A collection of idyllic Caribbean islands, the 32 isles and cays that comprise St Vincent and the Grenadines are gems amidst stunning aquamarine sea and black coral and offer pure unspoilt tropical beauty in true West Indies fashion. The cocktail of flora and fauna, exotic scenery, romantic sunsets, fresh seafood and secluded white-sand bays is something most of us dream about retreating to. St Vincent and the Grenadines offers just that and more, via 9 inhabited islands oozing with tradition, history and heritage plus the blissful serenity of the remaining uninhabited cays and private resorts. St Vincent, volcanic in origin, is the largest island and the home of capital Kingstown, one of the most picturesque port cities in the region. Stretching south over 50 miles towards the country of Grenada, there is ample opportunity for sailing and exploring, island hopping and discovering plenty of coves and unspoilt beaches plus forested mountains, eco-trips and hiking terrain.
Flights: You can fly to St Vincent and the Grenadines from several UK airports with one change along the way.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry.
Packing essentials:St Vincent and the Grenadines boast a tropical climate with one of the warmest average temperatures in the Caribbean. There is, however, plenty of rain throughout the year, with only February, March and April having lower than 100mm of rainfall. Therefore, It would be best to pack for nice weather, but don’t forget those rain jackets.
As expected, there are hours upon hours of fabulous sunshine and pleasant temperatures to be enjoyed when visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines. From January through to May, it’s considered to be mostly dry with July expecting the largest rainfall and humid at 30°C. Average highs in the early part of the year can be 29°C. Generally speaking the rainy season lasts from May until November but visitors will still need sunscreen! Some tourists tend to avoid the months of July through to October due to the hurricane season and its possibility. Throughout the year the temperatures remain similar and visitors can expect year-round sunshine.
Creating memorable Caribbean holidays, a trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines should include time visiting the picturesque Port Elizabeth and the idyllic Lower Bay beach in verdant Bequia, the second largest island in the Grenadines which is also ideal for diving and fishing. There’s Kingstown for the 19th century buildings, beautiful cathedral and its famed stained glass, and Fort Charlotte for fantastic views. There are many more tourist attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife in this major port city. Union island is another local hotspot known for unspoilt, non-commercialised natural beauty and quaint town living.
Tobago Cays National Marine Park offers exciting opportunities to snorkel with turtles, stingrays and other stunning marine species. Head up the island and watch iguanas and more… and for an agreed price with the locals, enjoy a barbecue on the beach! It is experiences like these that provide lifetime memories.
If you find yourself in the Grenadines, specifically Bequia’s Port Elizabeth, then no trip would be complete without a visit to Princess Margaret Beach.
The sand is silky smooth, the backdrop is impressive and the water is perfect for those looking to swim or simply admire the stunning shade of blue.
Located a short distance away from Port Elizabeth, you can catch a water taxis directly from the harbour to the beach?
Staying on the Grenadines largest island and another top spot for blissful relaxation is Lower Bay Beach.
Here you will find a small number of restaurants beside the beach and superb conditions for swimming and snorkelling.
The snorkelling is definitely worth doing thanks to the amazing marine life under the surface, all which can be easily seen thanks to the pristine water.
Upping the stakes and you could be mixing with the stars and celebs on Macaroni Beach.
The only problem is you’ll need to be a guest of one of the nearby hotels to use, or charter a boat for the day into the cove.
If money is no object though, then the beauty of the Macaroni Beach can’t be missed.
Vincy Mas is St Vincent and the Grenadines’ very own carnival.
It officially starts in May, but the real celebration is later on in the summer, when the festivities reach a spectacular climax with a number of show-stopping street celebrations.
Before then though, there’s a whole lot of partying to get through, with steel pan shows, competitions and anything else you could imagine. Vincy Mas has it all.
When? End of June – early July annually.
Easter is a time for religious celebration and remembrance, but for St Vincent and the Grenadines it also marks the beginning of the Bequia Easter Regatta – the largest event of its kind in the South Caribbean.
It’s a chance to enjoy five days of world class sailing and eye up some of the most expensive yachts assembled. The atmosphere remains through the night, as party mode kicks in.
Life really can be plain sailing in St Vincent and the Grenadines!
The second largest island in the Grenadines hosts the Bequia Music Festival.
Both Caribbean and international acts turn up for the four-day extravaganza in what can only be described as heaven on earth.
There’s a real mixture to the festival, with one night being completely different to the other sometimes – the only way to find out, is for yourself.
The Bequia Music Festival takes place every January.