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Visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Updated on May 15, 2017

Let's go to St. Vincent & the Grenadines!

Time to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines aka SVG.

I love everything about St. Vincent - the food, the people, the culture, and of course, the sights. It's my home away from home. I have more friends than family in Barbados and more family than friends in St. Vincent so you should definitely experience them both and try to decide for yourself which destination you prefer.

Party animals will most likely prefer to visit at Easter, Carnival (June-July), or Christmas.


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St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent & the Grenadines

A Little Geography Lesson

St. Vincent is located 100 miles west of Barbados. It is 18 miles long, 11 miles wide and, 4,048 ft at its highest point, the volcanic Mount Soufriere. The total area is 133 square miles. The total area of the Grenadines is 17 square miles, it comprises a group of 32 smaller islands, which extend south for about 60 miles toward the island of Grenada. This makes the total area of SVG 150 square miles.

SVG is divided into 6 parishes, the Grenadines make up one and the mainland is divided into Charlotte, St. Patrick, St. David, St. Andrew, and St. George.

The parishes of St. Vincent

The parishes of St. Vincent
The parishes of St. Vincent

Sights to see in St. Vincent

I did a project on St. Vincent with my older daughter a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed discovering many things that I had not ever been aware of, even after all the vacations I have spent there.

Here is a terrific interactive map of SVG, you can use it to familiarise yourself and get your bearings before you even set foot on these islands.

I recommend you contact Fantasea Tours, they can take you on a number of land/water tours of the island. Their website also has many wonderful pictures to give you a brilliant preview of the most popular attractions on the island.

The Botanic Gardens of St. Vincent are one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, look for the first breadfruit tree to have been brought to the island by Captain Bligh in 1793. Breadfruit can be prepared in many different ways. The local dish of SVG is Roasted Breadfruit with fried Jack fish, it's delicious, you've got to try it!

There are beautiful waterfalls, the most popular ones you can visit are Trinity Falls (which is shown at the top of this page), Dark View Falls or the Falls of Baliene - some of them are only accessible by boat. For an exhilarating hike, climb the Mount Soufriere Volcano and enjoy the breathtaking views from its peak. If you would prefer a more relaxing tour, enjoy the drive to the northern most parts of St Vincent and visit the Owia Salt Pond where you can picnic and have a swim.

Mount Soufriere Volcano

Mount Soufriere Volcano
Mount Soufriere Volcano

Here's a lovely book about SVG!

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

If you plan to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines why not purchase this book for a preview of the exciting things you will be able to see and do there. It's always good to plan ahead so you don't waste time trying to decide what to do at the last minute. I love exploring at my own pace but hate missing out on something I know I really would have enjoyed!

 

Lovely view from The Gingerbread Cafe, Bequia

Beautiful Beaches & Waterfront Cafes

Take a look at some of these breathtaking beaches you can explore in SVG. Due to its volcanic nature, St. Vincent has mainly black sand beaches. Argyle, on the Leeward (East) Coast, is extremely popular for picnicking but generally not considered safe for swimming. Brighton Beach, on the Windward Coast, is especially good for boogie boarding. Villa Beach and Indian Bay are probably the most popular beaches on the mainland while there are numerous gold and white sand beaches throughout the Grenadines including the gorgeous Lower Bay and Princess Margaret beaches on Bequia.

Many local waterfront cafes enjoy views of the yachts which request the harbors of these largely mountainous islands. The landscapes and horizons never cease to amaze you each and every time.

SVG is one of the World's best places to dive...

CALLING ALL WATER BABIES: You will love diving in SVG waters!

Here Bill Tewes - Dive St. vincent offers details on the services he provides and shares a lot of his personal experience with you.

These PADI certified services are also very helpful, Indigo Dive St. Vincent & Bequia Dive Adventures.

The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 1) Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados
The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 1) Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados

I'm sure you will agree that the underwater world is fascinating. There are always splendid colors and learning the skill of diving itself is also a great experience. It's also a great way to get a bit of exercise in during a holiday in what has to be the coolest environment.

 

SVG Accomodation

Here's an extensive list of places to stay. Find villas, hotels and guesthouses on the mainland or on one of the Grenadine islands. There is accomodation for every budget available.

Bequia, which is the largest Grenadine island at just 7 sq miles, becomes a virtual hive of activity during the Bequia Easter Regatta. The island is also quite busy at Christmas so rates are usually higher at these times. Contact local experts at the family operated Old Fort Historic Plantation for assistance with booking tours or accommodation on the island.

Palm Island has many exciting packages. Watersports are very popular here and there are several beach house properties for rent. The facilities at the all inclusive resort feature a 9-hole golf course, driving range and grass tennis court. The island is currently offering free airfare (from Barbados) if your stay on ANY of its properties is 7 days or more.

PRIVATE ISLAND RESORTS

Canouan is another excellent option for those looking to golf while they're on holiday in the Grenadines.

Young Island is right off Villa Beach. On Thursday nights they have a beach barbecue which you won't want to miss.

The most exclusive private island resort, home to many rich and famous stars, is Mustique . There are 38 luxurious villas available for rent on that island.

Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Exploring the Grenadines

This ferry schedule indicates when you will be able to take public transport over to some of the Grenadine islands.

