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Island Hopping: Exploring the Grenadines


Danielle Miller

December 5, 2019

Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique

White Island, south of Carriacou

Take a look at a map and you’ll see that Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are surrounded by over a dozen small and uninhabited islands, dotted along the coastlines. The breadcrumb trail of islands then continues north with the Grenadines divided politically between Grenada and St Vincent, our closest neighbour to the north.

Sandy Island , Carriacou. (Photo courtesy Grenada Tourism Authority)

Sandy Island off the north coast of Grenada, and White and Saline Islands off the south of Carriacou are stunning pieces of paradise, easily accessible on a day charter.

Starting in Grenada and making your way up the islands is a classic sailing route - with optimum sailing conditions and a multitude of enchanting islands and bays to explore. From Grenada and Carriacou there are several charter companies offering day trips and multi-day charters up the islands, including WIC Luxury Charters, Savvy Sailing Adventure and Jambalaya Sailing Charters.

Alternatively, take the Osprey Express, a 90-minute ferry service connecting St George’s with Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. Or fly with SVG Air, offering daily flights from Grenada to Carriacou, and onward to Union Island - the first official entry point into St Vincent & the Grenadines from the south. Learn more about Grenada's sister islands in our Carriacou and Petite Martinique section.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Morpion Island, St Vincent & the Grenadines

It’s easy to cross into St Vincent & the Grenadines from Grenada by boat or air, clearing customs and immigration at Union Island. From here you can hop over to the nearby Petit St Vincent, Palm Island, Mayreau, The Tobago Cays, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia.

Aerial view of the Tobago Cays

The jewel of the region is The Tobago Cays, well worth a visit if you venture into St Vincent territory. With a lagoon of crystal clear turquoise water, five uninhabited islands, a 2.5 mile reef and a turtle sanctuary, the archipelago is a protected marine park and wonderful for snorkeling and swimming.