The climate tends to stay tropical throughout the year so you can plan a trip to St.Vincent and the Grenadines anytime.
The best time to go to St.Vincent and the Grenadines is in either May or June. Here you can take advantage of the better weather and best prices. At this time, temperatures are still warm with plenty of sunshine and you will also be able to pick up a cheaper deal on flights and hotels as peak season is from December to April.
During the months between July and October is hurricane season, so plenty of storms are to be expected especially towards the month of October.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines lies at the southern end of the Caribbean, just to the west of Barbados, part of the Windward Islands.
It is a popular sailing destination such as the lined-reef Bequia Island off Admiralty Bay, where you can see an abundance of luxuries catamarans, yachts and cruise ships anchor for the day.
It is a lesser tourism developed nation compared to many of the other Caribbean islands but with untouched beaches, lush rainforest and great hiking trails, it is perfect for any explorer.
Capital City: Kingstown
Currency used in St.Vincent and the Grenadines: Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however, most establishments will accept the US Dollar. Major credit cards are also accepted at hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Airports: Argyle International Airport | J.F. Mitchell Airport | Canouan Airport | Mustique Airport | Union Island Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: You must carry a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries do not require a Visa. For any further requirements click here.
Average temperature: From August to October are the hottest months at an average of 29°C (84°F) and coolest from January to March at around 27°C (80°F).
St.Vincent and the Grenadines is a 32-island nation that boasts an exotic, lush, mountainous landscape that is a perfect getaway for anyone looking to relax in a secluded paradise and avoid the hustle of tourism.
When you visit St.Vincent and the Grenadines, travel to the white sandy beaches on one of the many deserted islands, settle into a hammock and observe luxurious yachts slowly sail by. If adventure is more your thing, hike the volcano of ‘La Soufriere’ or explore a few of the islands’ refreshing waterfalls.
What to do in St.Vincent and the Grenadines
Culture and Festivities
The culture of St.Vincent and the Grenadines has been shaped over centuries by European settlers and the African slaves they transported here.
Today, the population celebrate many traditions and festivals that reflects the islands culture and way of life.
Bequia Easter Regatta
Held over Easter on the island of Bequia, this 5-day boat race attracts amateur and professional sailors from around the globe to compete around the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island. It’s quite a spectacle to see with the final day bringing in a big celebration that leads into the night.
One of St.Vincent’s well-known festivals, Vincy Mas is held on the last week of June and first week of July.
A festival of parades, parties, pageants, costumes and dancing to the music at street parties. This is a festival for everyone, including families with children.
Nine Days Festival
Unique to St.Vincent and the Grenadines, and as the name suggests, it is a festival held over 9 mornings in the run up to Christmas Day.
It reflects the indigenous culture with Christianity with traditional steel pan music being played just before dawn at local street concerts.
Fairs and Fetes are set up around towns and villages around the islands.
Mustique Blues Festival
Started in 1996, the Mustique Blues Festival which was set up by London Blues singer Dana Gillespie. It is held over 2-weeks in January and February on the island of Mustique.
It is a festival that brings together international and local performers to the islands. This is definitely an event for any lover of blues and roots music.
Best beaches in St.Vincent and the Grenadines
There is a reason why people see St.Vincent as a playground for the rich and famous. Lining the shores of the many islands, you can see luxurious yachts anchored for the day to enjoy the warm, turquoise waters and to take in the spectacle of the stunning white sandy beaches.
One of the largest of the islets in the Tobago Cays. Petit Bateau is an island with clear white sandy beaches, one in the north and another in the south of the island which are linked by a narrow sandy footpath.
Just offshore, you can see beautiful boats swaying in the incredible waters that are perfect for swimming in.
The beach that is most known for the scene with the burning of palm trees in the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
You can reach this island by water taxi, seeing the grove of palm trees shown in the film very recognisable as you approach.
Petit Tabac is a glorious island with blindingly white sandy shores with vibrant blue water. Take a stroll around this beach and walk in the footsteps of Johnny Depp as he filmed the famous scenes here looking for the stash of rum.
The deserted little island is so secluded, there may be days you may have the whole island to yourself.
Located on the sheltered side of Union Island is Chatham Bay.
A popular spot for sailors who anchor off here for a few days before visiting the other islands. This beautiful crescent beach is most attractive at sunset, where you can grab a drink at the local beach shack or the Aqua Restaurant and watch the sun go down.
One of the best beaches on Union Island especially if kitesurfing is your thing.
Take the waters here and experience the white surf first hand or dive under and snorkel to see the most colourful fish.
If relaxing is your game, sit back and relax on one of the day beds whilst drinking a cold cocktail from the local beach bar.
Located on the north end of Mayreau, Saltwhistle Bay is one of the most popular beaches in all of the Grenadines, this is a hotspot for people of adventure and relaxation. The waters here are calm and perfect for swimming in.
