Let’s say you want to experience a Caribbean sailing adventure along the lines of the one Patrick enjoyed last year in the Grenadines, but you’re not so keen on lengthy and potentially pukey ocean crossings. Maybe you’re fearful of massive undersea volcanoes, the Kraken or pirates. Or maybe you just want to stay closer to land and experience the many varied facets of one particular destination from the sea.
If this is you, then the Tobago sailing itinerary offered by TradeWinds was made for you.
TradeWinds offers crewed yacht charters across the Caribbean and Central America, with sailings operating out of the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tobago, Panama, and Belize. Outside of our corner of the world, the company also covers the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas, the Canary Islands and the Las Perlas Archipelago.
I came across the TradeWinds catamaran pictured here during the lunch portion of the coastal tour of Tobago that I enjoyed with the Waterholics crew in January. One of TradeWinds passengers was kind enough to fill me in on the excursion, saying that the itinerary consisted of a week-long sail around the island. There were planned stops at various points allowing guests to explore ashore, or stick to the sea for fun both above and beneath the waves.
We sailed quite a bit, but we spent about three-quarters of our time snorkeling, scuba diving and that sort of thing.
TradeWinds cruises are great for those who love sailing, but don’t always want all the responsibility for managing and maneuvering the boat. Guests are invited to help out with navigation, lines, anchoring – you name it. If you prefer to sit back and relax, though, that’s fine too.
Now, TradeWinds is a sailing club, but you don’t have to be a member to book with them. Tobago itineraries start at $3,950 per-cabin (double occupancy) in the low season, stepping up to $4,600 in the shoulder seasons and $5,250 in the peak of winter. Those are all-inclusive prices that give you meals, drinks, accommodations, etc. You’re only on your own for two dinners, which guests are invited to enjoy ashore.
Also, this particular TradeWinds catamaran has four guest cabins, so if you can round up three pairs of friends, you can commandeer the entire boat. Of course, if you have the means, TradeWinds would gladly charter the whole cat to you, even if you kept to just one cabin.
Either way, TradeWinds offers a great way to see and experience Tobago from the sea. And, best of all for squeamish sailors, you’ll always be able to see Tobago throughout the whole trip!
* The information in this story was accurate at the time of publishing. All rates and specials are subject to change at the travel provider’s discretion.