You can charter boats for day trips, or book a yacht and crew to take you around the Grenadines, over the course of several days/weeks.

Internationally renowned, Barefoot Yacht Charters, is one of the most popular, experienced and reliable charter service companies which can accomodate this type of venture. You can make the trip even more affordable and fun by traveling in groups. They offer a wide range of catamarans and yachts and can provide experienced crew for your trip.

General Information

Get married in SVG - Planning a wedding? Take a look at some beautiful venues in SVG and find out what requirements are necessary to have a Vincentian wedding.

A Walk Through Kingstown - the town nicknames the "City of Arches" - there are about 400 arches in St. Vincent's capital city!

Browsing through the St Vincent Yellow Pages can give you some ideas about places you can eat, shop and visit.

Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar

US $1.00 = EC$ 2.70500

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Flag Square Coasters (Set of 4)
St. Vincent & The Grenadines Flag Square Coasters (Set of 4)

Are you a patriotic Vincentian without an authentic, vincy set of coasters? Don't miss out. Amazon has a whole range of items to help you keep the flag flying.

 

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: Thanks!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Interesting post!

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      That looks very nice and looking forward to go one day. Thank you very much for sharing.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would love to visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines someday. It definitely looks gorgeous. So many beautiful places to visit!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I love travel lens's & yours rates right up with the best. Blessed

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Sold. I'd like to eave tomorrow Gosh, what a beautiful place.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Looks wonderful

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      Onethindime LM 4 years ago

      Never been there but it looks like a beautiful place.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks very special....one day!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I'd really love go someday.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, KandH! I wish I was there right now! I would love to try roasted breadfruit with fried jack fish. Merry Christmas!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you so much!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I am just speechless. I would love to go there. Wonderful job on this lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @psk09: You're welcome - thanks for visiting :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information and tips on Visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines, itâs very interesting!

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      psk09 4 years ago

      Beautiful country! Thanks for the tour.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: Well I hope you make it to the Caribbean some day - really is a must-see :)

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @Cari Kay 11: Yup, Trinidad is lovely too, thanks for stopping by :)

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      Kay 4 years ago

      We lived in Trinidad and this brings back memories.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Sounds like a beautiful place. I've never been to that part of the world.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @Aunt-Mollie: Thanks, anything is possible, I just may do that one day :)

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your knowledge about SVG. Sounds like a place I'd love to visit.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I would love to go there. What a beautiful country! You should work in its tourism office. Liked!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      This makes me want to go! Lovely pics and great information.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @shawnhi77 lm: Thanks, I'm sure you will love it :)

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Really beautiful lens. I cant wait to go.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Gorgeous place to visit- hope to go there some day.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @donnetted: Thanks, I'm glad you like it :)

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      How very beautiful!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      How very beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Glad you liked it :)

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I enjoyed this trip to St.Vincent, look like a wonderful place to vacation.

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      Awesome page. I loved the content and I've gave it a Squid Like. Can you return the favor on one of mine?

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Looks like a beautiful place. What a fabulous place to go for a vacation.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent lens covering every aspect that a vacationer would love!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks...it's all very beautiful indeed!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      looks like a heaven. beautiful presentation

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Looks like a great place to visit

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Cool place to visit..great lens

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      My ideal place! Great lens

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      What an awesome place to visit! Love to arrive for Carnival. Yum to the Roasted Breadfruit with fried Jack fish!!!

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens thank you for shere

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! Thumbs up

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this informative and interesting lens.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great place! Squidlike

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      More places I will definitely be sailing my boat to in the future.

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      NatureLuver 5 years ago

      Very beautiful.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I had a LOVELY visit.. THANK YOU!! Angel blessed.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing! :)

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      Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

      I've had to write a number of articles about Barbados and St Vincent - looks like a fantastic place.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful place! I envy you! Squid Angel blessed!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      I really want to spend some time here

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Wish I was there right now, instead of looking at that heavy snow falling down....

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      It looks enchanting. Maybe someday I'll get there.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This looks like an absolutely beautiful place - thank you very much for sharing!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      looks stunning! wish I were there right now!

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      Criffer 5 years ago

      Breath taking adventure at every turn when visiting St.Vincent & The Grenadines. Great lens, thank you

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @justholidays: Thanks so much - hope you make it to the Caribbean somehow - some day :)

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Oh, what a wonderful trip to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines I just made through your lens! Thank you for sharing such a fairy travel and destination - I long for travelling in the Carribeans, sadly, the sea doesn't want to solidify... and I fear the airplanes.

      Anyway, I just loved what I saw here and that's all that matters, isn't it...

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Loved your lens - you gave so many great resources. I honeymooned in Barbados and have visited a couple more islands, but I've never been to St. Vincent. I hope to make it there one day! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is really good information and beautifully presented. I am surprised it is not doing better in the rankings. I have just featured it on a new lens of mine: These St Vincent and the Grenadines Pictures Are Awesome

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is really good information and beautifully presented. I am surprised it is not doing better in the rankings. I have just featured it on a new lens of mine: These St Vincent and the Grenadines Pictures Are Awesome

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      photostar 7 years ago

      Very nice page kudo's!