These two voyages planned around the holidays are a full ON discovery experience on nomad/travel lifestyle possibilities and mindset, adventure sailing on a classic, while exploring the most beautiful Caribbean Islands. This together with fellow (aspiring) nomads as stoked about creating a life nothing less they are capable of living. This trip is led by Suzanne and Jonatan, that live a life centered around travel about half their lives now. From Sailboat hitchhiking on +50 boats, across the Atlantic (x 4), hitchhiking across West Africa, hiking the PCT, building a tiny house on wheels and then live in it. Just to name a few memorable experiences they’ve done solo, and will be happy sharing about. This trip is a discovery of ways of life possible beyond doing the average things, a way to shift your mindset, and a way to get kickstarted with personal support, a boat load of inspiration, and of course full on action and adventure along the way.
If you’re considering a whole new path in life centered around travel, adventure, and an ocean minded lifestyle, this trip is for you!
The image you have in mind from the Caribbean gets beyond confirmed once arrived. The islands are blessed with tropical rainforests, stunning reef drops, waterfalls and adventure potential. It is as scenic above as below the surface. The Caribbean is a truly amazing part of our planet, full of character! Scenic wise with all the happy coloured buildings, the tropical flowers and happy bird sounds. But the real characters are the people.
With dozens of authentic and unique island nations, the Caribbean calls for exploration time. The ONLY way to explore the Caribbean is by sail! With the trade winds from the east and the island chain going from north to south, turquoise waters and thousands of islands, bay and inlets, sailing conditions are just perfect. You have to take the sea route to get the best sense of place and exploration spots.
We’ll be sailing the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The windward islands are the Southern end of the eastern Caribbean island chain. From Martinique to Grenada. They are called windward because you had to beat to windward to get there from other islands. They lie across the easterly tradewinds which makes it easy and pleasant to sail north and south. That’s what we will do.
On the route we find Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. Three different island nations all deserving months of exploration on its own.
On purpose, we don’t plan out the route in detail. Our captain and expedition leader have extensively explored the Caribbean by sail and know about the best and most remote anchorages to choose from. We make the best possible route, with for sure having the Grenadines part of the itinerary. We will go after remote turqoise bays in the Caribbean that can only be reached by sail. We’ll be sailing and snorkeling and exploring the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean seas, where the crowd can’t reach!
Distances between the islands are short. You can usually see the next one already lying ahead of you. That said, we will sail a few hundred miles to make the most out of this expedition!
Everywhere in the Caribbean people are friendly, but Grenada, called ‘Greenz’ by the locals, really tops it. Everyone says good morning or good afternoon. People are genuinely interested in stopping for a chat. The food is amazing – we could eat callaloo soup the rest of our lives and still feel vibrant at 100! Grenada is comprised of one main island and six smaller ones. The ‘mainland’ has rainforests, mangroves, marine parks, an underwater sculpture park and giant leatherback turtles. Carriacou is a small, idyllic Grenadian island with great diving. It’s also called the “spice island”. Cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cacao, moringa, and vanilla are available in abundance! Cool town: St. Georges, the capital.Must do: Hash Run on Saturday, Grenada Sailing Week, and a chill-out session in Carriacou.Must eat: Oil down, callaloo soup, roti and local made organic chocolate.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The water cannot get more turquoise than in the Grenadines. Because of its many islands scattered throughout the Caribbean Sea, and the logistical challenges of reaching them, this is where we definitely want to sail! The Tobago Cays are a spectacular protected marine park and legendary for kitesurfing.Cool town: Clifton in Union IslandMust do: sailing and kitesurfingAwesome Beach: Jack Sparrows beach on ‘Petit Tabac’Must eat: Coconuts and red banana.
This is one of the busier islands in the WindWard Islands. Rodney Bay on St. Lucia is the most advanced location for recycling facilities and waste disposal. Must do: Anchor, dive, hike, and have a chillax session at the hot springs around the PitonsCool town: Soufriere. The vibe is a lot busier and more commercial in the north, while the south is much more authentic and absolutely gorgeous.
As it is French territory, you’ll spot people walking around with the stereotypical baguette under their arm. It’s a well-developed island with plenty of shops and facilities, making it a popular place for provisioning and sourcing things. Martinique is one of the islands we have not personally explored inside out. We’d love to do that together with you!
Imagine jumping into warm turquoise waters just seconds after you wake up. Eating a freshly chopped papaya for breakfast, having consistent 15-20 knot breeze when sailing to the next island, and if we’re lucky spotting a whale or dolphins, do a boat swing, hiking up a hill for the view, climbing a palm tree for a coconut, and enjoying a sunset chillax with that coconut and green flash on the horizon. You can work on your swimming skills immersed in the evening bioluminescence, with the starry sky above you making wishes.
