An irresistible cluster of picturesque, hilly gems fit for some splendid hopping. A set of fabulous white sandy and emerald vistas to please your eyes, soothe your souls and pamper your bodies. A getaway from it all. A respite from the bustle and pressure of the grubby commercialism that plays havoc with genuine beauty. A fresh insight into the lovely and pleasurable side of life.
The Grenadines are some 32 islands and cays stretching south from St. Vincent, the head of the family. As befits the one "wearing trousers", St Vincent is the most fertile member, and with the Mesopotamia/Marriaqua Valley- a gorgeous fruit-packed "breadbasket"- makes the inhabitants self-sufficient and relatively independent of tourism. With a bustling colonial capital at Kingston, the uncluttered beaches of Villa, and the diabolic Soufriere looming over the divine scenery, the island is an indispensable stopover on your way to the Grenadines, an oasis of blissful oblivion where time slows down to a crawl.
The quiet lagoons, sailing galore and vibrant nightlife of Bequia keep you entertained but not overwhelmed with ubiquitous uproar of popular resorts. The choice between a hilltop villa, first class cozy hotel, a romantic beachfront guesthouse or a privately chartered yacht swaying quietly off a deserted beach makes you feel at home away from home, whatever your preferences. Mustique is particularly favored among rock stars, but ordinary mortals had better think twice. Blowing your life savings here is as easy as pie and the scenery truly revelry-inspiring. Canouan's wide shallows and coral are a scuba diver's dream come true, yacht races are nowhere else as spectacular as off Petit St. Vincent, Mayreau's scarce and endearing population will not only serve but also help you catch a decent lobster, while the dramatic ridges and peaks of Union Island offer a splendid hiking alternative to the turquoise stretches sprinkled with snow white sails. The privately owned Palm Island is an idyllic hideaway featuring seafront accommodations, bamboo furnishings, candlelit dinners and the type of relaxation you've always considered a redundant luxury. Give it to yourself now. Even if in the end your credit card begs for mercy, it's worth it.