Did you know that the first scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed in these beautiful islands? With 32 islands, most uninhabited, it is not surprising that St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the locations of choice for the swashbuckling adventures of Jack Sparrow.
This wonderful destination is the fourth island I’m spotlighting from the research study that LetsGetChecked, a health insights company, published in September 2020. The Wrath of Diseases study identified the Caribbean as one of the safest places in the world, and specifically mentioned five Caribbean islands. Check out my blog for info on the previous three spotlighted islands Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Martin/Sint Maarten.
Let’s dive into my top five reasons to go to St. Vincent and the Grenadines!
1. Visit the Tobago Cays. Swim with sea turtles, hang out with iguanas, and birdwatch. Tobago Cays is a string of 5 beautiful pearls south of St. Vincent. These magical cays are uninhabited and teeming with wildlife and exotic fauna. The cays were declared a natural preserve to protect the beauty of these gems.
2. Stay in the City of Arcades. Kingstown is called the City of Arcades not because of gaming, but because of the many arched walkways in the downtown area. This lively capital of St. Vincent provides a completely different vibe than the tranquil Tobago Cays. It is a busy port town with a bustling market area, historical sites, and active nightlife. Hang out in the Villa strip, 3 miles from Kingstown with restaurants, bars, and clubs.
3. Sail between the cays. The best way to see the Grenadines is to sail between the isles. The smaller cruise ships, yachts, sailboats, and catamarans are the best way to sail between the five major islands of the Grenadines: Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and Union Island. Spend a day snorkeling amid the abundant fish, eagle rays, and sea turtles. Top a perfect day off with the lobster barbeque on Petite Bateau.
4. Hike up an active volcano. For the more adventurous, plan a 4-hour hike up La Soufriere, St. Vincent’s active volcano. It’s located in the northern portion of St. Vincent with the easiest trek on the Atlantic side. You’ll enjoy the change in vegetation as you proceed up the 4000 foot climb and rewarded with breathtaking views of the island.
5. Relax on the beach. What Caribbean vacation would be complete without a relaxing time at the beach? St. Vincent and the Grenadines does not disappoint! Your best bet is on the isle of Canouan, 14 miles south of St. Vincent. The white sand, crystal clear waters, and swaying palm trees of this off the beaten track isle is just the ticket for relaxation.
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