Sailing the Grenadines islands – part 1

New Year in the Grenadine islands

What’s better than to spend new year’s eve under the sun?

To spend new year’s eve under the sun, on a boat sailing the Grenadines islands with hubby & friends! 🙂

It was something we were talking about since quite some time & finally this year we did it!

To not be bothered with the organization of such a trip, we did something I usually never do: we booked an all-inclusive holiday through a travel agency. & I must admit, it truly was perfect!

On the 31st of December we arrived at the airport ready for our next adventure!

Traveling business class to the Grenadines

Which started really well, as we could be upgraded to business class (the plane being quite empty, we only had to pay a small fee. Worth asking every time you take a long haul flight, you never know!).

Traveling business class to the Grenadines

I’ve never travelled in business class before – except for one time I was travelling from Paris to Rome, but it was a 2 hours flight so it doesn’t really count.

Traveling business class to the Grenadines

Anyway, travel this way is really another experience! You have so much space!! I wish I could always travel business class ;))

Traveling business class to the Grenadines

We arrived in Martinique at the end of the afternoon & went straight to the marina to meet our crew & to board our catamaran!

It was 6 of us plus there were 6 other guests & 2 crews. But it was very comfortable as every cabin had its own ensuite bathroom. Plus, usually people who go on a boat holiday are open-minded & easy going as they know they have to share a relatively small living space with others. And indeed, our fellow travelers were very nice.

We shared a big appetizer while the captain explained us the itinerary & the rules of life on board, we set the sail & off we went!

The first night you sail all night long & the ocean can be quite rough. You may wanna take some pills against sea-sickness, even though you usually don’t suffer from that.

We thought we could stay up to celebrate midnight. Moreover, the captain told us that at midnight we would have been sailing off Santa Lucia & able to see 7 different fireworks from different towns. But at 9.30 pm, thanks to jet lag, we fell asleep.

Nevermind, we woke up in 2017 in paradise!

Sunrise in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Our first stop was the island of Bequia.

  • Bequia

We obviously jumped in the water first thing in the morning & spent hours swimming & observing the colorful fishes & yellow corals.

Catamaran in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Snorkeling in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Snorkeling in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Snorkeling in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Snorkeling in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Snorkeling in Bequia, Grenadine islands

I spy a lobster…

Lobester in Bequia, Grenadine islands

…& a stingray!


We relaxed on the beach, watching the local children play.

Children playing in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Children playing in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Children playing in Bequia, Grenadine islands

While others preferred to fish.

Fishing in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Fishing in Bequia, Grenadine islands

In the afternoon, we gained the land to have a walk through the little town of Port Elizabeth.

Exploring in Bequia, Grenadine islands

The path to reach the town centre offers beautiful views over the bay.

Exploring Bequia, in the Grenadine islands

Exploring Bequia, in the Grenadine islands

Exploring Bequia, Grenadine islands

The town of Port Elizabeth in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Exploring Bequia, in the Grenadine islands

Once in the town centre, you’ll find a number of cute bars to have a drink.

The town of Port Elizabeth in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Exploring Bequia, in the Grenadine islands

The town of Port Elizabeth in Bequia, Grenadine islands

For my part, I finally had my first coconut of the holiday!

Coconut in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Palm trees in Bequia, Grenadine islands

We could also finally try Greg’s drone!


& I can just say… WOW!!!

From above you just discover a new place! The view, the details, the colors… everything’s amazing!

Drone picture of Bequia in the Grenadine islands

Drone picture of Bequia in the Grenadine islands

To finish this perfect day, we enjoyed our first sunset of the year <3

Sunset in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Sunset in Bequia, Grenadine islands

Sunset in Bequia, Grenadine islands

  • Mustique

Second day in the Caribbean, second island!

Right after breakfast, we set the sail, direction Mustique island.

Mustique in the Grenadine islands

Mustique island is a private island, property of a group of aristocratic, English families (including Mick Jagger, for the gossip ;p).

Many stars spend their holidays on the island & even William & Kate use to go there.

Indeed, you’re not allowed to walk everywhere on the island & there are so many security guards everywhere! Which indeed were not very happy with us using the drone on the beach… ;p

But look at the images, they are worth a little rebuke by the guards 😉

Drone picture of Mustique island

Drone picture of Mustique island

Drone picture of Mustique island

Drone picture of Mustique island

Drone picture of Mustique island

Drone picture of Mustique island

Our catamaran! ^

Only some beaches are “open” to visitors & if you’re not staying on the island, you can only visit for a couple of hours.

That said, we made the most of it!

Starting with some snorkeling

Snorkeling in Mustique island

Snorkeling in Mustique island

Snorkeling in Mustique island

& a long walk on the beach, enjoying the infinite shades of blue.

Exploring Mustique island

Exploring Mustique island

Exploring Mustique island

Exploring Mustique island

Exploring Mustique island

Exploring Mustique island

Making all sort of new friends along the way…

Turtle in Mustique island

Fawns in Mustique island

Heron in Mustique island

At the end of the morning, it was time for a drink at the legendary Basil’s Bar.

Basil's Bar in Mustique island

I know, it doesn’t look that legendary from the outside… ^

If we didn’t meet any celebrities, we enjoyed a fresh coconut with a beautiful view! 🙂

Basil's Bar in Mustique island

Basil's Bar in Mustique island

The bar is nothing special, but it worth a visit just out of curiosity 😉

And then it was time to sail away again to Tobago Cays, my favorite place of all the islands we explored!

Tobago Cays really is paradise on earth, the islands are teeny-tiny & completely wild, we swam with turtles, observed iguanas… But I’ll tell you more in the next post! xxx

All drone photos courtesy of photographer Gregory Prouvost.

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17 Comments

  1. Seems like you had a really good time there! I like the idea of flying business, it’s an experience itself !

  2. What a breathtaking place! Just looking at your photos has an amazingly relaxing effect on me. I’m sure this was a fun and refreshing way to ring in the new year. 🙂

  3. We love caribbean islands! We lived in Miami, FL for several years and visited as many islands as we could, but we missed the Grenadines. They are really gorgeous. We’d love to visit these gems too. Thanks for showing how wonderful they are.

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