St. Vincent and the Grenadines: The Island Country
The Grenadine islands and islets stretch from Saint Vincent, in the north, to Grenada in the south. Only a dozen are inhabited. The spectacular landscapes are varied, from tiny islands with white sand beaches to volcanic mountains with cascading waterfalls and primeval rain forests. Much of the turquoise sea is protected and offers magnificent swimming, diving and snorkeling. Offshore there are excellent spots for kite boarding, windsurfing and fishing.
Luxury yacht charters are a superb way of seeing St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In this tropical paradise the beauty and serenity is profound. Devoid of paparazzi, several exclusive islands house the summer villas of high profile, high net worth individuals and celebrities.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Island Hopping
Cruise around dozens of picturesque uninhabited islands that are your private paradise. Visit the main islands like Saint Vincent, Bequia and Union, and experience the cultural charm of the Caribbean. There is a wide range of destinations and activities, including both organized and empty beaches, hiking, shopping, dining, entertainment and simply enjoying the culture and charm of the local people.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Geography
This island country in the Lesser Antilles Island arc, lies in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, at the southeastern border of the Caribbean Sea where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical island chain spans an area of 133 square miles. The 32 dependent islands and cays have a land mass of just 17 square miles. The main inhabited islands are Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, and Canouan. Others are privately owned. Most of this lush and abundant island chain remains wild and remote.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are unspoiled.
St. Vincent, just twice the size of Washington, D.C., has 52 miles of coastline. The capital and only town of any size is Kingstown, situated on the island’s southwest coast. It is the economic, administrative and cultural hub of the islands, where most of the population live.
La Soufriére or Soufrière Saint Vincent, is an active volcano that reaches the dizzying height of 4,049-feet. Sail past the orchid-festooned jungle landscape, comb the black sand beaches, swim in a waterfall, or take a guided tour for spectacular hiking. Visit the Botanical Gardens, 20 acres of exotic tropical trees, plants, exotic birds and wildlife. Relax in a waterfront restaurant, sip an icy Hairon lager, and let time slip away.
Bequia, (pronounced Beckway) just nine miles from St. Vincent, has a tradition of boat building, fishing and whaling. Hire a car and guide to explore the island. Learn about Bequia’s maritime tradition at The Bequia Maritime Museum, and discover why it’s the model sailboat capital of the world. Visit hatchlings at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary or tour Firefly Plantation then sample island specialties at their restaurant.
For a leisurely afternoon, float aimlessly off the beach at the Bequia Plantation Hotel balancing a fine rum punch from the beach bar.
Mustique is synonymous with luxury, grand villas and an exclusive hotel. Visitors can come ashore only with permission from the Mustique Company. Take a taxi tour to appreciate this privatre, perfectly manicured island. Go horseback riding or rent a mule to explore on your own. Bring/wear your bathing suit to swim and sun on lovely white sand beaches.
Canouan claims superb beaches in the Caribbean for swimming and snorkeling. Arrange to play the 18-hole golf course, a game of tennis, or indulge in spa treatments at the Canouan Resort. There is a 5,900-foot landing strip for private jets up to G5.
Mayreau is the smallest inhabited isle in the Grenadines, with about 250 residents. This is the authentic Caribbean, offering the experience of charming, traditional village life. Saltwhistle Bay has a fabulous beach. The anchorage is a mecca for international yachtsmen, who eagerly exchange stories of their adventures at the beach bar. Take the steep hike up to the church at the top of the hill for spectacular views of the Tobago Cays.
Tobago Cays are uninhabited, protected islets surrounded by the great Horseshoe Reef, which has spectacular snorkeling and diving. Your yacht chef and crew can prepare a fantastic beach barbecue of fresh lobster and local fish.
Union Island is the hub of the Grenadines’ yachting and airport traffic. The island is fringed with gorgeous bays, lagoons and reefs with perfect sailing waters. Cruise up to Happy Island, a funky little bar built from conch shells in Clifton Harbour. Kite boarding lessons are available from two internationally known schools. Chatham Bay on the west coast is a quiet anchorage with a mile of white sand beach, perfect for a beach banquet.
Palm Island is an exclusive, 135 acre island resort, with facilities, including the yacht club and restaurant, open to the public.
Petit St. Vincent, 113 acres of resort seclusion, is one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways. The bar and restaurant on the beach, gift shop and tennis courts are open to charter yacht guests. The open air spa offers excellent services in a dreamy, tropical setting.
The allure of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the enchanting Caribbean lifestyle that embraces visitors. Luxury yacht charters reach the shores of picturesque villages, prestigious celebrity sanctuaries, and romantic, secluded anchorages. The islands are an excellent destination for connoisseurs of nature; sailors, divers, hikers, musicians, kite surfers, photographers, poets, artists, and all lovers of beauty. Let yourself go.
Our Favorite Places:
French Verandah Restaurant, Mariners Hotel, best dining on the island
Basil’s Bar, Cobblestone Inn, Bay Street, Kingstown
Café Soleil, Blue Lagoon Marina, south coast
Bequia Plantation Hotel, Port Elizabeth, go for the beach bar
Frangipani Hotel Bar, Port Elizabeth, an icon
Bequia Beach Hotel & Spa, Friendship Bay, superb dining, great beach, new dock, deluxe spa treatments
Cottage House Spa, a retreat of blissful healing
Basil’s Bar, favored by movie stars and vagabonds alike
Verandah Restaurant, Cotton House, a five-star experience.
Robert Righteous and De Youth, island food and fun local color
Contact Select Yachts Charter Brokers for more information about chartering in the Grenadines. We work with you to design your perfect itinerary and book the best yacht and crew according to your preferences.
Interview of Ann McHorney (Select Yachts) and Tim Mauer (S/C Endless Pleasure by Grenada radio host George Grant, July 2016:
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Major airlines fly in to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Check the links below for updated schedules and additional destination information.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Bureau: Getting to St. Vincent By Air
From Miami: American Airlines
From New York: Jet Blue