Caribbean Bareboat Sailing Charters
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The Grenadines are a wonderful area to sail with beautiful island destinations. My wife and I had a wonderful experience on Lady Di, and the staff at Barefoot are very... read more accommodating, helpful and friendly! The food and drinks at the Driftwood restaurant are also great!
Now with direct flights, the St. Vincent Grenadines offer some of the finest cruising waters in the world, and there is simply no better way to experience them than by... read more sailboat. Barefoot is a family run business has been in operation since the eighties, and this was my third charter with them. As usual, we were met at the (new) Argyle International airport on the windward coast by one of their friendly and helpful lady taxi drivers, for the 15 minute ride to Barefoot. I'm an ex live-aboard sailor, with an intimate knowledge of the area, and as on the two previous occasions, I had chartered one of their older "economy" boats - a 42' Jeanneau. As it turned out, our boat had developed a minor problem that required a part, which would have delayed our departure by a day. So, rather than keep us waiting, the manager Philip upgraded us to an available 50' Beneteau at no extra charge. That's the kind of service that keeps me coming back - 2020 is already in the planning stages!
Barefoot offers everything one would want from a bareboat or skippered yacht charter company - well-maintained boats, a thorough helpful boat and chart briefing, easy booking process, well-trained and helpful... read more customer service staff, additional extras such as available snorkeling gear, kayaks, custom provisioning, good restaurant at the charter base (thank you Rhonda!) ... the list goes on. We just finished a spectacular week sail on Viewfinder (amazing almost-new cruising boat although, like many catamarans, not the best upwind). Everyone please - visit St Vincent & the Grenadines as soon as you can. The anchorages are empty and the people need your business! Everyone we met all over the islands was friendly and welcoming but they really need tourism to start up again - hard times in the meantime.
Since Tripadvisor won't let me edit my review, I deleted the original, and now I can't choose the right date, which was October 2018.
Because Barefoot was my first... read more charter, I had nothing to compare it too, and I feel like my review wasn't positive enough (although it was also 5 stars). I did a charter with another company (one of the big companies) and it gave me something to compare with my experience at Barefoot.
Barefoot wins hands down in every aspect. The customer service is simply superb, and the facilities are amazing. I knew I had a great experience, but I had no idea how much better it was than other companies/locations.
I am glad I ignored the negative reviews and went with Barefoot. This was my first charter, and Barefoot made everything easy by being extremely friendly and helpful. We chose to stay on the premises the two nights before and one night after our trip. The room was very nice -- extremely clean, great view. The restaurant, The Driftwood, is top notch. The food is great, it's beautiful, and the restaurant/bar staff are friendly and fun. We had a great time staying there, and will do it again on our next trip. I don't want to leave anyone out because everyone at Barefoot is great, but we spent the most time with Khalvin and Donnette, and Debbie did a great job answering all of our questions and making arrangements to get us prepared for the trip.
But it's all about the sailing, right? We did ASA certification on Lady Di with Captain Ritchie. We sailed from St. Vincent to Bequia to Mayreau, to Petit St Vincent, to Union Island (go to Happy Island), to Tobago Cays, back to Bequia and then back to Barefoot on St Vincent. During the day, we practiced docking, mooring, man overboard, navigation and other ASA curriculum. We anchored at Petit St Vincent and cooked on board, but every other night we ate and drank at great restaurants and bars. Captain Ritchie gave us great instruction and was a great tour guide. We had a great time with him.
It was an absolutely amazing week. There is no question we will be back.
Date of experience: October 2018
I booked a trip through Barefoot in April of 2020 thinking covid would turn around by November of 2020. In late August 2020 I determined I would cancel because... read more of uncertainties with flights and quarantine requirements. The company refunded me above the required refund on the charter agreement. They understood and were empathetic of the situation, which can not be said about many other companies I have dealt with during these times. The honest business practices will certainly make me a customer once all of this blows over- they aren't here just to take your money.
Additionally the booking process itself was seamless. Debbie was able to answer my questions and make tweaks to my original request to work with my schedule. Overall very pleasant experience despite unfortunately having to cancel.
At Barefoot, our philosophy is simple and our lifestyle is sweet. Through our commitment to you experiencing your ultimate vacation, clean sailing, our use of locally produced organic provisioning and our responsible operating practices, we hope to protect and enhance your experience while improving the world we share with all living things.
Driftwood Restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean flair, a stunning seaward view of Blue Lagoon and an intimate, air-conditioned lounge bar. We specialize in local, organically grown fruits and veggies.