A Trip to the Islands: Explore the Road Less Travelled in St. Vincent and the Grenadines


TOP IMAGE: © Dan Galbraith/Details Group

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) comprises 32 awe-inspiring islands, nine of which are inhabited. With its casual, unpretentious authenticity, friendly people and deep wealth of unspoiled natural attractions, our islands offer a life-renewing experience for those drawn to roads less travelled. Located in the southern Caribbean, the islands form a necklace stretching 70 miles from the main island of St. Vincent in the north to Petit St. Vincent to the south.

Those looking to escape the masses can choose from the verdant, mountainous topography and black sand beaches on the main island St. Vincent, the old world charm and golden shores of Bequia, half an hour away by ferry; or seek total seclusion on one of our island resorts in the Grenadines.

Young Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent offer that barefoot luxury that many crave in a resort, without the crowds. Mustique and Canouan create the backdrop for the opulent villa experience, while Mayreau, with its 400-strong population, is blessed with one of the most pristine anchorages in the region. Union Island, the jump-off point to the smaller islands, is rich in local culture and bustling with small-island activity. Though uninhabited, the Tobago Cays, five islets surrounded by the longest horseshoe reef in the Caribbean, is a yachtsman’s paradise. This protected marine park is home to friendly turtles, vibrant marine life, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches.

Eco adventures abound for those looking to hike La Soufriere volcano or trying to spot the indigenous Amazona Guildingi parrot in its natural habitat on the Vermont Nature Trail. A visit to one of St. Vincent’s waterfalls will refresh the body, as will a dip in the waters of a black sand beach on the Leeward coastline. A stroll through the Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the western hemisphere and home to a sucker of the original breadfruit tree brought to the island by Captain Bligh, will satisfy the soul.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: February 27, 2020. Day 7 of the SVG Shoot on Canouan Island - Then transfer to Palm Island via Union Island
St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Canouan Island © Dan Galbraith/Details Group

Diving in the “critter capital of the world” will not disappoint those drawn to the underwater. SVG boasts critter diving unparalleled outside the Coral Triangle. Among the 32 islands, scuba divers can explore more than 100 dive sites, including adrenaline-pumping drifts, blissfully uncrowded coral gardens and dramatic submarine lava flows, which coalesce into a wonderland of caves, canyons and walls.

This group of close-knit islands is one of the most sought-after sailing destinations in the world. Plot your course through tranquil atolls stretching 64 kilometres and explore islets populated by palm trees, seabirds and turtles. The state of art marina on Canouan and several well-stocked chandleries offer complete yacht provisioning.

Whether you are looking to get married, renew your vows or spend a memorable honeymoon, the romantic islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will create a backdrop like no other. New regulations allow you to tie the knot the day you arrive, and with a host of intimate properties to choose from, you can marry on one island and honeymoon on another.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a flight away with Air Canada offering non-stop flights weekly from Nov. 4, 2022, and twice weekly from Dec. 20 throughout the winter. 106,000 Vincentians are waiting to welcome you!

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From St. Vincent’s lush tropical rainforest full of eco-adventures, to the idyllic beaches, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons of the Grenadines, SVG is a tropical paradise for sailing, scuba diving, enjoying nature, and relaxing in seclusion.


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