Boating and Fishing in St. Vincent

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Boating and Fishing

From St. Vincent you can charter a monohull or catamaran (bareboat or complete with captain, crew, and cook) to weave you through the Grenadines for a day or a week of sailing—or for a full-day fishing trip. One of the most spectacular cruising areas in the world, particularly for sailing, the islands of the Grenadines are close enough to allow landfall at a different island nearly every day, yet some are far enough apart to allow for true blue-water sailing. Bequia and Union Island have excellent yacht services and waterfront activity. Mustique is a dream destination, as is Mayreau. Visitors on yachts can dine at the private Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent resorts. Canouan is a prime yacht-chartering locale, and the Tobago Cays are a don't-miss destination for snorkeling and diving.

Boats of all sizes and degrees of luxury are available. Bareboat charter rates in high season start at about $350 and go up to $1,000 or more per day for monohull sailing yachts and $600-plus per day for catamarans; add $130 per day for a captain and $120 per day for a chef. Rates for a crewed luxury sailing yacht begin at about $7,500 per week for two guests and $18,500 or more per week for boats that accommodate eight guests. Fishing trips cost about $400 for a half day and $600 for a full day.

Barefoot Yacht Charters. Barefoot's fleet of catamarans and monohulls are in the 32- to 50-foot range. Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, VC0274. 784/456–9526. www.barefootyachts.com.

Crystal Blue Sportfishing Charters. Greg and Lisa Allen offer sportfishing charters on their 34-foot Bertram pirogue to both casual and serious fishermen. Villa, St. Vincent, VC0274. 784/457–4532.

TMM Yacht Charters. The fully equipped yachts and catamarans here range from 38 to 51 feet and can come either bareboat or crewed. Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, VC0274. 784/456–9608; 800/633–0155 in the U.S. www.sailtmm.com.

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