With 32 islands and cays, there’s something for everyone in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In fact, you might have a hard time choosing which island or cay is your favourite, as they all have unique draws for every personal preference. Want a tranquil, secluded paradise? High-end villa? Hiking trails and terrains? St. Vincent and the Grenadines has it all.
Couples who want to immerse themselves in the Vincentian culture should visit Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent. While there, it is encouraged to shop in the lively market – make sure to buy some fresh, local fruit.
St. Vincent is also home to Dark View Falls – a multi-layered waterfall. Climb the falls and enjoy a refreshing dip surrounded by forest when you get to the top.
The lush Botanical Gardens on St. Vincent are also a must for tourists. The gardens, spanning 20 acres, are among the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the mid-1700s.
Energetic couples should pack their hiking gear and climb La Soufrière – an active volcano for an experience like no other.
For accommodations, stay at Young Island Resort – just a stone’s throw away (or a two-minute boat ride) from St. Vincent Island. Enjoy the Vincentian-run resort with 13 acres of tropical gardens and a stunning beach.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed honeymoon experience, head to colourful Bequia, the largest Grenadine island. While there, stay at either the Bequia Beach Hotel or the Bequia Plantation Hotel – both poised to fit every one of your anticipated needs.
The plantation offers newly-renovated beachfront and garden villas with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.
While there, make sure to dine at Jack’s Bar and try the famous fried chicken. Wash it down with a Hairoun – the local beer on the island.
If you’re looking for an upscale, extravagant honeymoon, the Mandarin Oriental Canouan is the way to go. It is the only property in the Caribbean owned by the popular luxury chain. Aside from the splendid views and extra-large suites and villas, guests can enjoy the infinity pool, immaculate white sand beach, and impeccable romantic dining experience offered here.
Couples in need of a digital detox should escape to Petit St. Vincent for a completely unplugged experience that doesn’t skimp on the luxury. At Petit St. Vincent stay in one of the 22 cottages on the private island and enjoy the sounds of tranquility, without Wi-Fi or televisions in rooms – total romance and intimacy.
While there, diving is essential. Make sure to experience the Jean-Michel Cousteau Diving centre – one of only two in the world.
Guests are encouraged to disconnect from the world and soak in their surroundings as well at Palm Island Resort. Instead, visit the newly-built spa where you can enjoy relaxation at its finest with a couple’s massage. The island also has a number of activities to do on the island itself, like yoga and water aerobics. Or, take a day trip to the Tobago Cays where you can swim with turtles and sting rays.
Whatever combination of islands or cays you choose to discover in this remarkable destination, one thing is for sure: you’ll fall in love all over again.
5 things to do:
- Swim and snorkel with turtles at the Tobago Cays Marine Park.
- Climb the spectacular multi-level cascading Dark View Falls.
- Hike to the top of La Soufrière – St. Vincent’s active volcano.
- Try the extremely potent and famous Sunset Rum – if you dare.
- Eat fried chicken at the famous Jack’s Bar in Bequia.
By Sonia Straface
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