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St Vincent Beaches, Resorts & More

You’ve long dreamt of it … a sunny, tropical island vacation. Make it a picture-perfect reality in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, land of adorable thatched-roof cottages, rum punch, white sands, ocean breezes and luxury yachts. The great thing about St. Vincent is that it has 32 remote islands within its archipelago, giving you much to explore. This quieter Caribbean destination comes with a hefty price tag, but for those who can get there (no direct flights from US, so several connections are necessary), it’s an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 
Let’s take a look at the best St. Vincent beaches, what to see and do on the island, the best all-inclusive resorts on St. Vincent and more.

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What Is St. Vincent Famous For?

 

1. Day Tripping to the Islands

When you vacation on St. Vincent, you’re not just getting one island, but 32, including The Grenadines. This means endless days of beach walks, snorkeling over coral reefs and taking boat trips to the many remote islands and cays. Here are some favorites:

 

Tobago Cays: These five small, uninhabited islands within Tobago Cays Marine Park are great for divers and snorkelers, offering some of the best underwater sites in the Grenadines. Yachts are not allowed to moor here, so the coral reefs and marine life is untouched.
 
Canouan: This 3.5-mile-long, quarter-mile wide island is a short flight from St. Vincent and may be worth more than just a day excursion. Though it’s tiny, Canouan offers world-class spas and resorts, the pretty Grand Bay Beach and South Glossy Bay Beach, championship golf and fantastic hiking and diving.

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Bequia: Spend a day in the seaside town of Port Elizabeth, the hub of this intimate island at the northernmost tip of the Grenadines. Families, in particular, love Lower Bay Beach.

 

Mayreau: This quiet island is home to famous Saltwhistle Bay Beach. Though it’s popular, if you’re seeking peace and quiet, you’ll find it on the northern section of sand. Here, you can relax under palm and grape trees and gaze for hours upon the turquoise waters. To get here and savor the glorious solitude, you can take a ferry from St. Vincent.

 

Palm Island: One of the best beach resorts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is here on the little island paradise. There are no fewer than five white-sand beaches, with snorkeling from the shore. Spend the day paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, biking and dining on fresh seafood.

 

Mustique: Chill with the cognoscenti who covet the exclusive sandy beaches of Mustique, 18 miles southeast of St. Vincent and accessible via private charter. The cottages here are anything but quaint – instead, expect to pay more than $1,000 a night for a luxury villa. Plan to spend plenty of time at Macaroni Beach, a quintessential tropical paradise dotted with thatched-palm huts and fronting the azure waves.

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Union Island: Union Island dazzles visitors with its volcanic peaks, great hiking, a little nightlife and two beautiful beaches – Richmond Bay and Belmont Bay. The main villages of Ashton and Clifton are home to a variety of shops and restaurants.

 

2. Diving and Snorkeling

Of course, it will be hard to tear your eyes away from the dramatic island scenery above the water – the white sand, the brilliant blue water, the swaying palm and grape trees. Yet, you won’t want to overlook what lies beneath. St. Vincent is known as “Critter Capital of the Caribbean” for its plentiful marine life, including manta rays, frogfish, reef sharks and squid.

 

Divers should head to Anchor Reef, off the coast of Kingstown, for its black coral garden (look for sea horses!) and Critter Corner near Indian Bay Beach. Venture farther afield to the Tobago Cays, where you can take a beginner course to introduce you to the coral reef trees and shipwrecks.

 

3. Hiking & Waterfalls
Trade your sandals for hiking shoes for a day and enjoy exploring the many trails of St. Vincent. Sign up for a hiking tour that takes you up La Soufriere volcano along the Rabacca Trail. Not to be confused with that idyllic New England state, the Vermont Nature Trails in the Buccament Valley 5 miles north of Kingstown offer the chance to glimpse the green herron parrot and the crested hummingbird.

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You’ll drive 90 minutes north of Kingstown for a quick, easy hike to Dark View Falls, but it’s worth the trek. Cross a bamboo bridge over the Richmond River, walk through a bamboo grove and you’re there. But, wait, there’s more! Keep hiking to another set of falls above the first, which create two refreshing pools just calling out for a swim.

 

Another option for waterfall viewing is the Falls of Baleine. There’s less hiking involved, unless you count the boardwalk, as you can only access the falls by boat. Take a dip in the pool at the base of the 60-foot falls.

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4. Botanic Garden

St. Vincent is deservedly proud of its lush, 20-acre botanical garden, the oldest such garden in the Western Hemisphere. The breadfruit tree here was brought from Tahiti in 1793 by Captain William Bligh of the H.M.S. Bounty. You might smell cinnamon and nutmeg as you walk through the broad range of flora, including mahogany palms, hibiscus and more. Don’t miss the Nicholas Wildlife Aviary Complex, where you can visit with the colorful St. Vincent Parrot.

 

5. Kingstown

The capital of St. Vincent, colorful, captivating Kingstown is a delightful place to spend a day. Visit the bustling Kingstown Produce Market, get lost on the cobblestone streets and trek to Fort Charlotte, which casts impressive views of the area from 600 feet above the sea. Explore the fortification ruins, check out the small museum and look at the paintings that tell the story of the Black Carib native people. Architecture buffs will love the Georgian-style arches and 18th-century buildings of Bay Street. Pick up a few souvenirs at the shops at Grenadines Wharf.

 

6. Leeward Highway Scenic Drive

Drive for nearly 25 miles from Kingston to Richmond Beach along the quiet west coast, along cliff edges and coastal stretches. Along the way, stop in fishing villages like Barrouallie, at black-sand beaches, at sightseeing attractions and into coconut plantations. Don’t miss Carib Rock, where you can see a carved face that dates back to AD 600.

