Set amid tropical seas between the teardrop islands of St Vincent and Grenada, the tiny emerald-clad volcanic islands of The Grenadines offer a tranquil and intimate alternative to the Caribbean’s larger islands. Renowned for their untouched beauty and natural landscapes, these picturesque islands have tropical rainforest and powdery white-sand beaches, making them perfect for nature trails and watersports.
- The Grenadines are superbly undeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way
- The rainforest, eco adventures, scuba diving and powdery white-sand beaches as just some of the unmissable attractions
- The picture-perfect setting made it an ideal backdrop for scenes from the popular Pirates of the Caribbean films
- The nightlife here is conspicuous by its absence, peace and solitude are unsurpassed
Best time to visit The Grenadines
The Caribbean has become a popular year-round destination with temperatures ranging between the high 20s and low 30s. The dry season is from December to June, while the wet season is from July to November when showers are likely and the humidity levels are high. What’s known as ‘hurricane season’ runs from June to November.
The Grenadines holiday highlights
32 emerald-clad volcanic islands make up St Vincent and the Grenadines which stud the azure waters of the Caribbean, west of Barbados. Renowned for their untouched beauty, natural landscapes and tranquillity, these south-eastern Windward Islands provided the picture-perfect setting for scenes from the popular Pirates of the Caribbean films. Rainforest eco-adventures, scuba diving and powdery white-sand beaches are just some of its unmissable attractions of this multi-island nation filled with character and charm.
The Grenadines are superbly undeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way. On these gorgeous islands, nightlife is conspicuous by its absence, peace and solitude are unsurpassed, and the dress code – like the lifestyle – ranges from informal to barefoot casual. Recently brought to the world’s gaze due to its royal visitors, the islands still offer guests a chance to get away from it all.
A 50-minute flight from St Lucia to Union Island, then a ten-minute boat trip takes you to beautiful Palm Island, which is dominated by a private 135-acre island resort. The intimate Palm Island Resort shares the island with just a scattering of private houses so guests can enjoy blissful seclusion for the most romantic of holidays. Explore nature trails and enjoy private dining on the beach.
A 45-minute flight from Barbados takes you to the idyllic island of Bequia which is renowned for its untouched beauty and seafaring heritage. The island has a deeply rooted history of fishing, whaling and boat building; today, visitors can observe local craftsmen carving intricate models of the island’s traditional double-ended fishing boats.
Secluded beaches and green hills provides a stunning backdrop for activities including diving, sailing and hiking. The charming Bequia Beach Hotel is located in Friendship Bay on one of Bequia’s best beaches and offers a serene setting, laid back vibe and superb cuisine.
Casuarina Beach runs the length of the western side of Palm Island and is regarded as one of the finest beaches in the Grenadines – sink your toes into white sands lapped by crystal-clear waters. Bequia’s capital, the sleepy harbour town of Port Elizabeth, is located at the heart of Admiralty Bay on the west coast of the island. This natural harbour is a popular mooring site for yachts and nearby Princess Margaret Beach offers a glorious sweep of white sand. The sugar-white sands of Friendship Bay lie on the southeast coast of Bequia and its sheltered waters are ideal for watersports.
The Grenadines are renowned for their superb diving, shallow-water reefs and abundant marine life which can be seen at depths of only 25 feet. The islands also offer some of the best sailing in the Caribbean. Charter a boat or book a day trip from Palm Island or Bequia to visit nearby islands and discover secluded beaches, tropical forest and colourful marine life. The island of Mustique exudes a sophisticated air and lures the rich and famous with its pristine white sands and exclusive villas.
Canouan is Carib for the ‘Island of Turtles’ and this tiny gem of an island offers gorgeous beaches, a beautiful barrier reef and an 18-hole championship golf course.
The pristine talcum-powder sands and turquoise waters of the spectacular Tobago Cays epitomise the Caribbean dream of deserted paradise islands. This archipelago of uninhabited islands is home to a national marine park where you can explore stunning coral reefs and sea turtle nesting sites.
It is easy to explore these compact islands by foot and a hike through the countryside and along the coastline will reward you with breathtaking views. Book a guided walk to discover more about the local flora and fauna or enjoy the freedom of following your own trail and stopping to enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach, in a beautiful forest or by a pretty waterfall.