St Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the most tropical and luxurious islands in the Caribbean, and some of the world’s most rich and rare are lucky enough to call the islands their second home. This peaceful, largely untouched corner of the Caribbean is a true slice of paradise, where exotic flavours, sounds and sights greet you with every turn. The islands consist of 32 beautiful islands, stretching south from the largest, St Vincent, 8 of which are inhabited. Although it is a cliché, St Vincent and the Grenadines are one of the last remaining, true hideaways left.
The remaining 24 uninhabited islands are simply beautiful, and provide secret havens for walkers and anyone with an interest in tropical nature. Many of the islands are bird sanctuaries, home to some remarkably bright tropical birds.
Even if you have never set foot on St Vincent or the Grenadines, the sight of gleaming white beaches, void of other travellers and backed by lush tropical vegetation will almost certainly spring to mind, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you reach one of these beaches in person. Every island in the archipelago is surrounded by stunning white coral sand beaches on which you can easily spend a whole day just soaking in the sun, the sounds and the sights of this faultless island chain.
The clear waters which lap these famous white sand beaches are perfect for not only swimming and sailing, but also snorkelling and scuba diving. The volcanic inlets, cays and islands are a maze of caves and reefs, teeming with tropical marine life of such proportions that even experienced divers will be very pleasantly surprised.
The rugged island of St Vincent is awash with peaceful beaches, lush forests and soaring mountain peaks. Kingstown, the tiny island’s capital is a great place to start your exploration of St Vincent, although if you would like to head straight for the beach, the beach of Villa in St Vincent is probably the best you can find, located just 4km from Kingstown. Sailing, diving, walking and long days on the beach all thrive from villas in St Vincent.
Leaving a villa in St Vincent by boat, you can reach the little island of Bequia in just 1 hour. Bequia is the largest of the Grenadines, and is the ‘sailing capital of the Grenadines’. It is hard to give a sense of the sheer beauty of the island is impossible without pictures, but Bequia really is a holiday destination for those wanting to sample the very best in life.
Whenever you decide to escape to these wonderful islands with a St Vincent holiday, the weather will be waiting for you. Temperatures are amazingly constant throughout the year in St Vincent and the Grenadines, hardly fluctuating between winter and summer. Tourist peak season lasts from January until May, which are the driest months, although the rest of the year keeps the islands lush and green.
There are six small airports in St Vincent & the Grenadines, on Canouan Island (CIW), Mustique Island (MQS), Palm Island (PLI), Bequia (BQU), St Vincent (SVD) and Union Island (UNI). However, none of these receives direct flights from the UK, meaning you will have to change on one of the larger islands of the Caribbean. Once in a villa in St Vincent and the Grenadines, travelling from one island to the next is easily arranged by boat.