St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
By Jessica Howell

Exotic.  Beautiful.  Breathtaking.  Although these are all words used to describe these Caribbean islands, they do little to encapsulate the euphoric beauty of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, this destination is popular with celebrities, diving enthusiasts, and people who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in search of peace and tranquility.  While most people travel to this tropical oasis to soak up the sun on one of the island’s white sand beaches, this destination also boasts a number of stunning natural attractions and exciting outdoor activities.  Hike to the top of an active volcano or journey to a cascading waterfall hidden in the rainforest, kayak or kite surf in the calm, cerulean waters, or play a round of golf at one of the most beautiful courses in the world.  No matter what you come here for,

St. Vincent’s main airport is the E. T. Joshua Airport (SVD) in Arnos Vale, a short distance from the bustling port city of Kingstown.  From St. Vincent you can catch connecting flights to several of the smaller Grenadine islands including, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, and Union Island.  To book your ticket to paradise, click the following link:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  Although you can reach the islands listed above by plane, the most popular mode of transportation is by boat.  With ferries and tours readily available, you can hop to and from any island you desire.  WhatsCheaper.com is also happy to assist with your hotel accommodation needs.  Just click on the following link to browse our selection of hotels today:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Surrounded by the beautiful blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea, most hotels and resorts are located on the water, making the closest beach just a few steps from your door.  However, several of the beaches found here are particularly noted for their pristine beauty and seclusion.  WhatsCheaper.com insists that you visit at least one of the island’s internationally ranked beaches during your stay.  Travel to Mayreau Island, about 35 miles south of St. Vincent’s where the beaches are post-card perfect.  The beaches in Mayreau were voted among the Top Ten Beaches in the Caribbean.  Some of the most popular beaches here include Saltwhistle Bay, Saline Bay, Upper Bay, Winward Bay, and Windward Careenage.

If you’re in the mood for a little adventure while visiting Mayreau, WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you make the hike from Saltwhistle Bay to Saline Bay using the island’s only road.  Along the way, stop at the charming Catholic Church pleasantly perched in the village atop a hill and gaze down on the Tobago Cays dotting the brilliant turquoise waters.  Then pop into one of the local eateries along the roadside and enjoy fresh, local cuisine, sip on a tropical beverage, and mingle with the friendly locals. 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also popular for its world renowned underwater diving sites.  The clam, crystal clear water teaming with a plethora of colorful coral, conches, sea fans, and marine life attract divers of all levels from all over the world.  Although there are numerous diving areas scattered between the islands, The Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP) is considered to be the premier diving spot.  The park is made up of a 50 sq km sand-bottomed lagoon, which encompasses a series of beaches surrounding uninhabited islands of the cays.  TCMP’s Horseshoe Reef is a large coral system that protects four small, uninhabited islands.  The fifth island, Petit Tabac, lies just outside of the main reef system.  Although the name may not be familiar, you have probably seen it before – even though you didn’t know it.  If you have seen the Pirates of the Caribbean, you watched Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Deep) swagger across the soft velvety beaches of this island during his maroon.  While Captain Jack Sparrow may have been stranded here in the movie, WhatsCheaper.com promises that you will never want to leave this little piece of paradise. 

The best way to visit TCMP is by booking a tour, which can be arranged at your resort or at most of the island ports.  There is a small fee to enter the protected waters of the marine park, but if you book a tour it is usually included in the price.  If you are interested in scuba diving and have no experience, most resorts also offer scuba courses for an additional fee.

With so many island’s to choose from, your only problem may be fitting them all in!  Booking a tour is the best way to visit the islands.WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking a day-tour to the island of Bequia.  Here you can swim with green sea turtles at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and savor delicious locally grown fruit at the Old Firefly Plantation.  Most tour operators offer day trips to Bequia and other islands, and include a coastal tour plus time on the island itself.

When you travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, you get one exotic destination and 32 gorgeous islands.  Let the gentle Caribbean breeze carry away your worries and the warm water wash away your cares.  Peace, tranquility, and beauty await you at St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. 

MUST SEE IN St. Vincent & the Grenadines LIST:

  • 1. La Soufriere Volcano – St. Vincent
  • 2. Botanic Gardens – St. Vincent
  • 3. Dark View Falls – St. Vincent
  • 4. Petit Byahaut – St. Vincent
  • 5. Macaroni Beach – Mustique
  • 6. Godahl Bay – Canouan
  • 7. Trump International Golf Course – Canouan
  • 8. Tobago Cays Marine Park – Tobago/Mayreau
  • 9. Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary – Bequia
  • 10. Clifton Village – Union Island

St. Vincent & the Grenadines EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Bequia Mount Music Fest – January
  • 2. Mustique Blues Festival – January
  • 3. Bequia Easter Regatta – April
  • 4. Bequia Carnival – June
  • 5. Vincy Mas – June/July
  • 6. Fisherman’s Fay – July
  • 7. Canouan Carnival - July
  • 8. Breadfruit Festival – August
  • 9. Nine Mornings Festival – December
  • 10. New Years Eve – December

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