St Vincent and the Grenadines exudes an exotic, tropical island getaway and a playground for the rich and famous. The idyllic island archipelago nestled in the heart of the Caribbean is famed for its sparkling white sandy beaches, charming palm-lined bays, glistening blue waters, and soaring emerald volcanic mountains. Kingstown is the colorful colonial capital of St. Vincent lined by quaint cobblestone streets and historic buildings, known for its churches such as St. George`s Anglican Cathedral, and a bustling authentic local marketplace and unique dining opportunities. The rural islands and cays scattered throughout the surrounding seas such as Mustique, Bequia, Mayreau, Canouan, Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent which is home to the posh Petit St. Vincent Resort, along with celebrity mansions, untouched beaches and gorgeous tropical waters. The marine park found in the picture-perfect Tobago Cays is ringed by vibrant coral reefs, a superb snorkeling destination, championship golf on lush verdant greens can be found in Canouan, guided hikes up La Soufriere volcano the highest peak on St. Vincent, cool off in refreshing pools under hidden cascading waterfalls in the rainforest, and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the islands. Hike up to the ancient Fort Charlotte above the city for unparalleled views, or hike through the popular Vermont Natura Trail and spot the islands national bird, the Saint Vincent parrot.
St Vincent Island and the Grenadines boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the Caribbean. This string of 36 emerald volcanic islands stretches south towards Grenada, with numerous white-sand beaches and palm-lined bays, where beautiful yachts line the bay. Enjoy lazing along the beaches, exploring coral reefs, and day-tripping to the Grenadines` rural island and cays. Diving is excellent, and coral reefs border many of the beaches, with fantastic snorkeling just off the shore.
The weather in St Vincent and the Grenadines enjoys a tropical, hot and humid climate throughout the year with daily average temperatures around 85 degrees, and rarely dip below 65. The best time of the year to visit is May, June, and November, these months see lower hotel prices and less crowded beaches and attractions. Peak seasons in St Vincent and the Grenadines are December to April when its a popular time for travelers from North American and Europe to come to the islands and escape the winter. The rainy season is June to December which is also official hurricane season, which can sometimes threaten the archipelago, and the drier months are January to April which can be a little cooler temperature-wise. The hottest months of the year are September, October, and then August, when regular afternoon thunderstorms occur.
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Renting your own car when visiting St Vincent, Bequia, and Mustique is an option, however, the roads can be tough to navigate, with winding narrow roads, steep turns, and aggressive drivers that can be quite scary for some. St Vincent has the best roads out of any of the islands, making it relatively easy to explore with your own rental car. Internal flights are quite popular between SVG with five major airports servicing the islands. Flying within SVG can be quick and inexpensive with a number of airlines offering regularly scheduled flights.
St Vincent`s central harbor in Kingstown offers numerous ferry services that shuttle passengers between St Vincent and the other islands on a daily basis. The Bequia Express has daily roundtrip service traveling to Bequia from St Vincent.
The official currency in St Vincent and the Grenadines is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). US dollars are widely accepted in the service industry. There are ATMs found at airports, and banks throughout the main cities and towns.
The official language is spoken in St Vincent and the Grenadines is English, a large amount of local St. Lucian’s spoken French-creole. Many people speak English especially in the service industry at hotels and restaurants. Most of the island's inhabitants have a good comprehension of the English language. We recommend you get a good English-Creole guidebook and learn common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.