Start Caribbean sailing vacations at Canouan, it puts you in the very heart of the Grenadines. A favorite cruising ground among sailors the world over, these aquamarine waters are ideal for a sailing vacation, with an incredible variety of destinations and diversions available in all directions. Starting from Canouan it’s an easy sail to all the anchorages most treasured by Caribbean cruisers, although it might not be easy deciding where to visit first.
Visit the undisturbed Tobago Cays, five deserted islands world-renowned for snorkeling and diving. Once there, you may discover you want to linger an extra day or two. Indulge in the tropical charm of Bequia, and if you are lucky you may get to watch the festive launching of one of their hand-built wooden boats. Relax on the glamorous beaches of Mustique, and keep your eyes open for the many celebrities who call this island home. It’s one amazing anchorage after another. And with temperatures averaging between 75°F and 80°F and steady northeast to southeast winds, the sailing is superb.
The tiny island of Bequia has a unique, magical charm which is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. With fewer than six thousand inhabitants, it feels like home from the moment you arrive; friendliness is the watchword, and the pace is relaxed and easy-going. Don't be surprised if you are greeted with a warm hello as you walk along the street - a centuries-old dependence on inter-island shipping and trading has meant that Bequians have been eagerly welcoming visitors to their shores for generations.
There are direct flights to Canouan via Barbados and St. Vincent. Contact SVG Air in St. Vincent - 784-457-5124 or Trans Island Air in Barbados - 246-418-1654.
One can also fly from Puerto Rico to Canouan on American Eagle - 784 456 5555. Another option is to start your cruise from St. Vincent. "How to get there" seems to be an unknown factor for some people. There are lots of possibilities. First you fly to Barbados followed by a 35 minutes flight to St. Vincent.
From Barbados, LIAT flies 5 times daily to St. Vincent. Caribbean Star Airlines, Bwia Express, Mustique Airways, SVG Air, and TIA2000 also connect to St. Vincent.
St Vincent has an information desk in the arrivals section of Barbados Airport to assist travelers to reach their final destination. In St Vincent, Blue Lagoon or Young Island are convenient starting points. There is also the possibility to fly back, at the end, to Barbados from Union Island. Then all sailing is downwind and comfortable.
One other possibility is to fly to San Juan PR and from there, American Eagle flies to Canouan and Caribbean Sun Airlines also connects San Juan to St Vincent.