Comprised of St. Vincent and a chain of islands named the Grenadines, this Caribbean vacation hotspot is filled with tropical beauty, pristine beaches and thriving island culture. Most visitors to the archipelago will touch down in the city of Kingstown on St. Vincent where the city's cobblestone streets and funky Caribbean feel make it a perfect place to get acquainted with the island. You can visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines anytime of the year, as its climate shows very little variation throughout the year.
The country's top sights, attractions and activities include:
-Canouan Island: This island is universally celebrated for its mystic beauty and tropical splendor. A honeymooner's paradise, Canouan, Grenadines' hilly, tree-lined landscapes slope down to kiss the sands of some of the Caribbean's clearest waters.
-Dark View Falls: Located on the island of St. Vincent, Dark View Falls is actually a pair of waterfalls which will make for some of the best photographs you've ever taken. Popular with locals and visitors alike, a visit to Dark View Falls is a must for any first-time visitor.
-Kingstown: Filled with colonial architecture, some of which dates back centuries, Kingstown's old town and botanical gardens are wonderful places to explore when you've had your fill of the beach. The city's restaurants and entertainment hotspots offer a true taste of island life.
-Beaches: The beaches of Bequia, Palm Island, Mustique, and Young Island are the ideal place to kick back and relax. You can also go surfing or enjoy some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world at these beaches.
-Tobago Cays: Home to the Tobago Cays Marine Park, these uninhabited islands are filled with rare wildlife and colorful plants. Visitors can take arranged tours, which prevent people from interfering with the cays' delicate ecosystem.
The Maroon festival, held each year in May, is a wonderful time to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This traditional celebration is a type of rain dance, in which islanders drum, dance and drink in an effort to coax the gods into being generous with rainfall. While accommodations are plentiful throughout the year in the country's inhabited islands, condo and villa rentals are ideal for groups, couples and families. Vacation rentals put you in close proximity to the beach while offering privacy, convenience and luxury. Luckily, St. Lucia, Barbados, Granada, and Trinidad and Tobago are all very close to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is easy and inexpensive to travel to these neighboring countries from Kingstown if you choose to continue your Caribbean adventure.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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