6 of the Grenadines you won’t want to miss

Over 6,000 islets make up the Grenadines’ island chain in the Caribbean, with each one just as beautiful as the next. All of the islands come surrounded by a halo of white beaches and waters covering the full spectrum of colours from blue to green and beyond. Once on the ground though, the contrast between the islets is much wider and we definitely recommend you island hop around a few to get a true taste for the Grenadines. Of the main islands, here are a few that stand out…

1. Mustique

Mustique may be less frequented by rock stars and royals these days, but the island still feels exceptionally exclusive. Apart from Basil’s Bar, where Wednesday is the big night, there is little to do but throw parties and hit the beach. Rent a house owned by Tommy Hilfiger or Mick Jagger, or stay at the 20-room Cotton House.

Cotton House, Mustique

2. Bequia

On Bequia (pronounced ‘Beck Wee’) you’ll get a real feel for local life, whether eating rotis or sipping a rum punch by the beach. Bequia also has three stunning beaches (Princess Margaret, Lower Bay and Friendship), great diving, boat trips and coastal walks. Stay at the Bequia Beach Hotel, overlooking Friendship Beach.

Industry Bay, Bequia

3. Canouan

A fabulous island with protected beaches where Irish billionaire Dermot Desmond, the man behind Sandy Lane in Barbados, is creating the Pink Sands Club. With an award-wining Jim Fazio golf course, a choice of four restaurants and a gorgeous spa, it promises to be one of the most exclusive hotels in the Caribbean.

Pink Sands, Canouan

4. Tobago Cays

This archipelago of islets, protected by reefs, is very Crusoe and has got to be one of the best nature spots in the whole of the Caribbean. There’s nowhere to stay unless you’re on a boat, so be sure to find the time for a day’s excursion from whichever of the Grenadines you choose as a base.

Tobago Cays

5. Petit Saint Vincent

Petit Saint Vincent is an idyllic hideaway. With just 22 cottages spread across over 100 acres, this is the perfect choice for honeymooners, and there’s plenty of beach for everyone to get their own patch. Cottages don’t have telephones or televisions, to summon room service you have to raise a yellow flag on your doorstep!

Petit Saint Vincent

6. Palm Island

Just 10 minutes by boat from the airstrip on Union Island, Palm’s resort has only 43 rooms spread over its 135 acres. There’s plenty of room to keep you active whilst tucked away from the hustle of the world – there are tennis courts, a nine hole pitch and putt, swimming pool, small gym and watersports.

Palm Island

7. Young Island

Just 200 yards off the southern coast of St Vincent, Johnny Depp and team stayed here whilst filming Pirates of the Caribbean. The resort is the perfect option for flopping on the beach, or take advantage of the dive centre and a couple of the yachts. Young Island is a great base for exploring the natural wonders of St Vincent’s, such as the botanic gardens and Falls of Baleine.

Young Island

St Lucia and Barbados are the best gateways to the Grenadines, with connecting scheduled and shared private-charter flights available.

Nick Van Gruisen is Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company.

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  1. Marilil says:

    Been to all these islands except Mustique and have to agree, these are beautiful. For a more rustic experience Mayreau is tops especially when anchored off of Salt Whistle Bay. The hike to the catholic church up the hill is well worth it – the views are spectacular. Thanks for this – brought back lovely memories of our Grenadines trips made over the last 9 years!

  2. Nick Van Gruisen says:

    Marilil, the hike up to the church on Mayreau sounds most tempting.

  3. AJR says:

    All of these are privately owned except Bequia where the majority of the businesses are owned by foreigners. This is a very beautiful chain but if you want the island “vibe” you have to visit the “mother” island of St.Vincent. The hidden gem island has so much more to offer.Rainforests, waterfalls, pristine un-found beaches, thriving reefs all for a fraction of the cost & without the “hoopla”. Spend a week at least then take the hop-flight down to Union island for a trip out to the Tobago Cays Marine park. If you want New York, Paris or Las Vegas, than you should simply go to those places.

  4. Errol says:

    Please let me correct a wrong here Bequia is “NOT” pronounced Beck Wee, that may be the way the French toss it around and also some Canadians, but ask a Baquian ot anyone from the Grenadines and you’ll get it right Bequia (Beck Way )

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