St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Island Hopping at its best
The 32 islands and cays of St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) are an off the beaten path destination, nestled among the south-eastern Windward Islands. Characterised by natural beauty, lush landscapes, sustainable development and a nostalgic Caribbean scene, SVG offers you a diverse experience highlighting Eco-adventures; Sailing & Yachting; Snorkelling & Diving; Romance & Weddings; mouthwatering cuisine; and cultural festivals like Vincy Mas, billed as the hottest carnival in the Caribbean.
Take your pick of SVG’s nine inhabited gems – St. Vincent, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent and the remarkable Tobago Cays Marine Park, or island hop to discover its many charms.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) has a modern airport, Argyle International Airport (AIA), which became operational on February 14th, 2017. There is also a jetport on Canouan and smaller airports on Bequia, Mustique and Union Island. Young Island, Mayreau, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent are only accessible by boat.
AIA services direct flights from Heathrow, London via Virgin Atlantic on Wednesdays and Sundays. There are daily direct flights out of Miami via American Airlines plus several times weekly from Toronto via Air Canada and New York via Caribbean Airlines. Connections via Air France, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue and US Airways are available from neighbouring islands. Additionally, an SVG Information Officer is available at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. to assist passengers in transit to SVG.
LIAT, InterCaribbean Airways and Caribbean Airlines provide scheduled services to other regional islands. Mustique Airways, SVG Air, Grenadine Airways, and One Caribbean offer regional, local charters and scheduled services between SVG’s Islands.
Things to do / Activities
St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) enjoys a network of hiking trails that allows you to immerse in verdant nature and vibrant culture. From the easier trails that unfurl on each of the nine inhabited islands to the legendary La Soufrière, a daring hike that climbs an active volcano, there’s a route for all ability levels. You can explore refreshing waterfalls, take a whale and dolphin watching tour, go in search of the endemic St. Vincent Parrot and other tropical birds, meander through colourful and historic gardens, or learn to kiteboard in some of the world’s best sailing waters. For your next adventure visit SVG to refresh your mind and body.
Sailing & Yachting
St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) is uniquely suited for your next Caribbean sailing adventure, its multi-island geography, unspoiled beaches and turquoise waters set the scene for tranquil sailing. Steady winds and balmy temperatures ranging from 24-30°C provide conditions for year round sailing. Each inhabited island offers something special and are scattered within easy distances with 1-4 hours voyages from one to another. Mooring in the harbours dotted throughout destination, provides an opportunity to explore towns that have retained their authentic tropical charm and are populated with boutique accommodations, beach bars, cafes, marine services and provisions.
Snorkelling & Diving
St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) is renowned for abundant marine life, earning it the moniker ‘Critter Capital of the Caribbean’. SVG offers critter diving unparalleled outside the Coral Triangle with great muck diving and good visibility at 30m or more. Within the 32 islands and cays under water enthusiast are spoiled for choice with 168 sq km of coral reefs, where 400 reef fish species bustle across 100 dive sites. You can choose from adrenaline pumping drifts, uncrowded coral gardens to dramatic submarine lava flows that coalesce into a wonderland of caves, canyons and walls. There are numerous dive shops throughout the destination to guide you on your underwater adventure.
Weddings & Romance
The search for your partner can be quite the journey, when you are ready to take the next step together St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) is an ideal place to celebrate your love. The destination’s tranquil waters, lush gardens, historic churches, boutique hotels and romantic resorts all make beautiful backdrops for tying the knot, a memorable honeymoon, renewing vows or simple celebrating with your partner. Unique ceremony options to consider include: island resort buyouts for intimate gatherings; a catamaran in the Tobago Cays Marine Park; and the castaway inspired style on Mopion, a small sand bar with a single thatch umbrella completely surrounded by turquoise waters.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines’ (SVG) culture is exemplified in annual events dotted throughout the destination. On the last weekend in February you can explore the Conch Festival on Union Island where participants are treated to an assortment of tasty dishes and explore sustainable industry practices. At Easter be thrilled by the excitement of the Caribbean’s most renowned boat race. All sail to Bequia, the stage for an established regatta including activities for your young kids and teenagers. In late June and early July SVG hosts ‘The hottest carnival in the Caribbean’. Abandon your inhibitions to jump, wave and fete alongside revellers in the destination’s largest festival.
In St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG) food is rooted in the culture. SVG is home to great cooks creating dishes inspired by its diverse history. If you enjoy food then SVG will deliver delights, simple fares like callaloo soup, bouljou and peleau will leave memories on your taste buds. SVG is a mecca for delectable seafood, most restaurants offer daily catch dishes. Seafood is caught in the wild and done in a sustainable manner so favourites like lobsters are seasonal. In a nation closely connected to the land through farming and fishing, foodies will dine on the freshest produce whether at fine dining restaurants featuring international fusions or street outlets offering local flavours.