The title should actually be, ‘Is it safe to sail to St Vincent’? The Grenadines, as a whole, are known to be safe. It’s St Vincent that has the bad reputation. There are 32 islands and cays (pronounced ‘Keys’) that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Nine are inhabited, including the mainland St Vincent and the Grenadines islands: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent and Palm Island.
In 2016 when we did our first full Caribbean sailing season we skipped St Vincent. Immediately after passing it by I had several cruisers say, ‘Don’t miss St Vincent – it’s great!‘ I vowed that I would most definitely visit the island if the opportunity came up again.
On our visit we checked into Chateaubelair on the northwest side of the island. Then we sailed down to Cumberland Bay and anchored with our stern facing the shore – an anchor heading out to sea and a line tided to the shore. What were our overall thoughts of the island and the people? Watch the video to find out. And make sure to scroll down to check out our St Vincent picture gallery.
Is It Safe To Sail To St Vincent & The Grenadines?
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Where is St Vincent & The Grenadines?
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a country in the Lesser Antilles island arc. It’s in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lies in the West Indies. You’ll find the 32 islands at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Its 389 km2 (150 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada.
Most of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lies within the Hurricane Alley so this is a cruising spot during the non-hurricane season.
To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia and to the east is Barbados. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a densely populated country for its size (over 300 inhabitants/km2) with approximately 109,643 inhabitants.
St Vincent Picture Gallery
Saint Vincent is green, lush and oozing with blooming nature. Everywhere you look you find some sort of fruit tree, every shade of green and various vibrant colors trying to poke out.
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