 

7. Visit the Pirates of the Caribbean Film Site

Remember the opening scenes of the Pirates of the Caribbean when Captain Jack Sparrow narrowly avoids his death and escapes on a stolen ship? These scenes were filmed at St. Vincent’s Wallilabou Bay. You’ll recognize a few of the movie sets that remain along the shore. Arrive by sea on a boat tour, then stick around to hang out at the small bar and restaurant in La Rochelle, where you can also see some movie props and memorabilia.

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8. Go Sailing
Make like a celebrity and spend a day sailing around the Grenadines. Several charter companies can help arrange a yacht day during which you’ll explore the uninhabited Tobago Cays, lounge on Petit Tabac, go hiking on Petit Bateau and search for seabirds and sea turtles in James Bay.

 

When Is the Best Time to Visit St. Vincent?
To save money and avoid crowds, visit St. Vincent during the shoulder season (May to June, or November). The high season on St. Vincent is December through April. Hurricane season is between July and October. The average daily temperatures are around 85 degrees throughout the year.

 

What Are the Best St. Vincent Beaches?
You’ll find white-sand beaches, yes, throughout St. Vincent, but you’ll also find striking dark – even black – sand beaches. These volcanic beaches are mainly found on the island’s east coast. If you’re also visiting The Grenadines, you’ll find only white-sand beaches there. Let’s look at the best beaches on St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

 

1. Chatham Bay Beach
A favorite for boaters, snorkeling and sunbathers, you’ll find Chatham Bay Beach on the leeward side of Union Island.

 

2. Friendship Beach
On a visit to Bequia, don’t miss the calm waters of Friendship Beach, great conditions for snorkeling and swimming.

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3. Macaroni Beach
If you’re staying on Mustique, you’ll have exclusive access to this gorgeous, isolated swath of white sand (one of nine beaches on the island).

 

4. Villa Beach
Popular with the locals, narrow Villa Beach is just a quick drive from Kingstown. Families love it for its calm, swimmable waters.

 

5. Indian Bay Beach
Try to visit this popular St. Vincent beach during the week, as it gets quite crowded on the weekend. The waters are reef protected making this a great beach for swimmers and snorkelers.

 

6. Buccament Bay Beach
Looking for one of St. Vincent’s iconic black-sand beaches. Visit Buccament Bay Beach, known for its calm, clear waters.

 

7. Questelle’s Bay Beach
On the leeward side of St. Vincent, this black-sand beach has similar conditions to Buccament Bay Beach.

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8. Salt Whistle Bay Beach
As perfect a Caribbean beach as they come, Salt Whistle Bay Beach on Mayreau offers 2.5 miles of powdery sand, palm trees, seagrape plants and tropical flowers fronting the most magnificent turquoise waters.

 

9. Young Island Beach
The first island in the Grenadines archipelago, Young Island is a private resort island. Visitors are free to dine at the beachside restaurant and swim at their small white-sand beach.

What Are the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in St. Vincent?

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Bequia Beach Hotel
For all-inclusive value and abundant island hospitality, look to Bequia Beach Hotel on the second-largest island in the Grenadines. The resort boasts a private shoreline, complimentary nonmotorized watersports, two outdoor pools and spacious and well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Dine with a view at Bagatelle, where the menu features Caribbean specialties, or go for Italian at Blue Tropic. The all-inclusive rates include roundtrip airport transfers, in-room WiFi access, bottle water, a weekly yoga class and daily breakfast.

 

Petit St. Vincent
All-inclusive, yes, but this is not the flashy experience you might expect at a larger, renowned resort chain. Instead, you’ll stay in one of 22 exclusive cottages on the private island of Petit St. Vincent. Do it all, or nothing at all, from a massage at Hillside Spa to yoga class, tennis or golf, sailing or simply lounging with a good book on the private wooden deck of your bright, airy cottage. Dine in the Main Restaurant or at the Beach Restaurant, where chairs are in the sand under thatched roofs and palm trees.

 

Palm Island Resort
Another private-island property, Palm Island Resort is just off Union Island’s east coast. There are 43 guest rooms and guests have access to five beaches, hiking and biking trails, a tennis court and a full-service spa. The Royal Palm Restaurant caters to guests’ tastes with fresh seafood, after which you can take in the sunset from your room’s private terrace.

 

Young Island Resort
On its own island off St. Vincent’s south coast, Young Island Resort offers just 29 private cottages. Your all-inclusive stay here will include your room and all meals, plus roundtrip ferry service to and from St. Vincent and access to watersports gear. It’s deliciously quiet here and your adorable cottage, with a private patio and open-air shower, will feel divine. There’s a lovely spa, as well, if you’re in the mood for more sybaritic moments.

 

Buccament Bay Resort
Consider the five-star Buccament Bay Resort, a choice destination for the whole family. Surrounded by lush mountains and fronting a beautiful white-sand beach, the resort offers the Liverpool Football Club Soccer School, Pat Cash Tennis Academy, the Harlequin Performing Arts Academy and The Spa with ESPA treatments.

 

Beaches Resort
The fourth Beaches resort is opening in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This new Beaches resort will sit on 40 acres on the Caribbean Sea, just a short drive from the Argyle International Airport. One-, two- and three-bedroom villas will be available, perfect for families. The new Beaches resort joins three others catering to families: Beaches Negril and Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica and Beaches Turks and Caicos. Family-friendly inclusions and amenities will include several restaurants, Pirates Island Water Parks, Sesame Street® character parades, Kids Camp, a nightclub for teens and more.

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