The Grenadines are a group of small islands that make up the “afterthought” of the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This is one part of the world where it would be really fun to have your own boat. The islands are relatively close (within half hour sail of each other) and offer a delectable selection of beaches and turquoise waters for your exclusive consumption.
We spent a day sailing in the Grenadines, departing from Union Island in the morning. We were aboard the Yannis Tornado, a 60 foot catamaran.
Our first stop was Myra Island, which has a distinctive crescent-shaped white beach edging a calm bay, with sheer cliffs on both sides. The water shines like a sheet of blue glass. On the other side of the island, less than two minutes walk away, the sea is equally blue, but choppy. Kite surfers enjoy the stiff winds of that side, and I enjoyed wave-jumping in the chop. Myra is very quiet — its few inhabitants live away from the shore, atop the small hill in its center.
The rest of the day was spent in the Tobago Cays. Confusingly, these islands are not part of Trinidad and Tobago, but of the Grenadines. They form the only national marine reserve of the country. These islands are not inhabited, but when we arrived there, a lot of boats were anchored there. I’ve read that the Tobago Cays are in danger of being loved to death. The coral we saw there appeared mostly covered in sand, but there were plenty of fish, small and large, that wound their way through it.
The best part of the day was getting to swim with the giant turtles in the Tobago Cays. These magnificent animals are fast swimmers, but they graciously lingered close by, feeding, for long enough for us to get a good look. Another lovely memory to be cherished for the days when no inspiration is to be found.