Sailing in the Caribbean is one of the world’s great pleasures. Slipping through sapphire water along emerald coastlines streaked with sand, rum punch in hand — it’s a travel cliché of which I never tire. Grenada is an ideal place to charter a boat. On the recommendation of Spice Island Beach Resort, we booked a private half-day venture with Savvy Tours.
The company’s personable owner, Danny, offered to bring us from the resort to the boat, but his car might be a little rough around the edges for some. I recommend having your concierge arrange for a taxi to take you to his ship. It may be only a few years old, but it has wonderful vintage-style details, including wood trim and candy-stripe cushions. I knew as soon as we stepped aboard that the day would be a success.
Captain Kenrick motored us slowly out of the picturesque harbor of St. George’s before hoisting the sails with the help of Sam, the first mate. Sam also guided us around the memorable Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor after the reef was damaged in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. He sunk numerous cement sculptures around the bay in order to provide bases to which corals and other sedentary marine life could attach. We snorkeled over a ring of people holding hands, a replica of the Christ of the Deep sculpture standing in St. George’s, and, my favorite, the Lost Correspondent, depicting a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. I loved the works’ eerie beauty.