This island group, located in the Caribbean north of Trinidad and Tobago, encompasses 32 islands and cays. From the tropical green St. Vincent to the gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters of the Grenadines, this island nation is a paradise to go sailing, relax or just enjoy nature.
The main island of Saint Vincent lies to the south of St. Lucia and has the same tropical green as St. Lucia which makes for beautiful scenery. The island has a lot to offer besides just lying on a beach, you can do several hikes to experience the lush green forests. For example when visiting Dark View Falls you will be surrounded by a rainforest or you can climb the country's highest peak, La Soufrière volcano, which is still active and offers stunning views at the top.
Don't forget to visit the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Botanic Gardens located in Kingstown as it is one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Or maybe you want to see where part of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed? If so, go to the North West coast of St. Vincent and there you will find a small bay with a black beach called Wallilabou Bay. You can go for a swim and enjoy the amazing setting that surrounds you.
Of all the islands I visited in the Grenadines, this one was my favorite. The laid back atmosphere, the friendliness of the locals and the beauty of the beaches make for a great combination.
The name Canouan originated from the Caribbean word ‘cannouan’ meaning ‘turtle’ or ‘turtle island’. There's a barrier reef that runs along the Atlantic side of the island providing gorgeous shades of blue. It is the perfect spot to take a boat out for some island hopping and explore the neighboring islands.
I took a boat trip to enjoy the rest of the islands. I saw Mustique only from a distance as this is a small private island, well known among the rich and famous. Mayreau, located northwest of the Tobago Cays and is one of the smaller Grenadines. Union Island, an important stop for yachts and Palm Island, named after its hundreds of swaying palm trees. If you want to go for a snorkel session in crystal clear water, then make sure to stop at Tobago Cays. The southernmost Grenadine Island, Petit St. Vincent, is a privately owned elegant island resort. If you're looking for ultimate luxury and seclusion, this is the place to be!
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