East­ern Caribbean, Wind­ward Is­lands, St. Lu­cia, Gre­nada

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Each is­land that is part of a yacht char­ter itin­er­ary from St. Lu­cia to Gre­nada is a sov­er­eign coun­try with its own style and charm. The big is­lands are to­po­graph­i­cally sen­sa­tional, with lush vol­canic moun­tains, rich rain­for­est hikes and beach­front scenery. Scat­tered be­tween St. Vin­cent and Gre­nada are dozens of smaller is­lands and cays, only a hand­ful of which are in­hab­ited. These is­lands, known as the Gre­nadines, are part of St. Vin­cent to the north and Gre­nada to the south.

Marigot Bay at St. Lu­cia is one of the most idyllic pro­tected har­bors in the Caribbean, with dense, forested hills sur­round­ing three sides. The Pi­tons on the south­west­ern end of St. Lu­cia make for as dra­matic an an­chor­age as Marigot is bu­colic. If char­ter guests plan to hike one of the Pi­tons, then the yacht’s crew can ar­range for a lo­cal guide and an early start (it can get hot on the trail as the day wears on). These hikes are great aer­o­bic ad­ven­tures and al­low for guilt-free din­ing on board the char­ter yacht af­ter­ward, along with a swim to cool off and per­haps an af­ter­noon nap on the sun­deck.

Rarely on the radar for trav­el­ers, St. Vin­cent is a sleeper of a tourist is­land that a char­ter yacht can ac­cess. This Caribbean is­land’s in­te­rior is as lush and trop­i­cal as Bali’s or Tahiti’s in In­done­sia or the South Pa­cific. Cumberland Bay is ringed in palm trees and has a vol­canic black sand beach. Lo­cals may come out in their small boats, of­fer­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles for sale. And the Cumberland Na­ture Trail tra­verses rain­for­est and farm­land—great for bird-watch­ing.

On Mayreau, the small­est of the in­hab­ited is­lands in the Gre­nadines, wake up in the lovely cove known as Salt Whis­tle Bay. From here, the Tobago Cays and Canouan are close by. The Tobago Cays is a marine park of five un­in­hab­ited is­lands with great snor­kel­ing and div­ing, and the chance to spot green, hawks­bill and leatherback tur­tles.

Canouan has been de­vel­oped quite a bit dur­ing the past 25 years, cre­at­ing a con­trast with the sleepy lo­cal cul­ture. The Ta­marind Beach Ho­tel is here with a golf course and spa where the char­ter yacht’s crew can make reser­va­tions for guests who want to go ashore and in­dulge.

Gre­nada is a large and di­verse is­land with a lot to of­fer. Some char­ter guests choose to dis­em­bark here and stay an ex­tra day or two on land, to hike to the water­falls in Grand Etang Na­tional Park, tour a choco­late fac­tory, see par­rots and mon­keys in the rain­for­est, and shop for nut­meg and other spices in the thriving St. Ge­orge’s mar­ket.

A morn­ing hike up the Pi­tons in St. Lu­cia, though stren­u­ous, is well worth the views at the top.

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