Visiting the Grenadines

  • It's a delightful day trip to the Grenadines from St Lucia on a small plane. We fly into Union Island, with stunning views en route, over some of the islets, including Mustique. Mustique of course, is a private island owned by the Tennant family. Princess Margaret was given a 'plot', here. She built a house, which she visited regularly, bringing various guests to amuse the media.
  • The oldest botanic gardens in the western hemisphere is located in St Vincent & The Grenadines, having been founded in 1765.
  • The national dish of the country is fried jackfish and roasted breadfruit.

St Vincent and the Grenadines - in a Nutshell

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and two-thirds of the northern part of the 32 tiny islands that make up the Grenadines.
  • St Vincent is by far the largest island (with its capital Kingstown). It's bigger than better known Grenada and not much smaller than Barbados.
  • Not all of of the Grenadines are inhabited, but many are small and privately owned. Some of them are very well known for their rich and famous connections — Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, Canouan, Petit Saint Vincent, Palm Island, Mayreau and Young Island. They're favoured yacht destinations, at the right time of year.
  • Paradise is never perfect. Most of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lies within the Hurricane Alley.
  • The name “Saint Vincent” was given by Columbus on his 'discovery' of the island on 22 January 1498, after Saint Vincent of Saragossa, a Spanish saint. The name “Grenadines” derives from the Spanish for “pomegranate” (a reference to the distribution of the smaller islands; pomegranates do not grow on the islands!)

Palm Island

Then a catamaran to Palm Island, another private island, only accessibly by boat. It's only a mile from Union Island, which we can still see across the clear turquoise channel that takes us to our pristine sand. It was once a deserted swamp known as Prune Island (I don't know if the two things are connected) - before the eponymous palms were planted.


And onto Mayreau, the tranquil, smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with a population of about 271. It too, has picture perfect beaches.

Tobago Cays

Next, Tobago Cays, the so called Jewel in the Crown, a natural marine park, with colourful coral reefs and wafting green sea turtles, The islets are deserted – your Robinson Crusoe island stereotype - and stunningly gorgeous. This is, without doubt, one of the loveliest areas in the Caribbean.

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