Comprised of 32 islands and cays, St Vincent and the Grenadines is nothing short of spectacular. Blessed with intense natural beauty from top to bottom, this glorious archipelago features verdant mountain peaks and dramatic volcanic landscapes that both overlook white sand beaches, hidden coves, sky-blue waters, and stunning coral reefs. Such natural riches, which have managed to avoid over-commercialisation, are what make St Vincent and the Grenadines one of the region's most famed destinations for indulgent and relaxing beach retreats, especially among the rich and famous. Even so, the locals retain a charm that is quintessentially Caribbean - as warm and welcoming as the climate. St Vincent and the Grenadines is more than just laid-back luxury though. There are rising ranges to conquer and waterfalls to explore on many a remarkable walking tail. Hopping between the archipelago's many islands by boat is a great way to get a feel for the personality of this nation, and is sure to offer a unique glimpse into the lives of local fisherman and farmers. Just make sure you sample the local seafood and produce at dinner, as it's sure to make your taste buds sing.
St Vincent and the Grenadines has a tropical climate, where trade winds temper the hottest months of June and July, creating a comfortable environment for days by the beach. While this is also technically rainy season, coastal regions usually escape with only short bursts of rain - good news for those attending the raucous Vincy Mas Carnival. Peak season is mid-December through mid-April, when temperatures hover around 25 degrees. And you'll find that a lot of the time, high-end resorts have little or no seasonal variation in their rates. Hooray!
Nearly every dining experience in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be accompanied by a stunning view of the sea. It's also one of the few Caribbean islands where quality West Indian cuisine can be enjoyed in most hotels. Expect specialities like red snapper, kingfish, lambi (conch), callalou soup, and souse (picked meat or seafood). St Vincent also produces its own top quality fruit and vegetables, and seafood options caught fresh that day adorn many a menu.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines. On entry, you will be granted a specified period to stay. Visit GOV.UK for more information about entry requirements.