St Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Guide
St. Vincent’s volcanic ridges, valleys and waterfalls, with fertile land for fruits, vegetables and spices. There are coconuts, bananas, breadfruit, nutmeg, and arrowroot. Boats and ferries go to the neighboring islands of the Grenadines. Nearest is Bequia, 9 miles from St. Vincent. It is a sleepy little island of less than 5,000. Waterside restaurants, bars, quaint shops, and an occasional small hotel are strung together by a tiny path that threads its way along the water’s edge.
Charter a boat or take the ferry to see the neighboring islands. Nearest is Bequia, 9 miles from St. Vincent. It is a sleepy little island of less than 5,000. Waterside restaurants, bars, quaint shops, and an occasional small hotel are strung together by a tiny path that threads its way along the water’s edge.
Bequia: Lying just nine miles to the south of St. Vincent, Bequia is the largest of the Grenadine islands – a compact seven square miles. Her history has been deeply entwined with the sea for generations. The age-old traditions of boat-building, fishing and whaling are still evident.
Canouan: Set in the middle of the Grenadine archipelago, Canouan is an island of only 5 square miles
Mayreau: Mayreau lies west of the Tobago Cays. It is the smallest (1 1/2 square miles) of the inhabited Grenadine islands, with a population of two hundred and fifty-four people. Mayreau is accessible only by boat. The island is rimmed by magnificent sweeping white sandy beaches perfect for sailing and snorkeling.
Mustique: The island, 3 miles long and 1,5 miles wide at its widest point, is hilly, with a large plain in the north and is essentially composed of seven valleys each with a white sand beach and wooded hills that rise to a height of 495 feet.Next comes Mustique, 17 miles from St. Vincent and known for its famous guests that hang out at Basil’s Bar, including Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and British royalty (a sort of Caribbean Beverly Hills) where rock stars and royalty can relax together far from the media and crowds. This small, impressive island with 1400 acres of rolling hills surrounded by sparkling clear water has more than its share of long white sand beaches. Mustique is privately owned and has only a tiny village with a few quaint shops, the Firefly Inn and restaurant, the luxurious Cotton House resort, and 51 secluded villas. These private, palatial homes can be rented for a week or more by those desiring a perfect Caribbean luxury escape. On down the kite tail you find Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent. These islands are populated with just a few folks to a few hundred, some have airports, most have small hotels, and all have facilities for cruising sailors. Lying just nine miles to the south of St. Vincent, Bequia is the largest of the Grenadine islands – a compact seven square miles. Her history has been deeply entwined with the sea for generations. The age-old traditions of boat-building, fishing and whaling are still evident.
Tobago Cays: The huge Horseshoe Reef that protects these five deserted islets, with their dazzling, palm-studded shorelines, provides some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The brilliant powdery, white sand, the coloured waters shaded in unimaginable blues and the neon marine life beneath give true meaning to the “stop-the-world-l-want-to-get-off’ Caribbean fantasy.
Palm Island: This tiny resort island is just a mile from Union Island, where you are met by the resort’s private boat and transported to this 135-acre tropical oasis of unhurried rest and stress free relaxation. Originally known as Prune Island, Palm got its current name when former owners, the late John Caldwell (a.k.a Johnny Coconuts) and his wife Mary, planted hundreds of coconut palms, transforming the deserted island into a palm covered resort.
Petit St. Vincent: Petit St. Vincent, or PSV, as it is often called, is one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways. Over its varied terrain (113-acres) twenty-two private cottages are scattered some on hillsides, some set into the sides of cliffs, some right on the beach – all absolutely heavenly. For most people the appeal of PSV is what it “does not have”- no telephones or television, no air-conditioning, no casinos or cabarets. Not even room keys.
Union Island: Union Island is located midway between Grenada and St. Vincent and is equidistant from Barbados, Trinidad and Martinique.
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