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St Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Guide



The Grenadine Islands are a chain of small islands spread over 40 miles or so just south of St Vincent. Interestingly they have always been split with the north 2/3 administered by St Vincent and the southern 1/3 by Grenada.

Slavery was abolished in 1834 and St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence on 27 October 1979, and was the last of the Windward Islands to do so. In 2009, voters were asked if they wanted to replace Queen Elizabeth II with a President and 55% said no.

I first sailed through St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2018 and have returned several times with guest and by myself.

The Grenadines are a wonderful group of islands. I describe them as the “Little BVI” with a “Little Bahamas” thrown in. Just like the BVI, they are fantastic for charters, but with WAY less crowds. The Tobago Cays are as perfect as everyone says they are plus I loved the islands of Bequia (whaling history), Canouan, Mayreau, and Union.

On St Vincent hiking up 4000 feet to the rim of La Soufrière volcano and peering down into the crate with the lake in it is not to be missed.

Below you will be able to get even more helpful hints by reading my St Vincent & The Grenadines blogs and soon I will have a travel video or two for St Vincent and the Grenadines.


Getting There in St. Vincent and the Grenadines


In the eastern Caribbean, St. Vincent — the “gateway to the Grenadines” (the individual islands are discussed later in this chapter) — lies about 160km (99 miles) west of Barbados. There are no direct flights. The best connections are through Barbados and Antigua. From Barbados you can take LIAT (tel. 888/844-LIAT [5428] in most of the Caribbean, or 784/458-4841; www.liatairline.com), which connects the islands of Grenada and St. Lucia with St. Vincent, Bequia, Union Island, and Antigua.

American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada, or 784/456-5555; www.aa.com) flies nonstop from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Canouan, one of the most visited of the Grenadines.

Dependable SVG Airways (tel. 800/624-1843 or 784/457-5124; www.svgair.com) makes daily shuttle runs from St. Vincent to the satellite islands of Mustique, Union, and Canouan, with per-person fares ranging from $46 to $85 round-trip, plus a fuel surcharge. To connect with those Grenadine islands with airports, separate charter arrangements can be made from Union Island. The price of these chartered flights is less than you might expect and often matches the fares on conventional Caribbean airlines.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.