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Martinique is the most windward of the Windward Islands and a perfect location to begin a one-way Caribbean sailing vacation to Grenada to the south or St. Martin to the north.

The misty rain forests, historic plantations, and quiet beaches and coves that inspired artist Paul Gauguin serve as a backdrop for fine dining, shopping and exploration. Snorkel the barrier reef in the sheltered waters east of St. Anne.

Starting at Le Marin near St. Anne, you can spend an entire week cruising the coast of Martinique or experience the excitement of blue-water sailing by heading north to Dominica or south to St. Lucia and the Grenadines. Continue further south to explore one of the finest cruising grounds in the world— the special treat that awaits you in the Tobago Cays, where an astonishing composition in emerald-green waters, uninhabited islands and unspoiled beaches surpasses your every expectation of paradise.

St. Lucia - This island is a nature lover’s paradise. Here, the dueling Piton peaks serve as an inspiring landmark for sailors. You’ll have a chance to visit waterfalls, hot springs, botanical gardens and the world’s only “drive-in” volcano. Got Boots? Hiking boots are what you’ll need for trekking along trails through the Rainforest Reserve, a favorite venue for bird-watchers. The forest is loaded with flowering delights: giant ferns, wild orchids, and towering stands of bamboo. Shop for the island’s famous hand-printed Batik fabrics, sample the calaloo soup, or step back in time by strolling through an historic banana or coffee plantation. The possibilities are endless...

St. Vincent glimmers like an emerald in the sea. A boat ride along the coast is the best way to appreciate the island’s volcanic origins; and visit the Falls of Baleine, a breathtaking waterfall that spills from a mass of foliage into a rockbound pool. Kingstown, the capital, is an 18th century town worth exploring. A walking tour begins at the docks and leads to the farmers’ market (Saturday mornings), past shops, restaurants, and old churches. Beachcombers will find beautiful black sand on the Leeward side, proof of the island’s volcanic birth. If flowers brighten your day, take a free tour through the botanical gardens-the oldest in the Northern Hemisphere.

     

Grenada is the fruit basket of the Caribbean. The fertile soils of the ‘Spice Island’ are perfect for growing cinnamon, cloves, and cocoa beans. Banana trees grow as tall as palms along the sides of the road. The scents of ginger, vanilla, almond, and nutmeg linger in the air, while the countryside explodes with every tropical fruit imaginable. The bustling farmers’ market in picturesque St. George is one of the liveliest and most resplendent.

 

Diving in St. Vincent

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St. Vincent is one of those all too rare, virtually undiscovered dive destinations.

The diving ranges from the gentle, even lazy, to the exhilarating, and efforts are always made to ensure that you never dive the same dive site twice... unless, of course, you want to!

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Most of the dive sites are close to the dive shop bases, a mere ten or fifteen-minute boat ride away. Others, however, may require a slightly longer journey, but one that's filled with the most beautiful Caribbean scenery in the region. And all are well worth the trip.

Due to the sharply rising shorelines, there is no shore diving here and this helps to keep the sites in pristine condition. All the dive boats are well equipped, easily accessible and captained by experienced and helpful staff.

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The dives are Dive master-led, and this helps to enhance not only maximum diver safety, but also maximum diver enjoyment.

St. Vincent, home to a volcano and a rain forest, boasts an almost infinite selection of wall diving sites, and the underwater scenery, complete with pristine corals, will take your breath away.

Fish behavior will fascinate you - friendly spot fin butterfly fish may treat you as a protective floating reef and sergeant majors may chase you from their eggs. Even the end of the dives in St. Vincent are stunning, with sheer cliffs plunging to the depths, and century plants clinging precariously - a death-defying hanging garden.