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What to do in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Vicky Arrowsmith | 12 May, 2015

Tiny Caribbean islands only accessed by small aircraft; St Vincent and the Grenadines are a prime example but are they really worth the extra effort? After a whirlwind trip last summer I would say definitely they are worth the extended journey; let’s consider why…

For an ultimate escape from our hectic lifestyles I would certainly recommend a visit to the idyllic beaches, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons of the Grenadines; it’s a tropical paradise for yachting, scuba diving, nature trails or simply relaxing in luxurious hideaways.

Mustique is known as the hideout for the rich and famous but it’s very much an island to enjoy whether you’re famous or not; the locals were interested in me just as much as they were any other guest and wanted to look after us all to the very same high level. Lunch at Basil’s, dinner on the beach by candlelit barbecue at Cotton House; it’s all fun and all very relaxed but sophisticated. My suggestion is to head to Mustique for the festive season at the Cotton House or take a villa; it’s all one big celebration not to be missed. 

I was really taken with Bequia; what a pleasant surprise from an island that hadn’t really crossed my radar before. Bequia is relaxed and friendly and perfect for sailing enthusiasts and beach lovers. Bequia Beach Hotel really did find a place in my heart and offers a great standard of accommodation for the price you’ll pay, especially when compared with that of similar hotels on the better known islands in the Caribbean. Bequia Beach Hotel is a great place to hide for a few nights but I would say it’s best to stick to travelling in season if you’re planning to visit one of the local restaurants as the island does “sleep” in low season. Maybe try springtime for the Bequia Easter Regatta, if sailing is your passion. 

Petit St Vincent or “PSV” as it’s generally known is one of the most enjoyable and relaxed islands I have ever had the pleasure to stay on. Like a little Maldivian island but in the Caribbean, the highlights here were our day excursion to Tobago Cays to swim with the turtles, the fabulous cuisine provided by the island and the relaxation in the spa. Had we had more time then a trip to the neighbouring islands of Mayreau, Carriacou and Petit Martinique would have been in order so there is plenty to do if you want, and nothing to do if you don’t – #lovedit!

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