The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines consists of thirty two beautiful Caribbean islands. It’s a land of many contrasts and offers lush tropical rainforests, idyllic beaches and turquoise lagoons. Many visitors have unsurprisingly referred to the destination as a little piece of paradise, and there’s plenty to keep travellers occupied, whether they’re looking for relaxation or prefer a more active break. Here are some suggestions for visitors to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Take part in an event or festival
There are many festivals and events hosted on the islands that can be fascinating experiences for travellers. Many of them have a long history and are rooted in local culture and longstanding traditions. This makes them a must-see for tourists who like to learn a little bit more about their destination and immerse themselves in the local lifestyle. If you are visiting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in August, be sure to check out the Emancipation festival. This is a month long event celebrating the abolition of slavery and features cultural performances, lectures and exhibitions. The Breadfruit festival also runs for the entirety of August, celebrating the twenty five species of the fruit available on the islands and their historical importance.
Charter a yacht
The Caribbean travel awards gave Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the much coveted award of ‘2009 Best Sailing and Yachting Island of the Year’. Whether aboard your own private boat or on a chartered trip, the experience of dropping anchor in the secluded bays and lagoons with powdery white beaches makes for an excellent day out. Many of the thirty two islands are still uninhabited, making it very possible that you could come across your own private island to enjoy for a few hours.
Enjoy diving and watersports
Watersports are part of life in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and there’s plenty on offer for those who enjoying spending some time under the sea. The shallow water reefs are full of colour and life, making them ideal for snorkelers. Take a trip to Tobago Cays to enjoy swimming or snorkelling with the large green turtles which inhabit the area. If you want to go deeper, try scuba diving in the famous Bat Cave. There’s a multitude of offerings for watersport lovers of all types and abilities.
Visit the beaches
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offer miles of picture perfect beaches. If you love kicking back and relaxing on the sand, try the Indian Bay and Villa beaches, located on the south coast of Saint Vincent. Both of these have plenty of hotels and restaurants close by. If you prefer something a little more secluded, the black sand beaches of Richmond and Buccament Bay would make an ideal choice.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines can make the perfect holiday destination for those who enjoy beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to get involved in a whole host of activities. For couples planning their marriage, it might be interesting to note that there are many romantic spots which offer wedding ceremonies and honeymoons. It’s guaranteed to be a trip which you will always remember.