ON SEA: Feel like the Caribbean has lost much of its charm? Keen to lose the crowd? You are not alone. Mercifully down in the Southern Windward islands, a myriad of turquoise bays and anchorages lie unspoiled.
The most south-western of the Windward Islands, Grenada is part of an island nation that includes Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The typically West Indian Grenadines offer 60-miles of flawless cruising grounds. Uninhabited sandy islands, heritage conservation sites and the exclusive island of Mustique, are all within easy reach of Grenada.
With an airport just 5 miles away and safely below the hurricane belt, Port Louis Marina is an accessible safe haven all year round, offering a variety of berthing options for yachts up to 90m.
The beautiful Creole-style marina hosts the Grenada Sailing Festival, which takes place in late January, bringing prestigious international yachts and experienced local sailors together for four days of top quality racing.
Not only does the sailing festival offer the most challenging racing conditions in the southern Caribbean, it also hosts the best parties. This January, yachtsmen and women from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Austria and Italy, Trinidad and Antigua were welcomed back at Port Louis Marina with finish line ‘limes’ and a huge party at the Victory Bar.
The Grenada Sailing Festival is famed for its mix of international and traditional sailing, with the Scotiabank Work Boat Regatta at Grand Anse Beach proving a hugely popular and enduring event on the Caribbean calendar. This year the increase in young sailors is further evidence of the growing reputation of sailing in the Grenadines.
Despite its small size (just 12 by 22 miles) Grenada packs a punch, with a fabulous equatorial climate. Cooled by north-east trade winds and scented with cinnamon and nutmeg, which grow in the islands verdant interior, the equitable climate is a distinct advantage over the northern Caribbean.
From rainforests and waterfalls, to hot sulphur springs and secluded white sand bays, the island is a tropical paradise.
The historic capital of St. George’s is further evidence that this flawless island has preserved its cultural authenticity.
Divers are spoilt for choice, between the healthy, flourishing coral reefs and underwater volcanoes; the countless shipwrecks or the eerily beautiful Molinière Underwater Sculpture Park.
For the ultimate in sophisticated Caribbean living, Port Louisis a chic but discrete answer to St Tropez, Costa Smeralda or St Bart’s. Alongside the island’s luxurious hotels, yacht club, spa, sophisticated dining scene and sumptuous villas and pent houses, the marina offers that rare combination of world-class facilities and an authentic and unspoilt Caribbean ambiance.
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