DETAILS: Sailing the Grenadines
GETTING THERE: Six major gateways (Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico and Trinidad) offer service to Union Island, Canouan, Mustique, Bequia and St. Vincent. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, BWIA and Air Jamaica provide nonstop service from those gateways to the Grenadines. From Washington, round-trip fares on American Airlines, for example, start at $635.
WHERE TO CHARTER: Charter companies offer a variety of vessel sizes and types, including luxury motor yachts, sailboats and catamarans. Services range from fully crewed (skipper, shipmates and chef) to bareboat (i.e., you're on your own). Rates vary, but spike during the high season (December to April) and drop in the low season (June to November).
We used Erika's Marine Services on Union Island (416-848-7325, http:/
Barefoot Yacht Charters on St. Vincent (784-456-9526, http:/
Florida-based Moorings (888-952-8420, http:/
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Crystal Apartments (Grand Bay, 784-458-8356) offers simple but comfortable two-room apartments with kitchenettes. The property has a small restaurant serving such basic dishes as rotis and beans and rice. Nightly rates are $65 per person.
The no-frills Anchor Inn Guest House (Grand Bay, 784-458-8568 ; $65 per person) has four double rooms with ceiling fans, TVs and kitchenettes. There is also a small bar and restaurant with inexpensive fare.
The Tamarind Beach and Yacht Club (Grand Bay, 784-458-8044, http:/
Dennis Hideaway (784-458-8594, http:/