ST VINCENT &
THE GRENADINES

Overview

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a combination of 32 islands and cays which comes highly recommended for twin centred holidays. Destination SVG covers an area of 150 sq miles and is located 24 miles south of St. Lucia, 75 miles north of Grenada and 100 miles east of Barbados.


This multi-island destination is perfect for those who want to get off the beaten track. Its nine inhabited islands – St. Vincent, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent – are diverse and unique in character, offering something for everyone and a different experience on each island. The Tobago Cays, located in the southern Grenadines, is a cluster of five islands and they comprise the National Marine Park.


Visitors can start the journey with eco-adventure on the mountainous landscape of St. Vincent. Nature lovers can enjoy  the lush green rainforest, nature trails, tumbling waterfalls, La Soufriere  Volcano some 1200 meters / 4800 ft above sea level and the Botanic Gardens the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.


The sailing and diving fraternity can enjoy some of the best sailing waters in the Caribbean. Snorkellers and scuba divers will be in for a threat with the rare and exotic marine life particularly in the Grenadines.  Divers will have an option to explore numerous dive sites throughout the destination. Marinas are located at Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina on St. Vincent and Glossy Bay on Canouan.


The new Argyle International Airport (AIA) became operational on 14 February, 2017. The AIA is designed to accommodate aircrafts as large as the Boeing 747 – 400’s. We are looking forward to welcoming flights from the UK market. The Grenadine island of Canouan has a Jetport and there are smaller airports on Bequia, Mustique and Union Island.


Five (5) tourism service standards have been developed by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. They are:  Code of Practice for Tour Operators, Tourism Accommodation Standards, Code of Practice for Tour Guides, Code of Practice for Short-Term Vehicle and Code of Practice for Taxi Operators.

Airlines

Passengers destined for St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the UK can travel on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic Airways to one of the following gateways – Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique or Trinidad. Regional flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are provided by LIAT, SVG Air, TIA, Grenadines Airways and Mustique Airways.

 

More information in the Guide to the Caribbean (pages 56-57).

Cruise

October to April is very active with cruise ship arrivals to destination St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Hotels

St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a range of hotels, villas, apartments and guest houses.  Visitors can also choose to stay at one of three private island resorts, Young Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent in addition to up market properties on Bequia, Mustique Canouan and Mayreau.

 

Visit www.discoversvg.com  and navigate to "Where to Stay" for the pdf with "Tourism Service Providers".

 

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Tour Ops

Sixteen CTO-member tour operators serve St. Vincent & The Grenadines. See pages 58-59 of the Guide to the Caribbean.

Itinerary

I was lucky enough to spend an entirely memorable week in SVG. Connecting through Barbados, I hopped from north to south on a private charter, visiting almost every island. First staying in an open walled hilltop suite onYoung Island, before moving on to the quaint and welcoming Bequia Beach Hotel. From here we hopped to visit Princess Margaret’s villa in Mustique and a tour of the charming Cotton House, then explored Canouan by golf cart before staying in unimaginable luxury at Pink Sands. The final two nights I stayed on the neighbouring private islands of Petit St Vincent and Palm Island, exploring by bike and rediscovering my love of the sea.


Every island is unique and no two properties are interchangeable. I came away a whole new view of this phenomenal nation, not to mention some terrific memories, including visiting baby tortoises, giving a lazy lizard a lift on my foot up a hill and swimming with turtles. All in all, I think it is fair to say I will be back!


Victoria Hargreaves, Hayes & Jarvis

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