Useful Information Grenadines
Departures ... Martinique (SXM) Saint Lucia (SLU) Saint Vincent (SVD) Grenada (GND)
Language .... English
Currency ..... EC Dollar , US dollar/Euro often accepted, cash machines in some islands
Kite sizes .... 9-12 guys, 7-9 girls
Kite spots ... The pool, Mayreau, Union, Fregate, Palm island, Morpion, PSV, Tobago Keys
Conditions ... Flat lagoons, ultra flat freestyle, Waves, chop.
The Grenadines are the southernmost islands of the caribbean and are surrounded by reefs, crystal waters and white sand beaches. The colours here are incredible and the inhabitants easily transmit their laid back friendly vibe. The choice of kitespots is huge with conditions ranging from ultra flat lagoons to offshore outer reefs.
As there are few flights direct to the grenadines so we generally start these trips from one of the larger neighbouring islands . The journey to reach the Grenadines is an adventure in itself as we sail past the spectacular coastlines of St Vincent and St Lucia.
The first of the Grenadines is the stunning island of Bequai. Although there is no kiting here it is well worth stopping off to have a quick look around whilst the captain clears immigration.
From here the trip consists of hopping from island to island and discovering the multitude of kite spots on offer. Each place has its own charm and everyone finds their favorite 'grenadine'. Some islands have small villages with rustic bars, markets and restaurants whilst other islands are uninhabited and classed as national parks.
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Islands and kite spot info
The largest settlement and the most picturesque village. This old whaling base hosts some great local markets and a wide selection of restaurants and watering holes! We make a brief stop here whilst the skipper clears immigration.
Welcome to kite heaven! 'The Pool' is the very apt name for this amazing anchorage inside a deserted turquoise lagoon.
Kite conditions are flat in the lagoon with waves on the (shallow) outer reef. Launch from the boat or from one of the small beaches. Colours are spectacular and we are usually the only boat here.
The smallest inhabited island and the most picturesque anchorage. Local rastas serve drinks and fresh lobster on the pristene palm lined beach. A short hike up to the rustic hilltop village is rewarded with stunning views of the islands.
Many quote Mayreau as the best spot on the trip. In the achorage there is a tiny ultra flat freestyle spot but most go to the windward lagoon to play in the waves and get high air from the kickers. Also possible to start a downwinder to Union
Clifton village in Union offers a chance to replenish the stores. There are some great local markets and they even have internet here!! In the evening the bars and restaurants are often animated with live music.
The windward lagoon is ultra flat and great for freestyle. This is the most crowded kite spot and you may find another 5-10 riders here! A few tacks upwind and out of the lagoon takes you to the waves on the reef of Palm Island.
Another favorite is just a short downwinder from Union. Fregate island is a remote spot that offers ultra flat offshore conditions. Suitable for freestylers and beginners alike.
PSV (Petit Saint-Vincent) is a millionaires private island but cruisers are welcome to have a snoop around and eat/drink at the bar. The lagoon north of the island offers amazing colors and flat/choppy conditions. It is a great place to start a downwinder to the tiny sand bar called Morpion.
4 islands make up the national park of the uninhabited Cays. The tiny islands are populated with birds and iguanas and the lagoons are home to hundreds of sea turtles and rays.
Kitesurfing here is breathtaking for the scenery. Conditions are flat/choppy and there is a great left hand wave at the end of horseshoe reef. The Cays are a good departure point for a downwinder to Mayreau.
Host to the film 'Pirates of the caribbean'. We take a break on the journey home to visit one of the film sets and take a glimpse at the scenery of this spectacular tropical haven.