.  He will clean and partially cook them, and bring them back to your boat to finish on the grill for dinner.  What a treat!!

We stopped in the bustling town of Clifton (Union Is.) to clear customs. There's a good selection of fresh fruits and vegetables from stands along the main street and the local market.  And check out Captain Gourmet for wines and other great finds.  They provision for charters.  There are several restaurants and boutiques.  And Union is now the jump-up center of the Grenadines. Fresh food stands in Clifton
The view in Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau This was the breath-taking view from our  deck when we anchored in Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau.  It was so beautiful we took picture after picture.  You can get breakfast, lunch or dinner from the local club there.  This is one stop not to be missed.
The Tobago Cays are a group of small deserted islands protected by Horseshoe Reef.  There are small sand beaches and clear water.  It is a National Park so no fishing, jet skis or water skis.  Boat venders do hang out here.  If you need anything ask for Walter or Rondell.  Take care of speeding dinghies when in the water. Tobago Cays
colorful boats along shore in Mustique Mustique is a privately owned island developed as a holiday haven for the wealthy.  There are nature trails and miles of unspoiled beaches.  Also several boutiques, market, bakery, coffee shop, restaurants, bars, and a fish market in the fishing village.  Basil's has a Wednesday night barbecue buffet.  Moorings are mandatory.
Bequia is a favorite stop for sailors, isolated enough to be unspoiled, yet lively and entertaining.   There are super markets and a new fruit and vegetable market for provisioning.  Shop for local handicrafts or model boats.  Island tours are worthwhile, Turtle farm, etc.  Don't miss the ice cream shop.  BBQ Thursday nights at Frangipani. Admiralty Bay in Bequia

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