destination the grenadines
Scattered over the 80 miles between St Vincent and Grenada are the Grenadines; thirty tiny islands and cays rising dramatically out of the Caribbean Sea. Of these, five have been developed to provide exclusive holiday retreats: Mustique, Young Island, St Vincent, Canouan and Petit St Vincent.
Mustique - its manicured landscape dotted with the luxurious holiday homes of the rich and famous, is nonetheless a place to enjoy informality, whether dining at Basil’s Bar or attending the weekly island cocktail party at the Cotton House hotel.
Young Island - is reached by just a short boat ride across the water from St Vincent which, along with Mustique and Union Island, is just a short charter flight from Barbados.
Canouan and Petit St Vincent - are both reached by a brief ferry ride from Union Island. There are some wonderful places to stay, simple luxury being the name of the game, exclusive island resorts, some little more than just a few rooms or cottages on an island cove ranged around the coastline of a secluded island.
Whichever island you choose you will find some superb, deserted strips of sand, glaringly white against an aquamarine sea, protected by a rim of offshore reefs. Each island is around an hour’s sail from the next making the Grenadines a sailor’s paradise. Why not see them all by combining a week on a skippered yacht with a week relaxing on land?
The Grenadines enjoys sunny weather and has a tropical climate and a warm average daytime temperature of 27°C. The dry season is traditionally considered January to May and the wet season June to November. Hurricane season is generally June-October although most storms pass North of the Grenadines.
There are no direct flights to The Grenadines from the UK. Flights are either to Barbados or St Lucia that connect to The Grenadines.
From the South – There are daily flights from London Gatwick Airport to Barbados with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
From the North – There are twice weekly direct flights from Manchester International Airport to Barbados. Alternatively, there are domestic flights to London Gatwick to connect daily with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.