St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is comprised of 32 islands and cays – only nine of which are inhabited. The largest island, St. Vincent, is the most northern; and the Grenadines are scattered like gems below her.

Temperatures that hover around 85 throughout the year and constant breezy trade winds make a visit anytime appealing. Lower hotel rates in the shoulder months of May and June are especially ideal. Just book early. The Canoun Regatta and the Vincy Mas Carnival fall within those months.

Tourism exploitation is blissfully absent, which makes it an obvious choice for romantic getaways and honeymoons. Not surprisingly, St. Vincent and the Grenadines consistently ranks high on “best of” lists in those categories.

Accommodation options range from self-catering cottages and villas to plush hotels and resort. You can even vacation like a celebrity on the island of Mustique. This private island is a lure for the uber rich. Upscale private villas are plentiful here. If you prefer a hotel environment, The Cotton House is your only option. This opulent hotel boasts luxurious guest rooms, cottages and suites. Some include private plunge pools.

Whether you prefer black sand beaches, or wide stretches of fresh powdered sand, you have plenty to lounge on. Some are dotted with restaurants and hotels, and some are blissfully unpeopled.

Island pastimes include water sports like snorkeling, diving, surfing and sailing. In addition, hiking trails to accommodate every ability await adventurers.

The reefs surrounding this archipelago attract abundant marine life. Tobago Cay, a set of uninhabited islands, is part of a national marine preserve with a no zone. Swim among the sea turtles that nosh on the lush turtle grass that thrives here. You’ll likely see puffer fish, sea urchins, rays, and varied other sea life.

Prime diving experiences are available for everyone from recent resort course graduates to advanced divers. Glide around pristine reefs, explore the Bat Cave, or check out wrecks. Expect to be wowed by varied marine life – seahorses, reef sharks, frogfish, and eagle rays. You’ll see why Sport Diver ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines #17 on their “Top 50 Dive Spots in the World” list.

Shipping Bay, off St. Vincent’s east coast, and the southern coast of Blue Lagoon are prime surfing areas.

Leisure sailors appreciate the secluded bays and lagoons. Sail charters make it easy to ply from island to island, and finding your own secluded oasis is relatively easy here.

Land excursions are plentiful within St. Vincent’s lush rainforest. Scale to the summit of the La Soufriere volcano. Hikes along the variety of trails, you’ll encounter refreshing waterfalls and diverse wildlife. The rare St. Vincent Parrot, green herons, and black hawks have been known to make an appearance.

Other diversions include a stroll along the cobblestone streets of St. Vincent’s capital of Kingstown while taking in the surviving colonial architecture. While you’re there, visit the Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1763, it’s the oldest botanical gardens in the Caribbean. Perched above Kingstown’s bay, Fort Charlotte has provided protection, a piece of history, and stellar views for more than 200 years.

The northernmost island of the Grenadines, Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) is home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Created by a retired local fisherman more than twelve years ago, the sanctuary strives to educate others and conserve the hawksbill turtle population.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines provide a serene setting for budget vacationers – and for those who don’t even know the meaning of the word “budget”. In addition, prime all-inclusive accommodation options; pristine beaches, and a relaxed milieu make it a romantic escape for honeymooners or couples. You’ll love it here.