Caribbean Tourism

Before Travelling

Young Island

A tiny, privately-owned islet, 200 yds off St Vincent. Pick up the phone at the crossing to see if you will be allowed over. Fort Duvernette, on a 195-ft high rock just off Young Island, was built at the beginning of the 19th century to defend Calliaqua Bay. To visit it, arrangements must be made with the hotel, who will provide a guard to accompany you....

Kingstown

The capital, Kingstown, stands on a sheltered bay where scores of craft laden with fruit and vegetables add their touch of colour and noisy gaiety to the town. However, much land has been reclaimed and continuing dock works shield the small craft from sight, except at the north end of the bay. Looking inland from the bay, the city is surrounded on all sides...

Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays are a small collection of islets just off Mayreau, protected by a horseshoe reef and surrounded by beautifully clear water. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and there is diving and snorkelling on Horseshoe reef and wall. There are day charters out of St Vincent, Bequia and Union Island. Anchor damage, together with...

Petit St Vincent

Locally referred to as PSV, this is a beautiful, privately-owned, 113-acre island with one of the Caribbean’s best resorts, the Petit St Vincent (rates vary during the year from US$510d to US$800d, FAP, includes room service and all facilities, plus 10% service and 7% tax, closed September/October, no credit cards). The island is owned and managed by Hazen...

Mayreau

A small privately-owned island with deserted beaches and only one hotel and one guest house, though there is a plan to develop tourism. You can reach it only by boat. Once a week, however, the island springs to life with the arrival of a cruise ship which anchors in the bay and sends its passengers ashore for a barbecue and sunburn. In preparation for this...

Canouan

A quiet, peaceful, crescent-shaped island 25 miles south of St Vincent, with very few tourists and excellent reef-protected beaches. The beach at the Canouan Beach Hotel is splendid with white sand and views of numerous islands to the south. There are no restaurants outside the hotels and only basic shops. The main anchorage is Charlestown (bank, grocery),...

The Grenadines

The Grenadines, divided politically between St Vincent and Grenada, are a string of 100 tiny, rocky islands and cays stretching across some 35 miles of sea between the two. They are still very much off the beaten track as far as tourists are concerned, but are popular with yachtsmen and the ‘international set’.

Before Travelling

Climate Temperatures the year round average between 77°F and 81°F (25-7°C), moderated by the trade winds; average rainfall is 60 inches on the coast, 150 inches in the interior, with the wettest months May to November. Best months to visit are therefore December to May. You can expect a shower most days, though. Low season is June to mid-December. Documents...