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St Vincent & the Grenadines

Holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Patron saint of paradise

Fresh seafood, cocktail calypso and sunset watching are all on the agenda in St Vincent. A unique black coral surrounds this secluded paradise where tropical sea life thrives. In other words, it’s a diver’s paradise.

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Essential information for St Vincent and the Grenadines

Local time
-4hrs
Currently
Language
St Vincent and the Grenadines flag
English
Currency
Eastern Caribbean $
Official currency of St Vincent
Flight information
11h 55m
St Vincent (SVD)
direct flight
Flight schedule
Fly to St Vincent via Barbados from London Gatwick.

Do I need a visa?

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Vincent.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Exploring the island

It’s easy to explore the islands surrounding St Vincent and the Grenadines, by ferry or plane. From the prettiness of Bequia to the sophistication of Mustique. Then you have exotic Union Island, Tobago Cays and Canouan. Young Island is all about beach hammocks and Palm Island, a private resort, has nature trails and paradise in droves.

St Vincent & the Grenadines holidays – you’ve finally found paradise

Paradise Lost? More like paradise found, with St Vincent holidays whisking you away to one of the world’s most gorgeous tropical islands. St Vincent and the Grenadines are a chain of tiny islands sitting in the middle of the Caribbean sea, bathed in sunshine and warm waters and fringed with whispering palm trees. Dig your toes into silky-soft sand, discover underwater wonders (ever seen black coral? You will here), and tuck into the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. Wash it all down with some seriously feisty rum punches, and you’ve got the holiday from heaven.

Holidays in the Grenadines (as the island chain is known) are perfect for chilled-out explorers who love an adventure, but also want a premium quality hotel to relax in at the end of the day. Our St Vincent all-inclusive holidays bundle everything together, from flights to transfers, so you can spend your time exploring the main island. Ready to dive in? Let’s go.

No matter which glorious destination you choose for your holiday to St Vincent and the Grenadines, you’ll be pampered, indulged, and generally spoilt rotten from the moment you arrive. You’re always just a few steps away from the beach, and even closer to a rum daiquiri that’ll blow you sideways!

  • Palm Island Resort and Spa – Fancy holidaying on your own private island? This is it, this is the real thing! Go all Robinson Crusoe on Palm Island, a resort that has taken care to ensure there’s minimal impact on the natural beauty of this charming little island. It’s eco-friendly, where you dine on the beach and dive into a vivid blue ocean that’s just metres from your room.
  • Cotton House – Another private island retreat, at Cotton House you’re surrounded by 13 acres of tropical gardens scented with perfumed flowers and home to brightly coloured birds. The resort captures the spirit of the Caribbean with authentic décor and private plunge pools. Dine on lobster, washed down with signature cocktails.
  • Young Island – just when you thought it couldn’t get any more idyllic, it does. Young Island is yet another private island getaway where the palm trees give way to almond and mango plantations, sun loungers are replaced by hammocks, and motorised water sports are banned to ensure complete tranquillity (as well as protecting the fragile ecosystem of the island). It’s sheer laid-back luxury.

St Vincent holidays give you the chance to discover not one but two paradises – one on dry land and the other underwater. This is a diver’s hotspot, with reefs of black coral (yes, black coral, some of the rarest in the world) and shipwrecks to explore. There may still be a few gold doubloons down there, as this was Pirate Central for centuries. If you’ve never dived before then ask your accommodation provider for details on PADI-approved lessons, which should get you your open-water certificate and a great introduction to the joys of flipper-flapping!

If you can manage to tear yourself away from that hammock, put down your rum punch and slip on a pair of flip-flops, there’s actually plenty to see and do in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • The Botanic Gardens – sit quietly among the orchids and freesias, and eventually you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of the rare St Vincent parrot. This particular Polly isn’t very talkative, but it is a stunning little bird with a big personality! The Gardens are the oldest in the western hemisphere. If you think the Eden Project’s cool, you’ll love this place.
  • Forts galore – the Caribbean was a hotly-disputed spot for centuries, so even tiny islands like Young Island had their very own forts. Check out the 18th century Fort Duvernette on Young Island, or the imposing Fort Charlotte in St Vincent’s capital Kingstown.
  • The island’s first inhabitants – if you think the Grenadines have only recently been discovered, think again. The Arawak Rock Carvings are all that’s left of the island’s indigenous people, a moving memento of a civilisation long since gone.
  • To the Bat Cave, Robin – Yes, there are bats, and boy, are they noisy! The Byahaut Bat Cave is a coastal cave and one of the more challenging dive spots in the Grenadines. It’s well worth the trip, although you’re more likely to hear the bats, rather than see them.
  • Giddy-up – horse riding in Mustique – hop on a ferry over to Mustique and you can do the whole ‘galloping along the sands’ experience on a deserted tropical beach. Well, not completely deserted, obviously, because there’ll be a drink and a delicious meal waiting for you once you dismount.

St Vincent all-inclusive holidays naturally include all your meals. And with these fabulous locations, you don’t have to sit indoors to have that romantic dinner for two – why not grab a table on the beach and watch the dolphins play as you sip on a cocktail? Try the private dining options at the Palm Island Resort, where they really know how to pamper you.

Mustique has its own special spots, such as the Veranda restaurant. This fusion favourite specialises in Caribbean style sushi (yes, that’s a thing).

Fancy some street food? Keep a look out for the roadside BBQs during the weekend for some authentic Caribbean flavours.

  • Carnival - July -The big event in St Vincent and the Grenadines is Carnival. Held in early July, ‘Vincy Mas’ is a knees-up like no other. Expect to be awake for a long, long time because the music and drinking simply doesn’t stop!
  • St Vincent Breadfruit festival – August – Breadfruit is a staple part of Caribbean cuisine, and in St Vincent they celebrate this with a festival in August all over the islands. Tuck in, the food is delicious!
  • St Vincent Dance Festival – September – get your dancing shoes on, as venues across the island embrace the dances and music of a myriad of influences that all come together to create that eclectic, unstoppable, and totally irresistible Caribbean beat!
  • By car – if you stay put in the resorts then you won’t need to hire a car. But if you want to explore all that St Vincent and the islands have to offer, then hire a car and go on a road trip along the main coast. Don’t expect to get anywhere too fast, though, the roads are narrow and the driving attitude is laid-back, so take your foot off the gas pedal and check out the scenery as you go.
  • By boat – climb on board any of the charter boats that hop between the islands. You’ll find ferries, catamarans and water taxis plying their trade all around the Grenadines.

Holidays to St Vincent and the Grenadines are possible all year round, so if you’re desperate for some winter sun you’ve come to the right place. This tropical paradise has consistently warm, sunny, gorgeous weather from January to December, with very little variation. The summer months are from May to October, with September the hottest month of the year. Temperatures hover around the 30°C mark, and rarely dip below that all year round.

Sea temperatures are a balmy 24-26°C, so you won’t need a wetsuit, just your board shorts or a bikini.

Been bitten by the St Vincent bug? Want to find out more about holidays in the Grenadines? Check out our choice of St Vincent and the Grenadines hotels, and start planning your tropical getaway today!

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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