Nothing symbolizes a Caribbean vacation like a day at the beach. Windstar has taken the day at the beach to a whole new level with its signature Beach BBQ Party on Mayreau, a tiny island in the Grenadines.
The beach at Mayreau
We took a ship's tender to the island and were greeted with a cool, refreshing punch drink when we disembarked the tender.
Welcome hut serving punch to arriving guests
As soon as we hit the beach, we found a couple of open loungers (there were plenty available) then headed straight for the kayaks. Star Pride crew members have brought all of the water toys over from the ship for guests to enjoy from the beach.
Kayaks available on Mayreau
We each put on a life jacket and a crew member helped us get the kayak into the water and handed us the paddles. The waters are very calm close to the shore. However, the crew member warned me not to take my camera just in case we "tip over". So, no photos of the actual kayaking. We paddled around the area, staying within 300 yards of the shore, for about 30 minutes. When we returned the kayak, Rickee decided she wanted to try out the paddleboard.
Rickee masters the paddleboard
After Rickee's paddleboarding adventure, it was time to check out the Beach BBQ. The crew has set up a massive buffet with burgers, hot dogs, Jerk chicken, fish burritos, a variety of salads, delicious shrimp mac & cheese, and more.
Crew members keep the Jerk chicken warm under that foil
Rickee and I filled our plates and found a table in the shade to enjoy our lunch. We have been on dozens of beach BBQs over the years with a variety of cruise lines. I must say, I think the facilities at Mayreau are some of the nicest we have seen. And, the Beach BBQ was very well executed. The surfboard cookies were a cute touch.
Surfboard cookies in the "sand" (I think it is brown sugar)
After lunch, we just laid around on the beach, Rickee in the sun and me in the shade. An occasional dip in the ocean to cool off is in order.
Rickee takes a dip to cool off
Our social media logo in the sand
We get back on board Star Pride around 3:30pm and get cleaned up for the rest of the afternoon and evening. As the Caribbean sun begins to set, we step out on our balcony to shoot some photos.
An "ussie" taken from our step-out balcony at sunset
Tonight, we go back to dinner at Amphora Restaurant and get a great table for two at the back of the dining room. We enjoyed another amazing meal with a huge slab of perfectly cooked Prime Rib.
Prime rib served at Amphora
It has been another amazing day aboard Star Pride.
Sunset on Star Pride
Tomorrow is our first, and only, day at sea on this cruise