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St. Vincent & the Grenadines


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St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer some of the Caribbean’s best sailing thanks to white sands, calm turquoise waters, and a string of islands perfect for docking that yacht. Sail up to Basil’s Beach Bar on Mustique and keep an eye out for Mick Jagger, who has a house nearby.


St Vincent and the Grenadines travel guide


St Vincent and the Grenadines travel guide

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About St Vincent and the Grenadines

Scattered across the Caribbean Sea like so many emeralds, St Vincent & the Grenadines is a glorious-looking archipelago. The country’s name makes it sound like an old soul band, and aptly there’s something timeless about the place. Lush mountain peaks, white sands, secluded coves, volcanic landscapes and spectacular coral reefs all go towards making this one of the region’s most diverse spots. For hikers, sailors and those who just fancy kicking back in wave-lapped sunshine for a week or two, it’s some proposition.

The country, which found Hollywood fame when it was used as a setting for the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is made up of 32 islands and cays. St Vincent itself is by far the largest, and has a laid-back capital city, Kingstown, to show for it. Colonial architecture, botanical gardens and a fish market are among the attractions. The latter hints at the dishes that dominate the archipelago’s food scene – fresh seafood, usually washed down with a cold Hairoun beer, is a speciality. Elsewhere on St Vincent there’s some fantastic walking to be had, most notably the trail that leads up to La Soufrière volcano.

The smaller islands that make up the Grenadines offer an even quieter pace of life. Among the most appealing spots are Bequia, which has good claim to that overused adage “the Caribbean as it used to be,” and Mustique, a long-established A-list bolthole that has welcomed the likes of Mick Jagger, Kate Moss and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The best way to experience the outlying islands is to hop between them by boat, and the country as a whole has near-legendary status in the yachting community. The most obvious focal point on a sailing trip is the stupendously scenic Tobago Cays, which is made up of five uninhabited islands and offers excellent potential for divers and snorkelers.

Key facts


389 sq km (150 sq miles).


109,644 (UN estimate 2016).


Constitutional monarachy.

Head of state:

Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented locally by Governor-General Susan Dougan since 2019.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves since 2001.

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White sand beaches, crystal blue waters, swaying palm trees — St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer all the hallmarks of a tropical getaway in the Caribbean, without the tourist traffic of its better-known isles. Located just south of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and its neighboring 32-island chain have long been the destination of choice for elite travelers (think Tommy Hilfiger and Mick Jagger) who moor their private yachts off its secluded shorelines. Now, an airport on the main island makes travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines a more democratic affair, but it’s still sufficiently off the beaten path to provided peace and quiet to all of its visitors. Let Travel + Leisure’s St. Vincent and the Grenadines travel guide lead you there.

Things Not to Miss in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

• A day spent sunbathing on the beaches of Bequia island
 • A stroll through the public market in Kingstown, the region’s largest city
 • A visit to the St Vincent Botanic Gardens, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere
 • A swim with sea turtles at the Tobago Cays wildlife preserve

When to Go to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

An idyllic Caribbean climate and year-round temperatures hovering in the mid-80s means travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines is sure to satisfy, no matter the season. Most tourists visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines between December and April for a break from the winter cold, but hotel rates tend to drop at the beginning and end of this high season, in May and June and November. The area is at risk for hurricanes each July through October.

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