Unspoilt islands, deserted beaches, clear azure seas, year-round sunshine and a warm welcome await when you holiday in The Grenadines. Part of the British Windward Islands, The Grenadines consist of a 60-mile chain of over 600 islands and islets, stretching from St Vincent in the North to St Vincent in the South. Many of the islands are uninhabited, but the main islands of Bequia, Balliceau, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Isle d'Quartre, Palm Island, Petit St Vincent, and Union island open up a wealth of luxury beach holiday resorts and get-away-from-it all destinations.
Mustique, Palm Island and Union Island are the haunts of celebrities and royalty, combining world class accommodation and powder white beaches with abundant water sports. The islands' culture blends a vibrant mix of African, Portuguese, French and British influences, and its gastronomy uses ingredients grown locally or fruits of the sea. The last week of January brings the Blues Festival to Mustique; Easter is when Bequia Regatta takes to the seas; and there's the 12-day Vincy Mas Carnival in late June/early July - a riot of colour, calypso dancing, steel bands and street parades.
The Grenadines enjoys a tropical climate, with trade winds tempering the temperatures of the hottest months of June and July. The rainy season hits The Grenadines in June, bringing short, sharp bursts of rain by the coast and heavier downfalls in the mountains. As a general rule, the best time to visit is between December to April, when you can expect hot, sunny days and cooler nights.
There are lots of things to see and do on luxury all inclusive holidays in The Grenadines. The crystal clear seas are the perfect setting for diving and snorkelling, especially around the Tobago Cays and the island of Bequia. Bequia is also home to the must-visit Maritime Museum and the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Sail on the Friendship Rose schooner from Bequia to Mustique or the Tobago Cays. St Vincent offers hiking along the Vermont Nature Trail and to the Dark View Falls, Pirates of the Caribbean fans can retrace the footsteps of Jack Sparrow at the film set at Waillilabou Bay, and there are the impressive Botanical Gardens.
The cuisine in The Grenadines is either locally grown or freshly caught from the sea. Local specialities to savour include breadfruit, black fish, lambi, curried goat, and jackfish. Hairoun Beer and Sunset Rum are the perfect drinks to wash down any meal.
Nightlife in The Grenadines is mainly hotel or resort-based featuring calypso dancing and steel bands.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.