Highlights of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
While everything in St. Vincent & the Grenadines is stunning there are a few things not to be missed. Take a look at our favorite cuisine, tips and must see day trips.
St. Vincent – Kingstown
St. Vincent – Kingstown is the capital and main commercial center with the International airport and is known for its churches. A few tourist attractions along cobblestone streets and colonial buildings reminds you of yesteryears. If you have time to explore more of this Caribbean island, a jeep tour is recommended with a hike to the top of the La Soufrière volcano crater with views of the surrounding islands.
Bequia is the second largest of the island chain and has a rich whaling history. The island is very safe and friendly and the fishermen are keen to sell you fresh fish or a replica of a hand-carved whaling sailboat. The lush hillsides are dotted with bougainvillea and Admiralty Bay and Port Elizabeth is filled with boats in calm anchorages. Follow a trail at the south end of Port Elizabeth bay over a small rise to Princess Margaret beach and a great snorkel area awaits at Lower bay after a rocky outcrop.
Mustique is an exclusive island offering luxury, sophistication and privacy. Visitors include royalty and famous stars. See some of the fantastic private villas on your island tour stopping at one of the idyllic beaches of Pasture or Macaroni Bays. There is also horseback tours for the more adventurous. Your private yacht will anchor in Britannia Bay and at happy hour take the tender in to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at Basil’s Bar built on pilings over the water.
Canouan is a place of natural beauty and charm until recently. It has been mostly untouched, but now there are more high end accommodation like the Pink Sands Club with a golf course and even a brand new Glossy Bay Marina where yachts and guests can use the services and restaurant. Calm waters gives you an opportunity to kayak along the shoreline, Stand-up Paddle-board or get towed behind the tender in the inflatable tube.
The Tobago Cays
The Tobago Cays is nearby Canouan and is a cluster of 5 small islands protected by Horseshoe reef. The cays have extensive coral reefs perfect for snorkeling the azure blue shallow waters or you can venture outside the reef for a more thrilling experience when you snorkel in ink-blue water with the possibility of seeing a reef shark. Marvel at the beautiful sea life of fish, green turtles and rays. The Captain will take you ashore in the tender for an island barbeque on Baradel Cay and don’t forget to sign the Pirates log book at the end of the trail.
The Island of Mayreau
The island of Mayreau is another tiny island and definitely has one of the prettiest bays. Salt Whistle Bay lays on the northern tip of the island and is very protected. Stop here to walk on the soft sandy beach lined with palm trees. There are a few local vendors selling snacks and souvenirs along the beach. Follow the only road to a small village with spectacular views of the nearby Tobago Cays. The nearby island of Ile Mopian which is really only a sandy spit with a reef makes you feel like you have just been stranded on a deserted island.
Petit St. Vincent
Deserving of its name, Petit St. Vincent is the smallest island in the Grenadines chain with just 22 individual cottages for accommodation discreetly positioned around the island. The beautiful bay offers the relaxed Caribbean experience off the beaten track for yacht charter guests. Enjoy your cocktails at sunset on the flybridge while the Captain grill some seafood on the barbecue and your private Chef prepares a delicious dessert.
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While everything in the Grenadines is stunning, there are a few things that should not be missed. Take a look at our favorite anchorages, restaurants, beach bars and shore excursions.