About St Vincent and the Grenadines
What to expect
Scattered like emeralds on a turquoise sea, the 32 glorious islands that makeup Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lie in splendor in the southeastern Caribbean sea. These scarcely developed islands offer unrivaled natural beauty, unblemished beaches, thick rain forests, lush mountains, shimmering waterfalls, valleys fertile with volcanic soil, and brilliantly colored wildlife both on land and in the sea.
These remote islands present the ultimate opportunity for outdoor adventure in the Caribbean. World-class sailing and yacht chartering, superb diving and snorkeling, swimming in isolated waterfalls, hiking to the crater of a rugged volcano, white sand beaches, and a place where nature remains pure and unspoiled.
Welcome to St Vincent and the Grenadines, one step closer to Eden. Located between St Lucia and Grenada, about 100mi west of Barbados. St Vincent and the Grenadines are accessible by air from North America and Europe through connections in Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia and Puerto Rico. Airports are located on Saint Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, and Union Island. Other islands in this group include Young Island, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Mayreau, and Petit St. Vincent.
The first people to live on these islands were nomadic and called the Ciboney, as well as other Arawak and Carib people. By the 17 hundreds, both the French and the British laid claim to the islands. In the 1630s, African slaves escaped a Dutch slave ship and settled on St Vincent. Descendants of the Africans and the native Caribs became known as the Garifuna.
Today, 90% of residents are of African descent, and only a few Carib descendants remain. In 1979, St Vincent gained independence within Britain’s Commonwealth.
Best Saint Vincent and the Grenadines islands for sailing
Here are some of the most popular islands to charter in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In this paradise, we can find 32 islands and cays.
- Saint Vincent
- The Grenadines
- Young Island
- Union Island
- Petit St Vincent
- Palm Island
- Savan Island
The Grenadines islands are in the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada in the Caribbean. Grenadines are islands with incredible wild forests with plant life, wildlife, and primarily amazing sea life. The perfect sailing conditions make Grenadines one of the most popular places in the world for charters. The Grenadines islands are the perfect option for sailors who are a bit more experienced but also for beginners on the sea. It is recommended to start your sailing adventure in the Windward Islands and continue to Saint Vincent. The Grenadines are also known as the reef-lined islands.
Saint Vincent is a paradise in the Caribbean and is the largest island of the country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The capital city of Saint Vincent is Kingstown, where most of the population is located. The rest of the population is dispersed between the coastal strip, which includes the other main towns five of Layou, Barrouallie, Chateaubelair, Georgetown, and Calliaqua. St Vincent evokes visions of exotic, and perfect idyllic island life with, with white-sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water lapping the shores.
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Areas to explore when chartering in St Vincent and the Grenadines
The jewel of St Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the top spots to visit in the Caribbean. This famous group of 5 islands in the southeastern Grenadines is ideal for island hopping. The small cays are surrounded by coral reefs, definitely a great place to enjoy the sea. Have a glass of champagne while you sail over to Petit Tabac, which is nearby the main island group. Get wet in the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, and have dinner under the stars.
The first island in the chain is close to St. Vincent. Bequia features one of the most protected harbors, surrounded by hills – Admiralty Bay. The hills interact with the beach in interesting ways, including some caves. At the end of the bay is colorful Port Elizabeth. Take the Belmont Walkway for a scenic stroll.
The Princess Margaret Beach is a 500m beach worth a visit. Other beaches include Lower Bay and Friendship Bay. Have a drink at Frangipani, one of the most renowned bars on the island.
Young Island Cut
Turquoise blue water and the vibe of the Caribbean are not all that you will discover on Young Island Cut. This place will probably be the beginning of your yacht charter in Saint Vincent. You will be able to anchor your boat here and just relax in the resort. This place is very popular among sailors, where you can fully enjoy not only nautical activities but also practice a number of different sea-related sports.
A tiny island with no more than 300 permanent residents and no established road network, Mayreau is the true definition of holidaying off the grid. Dennis Hideaway is a crowd-favorite spot for refreshments for most visitors, and there are various swimming spots, such as Saline Bay and Salt Whistle Bay, known for their calm, protected waters and favored by yachters. No shopping here but plenty of stunning palm-fringed spots to relax under and live the Caribbean dream.