There are officially 32 islands and cays that make up the Grenadines. Split politically between St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and Grenada, only 9 of the islands are inhabited. Others are private islands and the rest are only accessible by boat making them the favorite of sailors and fishers alike. Noted for their sublime beauty and undisturbed sea floors, the islands in the Grenadines hold so many secrets. In Bequia, visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary located on the north coast. Here are some of the world’s last hawksbill sea turtles; kept until they are 3 years old. Then they are released in order to increase the population and save them from extinction. Canouan is a common stop for travelers on their journey to the Tobago Cays, however it shouldn’t go unnoticed. The hook-shaped island’s name means “Island of Tortoises” which you will notice as soon as you step foot on shore. The largest population of hawksbill, leatherback and green turtles in the world are swimming in the waters surrounding this island. There are also plenty of turtles on land like the Morrocoy. During your catamaran charter in the Grenadines, snorkel or dive in the azure water off the coast of Mayreau to see the Mayreau Gardens. The magnificent reef site is filled with brightly colored coral and fish.
With some of the most fertile soil in the world, the Grenadines is known for it’s cuisine. Most islanders diets consist of seafood, fruit, starches and vegetables. Conch, crab, and shrimp are very common however in Bequia whaling is an island tradition. This practice is not done for leisure, but it is an important part of the Bequian diet. Fruits that are common amongst most of the islands are coconut, plantain, bananas and sweetsop. Vegetables in the local markets will include: callaloo, bell pepper, okra, squash and silverbeet. The most common starchy food or provisions as they are called on the islands are, yams, potatoes and dasheen. Arrowroot is also a native crop to the islands, and it is usually dried and ground into grain. The most common dishes will be curry goat or curry chicken with rice or jackfish with breadfruit. Caribbean lobster and callaloo are also a special dish in some of the islands. If you were worried about snacks the Grenadines has you covered. A favorite snack is plantain chips or banana fritters. The Caribbean is known for its flavorful rum. The Grenadines has Sunset rum, which is unique to the area, it is a by-product of sugar cane. On your catamaran charter to the Grenadines, why not cast a line! There is nothing more rewarding than enjoying your own catch.
Renowned for being uncrowded and secluded, enjoy an idyllic beach day in the Grenadines. Macaroni Beach in Mustique is regarded as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It features powder white sand and azure water lined with palm trees. Princess Margaret Beach on Bequia island is a stretch of golden colored sand and turquoise water surrounded by sprawling greenery. Princess Margaret did in fact swim here, hence the name. Godhal beach is only accessible by boat if you aren’t staying at the Mandarin Oriental, however, this beach is picturesque to say the least. There is a barrier reef near the beach and scuba diving in the crystal-clear water is the best way to examine the marine life that is hiding in the coral. The shallow water here is perfect for children. In Mayreau, Salt-whistle bay is ideal for your catamaran charter in the Grenadines. The bay has great points to anchor and then you can swim to the white sand shore. Swim next to turtles and schools of brightly hued fish. Cross the small trail to get to kitesurfing beach and do just that! Pick any one of the five Tobago Cays and enjoy the beach there. All with pristine white sand and warm turquoise water, these beaches are the ones you dream about.
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