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Like many of its Caribbean counterparts, this 32-island chain features secluded beaches, tiny cays and colorful coral reefs. Unlike other areas, it has few tourists. Find charming destinations not heavily frequented by cruise ships on the chain of 32 islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The forested volcanic islands, white beaches and coral reefs here are as beautiful as any on the more popular Caribbean islands. St. Vincent and the Grenadines feel peaceful and secluded due to the lack of tourists. Relax here on a tiny cay that seems truly apart from the bustle of civilization.
St. Vincent is the chain’s largest and main island. The much smaller island of Bequia features some of the best beaches on miles of secluded shoreline, yet it has an area of only 7 square miles (18 square kilometers). Cool off in the calm waters of Princess Margaret Beach and Lower Bay Beach, both of which open onto the bay of Port Elizabeth on the island’s west side. Afterward, enjoy inexpensive seafood meals. When the wind shifts, discover isolated Industry Bay on the island’s northeast side.
Spend at least one day snorkeling or diving in the islands’ coral reefs. St. Vincent’s Bat Cave is a great spot for experienced divers. This deep, dark opening in seaside cliffs opens to a popular roosting place for bats. Watch the flying mammals flitting above as you explore the cave’s waters. Take a boat to the Tobago Cays, five tiny islands in the middle of the Grenadines surrounded by Horseshoe Reef.
Explore St. Vincent for the country’s best inland pleasures. Kingstown, the capital, is a lively Caribbean port. Visit on Saturdays to see the town’s daily market at its busiest and purchase fresh and juicy local melon. Trek into the rainforest-covered interior of the island, where you can climb up the cone and into the crater of the active La Soufriere Volcano.
Fly into St. Vincent and the Grenadines via the international airport just outside Kingstown. Navigate between the islands by hiring a boat and crew or renting your own sailboat or motorboat.