The Ultimate Guide to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)
A string of 32 islands in the southern Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a place of quiet azure waters, unspoiled forests, and stunning white sand beaches. It is a destination for those seeking a truly off-the-beaten path getaway.
With its casual, unpretentious authenticity, friendly people and deep wealth of natural attractions, this collection of islands and cays is a life-renewing experience. From the imposing La Soufriere volcano at 4,048 ft. to the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere, the main island of St. Vincent has so much to offer. South of St. Vincent, the Grenadines are strung across 40 miles of tranquil waters. Only eight of these islands are inhabited: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. For their charming remoteness, these islands have something for everyone – the family traveler, the solace and romance-seeker or the adventurous explorer. Another must-see is the Tobago Cays, a family of five sibling islands protected by a huge horseshoe reef.
Visitors will find a qualified lineup of tour operators, charter companies and dive shops ready to help coordinate itineraries. When it comes to accommodations, SVG extends a welcoming hand of inborn hospitality to just about every taste and wallet, from intimate-sized, family-owned hotels and boutique properties to private island resorts.
Sail into SVG and experience the unforgettable magic of dropping anchor in secluded bays and lagoons with turquoise seas and powder white sand beaches. Anchorages on the inhabited islands offer charming towns, remote villages and pristine beaches for exploring ashore. There are a number of charter companies operating out of SVG that offer bareboat charters, skippered yachts or day trips.
Diving & Snorkeling
The diverse underwater world of SVG offers something for all levels of diving – from a resort course graduate anxious to get up close and personal with marine “critters,” to an experienced diver aspiring for the next photographic trophy. Divers will enjoy a wide range of sites – including wall, reef, wreck and “muck” dives.
Hike to the top of a volcano to encounter stunning waterfalls and scenic coastal paths. Scuba dive or snorkel over coral reefs, photograph resident critters or green turtles. Go whale and dolphin watching, explore forests in search of the endemic St. Vincent Parrot, meander through colorful tropical gardens, or dream yourself to sleep on a beautiful beach.
Weddings & Honeymoons
From sandy white beaches, picturesque harbors, lush tropical gardens, charming island churches, or even a deserted island, SVG has much to offer for both weddings and honeymoons. There are a number of professional wedding coordinators, catering companies and photographers, along with a trusted network of reputable and reliable suppliers, whose combined experience and local knowledge ensure that the couple and their guests have ample time to relax and enjoy these lovely islands at their leisure.