â€œSt Vincent and the Grenadines,â€ just the mention of the name evokes an emotive response with visions of exotic, idyllic island life. And the fantasy rings true. Imagine an island chain buried deep within the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; white sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around. There are 32 islands that dot the seascape, all vying to one-up each other in terms of tranquility. St Vincent is the largest in the group and home to the capital, Kingstown. This lively town is a throwback to colonial times with cobblestone streets and locals busy about.
Once you venture off the main island St Vincent and into the smallers Grenadines, everything changes. No more is traffic, the hustle and the pavement. All youâ€™re left with is a smattering of tiny islands waiting to be explored. In Bequia, beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl and the desire to go home is no more. Youâ€™ll find unassuming budget hideaways, where you can escape from the world or you can spend time on the island of Mustique where renting a house for the week will cost more than buying most luxurious cars.
These islands have enchanted sailors for centuries, and continue to do so. Whether you have your own vessel or are happy to hitch a ride, the island-hopping opportunities are irresistible. These islands were once the realm of real pirates but now they are the stomping grounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean. If the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines are on your radar, then this is place to be: exchange travel information, advice, hints and tips
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