Lush landscapes and luxurious resorts had earned the archipelago of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines a reputation for uncomplicated, unpretentious escapes. The term "idyllic" is never far from mind, with the lay of the land ranging from jungle-clad mountainsides to breeze-kissed central-Caribbean waters. Excursions around the Tobago Cays open up a world of rural Caribbean charms, and the islands' calibre of hotel is simply unmatched. Extraordinary holidays are written deep within the narrative of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, and you're the main character.
- Flight time: Approx 9.3 hours
- Passport & Visa: No visa required
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
- Time Zone: GMT-4
- Language: English
Archaeological evidence indicates that Ameridians established settlements in Saint Vincent from around 150AD onwards. Amerindian, European, East Indian and West African heritage combine to influence contemporary culture in Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, manifested in language, dress, food and music. Carnival takes place in June and is a celebration of both past and present with colourful costume parades, dancing, queen shows and calypso competitions.
From quaint downtown eateries to upscale fine-dining restaurants, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines celebrate food in all its glorious forms. Fresh ingredients grown from the land or fished from the sea are central to most dishes in the region.
Things to do
Nature lovers, scuba divers and hikers adore Saint Vincent. Enjoy a relaxed bus tour or challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the La Soufriere volcano. Whatever pace suits you best, there's an activity for you: visit tropical gardens, go bird watching, take in a cricket match or replay scenes from Pirates of The Caribbean.
Saint Vincent's intoxicating blend of colourful street parties, heritage festivals, music, dance and theatre creates enrapturing options for everyone. Do something beyond the norm, such as the annual Breadfruit Festival, or get into the groove at the wonderful Blues & Rhythm Fest.