Caribbean Bareboat Sailing Charters
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My wife and I first came to barefoot in October 2021. We were attracted by the reasonable rates and consistent winds. We quickly fell in love with the people and... read more beauty of SVG. Just finished another week and we plan to keep returning until our own catamaran’s construction is completed. We have been fortunate enough to travel the world extensively over the last 5 years and SVG is our favorite destination. During both our trips we had complications with our personal lives back home and Thor the manager bent over backwards to assist us with things outside of his scope of responsibility. His ethics and customer centric way of running the business flows through every employee. That’s why the most common response we heard from Barefoot employees was “no problem”.
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!
Had an excellent “Post COVID” experience with Barefoot.
Debbie, Monica and Thor did a great job to get a yacht ready at short notice (due to delayed... read more test results) and did their best to ensure we had a good time.
We chartered Willow Dew a well maintained Lagoon 39, Andrew’s yacht briefing was in depth and we had no issues. Highlights of the trip included swimming with turtles at Tobago Cays and lovely meals at the Sandy Lane yacht club (currently first night free) and Mustique (Recent COVID test required).
On the whole a great experience.
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.
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.
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.