St. Vincent and The Grenadines
If you want to experience more of the Caribbean, the 32 islands and cays that make up St. Vincent & the Grenadines could be the island hopping destination of your dreams. There’s the ‘mainland’ of St. Vincent where you can hike to the crater’s edge of La Soufrière volcano, live the movie star life at filming locations for Pirates of the Caribbean or take a cannon’s eye view of Kingstown from the 19th century Fort Charlotte. Or what about the tiny paradise island of Bequia where you can sail into the annual Easter regatta or party at the Bequia Music Fest.
For a dash of glitz and glamour, it has to be bolthole of the jet-set Mustique. In fact, idyllic island hideaways is something of a speciality for St. Vincent & the Grenadines. From the privacy of Young Island and the tranquillity of Mayreau to the coral reefs and hidden lagoons of Tobago Cays. St. Vicenent & the Grenadines is the true desert island fantasy.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airports: E.T. Joshua Airport on St. Vincent is the main airport and operates day and night flights. Canouan has a jetport, and additional airstrips are located in Bequia, Mustique and Union Island. Bequia, Mustique and Union Island can only accommodate small aircrafts. Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent are only accessible by boat.
Gateways/Flying Times: There are no direct flights to St. Vincent from the UK, however passengers from the UK and North America can fly in via Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Trinidad and Grenada with BA, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue and US Airways. LIAT provides a scheduled service from other Caribbean islands to St. Vincent. Grenadines Air, Mustique Airways and SVG Air also provide a connecting service. London to Barbados: 8 hours, 20 minutes. New York to Barbados 4 hours 17 minutes and Barbados to St. Vincent: 35 minutes.
Average temperatures range from 24CºC-30ºC. The driest season is January to April. Rainy season is July to October.
Specialties in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are conch, and of course fresh seafood. On the mainland of St. Vincent, capital Kingstown has plenty of bars and restaurants. Or go straight to the source at the fishing village of Barrouallie for their monthly fish festival. The other islands may not have as much choice as St. Vincent, but will still offer their own unique local food in the most magical of island settings.
The main language spoken in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is English.
Things To Do / Activities
f you’ve made the escape to the secluded islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, then probably the only nightlife you’re going to want involves you, a rum cocktail and watching the sunset from your own little slice of paradise beach. As the largest of the islands though, St. Vincent’s downtown Kingstown or the waterfront at Villa are your destinations for a livelier night-time scene. Or then there’s liming, St. Vincent and The Grenadines appreciate the art of just chilling with friends so much that they’ve come up with a whole appreciation society for it- truly! If you ever make it to Mustique though, be sure to visit famous Basil’s Bar- who knows who you might spot?!
When you’ve walked the cobblestone streets of Kingstown and seen the sights like Fort Charlotte and the Botanic Gardens, head a little further out for Belmont Lookout. After climbing to the top of this wooden lookout, you’ll be able to see right across the impossibly verdant Marriaqua Valley and over to Bequia. Equally as good are Wallilabou Falls, where the water cascades between jutting rocks and you can capture some epic holiday photos. In Bequia, join the mission to save the endangered hawksbill turtle at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Another popular sea turtle nesting site is the Tobago Cays Marine Park.