Tobago Cays, Canouan, Mustique

Around the Atlantic: ✔ Next stop: Circumnavigation
Ron Noordhoek
Sun 25 Dec 2011 21:39

Tobago Cays is probably one of the most famous places in the Caribbean and, for a reason.
The only way to get there is by boat. The Cays is a group of 3 tiny islands surrounded by reefs. The whole place is a nature reserve with a turtle sanctuary and it is indeed fabulous!
Once you managed to pass the reefs and found a spot to drop the anchor, at least one boat will come by to make sure you’re okay…. whatever you might need, Walter in our case will bring it to you. We ordered some croissants and banana bread for the next morning.
We took the dinghy to snorkel. I had seen a turtle before but this was amazing. Numerous turtles gently swam around, obviously used to snorkelers. I also saw some stingrays but you don’t want to get too close to them.
The reef was great but so was the current. You could hardly hold your spot. It didn’t take that long to get tired and head back for the dinghy.
Next morning Walter brought our stuff and after breakfast we sailed to Canouan.
Union Island, Tobago Cays, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia are all part of the Grenadines and the Grenadines belongs to St Vincent, not to Grenada.

Canouan is a beautiful little Island with Charleston as the main and only village. As soon as we entered the bay another Walter showed up in a boat to help us with a mooring buoy. There were some other yachts but the resort seemed to have only 2 or 3 guests. We went ashore and walked around a bit. As we passed the ‘supermarket’ annex bar, I was called over to meet and sit with some guys and have a drink, the local rum mixed with some kind of juice. The people are indeed very friendly. I could only get away after I promised I’d come back later to buy a bottle of their rum.
I don’t think they can legally brew that kind of stuff in Europe, it’s 87.5%. If you’d drop the bottle, it’ll explode!
Next morning we sailed over to Mustique.

Mustique is a small private island The island was purchased in 1958 by Lord Glenconner. He initially planned to start farming, but then decided to develop the island into an exclusive hideaway. The whole place is run by a private company, There are 2 hotels where you can rent a one room cottage for $15.000 a week.
We had booked a table at Basil’s Bar to have a delicious Xmas dinner. Luckily the price of that was more normal.
Mustique really is a different world, especially compared to the other Islands. We took a small tour by taxi and the driver showed us some of the estates on the Island. That is.. from a distance and only those that were at all visible. He dropped us of at the lagoon beach, a very nice beach indeed but aren’t they all.
Later the taxi driver picked us up again and took us back to Basil’s Bar where we had lunch. Just in front of us another super yacht got into the bay. This one had a helicopter on deck.
Well whatever, the thing is, you can’t just sail her, you need at least 20 crew.
We didn’t see any celebrities, at least no one I know… but watching the people there was fun. You indeed enter a different world at Mustique.