If you are thinking of organizing a trip to a heavenly place, one where you can get away from everything to take refuge in the beauty of nature but also where you can relax in the sun, crystal clear sea and depths to explore, the Caribbean Grenadine islands are absolutely the destination that's right for you. Located in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, these islands contain, within a very small territory, everything you could wish for to finally experience the holiday of your dreams: almost uncontaminated natural landscapes, white sandy beaches, night entertainment, possibility of excursions or water sports and much, much more.
Here then where they are, when to go and what to see in the Granadic Islands.
- Travel informed: useful information
- Where are
- When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Which island to go to?
- What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest
- How much does a holiday in the Grenadines cost? Prices, offers and advice
- User questions and comments
Travel informed: useful information
- Inhabitants: About 100.000 inhabitants (including those of Saint Vincent)
- Capital: Kingstown
- Languages: English, Creole
- Local currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (€ 1,00 = 3,07 XCD)
- Weather: the climate is obviously tropical, tending to be hot and humid for most of the year. There are mainly two seasons, the cool and dry one which runs from January to April, and the hot and muggy one that occurs in the remaining months of the year. The average temperatures, however, are always quite constant, ranging from 24 ° to 32 ° C.
- vaccinations: no vaccination required
- Entry requirements: valid passport, in addition to the return or onward travel ticket
- Travel / health insurance: recommended.
The Grenadine Islands (often referred to as Saint Vincent & the Grenadines) are located in the heart of the Caribbean group of the Lesser Antilles, specifically between Saint Lucia and Grenada, and are obviously bathed by the Caribbean Sea. Within the archipelago there are 125 islands, including the largest island of Saint Vincent (located in the northernmost part), the actual Grenadines (with an area of only 45 sq km) and other smaller islands. small, scattered between Saint Vincent and Grenada. From an administrative point of view, the Grenadines they are divided into six units or six parishes: the Parish of Saint George (in which the capital, Kingstown, the main center of the whole country is located), that of Charlotte, of the Grenadines, of Saint Andrew, of Saint David and that of Saint Patrick.
How to reach us
- From the main European capitals: the same thing is valid starting from some of the main European capitals: direct flight to the United States and subsequent flight to Saint Vincent. The main airlines that allow connections between the American continent and the Grenadines are American Airlines, Delta, US Airways and Air Jamaica.
When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Weather: it is tropical all year round, with the alternation of two seasons, the dry and the wet (or rainy). Precipitation is therefore quite abundant for most of the year (keep in mind that in the capital alone 2.000 mm of rain can be recorded over a period of 12 months), and occur mostly in the form of showers and strong thunderstorms. they do not last long, quickly leaving the place in the sun Despite this, the temperatures never show big changes between one month and the next so much that they generally remain constant between 24 ° and 32 ° C, consequently, even the sea temperature is always very pleasant, since it never drops below 27 ° C (in August it can even reach 29 °).
- Best time: it is between February and April, when rainfall is more contained and the climate is much less sultry.
- Period to avoid: in the summer months, in particular between August and October, when there is a risk of the feared tropical hurricanes (although the Grenadines are located in the southern belt of the Caribbean, where these phenomena are much more contained).
- Advice: bring with you light clothing for sunny days on the beach, but also sweatshirts or sweaters for the windiest evenings or days. Among the things that you just can't not bring with you, a k-way, an umbrella, waterproof sneakers, swimsuit, flip-flops, but also a camera with its case, hat and sunscreen, a scarf to protect you from the wind and a insect repellent (which you can buy directly on site). Finally, don't forget your rubber-soled shoes at home to avoid discomfort walking near the coral reef.
Which island to go to?
The islands that make up the archipelago are 125 between large and small. The three most important, however, are:
- Saint Vincent: is the main island, where the capital, Kingstown, is also located. Here, among colonial buildings and fish, rum and chocolate stalls, you can savor the typical Caribbean atmosphere. The island is chosen by tourists above all for its convenience, since it boasts the main airport of the archipelago that allows direct connections with the continent, but also for nightlife and its naturalistic beauties, not only sea and beaches, but also waterfalls and historical sites surrounded by greenery.
