Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Days on St. Vincent & The Grenadines consist of lazing along white-sand beaches, exploring coral reefs, and day-tripping to the Grenadines' rural islands and cays. For sunny strips of blindingly white sand, head to Saltwhistle Bay or Macaroni Beach. Prefer to hit the links? Venture to Canouan's pristine championship course to putt on spectacular greens. And there's plenty to do on St. Vincent's main island: That's where you'll discover Kingstown's lively marketplace and the lush foliage on display at the centuries-old Botanic Gardens.
- #1View all PhotosfreeTobago Cays#1 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesNatural Wonders, Recreation, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDNatural Wonders, Recreation, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
This cluster of small, uninhabited isles perched at the east end of Mayreau boasts some of Grenadine's finest underwater sites. The remote cays' calm, clear waters teem with bright coral reefs and exotic marine life. In 2006, the area was named a wildlife reserve to maintain its natural setting. As a result, yachts are not allowed to drop anchor here, so you'll feel like you've discovered untouched Caribbean waters. One TripAdvisor user describes the Tobago Cays as "One of the most beautiful places to sail to and simply relax."
- #2View all PhotosfreeCanouan#2 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPENDFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
Travelers are almost always impressed by tiny Canouan, which measures a mere three and a half miles long and a quarter-mile wide. World-class spas, luxurious resorts, and breathtaking coral reefs are just some of this isolated island's draws. Though recent visitors do concede Canouan isn't the most accessible island of the Grenadines' chain, travelers say its unforgettable ambiance and scenery merits the long trek to get there. "This island is a little out of the way, but well worth the effort […] as soon as you land in the airport, you know you are someplace special," claims one TripAdvisor user.
- #3View all Photos#3 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesBeaches, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
When it comes to finding the perfect place to lay your towel, it's hard to compete with Saltwhistle Bay's powdery sands. Comprised of a pure white shoreline shaded by palm and grape trees and fringed by aquamarine waves, Saltwhistle Bay Beach draws boaters and sun-worshipers alike to its sandy oasis.
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Perched at the northernmost tip of the Grenadines' chain of islands, Bequia beckons to beachcombers and seafarers with its golden sands, calm aquamarine waves, and relaxed atmosphere. When you tire of lounging along powdery shorelines, head to Port Elizabeth, Bequia's quaint, seaside town located in the central part of the island to pick up some souvenirs and a bite to eat. During Easter, sailors flock to the Port Elizabeth's scenic waterfront facing the west to catch the Easter Regatta, a four-day event filled with lively boat races, delectable food, and lots of dancing.
- #5View all PhotosfreeBotanic Gardens#5 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
St. Vincent's lush 20-acre park holds a reputation as the longest standing botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere, with roots dating back to 1765. Inside, you'll encounter a broad collection of tropical flora and fauna, from flamboyant mahogany and breadfruit trees to exuberant parrots. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the garden's versatile array of natural spices—such as cinnamon and nutmeg—hanging from centuries-old tree limbs.
- #6View all Photos#6 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesBeachesTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDBeachesTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
If you came to Mustique (the Grenadines' exclusive retreat just 18 miles southeast of St. Vincent) to sprawl across blindingly white sand or sit beneath a rustic palm hut facing turquoise waters, head straight to Macaroni Beach. This isolated strip of sand along the island's eastern shoreline makes an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and surfers. One TripAdvisor user describes Macaroni beach as "The most beautiful white sand beach with [only] a handful of people on it!"
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An upscale hideaway known for its pristine sands, cerulean waters, and lavish cottages, Mustique came into the spotlight after Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret decided to live here—and it hasn't stepped out since. This exclusive isle has been the highly coveted (yet unpretentious) playground of the rich and famous for decades. Tommy Hilfiger, Mick Jagger, and Paul Newman are all among Mustique's A-list residents.
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Once you've marveled at the Grenadines' magnificent scenery above the surface, it's time to take the plunge below sea level. After all, St. Vincent doesn't hold the renowned title of "Critter Capital of the Caribbean" for nothing. Some of the area's notable underwater creatures include manta rays, squid, frogfish, and reef sharks.
- #9View all PhotosfreeMayreau#9 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesRecreation, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDRecreation, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
Picture it: Tall palms swaying in the breeze, azure waters lapping at the sands of Saltwhistle Bay, and the aroma of savory lobster wafting through the air. This is Mayreau, the compact mile-and-a-half-long cay located west of the Tobago Cays. This quiet island is home to a small hilly village with arresting seaside views, and no airport at all—but then again, its isolation is part of its charm. You'll likely stop here on an excursion to one of the nearby dive sites. If you do, try some delectable seafood and barbecue served at Dennis' Hideaway, a boutique hotel on Saline Bay at the southern end of the island.
- #10View all PhotosfreeHiking#10 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesHiking, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDHiking, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
If you're itching to explore, St. Vincent offers numerous picturesque trails. Thrill-seekers will get a kick out of trekking up the imposing La Soufrière volcano, but they should note the climb requires endurance, appropriate attire, and the company of a licensed tour guide. As one VirtualTourist user puts it, "The Soufrière volcano is the king of climbs and not for the faint of heart. It is an all day monster hike that rewards with stunning views." The Rabacca trail, a popular route along the windward coast of St. Vincent stretches all the way up to the crater's edge. Another option is hiking one leg of the trip and arranging for someone to pick you up at the end. The Rabacca trail welcomes visitors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. To plan your trip and reserve your tour guide consult the SVG Tourism Authority's La Soufrière page.
- #11View all PhotosfreeKingstown#11 in St. Vincent & The GrenadinesFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
Before you set sail for the remote isles of the Grenadines, take some time to explore Kingstown, St. Vincent's colorful capital city located along the island's southern coast. Punctuated by cobbled streets, rolling hills, and a bustling harbor, Kingstown lures travelers with its arresting scenery and its vibrant market area.
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