Monday, April 14, 2008

The Grenadines

Two days ago we arrived in St. Croix so we're now officially back in US territory. We covered the 370 miles from Union Island in 53 hours, and Cielo had her fastest 24 hours of sailing yet (averaging over 7 knots and traveling nearly 180 miles). Prior to heading north, we had spent two weeks in the Grenadines, the chain of small islands between St. Vincent and Grenada. It's beautiful there, and we were lucky to be able to spend ample time swimming, hiking and making new friends over many sunset happy hours. We thought we'd do another photo essay of sorts, and let the pictures speak for themselves.


All of the cruisers we met had raved about Bequia and when we arrived, it was clear to see why. There are wonderful beaches, good restaurants, friendly people and good hiking. We were able to take in a bit of all of it and even managed to put in a little work on the boat, spending one afternoon scrubbing 5 months of grime off of our dinghy.


Mustique is the only of the Grenadines that we visited where we didn't get any pictures. The reason is that we arrived right before sunset and left the next morning before the sun came up. The anchorage was just that miserable and rocky. However, anyone thinking about visiting by land should check out the Firefly hotel where we treated ourselves to an amazing evening of dinner and drinks:


We took a beautiful hike around this island and got lots of great views. We also got sore butts from all of the steep hills we had to climb to get around the island.


We anchored in Salt Whistle Bay and it was gorgeous. Palm trees, clear water, beach front bar, the whole nine yards. We anchored so close to the beach we were able to swim in for an afternoon cocktail. Kevin also spent time perfecting his coconut hunting and gathering technique. He now has a machete and everything. Don't think I'll ever drink coconut water from a can again!

The Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays are a group of uninhabited islands in the southern Grenadines, each no more than a square mile in total . Parts of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie were filmed here and it's easy to see why. Except for the sailboats at anchor, there's little to suggest whether it's the 1800's or the 21st century. Nothing but palm trees, white sand beaches and aqua-marine water for as far as the eye can see.

Union Island

The last stop in our travels south, we anchored in Union Island for two nights. Kevin finally found a goat to cuddle with and we also found a bar called Happy Island created out of a pile of conch shells out on the middle of the reef that surrounds Clifton Harbor, the main anchorage.


Blogger kyle said...

looks amazing! can't wait to see you guys in a few days!

April 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger mom* said...

I understand the Cielo has taken on some very precious cargo. Take care and Enjoy Kyle

April 28, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

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