One destination, 32 picture-perfect islands in the sun – just the name St. Vincent and the Grenadines evokes visions of exotic island life. Located in the very heart of the Caribbean Sea, in the pristine Lesser Antilles, this archipelago of paradises found, offers visitors uncluttered, barefoot elegance. This is a place where you are sure to leave all of the stresses of 'the real world' at home and enjoy a true escape.
The 'big' island of St. Vincent and its capital city Kingstown, offers a charming and lively experience, complete with cobblestone streets, boutique shopping and café hopping, along with a lush tropical rainforest full of eco-adventures waiting to be experienced. Once out in the Grenadines though, everything changes. There are 31 islands here – home to idyllic beaches, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons – each one more tranquil than the next. Places with names like Bequia, with its fine sands, and Mustique, exclusive and secluded; these islands have also long been popular for sailors, and continue to be today, with island-hopping opportunities that are hard to resist.
This natural attraction on St. Vincent is a single stage waterfall that tumbles 10 metres (35 feet) into a lush, tropical rocky canyon where swimmers enjoy the freshwater spectacle from the pool's centre.
Perhaps the best way to tour the waters around St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and to experience what it's like to see dolphin and whales in their natural habitat, is to go with a personalized tour. Guides here are very familiar with the best areas to witness these majestic mammals up-close.
The islands of The Grenadines offer the perfect visionary setting for a romantic and intimate wedding and honeymoon to follow. The islands were built for the perfect destination wedding event. Imagine an inspiring ceremony, a lovely and relaxing vacation for yourself, your partner and your guests, all enhanced with exquisite service that starts with planning your wedding details before you arrive to the magical ceremony itself.
This destination has many delicious dining options; everything from upscale fine dining to smaller eateries. The local cuisine has a strong West Indian influence, though other international options are readily available. Expect a heavy dose of fresh seafood specialties and delicious variations of lambi (conch). St. Vincent and its surrounding isles possess a quiet nightlife, though there are many charming bars and casual lounges along the beaches and in Kingstown.
Swimmers, snorkelers and divers will find breathtakingly calm, crystal clear azure-tinged waters off the coast of Indian Bay Beach. The beach has a rocky, golden stretch of sand, yet the reefs are protected and the water is clear and immaculate. Macaroni Beach on Mustique island is possibly the ritziest stretch of powdery white coastline you'll find in The Grenadines. This is where the chic come to play. On dry land, take a hike in the very charming Marriqua Valley on St. Vincent. Your promenade through the valley will bring you to winding freshwater rivers, lush forests, splendid colonial farms, freshwater streams and perhaps local children passing by on donkeys.
This destination is known as an exclusive getaway for several reasons: the sailing and yachting traditions, the wonderful coral reefs and calm waters that make this Caribbean island chain a diver's paradise; above all else though, it is known as a truly exclusive retreat that is sure to fulfill the promise of utter relaxation and tranquillity.
Island-hopping is a must here, pure and simple; deserted islands, each new beach more stunning than the last, and above all, a peaceful serenity that washes over its visitors when it's discovered that a heavenly paradise like this truly exists on earth.