of the major British Windward Islands, sleepy St. Vincent is
just beginning to awaken to tourism. Sailors and the yachting
set have long known
of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and until recently it was
a well-kept vacation secret.
about one hundred miles west of Barbados, and nestled between
St Lucia to the north and Grenada to the south, the string of
islands known collectively as St Vincent and the Grenadines
may be physically close together, but vary enormously in character,
terrain and appeal.
The overall economy of the St. Vincent & The Grenadines
revolves around agriculture, with bananas and coconut palms
the major cash crops. Tourism
is a growing business (especially on St. Vincent), but on the
outer islands, smaller crowds, isolated beaches and quiet days
are the norm.
The main centre of activity is St Vincent , the largest and
northernmost of the islands. As well as exploring St Vincent's
two distinct coastlines - the rugged windward side and the gentle
leeward side - and lush, interior hiking trails, don't miss
the opportunity to spend time on the tiny isle of Bequia (Bek-way),
just a short ferry ride away, a yachters' St. Vincent and the
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and Accommodationshaven that also boasts shimmering beaches
and a fascinating
seafaring history. The less developed and less populated islands
of Canouan, Mayreau and Union are all easily reachable by ferry
and offer a taste of the unspoiled Caribbean, while Mustique
, an island hideaway of the rich and famous, makes for an affordable
day trip of swimming and snorkelling, though don't expect to
find a cheap place to stay.
The uninhabited national park of the Tobago Cays , a cluster
of islets which form the eastern point of a triangle between
Union Island and Mayreau, are surrounded by coral reefs and
unbelievably aquamarine waters and make an excellent excursion
from nearby islands.
St. Vincent & Bequia offer incredible sheer vertical walls,
crevices, and extensive shallow reefs, many virtually unexplored
and accessible by boat within 10 minutes from resorts. Diving
in the Southern Grenadines and Tobago Cays boasts impressive
dense shallow coral gardens and a profusion of fish life.
Water Temp Winter 79F 26C
Summer 82F 28C
Visibility 75 - 100 ft 23 - 30C