This beach offers amazing watersports such as snorkelling, kitesurfing, scuba-diving and stand-up paddle boarding.
Finding a spot of the white sandy beach should be no problem at all, so make a day of it, bring a picnic and have an amazing family day out.
A stunning 1-mile crescent shaped beach located at the south-west end of Mayreau.
This beach has gleaming white sand leading onto perfect turquoise coloured waters. The water here is calm so perfect for swimming and snorkelling in.
From time to time, you will see small cruise ships anchor off here to let passengers roam this beautiful beach.
Grab a bite to eat at Dennis’ Hideaway for some tasty food.
Located on the east-side of the island of Mustique, Macaroni beach is an idyllic spot for sun-worshippers and surfers.
To get here, you will need to charter your own boat. But once you arrive you will see this beautiful, tranquil, secluded beach that has incredible soft white sand with rustic palm trees leaning towards the crystal clear water.
Lounge here for the day on the powdery sand and live the island life.
Lagoon Bay is a long beach located on the south-west side of the island.
The beach has beautiful views and warm, calm waters. You can pre-book one of the picnic spots from the Mustique Company.
A lagoon with a nature trail sits around it, where you may get the opportunity of seeing herons and various frigate birds.
Located on the north coast, Mahault Bay is a deserted beach where sun-seekers come to get away from the hustle of tourism.
There are days here when you may have the entirety of the beach to yourself, perfect for a romantic stroll for two.
Located at the southern end of Carenage Bay, this beautiful stretch of sand is surrounded by private property owned by Canouan Resort and Grenadines Estate Villas.
Staying here you will full access to this idyllic beach that is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
This black-sandy beach isn’t your typical Caribbean beach but it is interesting to see and something different if you wish explore more of the island.
It can be found on the west coat of St.Vincent as you take the Leeward Hwy road.
Located between Union Island and Petit St.Vincent and only accessible by boat.
Mopian is simply a sandy reef with one palapa on it and a great little place to visit. You can swim over from your boat or snorkel around the colourful coral that surrounds the reef.
Princess Margaret Beach
This perfect beach can be found just around the corner from Port Elizabeth.
It is a lovely stretch of white-sand with a background of lush vegetation looking onto calm waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling in.
You can gain access to it by following the Belmont walkway but be careful as some of the path got washed away during Hurricane Matthew but still passable.
Lower Bay Beach
Located at the southwestern coast, Lower Bay Beach is a clean, tidy white-sandy beach.
It is a quiet beach with plenty of beach bars and restaurants with fantastic views overlooking luxurious yachts. The beach is easy to access and has more than enough beach chairs to rent for around $10 ECD.
Where to dine
With the location of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, the people from these islands tend to source their food locally from the ocean, from produce of the land and cultivate their own spices.
Although with these islands having such as diversified culture, many cuisines and culinary delights have been brought here from around the world.
- Jack’s – Buccament Bay Resort (American, Steakhouse, Seafood)
- Chill’n – Egmont Street, Kingstown (American, Pizza, Bar)
- Basil’s Beach Bar & Restaurant – Bay St, Kingstown (Caribbean, Bar, Pub)
- Flowt Beach Bar – Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina, Ratho Mill (Caribbean)
- L’Auberge des Grenadines – Hamilton, Admiralty Bay (French, Caribbean, Seafood)
- Sugar Reefe Café – Crescent Beach | Industry Bay (Caribbean, Seafood)
- Fernando’s Hideaway – Lower Bay (Caribbean)
- The Fig Tree – Belmont Walkway (Caribbean, Seafood)
- Firefly Mustique Restaurant and Bar – Firefly (Caribbean)
- Cotton House Beach Café – On the Northwestern coast (Seafood, Caribbean)
- Lisa’s Bar – Lovell Village (Pub, Bar, Caribbean)
- The View Restaurant and Bar – Lovell Village (Caribbean, Seafood)
- Goatie’s – On the southwest coast (Caribbean, Seafood, International)
St.Vincent and the Grenadines was first settled by Armedians travelling up the Lesser Antillean chain and named it ‘Hairoun’, meaning ‘ Land of the Blessed’.
In 1635, a Dutch ship sank off the coast of St.Vincent and its cargo of West African slaves liberated themselves and ran ashore. Europeans then started to occupy the islands in the early 1700s.
The French first occupied the islands but was eventually ceded by Great Britain. African slaves were forced to work on sugar, tobacco, cotton and coffee plantations until 1838 when full emancipation was declared.
Life was difficult after there was two eruptions from La Soufriere volcano in 1812 and 1902 that destroyed most of the land and many people were killed. It erupted once again in 1979 but there were no fatalities.
The same year St.Vincent and the Grenadines gained full independence from Great Britain.