The 32 magical islands of St Vincent & The Grenadines are the photos in your coffee table travel book brought to life, a cluster of barefoot hideaways surrounded by sugar white sands, calm azure seas and natural beauty. You’ll pinch yourself more than once as you fly over the jewel-hued waters towards secluded beaches, unspoilt rainforest and glamorous resorts. This is the place to come for a truly special holiday.
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Leaving the comfort of your resort may seem a struggle, and days can go by where you do nothing but sink into a sun lounger, occasionally dipping your toes in the warm Caribbean waters. But that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty to do if you want to explore your surroundings a little more...
Plunge into cobalt waters to snorkel, scuba dive, sail, windsurf and paddleboard, or take a power boat to the Tobago Cays and swim with hawksbill turtles. Swing your racquet on a tennis court, ride horseback along the shoreline and body surf in the gentle Caribbean swell. Play a round on Jim Fazio’s picturesque Canouan golf course, climb the active volcano of La Soufrière on St Vincent, enjoy a candlelit dinner under Palm Island’s bamboo pergola, and on Petit St Vincent succumb to a signature treatment at one of the Hillside Spa’s open-air rooms.
Island dining is mainly water’s edge and exquisite, a blend of freshly caught seafood and Caribbean infused cuisine, barefoot barbecues, intimate local restaurants or cocktails and fire red sunsets at a laid back beach bar. We recommend L’Auberge des Grenadines on the waterfront at Admiralty Bay in Bequia, Basil’s Bar and Firefly on Mustique, and The Sapodilla Room at Grenadine House in St Vincent for elegant fine dining with wonderful views over Kingstown.
What to see...
Soufrière Volcano, St Vincent
You may not have expected to find a 4,000 ft high active volcano on St Vincent, but the challenging climb to the top is well worth the effort as the views from the summit are spectacular. The three mile hike will take you through rainforest, bamboo groves and cloud forest before you reach the volcanic rock and ash-strewn rim of the huge, mile-wide crater.
Dark View Falls, St Vincent
Situated at the southern foot of the Soufrière volcano amongst bamboo forest, these two beautiful waterfalls cascade down over the lava rocks. The lower falls can be easily reached via a bamboo bridge that spans the river, followed by a short trail through a shady grove where you will enjoy the refreshing spray from the falls. If you want to work a bit harder for your reward, the steeper trail climbs to the higher falls where there is a large pool, perfect for a cooling swim.
Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Bequia
If you’re staying on Bequia the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is a must. Here you can view the endangered hawksbill turtle hatchlings and learn about their conservation. Orton “Brother” King has dedicated his life to raising turtles from eggs deposited on nearby beaches and has strived to increase their survival rate by feeding and protecting them through their most vulnerable time, before safely releasing them back into the sea.
No visit to St Vincent & The Grenadines is complete without a sailing trip to the Tobago Cays. These five tiny, uninhabited islands boast some of the best sailing waters in the Caribbean due to the spectacular horseshoe reef which creates a calm, crystalline lagoon. The lagoon is a National Marine Park and a playground for green turtles which come to feed on the abundant seagrass. A catamaran tour through these stunning cays allows plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and turtle watching.
St Vincent & The Grenadines - The Inside Track
After a wonderful holiday to Palm Island in 2008, our trade sales manager Rebecca was excited to be returning to St Vincent and The Grenadines for another taste of what makes these 32 lush green islands the perfect Caribbean paradise...
The most convenient route is via Barbados with onward LIAT connections to St Vincent, or with Grenadine Airways shared or private charters to Bequia, Mustique and Union Island. Flying time from Barbados is approximately 40 minutes.
SVG Air also operates daily shared or private charter flights from Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport to St Vincent, Canouan, Bequia and Union Island and a weekly direct service from Grenada to Bequia.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights to Barbados with onward Grenadine Airways shared charter or LIAT scheduled flight connections.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
Eastern Caribbean dollar. Major credit cards, US dollars and US dollar travellers cheques are also accepted on the island.
A full British passport is required for St Vincent & The Grenadines and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens.
No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the islands. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.