Scattered out in the midst of the south-eastern Caribbean in an array of sparkling bays and cacti-topped cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have long represented a picture of quintessential exoticism and laid-back Carib living.
Largely off the tourist map, this archipelago of small islets and rocks boasts a long history of French and English settlement.
Towns like Kingstown and Clifton still bely the Anglo character, while local folk still fry up fresh fish in their BBQ shacks, serenade the beaches with a medley of calypso and soca, and employ that fabled islander charm to all who pass.
Sailing is big business in SV and the Grenadines too, with regattas each year and those world-famous Tobago Cays on the menu.
Meanwhile, beaches, sparkling and white, sit in the shadow of old colonial fortresses loaded with cannons, cassava bread is broken in the eateries, and the mighty outline of bubbling, brooding La Soufriere crowns the horizon for miles around.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
1. Go diving in the Tobago Cays
This sprinkling of little cays and islets that rises just a little above the waters of the Caribbean Sea south of St. Vincent remains one of the most celebrated diving spots in the entire region, nay the world!
Dedicated as a marine park, the underwater here is a medley of sparkling coral gardens and steep-sided marine trenches, all cascading off the submerged shelves around Mayreau Island.
The lagoon at the area’s heart is a hotspot for anchored yachts and charter ships, while SCUBA is top of the menu.
Divers can expect to see the likes of endangered green turtles, leatherbacks, spiny Carib lobsters and more between the mangroves and the shoreline cacti groves.