Of the 32 islands that make up Saint Vincent and the Grenadines only nine are inhabited. All are extraordinarily underdeveloped and offer privacy and seclusion of the likes we’ve never experienced before. Next time you use the phrase ‘getting away from it all’, perhaps this is what you had in mind?
Saint Vincent is the largest and most northerly of the chain. It’s harder to get to than some Caribbean islands but we think it’s well worth the effort. The forest is home to spectacular wildlife, as is the temperate water that surrounds the island, making it a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers. Tobago Cays Marine Park, set in a national park, is a must visit. It’s filled with coral reefs, sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, and small systems of mangroves.
With so many coastlines, it’s unsurprising the nation is celebrated for its countless coves and crescents of white sandy beaches. The island of Bequia is one of our favourites, with its local charm and turquoise waters. In a past life, Bequia was famed for its ship building, whaling and piracy. Today it’s best known for its popularity with the yachting fraternity and those looking to for the definitive island escape.
The exclusive island of Mustique is the epitome of laid-back Caribbean chic. Famed as a playground for the Royals, the island boasts a huge range of private homes, villas and luxury properties. We love it for its safe warm waters, varied terrain and incredible views.
Beaches aside, there are plenty of activities to lure you off your sun lounger. You can climb volcanoes, visit tumbling waterfalls and hike the islands to your heart’s content. And if that works up an appetite, prepare to feast upon an exquisite array of cuisines ranging from the freshest of freshly caught seafood, barefoot barbecues and intimate local eateries.
When to go
December to April is peak season for visiting due to the better weather.