St. Vincent & The Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a nation made up of the lush, volcanic isle of St. Vincent along with the northern portion of the chain of islands known as the Grenadines (the bottom portion are dependencies of Grenada). With a bit of island-hopping, this Caribbean paradise will have you bathing in waterfalls, admiring six types of dolphin, climbing volcanoes and napping in hammocks. There are over 30 islands in this heavenly realm, with plenty of opportunities for total tropical seclusion.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
- Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket
- Language: English
- Flight time: 8 hours from NYC, 14 hours from LA
- Getting around: Car (keep left!), taxi, boat, bus
When To Go: St. Vincent and the Grenadines at their best
- Best weather: December to May. Year-round temperatures average 70 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Best prices: April to December
Why To Go
- St. Vincent for its volcanic wonder: The largest island of the nation is home to La Soufrière, a 4,000-foot active volcano, making for spectacular hikes, lush vegetation and exotic black sand beaches. A beautiful drive through banana plantations takes you to the start of a 2 1/2 hours hike through bamboo groves, a rainforest, and a rocky lava field. At the top, especially daring couples can even climb down a rope into the crater and treat themselves to a mineral mud bath.
- Petit St. Vincent for total privacy: The sandy white island of Petit St. Vincent offers 22 scattered private cottages, all featuring enchanting views and complete isolation. If it’s relaxation you’re after, this is certainly the place. Hammocks are strategically placed along the beaches, and there are no telephones, no televisions, and no air-conditioners. There aren’t even room keys. There is, however, great service. If you want or need anything (say, a margarita in your room or a picnic lunch on the beach), just shimmy a yellow flag up the bamboo pole outside your villa. The island staff will come right over to hear your wishes. Now that’s paradise.
- Petit Tabac for movie-scene bliss: Remember the scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl where Johnny Depp was stranded on an unbelievable island with a big crate of rum? That’s here — on one of the five uninhabited islets of the Tobago Cays. All five are lined with palm trees on fine white sand, and masses of colorful fish beneath crystal blue waters make for some of the world’s best snorkeling. The crescent-shaped islet featured in the Disney blockbuster is the least accessible in the Cays, but its coconut tree-studded shores are worth the trouble.
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