For a Caribbean getaway to remember, head for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The main island, Saint Vincent, is where you can explore the capital city of Kingstown, and gorgeous coastal areas like Petit Byahaut and Cumberland Bay. Anchor Reef is popularly regarded as one of the world's finest diving locations. The other islands shouldn't be neglected either – scuba divers will be in heaven at Tobago Cays, while Bequia's perfect white beaches are made for basking on. And you can mingle with millionaires at the exclusive island of Mustique.
You can get to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester thanks to indirect flights offered by Virgin Atlantic. British Airways also offer indirect routes from Glasgow International and Newcastle. You'll land at ET Joshua Airport, which is situated close to Kingstown on the island of Saint Vincent itself.
When it comes to getting around during your holiday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it's highly recommended that you hire a car, particularly in Saint Vincent itself. Being the largest island by far, there's just so much to see here, and having your own vehicle will give you the freedom to explore at your leisure – and it'll work out cheaper than having to rely on the taxis. There are also daily flights from Saint Vincent to airports on the other islands such as Mustique and Bequia. Alternatively, if you fancy taking the scenic route, you can hop on board one of the regular inter-island ferries. Check online to see the latest ferry schedules.
With its prime location in the Caribbean, and having established a reputation as a luxurious retreat, it's no surprise that there are plenty of hotels in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. There's no denying that many of them are on the pricey side, but you can still bag a bargain if you have a good look around online to compare the options – an apartment might be more value than a hotel if you're going as a family or a group, for example. As with other parts of the Caribbean, the peak season is winter, so if you want to take advantage of slashed rates you could visit in autumn or late spring.
It may be a far-flung location, but you don't have to splurge too much while you're on holiday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. If you're on a tight budget, you can avoid spending money on tourist excursions and attractions and simply spend most of your time enjoying the beaches and taking in the sun. What better way to spend time in this part of the world?
Updated 15th May 2013
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