That’s just one example of a day on board SV Twister in the Caribbean. Each day you’ll experience something new, whether it’s spotting ocean wildlife, discovering a new island or trying some of the best local Caribbean cuisine.
Ocean Nomads trip are beyond ‘the usual’ sailing holiday. It’s and adventure experience aimed at making the dream lifestyle reality, not just for the time with us but beyond all that. Incorporating the Ocean Nomads values, of community, exploration, and positive impact into the elements of the trip. Ocean Nomads trips are always hands-on, everyone helps with the running of the ship.
With Suzy on board as certified Freedive Instructor, she also happily teaches some freedive basics to level up your underwater exploration time and experience.
On this route we find the islands where the traditional Caribbean wooden sloops are being build: Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
We’ll touch remote islands that can’t be reached any other way than by boat. Wherever we go we leave the places cleaner than we find it. Beach clean ups are part of the routine, not ‘just’ incorporated as an event.
Read more about the ON value and trip operations on the big Expedition ON overview page.
This is a muti-adventure trip. But ofcourse, you’re always welcome to chill and read a book or just do nothing, but BEing.
A consistent 15-20 knots is present pretty much all days. Perfect for cruising! The water temperature is around 28 degrees and makes board short and bikini kiteboarding and snorkeling possible. Is it a dream? Yes, and one to make real!
“During my interview call with Suzanne for ExpeditionON with Twister last summer, I immediately knew I wanted to join the Ocean Nomads network and sailing adventure. Her energy and values were exactly what I was looking for and I could NOT wait to get onboard and meet everyone. As soon as I hung up the phone I thought to myself “This trip is going to change my life”…. and it sure did. So I packed up my life into a duffle bag a few months later, boarded Twister in Madeira and set sail towards The Canary Islands.
Long story short, after I hopped on Twister and sailed off into the sunset, I was surrounded by amazing people and had the complete feeling of freedom I had hoped for. With little convincing from fellow ON members during one of the monthly meetups, I also decided to take their advice and spend the winter in the canaries. This included…renting a caravan with fellow Nomad Cay, sailing on Bluepearl with Captain Wolfgang , Thomas, Robert, Kyra, and meeting Jacky, Eoin, Luca, Sael and of course Suzanne.
My lifelong dream has been to spend time outside of the US, explore different places, meet , new people and just live somewhere different than what I grew up with. If you told me this time last year that I would have spent the better part the last 365 days sailing around The Canary Islands,surfing in Ireland, sleeping in a van ALONE in England and writing this newsletter on an island in the Adriatic Sea, I would have rolled my eyes at you. But after joining Ocean Nomads a little over a year ago my life has done a complete 180° ( in the best way possible) and I have the network and so many of you to thank for that!” – Brianna
Ocean Nomad, Adventurer, Captain & Freedive Instructor
Hi! My name is Suzanne and I’m super excited to sail across the Atlantic and Caribbean with a group of Ocean Nomads! A little about me. Half my time on this planet, I’ve been living a nomadic ocean minded lifestyle, navigating ocean and coastlines by sail, van, surf and mermaid fins. I hitchhiked 30.000 miles on sailboats and now slow travel coastlines living in my van. I wrote the Atlantic ocean travel guide Ocean Nomad and founder of the Ocean Nomads community. The mission: Connecting you to ocean, and to cultivate and encourage a simple, natural, conscious way of life. I’ve spent some winters in the Caribbean before, and I can’t wait to share this magic with you!
Advanced Hitchhiker, Long Distance Hiker, Full time Vanlifer, Banana Pancake Professional
Hello fellow nature vagabonds! I couldn’t be more excited to partaken in such a great adventure and life experience on a sailboat with a great bunch of you ON.
My name is Jonatan and I’m from an island in Sweden. Travelling and being on the road without knowing what tomorrow brings has been in my DNA most likely since birth. Still don’t know from whom but things like cultural exchange, hitchhiking, vanlife, hiking, diving, skiing, kitesurfing, freedive, surfing to name a few has brought me to the most wonderful places and meetings in my life. And it’s just the meetings and the sharing thru life story’s that has been the most memorable thing. We know that Caribbean going to be amazing but I together with you will create wonderful memories together.
Home port : Harlingen, Holland
Year built : 1902
Displacement : 88 tonnes
Length overall : 36m/118′
Draft : 2.8m/9’2″ Beam : 6.2m/20’3″ Rig : Schooner
Sail area : 332.5m/1090’8″
Number of sails : 6
Engine : Mercedes Benz 300 PK
Total number of berths : 22
Bathrooms : 2