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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

On December 14th our friend Billy joined us on Bella Luna.    He left the cold dark winter in the middle of Sweden to sail in the Caribbean for the first time.  Billy owns his own sailboat so is very familiar with sailing.   
 We started in Grenada then to Carriacou Island, Union Island, Tobago Cays, Mayreau Island and Bequia Island where we spent 11 days for Christmas and New Year.    
Bequia was full of Scandinavian boats, especially Swedish.     On Christmas Eve we joined 65 other Swedes, 6 Canadians, 2 Dutch, 1 Greek and myself for the typical Swedish Christmas Buffet.    
From Bequia we sailed to St. Vincent to find a very charming bay, very traditional and after anchoring, the local friendly boat boys assisted in tying long stern lines to shore.   
On most all the islands we took some hikes or tours.    Billy is a very accomplished photographer so he came prepared with his special cameras and drone.      We share some of the many photos he has taken.    

Billy the photographer
Market in St. Georges Grenada
Market in St. Georges
St. Georges Grenada
St. Georges Port Louise Marina
Tyrrel Bay
Mangroves Tyrrel Bay
Windward boat yard on Carriaco
Sundowners with Lynne & Chris
Kite surfing Union Island
Kite surfing Union Island
Happy Island Union Island
Sundowner at Happy Island
Owner and developer of Happy Island
Tobago Keys
Lobster at Tobago Keys
Home in Chatham Bay
Saline Bay
Saline Bay Mayreau
Saline Bay
Salt Whistle Bay
Bella Luna in Bequia
Classic Yacht in Bequia
Cruise ships Bequia
Bella Luna in Cumberland Bay
Sunset in Cumberland Bay St. Vincent
Bella Luna in Cumberland Bay


In mid January we returned to Sweden and endured the snow and cold, returning to Grenada in March.    We left the boat at the  marina in  Mt. Hartman Bay (Secret Harbor).   As the weather proved to be a bit unusual during the time we were away the boat was very protected from the high winds and major swells.    We were very pleased with Secret Harbor Marina.    The setting of the marina is lovely and serene with a nice restaurant/bar, pool,  and volleyball court . 

Secret Cove Marina

Vegetables market in Secret Cove

It is also a short walk over to Prickly Bay.    We sailed around to Prickly Bay as our Australia friends, Craig and Julie, were returning to their boat and we had a good time with them but sadly waved goodbye as they now are sailing back home.

Lunch with Craig & Julie in Prickly Bay



We sailed north to Tyrrel Bay Carriacou, which is part of Grenada.   Here we unexpectedly met our Finnish friends, Veikko and Hanna that we first met in Las Palmas.   We  spent the long Easter Weekend.   Carriacou is a very quiet, laid back island with  friendly people and a nice small boat yard where some keep their boats during the hurricane season.     We did some long walks on the island as there are several beautiful beaches.      After clearing out with customs and immigration we departed for the Grenadine Islands.  

Tyrrel Bay

Hurricane hole in the mangroves

Hurricane hole in Tyrrel Bay


A short sail to Canouan, which many sailors avoid because they feel it is unsafe, but we certainly did not feel that.  The bay is big with plenty of room for anchoring.  Good holding.     Clearing in with customs and immigrations  for the Grenadines went fast and smooth and everyone was very friendly.       The village does not offer much for provisions other than fruit and vegetables but Tamarind Beach Hotel has a wonderful Italian deli /shop with many speciality items and a very nice restaurant/bar with yummy stone oven pizza.   Their menu offers several very interesting dishes.    We can highly recommend this and it is definitely worth the stay at this island.

Bequia is where we spent 10 days and it was the most social stay we have ever experienced.   We met friends we had not seen since leaving our jobs in Sweden, reconnected with our British friend, Liz and her family,  and made several new friends. 

Bequia waterfront

    There is a sail/canvas shop that is very good so we had some covers made for our dingy and met other sailors while on the beach who were also getting covers. 

Our new dinghy chaps

  Bequia feels very much like the “old Caribbean” and by that I mean although it is a VERY popular place for sailors, the people and the island have not fallen into the big touristic flashy resorts.   They have beautiful quaint resorts, plantation houses, very nice cafes, many good restaurants, good provisioning, arts, boat chandlery and helpful service people.   We had a problem with out outboard propeller and a mechanic  was able to make us a temporary fix that will hold us until we receive a new propeller.    Within only a few days of being there, it felt like home.    A beautiful island and beautiful people.

Sailing is a big sport among the locals in Bequia

Fish market in Bequia



Tobago Cays offers a group of small uninhabited islands protected from the sea by a large horseshoe reef.     This is the place to snorkel or dive, watch turtles swim by the boat or just sit and enjoy the vivid turquoise color of the water.    Very sad that the coral is not as large and vivid as it was 20+ years ago but still a lot of colourful fish. 

Tobago Cays

Mayflower in Tobago Cays

Party on Mayflower, Roland, Mayelin and Bosse



Union Island, our last stop in the Windward Islands for this season.   Here is where we are required to clear out of the Grenadines.    We are anchored in Clifton Harbor behind a reef watching the Kitesurfers.    From here we sail direct to Trinidad.

Clifton Harbour

Kite surfing in Clifton