St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent & Grenadines

Capital - Kingstown

Just south of St Lucia and west of Barbados, the 32 island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of some of the most idyllic and secluded destinations in the world.
The Grenadines are superbly underdeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way. On these gorgeous islands, nightlife is conspicuous by its absence, and the lifestyle ranges from informal to barefoot casual.
From celebrity hideaway Mustique, private island resorts like Palm Island and Petit St Vincent, and the unspoilt islands of Bequia and Canouan, the common factor is the unrivalled scenery – white sandy beaches and the shimmering turquoise and blue sea. It’s no wonder that many of the location scenes for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ were shot here.

After St Vincent, the largest island is Bequia, where secluded beaches and green hills provide a stunning backdrop for activities including sailing, diving and hiking. Port Elizabeth located at the heart of Admiralty Bay is the picture perfect capital of Bequia. Its’ vibrant daily fish and vegetable market is a must in order to soak up the local atmosphere. Nearby Princess Margaret Beach offers a glorious sweep of white sand, while the sugar-white sands of Friendship Bay lie on the south-east coast, where its sheltered waters are ideal for watersports.

On the private island of Mustique relaxation and casualness are the bye words. The island’s gentle climate and natural beauty of dramatic hilltops and pristine palm fringed beaches has attracted visitors for generations, many of whom return time and time again. Visitors can either rent villas on the island (including David Bowie’s former villa!) or stay in one of the island’s two hotels, Cotton Club or Firefly. You may even bump into Mick Jagger!

You can experience even more of the Caribbean by combining your St Vincent and the Grenadines holiday with a stay on Barbados, Saint Lucia or Grenada, all of which are less than an hour’s flight away. The Caribbeanist would be more than happy to tailor make a trip to suit your personal requirements.

You can get to St Vincent and the Grenadines via Barbados or St Lucia. British Airways have 12 direct flights from Gatwick to Barbados each week and 7 direct flights a week to Saint Lucia, also from Gatwick. Virgin fly direct from Gatwick to Barbados and St Lucia at least 3 times a week throughout the year. Flying time is 8hours 50minutes.

St Vincent and The Grenadines is an all year-round holiday destination, with ‘high’ season being between December and April.


Why the Grenadines?
‘Karen and I visited the Grenadines after spending a few days in Barbados. We were welcomed on Bequia like family, and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. I remember commenting to Gideon one day (local Mr Fixit) how good the local reggae Christmas music was (we were there in December), and before I knew it, he’d got his son to burn a CD of local Christmas music and presented it to us as a gift. That sums up the Grenadines’. – Mike Williams, co-founder, The Caribbeanist.



The Caribbeanist’s St Vincent and the Grenadines Top 5

1. If staying on Bequia, a visit to The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is a must. Orton ‘Brother’ King has dedicated his life to raising turtles from eggs deposited on nearby beaches and has strived to increase their survival rate by feeding and protecting them through their most vulnerable time, before releasing them into the sea.
2. No stay on Bequia is complete without a sailing trip to the Tobago Cays on board the Friendship Rose schooner. These five tiny, uninhabited islands boast some of the best sailing waters in the Caribbean, due to a spectacular horseshoe reef which creates a calm, crystalline lagoon. It’s a playground for green turtles which come to feed on the abundant seagrass. The trip allows plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and turtle watching; you may even see an iguana or two.
3. Whilst staying on the private Palm Island, either hike or cycle around the perimeter and make friends with the island’s tortoise and iguana population, which are probably some of the largest you’ll have seen.
4. A day trip by boat to Union Island, a small scenic island, is also worth a visit, where the two towns, Clifton and Ashton, have a selection of rum shops and bakeries to tempt you. Union Island is full of mango trees!
5. Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, with a population of less than 300 inhabitants, but worth a visit. The top of the island is crested with an exquisite stone Catholic Church, where there’s an overlook of the Tobago Cays, Canouan and Union Island. The winding road back to the pier is sprinkled with rum shacks just waiting to be discovered.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Accommodation

These islands have everything, from secluded private island resorts, luxury boutique boltholes as well as stunningly located hotels.

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Bequia Beach Hotel

Situated on beautiful Friendship Beach and surrounded by tropical gardens, the Bequia Beach Hotel offers luxury, elegance and charm in a wonderfully relaxing and friendly atmosphere. With two pools, spa, gym as well as two excellent restaurants serving the freshest seafood – what more could you want.

From £1699pp

The Liming, Bequia

Made up of just thirteen beautifully and air-conditioned private villas, The Liming has its own private marina and wonderful views towards Canouan and Mayreau. In the Caribbean, ‘Liming’ means ‘the art of doing nothing’ and this is the perfect place to chill, admire the views, sip a cocktail and do precisely nothing!

From £2459pp

Bequia Plantation House

With it’s prime beachfront location, secluded at the southern end of Admiralty Bay, Bequia Plantation House has one of the most breathtaking views on the island. Set on a strip of white sand it’s just a short walk along the Belmont Walkway to Port Elizabeth’s many resturants and bars as well as Princess Margaret Beach and Long Bay. Its 22 rooms, villas and suites have recently been renovated in a stunning fresh contemporary style. This chic boutique hotel is a very welcome addition to The Caribbeanist’s hotel portfolio on Bequia.

From £1725pp

Firefly, Mustique and Bequia

Perched on the hillside overlooking Britania Bay, Firefly has some of the most spectacular views on Mustique. With just seven individually designed guest rooms it showcases classic Caribbean style with a funky global boho mix, epitomising the eclectic style of Mustique.

It’s sister hotel, Firefly Bequia is equally as stunning; set in exotic surroundings amidst a working plantation, it boasts masses of charm with only four beautifully appointed guest rooms and a separate two-bedroom Plantation Cottage.

Please contact for prices.

Cotton Club, Mustique

It’s not difficult to see why the Cotton Club has been listed in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller 2019 Gold List as one of the editor’s top all time 50 favourite hotels in the world. Originally an 18th century sugar plantation it’s now an iconic but charmingly understated luxury hotel.

From £2275pp

Palm Island Resort

Situated near the southern tip of the St Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Palm Island is dominated by a 135-acre private resort and spa. The resort shares the island with just a scattering of private houses, which gives the feeling of exclusivity, and makes this an idyllic tropical hideaway. It has five stunning beaches, and provides a real Robinson Crusoe castaway experience.

From £1987pp

Petit St Vincent

On a private island a short distance to the south of Palm Island, you will find the charming Petit St Vincent. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters, rich tropical reefs and 2 miles of stunning white sand beaches, this boutique island resort is elegant yet unpretentious.

From £3859pp

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