Summer cruising

Old Dec 27th 2015, 7:11 pm
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Looking to spend some time cruising the Caribbean with family. Any particular places worth exploring?
We will be self catered onboard our own vessel.
Likely between July and September
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Old Dec 27th 2015, 8:22 pm
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It's going to be pretty hot, and that is considered low season in the Caribbean. We enjoyed a cruise on a sailing ship (in September, so it was fairly quiet) around St Vincent and Grenadines, sailing from St Lucia. We visited several islands that are too small for cruise ships, such as Bequia (which has a turtle sanctuary) Mayreau, Union Island, and the Tobago Cays Marine Park. The botanical gardens on St Vincent are well worth a visit too.

Security (at night) should be a consideration for you, and you will need to watch the weather as you will be visiting during hurricane season, so your plans might have to change at short notice and you might have to sprint north or south to get out of the path of a hurricane.

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St Lucia, Bahamas and Barbados and Martenique should be on your lists - check out Caribbean Island Adventure & Sightseeing Tours in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas & More for a list of things to do on each island too. Turks is beautiful if you are going that far north.

As Pulaski says, it's hurricane season here at that time and we are due a big one. It was a fairly quiet season this year but a few near misses and they spring up without warning.
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People tell me that the British Virgins (no jokes, please...) are very nice for yachties. And if you have time time to explore it, Jamaica is a large and scenic island. (I live in Cayman, which is a very comfortable place - being a tax-haven, and all that - but there's nothing much to see, and I wouldn't recommend it for a visit.)
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There are loads of nice areas, our local beauty is the grenadines chain, places like the tobago cays, mayreau and mustique, though grenada itself has some very attractive and safe anchorages. As said, you are going rainy and hurricance season, you may see some rough conditions, and i believe that one safety strategy is to be south in our area. Loads of big boats are stored in yards round Gda in the summer as the insurance is cheaper, as we are in theory south of the hurricane routes. We do see one very occasionally.
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Test, please ignore.
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