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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Why St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

Accommodations

Several upscale to mid-range, all-inclusive resorts can be found sprinkled throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but small hotels, bed and breakfasts, and villas are more frequently found. Where I’ve stayed: Two private island resorts, including Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island

Activities

Diving and snorkeling, beaches, multiple water sports, golf, tennis, hiking, boating, sailing, fishing

Beaches

West end beach, Petit St. VIncent

West end beach, Petit St. VIncent

Palm Island, Grenadines, beach and hammock

Palm Island, beach and hammock

Powder-white sand beaches can be found throughout the Grenadines, except for the black sand beaches that fringe the windward and leeward coasts of the main island of St. Vincent.

Food and Drink

Locally caught fresh fish (mahi mahi, tuna, bonito, kingfish, snapper, flying fish and marlin) and seafood (lobster, squid and octopus) are served throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Vincent’s national dish is roasted breadfruit and fried jack fish. If you get a chance, try dishes made with local vegetables, including callalou, yams, dasheen, bananas, plantains, and christophenes. The local St. Vincent Brewing Co. beer is Hairoun, which was the original Amerindian name for St. Vincent meaning “Land of the Blessed,” Local soft drinks include Hairoun BItter Lemon and Hairoun Ginger Ale. The local rum is Sunset Very Strong Rum, an overproof white rum.

Getting There

Several airlines fly to St. Vincent (SVD) and the Grenadines from North America and Europe. Major gateways are Barbados (BGI), Grenada (GND), St. Lucia (UVF), Martinique (FDF) and Puerto Rico (SJU), with connecting flights to Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and Union Island.

Location

St. Vincent and the Grenadines map

St. Vincent and the Grenadines lies to the west of Barbados, south of St. Lucia and north of Grenada in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea. There are 32 islands and cays that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Nine are inhabited, including St. Vincent and eight Grenadines islands, including Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island. Two additional islands of the Grenadines, Carriacou and Petit St. Martinique, belong to Grenada.

Vibe

Visitors will find a friendly, welcoming vibe throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Native Nevisians are said to be experts in “liming,” a Caribbean term for having a good time and enjoying life to the full, or as some would interpret it, “the art of doing nothing!”

Tourism Board: Discover St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 

If you go, don’t miss:

Sailing and snorkeling in the Tobago Cays, aboard the Beauty, if you are staying on Petit St. Vincent, or aboard Captain Yanni’s catamaran if you are staying on Palm Island.

Petit St. Vincent’s 49-foot sloop, Beauty

Petit St. Vincent’s 49-foot sloop, Beauty

Green turtles are plentiful in the Tobago Cays.

Green turtles are plentiful in the Tobago Cays.

Sea Stars, Tobago Cays

Sea Stars inch across the sandy bottom in the Tobago Cays.

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Scuba diving, with Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center at Petit St. Vincent private island resort. Or, Grenadines Dive with Glenroy Adams, based on Union Island (who I dived with during a stay on Palm Island). Other dive operators: St. Vincent: Dive St. Vincent, Serenity Dive; Bequia: Dive Bequia

Petit St. Vincent's dock

Petit St. Vincent’s dock

Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center, Petit St. Vincent

Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center, Petit St. Vincent

 

 

Published article on Petit St. Vincent:

Paradise Unplugged

Petit St. Vincent private island is antidote to post-election stress

St. Vincent & the Grenadines—It was Election Day in the U.S., but the sea turtles swimming near an anchorage in the Tobago Cays didn’t seem to notice. We bobbed like corks above them, watching them through our masks, slowly finning through the crystal clear water as a line of cushion sea stars inched across the white sand bottom.

Read the rest by going to this online link (includes 12 photos):

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Or, by downloading a PDF of my article, published in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 1-22-17.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the Blog:
Mopion Islet, Grenadines

Island Treasures: Mopion Islet, Grenadines

Debbra : January 20, 2017 2:30 pm : Blog, Caribbean, Grenadines, Home news, Homepage, Island Treasures, Islets and Motus, slider

Mopion islet. I discovered it in 2004 after surfacing from a dive on the surrounding coral reefs, and snapped this photograph that has become one of my all-time favorites. It was only after…

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9 Comments on “St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  1. You have absolutely sold me! Your photos are absolutely stunning. That water looks like heaven and I love beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving. This sounds like my idea of heaven!

    • If you are into snorkeling and diving, the Grenadines should be high on your list of future destinations! It is the perfect place to be in, on or under the water. The water color is just as it looks in the photos.

  2. Wow, the blue water is so beautiful. Thanks for the info for the dive shops there. That’s always on my list of things to do if I can! And finally, you totally sold me on that sail boat. It looks so dreamy!

    • You would love the diving in the Grenadines, Kelsy! I hope you will get to visit the area. And yes, our day on the “Beauty” was very dreamy!

  3. The beaches and water look absolutely beautiful. I’d love to spend a lazy day there on a sailboat and spend my evening eating all the fresh seafood. I think I’d enjoy unplugging, living and “liming” like the locals.

  4. I have been wanting to go here for awhile, but now I’d love to get there sooner – that water. It looks like the perfect place to relax and unwind for a bit.

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