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If you really want to get away from it all, then St. Vincent & the Grenadines is the ideal destination for you. This series of islands and cays offers peace, privacy, and plenty to do for visitors booking a villa rental here. Whether you want to explore Fort Charlotte or the La Soufriere volcano or just lounge at an uncrowded beach, there is plenty to entertain you. Before planning your trip to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, check out the information here to find out more about these exciting islands.
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Steep mountains covered in a tangle of lush vegetation, cool waterfalls, black and white sand beaches, colorful bougainvillea, and turquoise water - this is St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Trailing along in the southern Caribbean, St. Vincent lies 24 miles south of St. Lucia and 100 miles west of Barbados. St. Vincent called "the mainland" by locals and the Grenadines, well over 30 smaller islands and cays (keys) resemble a large kite (St. Vincent) and a tail of islands stretching nearly 45 miles to the southwest. Some of the more popular Grenadine islands include Young Island, Bequia (Beck-way), Mustique (Mus-teek), Canouan (Can-nu-wan), Mayreau (My-ro), Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit (petty) St. Vincent. Part of the Windward Island chain, these tropical gems are just being discovered by travelers worldwide.
The islands welcome visitors with open arms, eager to show you the pristine natural beauty of countless coves and cays with soft sandy beaches and clear sapphire to emerald green water, ideal for snorkeling, diving, and sailing. This island group offers some of the finest sailing in the world; you can charter a yacht and plot your own course through paradise.
St. Vincent's volcanic ridges, valleys and waterfalls make this verdant island of frequent rain and rich soil a major producer of fruits, vegetables and spices. The interior flatlands and valleys are thickly planted with coconuts, bananas, breadfruit, nutmeg, and arrowroot. Rent a car, hire a taxi, or jump on a local bus (private vans wildly painted, music blaring) to see this extraordinary island.
Charter a boat or take the ferry to see the neighboring islands. Nearest is Bequia, 9 miles from St. Vincent. It is a sleepy little island of less than 5,000. Waterside restaurants, bars, quaint shops, and an occasional small hotel are strung together by a tiny path that threads its way along the water's edge.
Next comes Mustique, 17 miles from St. Vincent and known for its famous guests that hang out at Basil's Bar, including Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and British royalty (a sort of Caribbean Beverly Hills) where rock stars and royalty can relax together far from the media and crowds. This small, impressive island with 1400 acres of rolling hills surrounded by sparkling clear water has more than its share of long white sand beaches. Mustique is privately owned and has only a tiny village with a few quaint shops, the Firefly Inn and restaurant, the luxurious Cotton House resort, and 51 secluded villas. These private, palatial homes can be rented for a week or more by those desiring a perfect Caribbean luxury escape.
On down the kite tail you find Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent. These islands are populated with just a few folks to a few hundred, some have airports, most have small hotels, and all have facilities for cruising sailors. One of the nice things about the Grenadines is that you need very little to stay entertained. Snorkel, swim, or dive off shore, walk the miles of deserted beaches, sail, watch the passing boats, read a book in the shade of a palm tree. Nightlife usually takes the form of a jump-up with a local band and scrumptious island cuisine.
Getting to St. Vincent & Grenadines and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
U.S., Canadian and United Kingdom citizens require a passport, birth certificate or voter's registration card. All other visitors must present a valid passport. A return or on-going ticket is required of all visitors.
E.T. Joshua Airport
On the left - a Vincentian or international driver's license is required and a map and good directions are recommended.
You can travel between the islands by both air and sea. By Air: Both Bequia and St. Vincent have air strips with lighted runways. Other landing strips are located on Union Island, Mustique and Canouan. LIAT, Air Martinique, SVG Air and Mustique Airways
Vacationers don't just stay in St. Vincent & Grenadines villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! A license must be obtained from either the Ministry of Justice and Information or the Registrar. If obtained from the Registrar, a seven-day publication notice of the ceremony is required.Cost: Small feeDocuments Required: Form of identification such as
Before making their way to St. Vincent & Grenadines villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in St. Vincent & Grenadines even more relaxing.
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|Telephone:||Local area code is 784|
Department of TourismP.O. Box 834Bay Street, KingstownSt. Vincent and the Grenadines, W.I.(809) 457-1502