Can you recall a typical day in your childhood? Probably not. But we bet you can vividly remember a family trip that blew your young mind.
A yacht charter in the Grenadines certainly is a wonderful experience, whether you’re a family looking for the perfect vacation with the kids, a group of friends looking for an adventurer enjoying nature. A sailing trip in the Grenadines could be your perfect summer getaway, yes even during the hurricane season.
Family life is both wonderful and a little exhausting. That’s why The Great Annual Summer Family Vacation is so important—a time to make memories and celebrate your loved ones away from technology and the daily grind
Family vacations are no longer about loading the kids in the car and heading to the nearest beach. Today, everyone is living their best lives, and that puts a lot of pressure on us parents planning fun family vacations that live up to the standards of our young, aspiring Instagram influencers, who would never be spotted riding in Clark Griswold’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
Families want to stretch their imaginations and share their passion for travel with their loved ones. They want family trips that don’t break the bank but still offer enough activities and excitement to captivate children of all ages, and that includes parents who are still young at heart. And while parents usually want the best family vacations to be the best vacations for kids, a yacht charter, sailing through the Grenadines, is perfect for kids of all ages who want to run wild and parents looking to relax while they do it. So where do you go?
“A handful of Caribbean Islands lie far enough south to be considered beneath the hurricane belt, so they are good options for travel at any time of the year. Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are far less likely to be affected by hurricanes than the other islands” – says Responsible Travel.
As the temperatures rise and the summer weather arrives to the upper half of North America, less and less sailors venture to the Caribbean leaving the islands of the Grenadines in particular empty. Flights to the islands become considerable less expensive and charter prices on boats also come down significantly.
The mistaken idea that the entire Caribbean is a shooting gallery for hurricanes is simply not true. In this regard it’s location, location, location that’s the important factors. The Grenadines are located between 12.2 degrees North Latitude and 13.2 degrees North Latitude which puts them south of the average track of hurricanes. “Islands south of 14º North Latitude seldom are affected, so islands south of Martinique have only a 2.2 percent annual risk of being affected by a hurricane, making your odds about 50-1 against a storm interrupting your vacation. That compared to a 25% chance or 4-1 for Miami and Bermuda and a 20% chance or 5-1 for the Bahamas” according to TRIP SAVVY. The BVI lie somewhere around 10 % chance or 10-1. “A handful of Caribbean Islands lie far enough south to be considered beneath the hurricane belt, so they are good options for travel at any time of the year. Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are far less likely to be affected by hurricanes than the other islands” says Responsible Travel.
During the summer months anchorages in the Grenadines are deserted and in some months even the boat venders don’t bother to come out. Resorts are closed, and their guest, long gone. You have the entire stretch of 32 islands and Cays all to yourselves. Imagine being the only boat in the world famous Tobago Cays or Salt Whistel Bay Mayreau. Just you and the turtles. This is frequently the case in the months of September and October. July and August sailors will find a handful of boats in their favorite anchorages (Usually only 20% of the winter numbers) and still can enjoy having many bays, and even islands, all to yourselves. “This is what cruising the Caribbean was like, before the charter boom of the 1980s, when I sailed these islands with my farther and grandfather” says Philip Barnard, owner of The Barefoot Companies and professional racing sailor. “We would wave towels to welcome boats into the anchorages, as it was such a rare occurrence to see other yachts”. He continues to say “This is my favorite time of year to sail with my own family.”
If quiet anchorages, cooled by gentle trade wind breezes and deserted beaches sounds like the vacation you have been looking for with your family or friends then contact Barefoot Yacht Charters and get advice from people who have lived and sailed in the Grenadines for 5 generations and have an intimate knowledge and love for sailing in this magical place.