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St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The Grenadines, a chain of idyllic tropical microdots, extend for more than 50 miles south of the dramatic volcanic island of St. Vincent. Many of the smaller islets are uninhabited. World-famous as a sailing ground, the Grenadines also offer some of the most inviting beaches ...

The Grenadines, a chain of idyllic tropical microdots, extend for more than 50 miles south of the dramatic volcanic island of St. Vincent. Many of the smaller islets are uninhabited. World-famous as a sailing ground, the Grenadines also offer some of the most inviting beaches in the Caribbean. Perhaps the most interesting of all the islands is Bequia, where, for centuries, the inhabitants have constructed distinctive wooden boats and interisland schooners. The island’s main town, Port Elizabeth, has a superb natural harbor, well-known among yachtsmen around the world.

The weather is mainly dry, warm and sunny with little variation in year-round temperature. December to June is the driest and most pleasant period. 

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Destination Information


DIRECT DIAL CODES

To phone hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dial 1 + 784 (St. Vincent and the Grenadines code) + local numbers in listings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CURRENCY

Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD). Set rate valued at XCD2.7 = US$1.00 as of June 2019. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

WHEN TO VISIT

The weather is mainly dry, warm and sunny with little variation in year-round temperature. December to June is the driest and most pleasant period.

U.S. EMBASSY

None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, Tel. (246) 227-4000.

EDITOR TIPS

The Tobago Cays

Just north of Petit St. Vincent, the Tobago Cays comprise five uninhabited islands that enclose the most complex coral reef system in the Windward Islands. (Johnny Depp was marooned on Petit Tabac in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”) A favorite anchorage of cruising yachtsmen, the reef has suffered damage from illegal spearfishing, and it can only be hoped that the marine park established in 2006 will help to preserve its dazzling beauty. The beaches are incomparably lovely, but if obliged to choose, I would single out Jamesby Island beach as the most idyllic of all.

Sail the Grenadines

With its steep, jungle-covered slopes, azure water and sugar-sand beaches, the Grenadines is the very definition of a tropical paradise. Just as enchanting is the relative remoteness of the region. There are no large cruise ships, and many of the smaller islands are uninhabited. The island chain also provides one of the world’s finest sailing grounds. (In the Caribbean, only the Virgin Islands offer a semblance of competition.) The easterly trades, which blow steadily in the range of 15 to 20 knots, ensure that yachts traveling from north to south always have the wind on their beams, a boat’s best point of sail. 

There are a number of luxury yachts that can be booked for private excursions, but the striking, blue-hulled, 70-foot Destiny sailing yachts have always been our favorite. Launched in 2011 by Hylas, these sleek and roomy boats are ideally suited to cruising these waters in style and comfort.

Mustique

The best known of the Grenadines is Mustique, thanks to a long association with British royalty and members of the rock aristocracy such as Mick Jagger. The island is owned by The Mustique Company, which in turn is owned by the island’s homeowners. Mustique has about 100 private villas, many of which are available for rent. The island was developed by the late Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who had purchased it in 1958 for 45,000 pounds ($62,000). 

Mustique’s most famous institution is the legendary Basil’s Bar. Despite its royal and celebrity clientele, the island is a relaxed place, little given either to formality or conspicuous displays of wealth. In part, this is because the press and paparazzi are rigorously excluded.

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