Get Hooked on the Islands!

Here are a few recommended anchorages in the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Visiting remote islands on the distant horizon is one of the great parts of cruising the Caribbean. Secluded beaches, swaying palm trees, the feel of the sea beneath you in the gently bobbing boat-these are the benefits of escaping to the islands. However, don't forget that this vacation from the "real world" can also mean a vacation from many on-shore amenities. Plan ahead and check out some of these anchorages while you're in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Mustique

Essentially, the only nice, sheltered place that you're going to find to throw the hook is Britannia Bay, where you'll find a public jetty and a wharf Mooring rentals are also available here for vessel with up to 15 feet of draft, the rates (for one to three nights) are $77 for boats up to 70 feet in length, $115 for boats 71 to 85 feet, $154 for boats 86 to 100 feet, and $192 for vessels over 100 feet.

Bequia

When you get to Bequia, if you're looking to stay, head to Port Elizabeth. This is the island's main port of entry and there is customs clearance. There are services for yachtsmen on land as well for provisioning and maintenance (one to try is Bequia Marina, at (784) 458-3272). On the leeward coast, Admiralty Bay is a fairly sheltered anchorage and is popular amongst visiting power and sailboats.

St. Vincent

Larger than Mustique and Bequia, St. Vincent has more to offer for visiting yachtsmen. On the southern coast lie the popular anchorages of Blue Lagoon and Young Island Cut, where there are also moorings. The leeward coast is home to a-half-dozen bays where you can toss the hook for the evening. Chateaubelair Bay, Cumberland Bay, Troumaka Bay, Willilabou Bay, Mt. Wynne Bay, and Buccament Bay are all popular. If you're looking to go ashore for a little while, Kingstown, Walliabou, and Chateubelair are ports of entry where you can get cleared in by customs.