- Bequia: Another fairly large island of the archipelago is Bequia, very popular with tourists due to the wide range of idyllic beaches it offers. For this reason, some of the most beautiful resorts in all of the Grenadines are located here. Getting there is quite simple, from the island of Saint Vincent there are direct air connections to Bequia airport, but also by sea (departures in this case depart from the port of Kingstown).
- Tobago Cays: perhaps not among the largest of the archipelago, Tobago Cays is actually a group of five practically uninhabited atolls, with the exception of some lodgings for fishermen and for adventure-loving travelers who are not afraid of "spartan" accommodations. The peculiarity of this little corner of paradise, however, is the presence of a huge marine park, probably the most beautiful in the Caribbean Sea. To get there you need to take a boat from the port of Kingstown (the islets are so small that they do not have their own airport) but, once you arrive here, we are sure you will never want to leave.
What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest
- Kingstown: the capital. We have already talked about it extensively in the previous paragraph, but we would still like to point out some places of interest that are worth visiting once in the city, among these the Fort Charlotte stands out first, which was built in 1806 and dominates from above. the view; the colonial buildings, typical of this part of the world; finally, the Cathedral of St. Mary, an extraordinary mix of Romanesque, Moorish and Gothic architectural elements.
- Baleine waterfall: still on the island of Saint Vincent, it is an 18 meter high waterfall under which a natural lake is created where you can cool off.
- La Soofrière volcano: also this on the island of Saint Vincent. It is a volcanic crater with a height of 1.200 meters, from which you can contemplate a crazy view of the island. We recommend that you equip yourself with suitable boots to visit it.
- Richmond Beach: the famous volcanic black sand beach where it is impossible not to stop, even if only to take some nice shots in such a particular location.
- Leeward Highway: scenic stretch of road, which runs between coconut plantations, past villages and volcanic beaches and connects the capital to Richmond Beach.
- Lower Bay: very popular beach on the island of Bequia, frequented mainly by snorkelling and diving enthusiasts attracted by the seabed and golden sand.
- Princess Margaret: Also on the island of Bequia, Princess Margaret is considered by many to be the most enchanting beach on the island. This title is mainly due to the wild state that distinguishes it, along the shore there is only a small kiosk for lunch, the rest is just lush nature.
- Old Hegg Sanctuary: it is a sanctuary dedicated to sea turtles, victims of irresponsible tourism for years and of plastic that is thrown without regard into the sea.
- Tobago Cays Marine Park: south of the Grenadines archipelago, these five atolls are immersed in a natural park of extraordinary beauty. In fact, near the shore, the water is shallow and perfect for snorkeling in search of tropical fish. Further offshore, on the other hand, there are real coral gardens inhabited by rays, barracudas, sea turtles, etc.
- Petit Saint Vincent: it is a very secluded islet, protected from view between bays and coral reefs. If you want to withdraw from the rest of the world at least for a couple of days, know that there are no telephones or televisions here.
How much does a holiday in the Grenadines cost? Prices, offers and advice
A holiday in the Grenadines is not exactly a type of holiday that could be defined as low cost, however some tricks to save will allow you to enjoy a dream experience without spending too much money. In fact, the main cost is certainly the plane ticket which must be booked well in advance, also to be able to better manage the stopovers (necessary to reach the archipelago). As for accommodation, however, there are different types that can range from apartments (very cheap, about € 15 per night per person) to luxury resorts (which can cost hundreds of euros): so depending on how much you are willing to adapt and to the type of holiday you are looking for, the costs can be more or less contained. (In some cases, through a flight + hotel package you could find comfortable and advantageous solutions at the same time, but you may have to search the web frequently before you find an attractive offer.)
A similar argument also concerns the costs for meals: the cost of living in the Grenadines tends to be low, but on the islands there are solutions for all budgets, from street food to chic restaurants. Everything will depend on your choices.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
- starting from € 750,00 -
- 15 days / 14 nights from € 1.800,00 per person -