Luxury Caribbean Holidays - The Grenadines
St Vincent & The Grenadines are enchanting, idyllic little islands scattered down the eastern Caribbean from St Vincent in the North ot Petit St Vincent in the South. Each is very individual in style and appeal although all are unspoilt with irresistible white sand beaches, warm clear seas and a world away from daily pressures.
A necklace of 32 islands and cays, only nine of them inhabited, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the most popular destinations in the world for leisure sailors. Snorkelers and divers are also drawn by the region’s many underwater attractions, especially the coral-luscious Tobago Cays.
Petit St Vincent and Palm Island are the ultimate private retreats whilst Mustique is inherently glamorous and sophisticated ; its popularity with royalty and the jet set has endowed the island with an international prestigious reputation.
St. Vincent, “the mainland,” is almost 18 miles long and made imposing by its seething giant, La Soufrière volcano, which last erupted in 1979. Guides lead hikes that wind through the surrounding forest for a close-up view. St. Vincent’s other natural attractions include the Falls of Baleine, spectacular cascades that are accessible only by boat, and the Mesopotamia region, with rows upon rows of banana trees.
Fort Charlotte, a 19th century British battlement atop a bluff in the capital of Kingstown, features an impressive interpretive display about the Carib culture.
Downtown Kingstown is a bustling area, and visitors should see the Botanical Gardens, the oldest such gardens in the Caribbean (founded in 1763) featuring a breadfruit tree that was brought to the island by Capt. William Bligh after surviving the infamous mutiny aboard the Bounty.
Lying just a few miles south of St. Vincent, Bequia is a charming, sleepy port of call. Shops feature the works of model shipbuilders. Among the attractions are the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and a number of galleries and artisans’ shops. The whaling heritage runs strong on Bequia. Islanders still bring in one or two whales a year using the traditional methods involving a sailboat and a hand-thrown harpoon, taking the whales to the nearby uninhabited island of Petit Nevis for butchering and rendering.
Canuoan is a hub for charter sailors, and Union Island is a good place to book a day trip to the nearby Tobago Cays, justly famous for their well protected shallow waters.
For those seeking total seclusion, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent await. Both have one resort and welcome day-trippers for cocktails or meals.
The Grenadines are only 40 minutes away from the cosmopolitan island of Barbados; an ideal combination for a twin centre holiday. It is also difficult to resist the lyre of some time under sail discovering the area’s outstanding natural beauty.
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- Time difference is -4 GMT
- There are no direct flights to St Vincent from the UK; however, connecting flights are available from Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia
- Currency US Dollars widely accepted
- English is the official language, most locals speak French Creole
- Average tempaerature 75°/87° F Driest season is January to April. Rainy season is June to October
- Dining - Usual practise for tipping is 10% if no service charge has been added. Restaurants range in a wide variety of prices, locations and cuisine. Dress code is generally casual
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