Has anyone been to St Vincent and the Grenadines or St Lucia. Iam looking at going here (on a budget) as part of my RTW trip. Any info on places to stay and things to do here would be greatly appreciated.
Would you reccomend seeing all the islands or just the main ones?
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Unfortunately I haven't been to either St Vincent and the Grenadines or St Lucia yet (although we're supposed to be heading over that way for a break in Autumn time). But I have heard that the Grenadines are definitely worth seeing. Bequia and Tobago Cays are absolutely amazing for snorkelling apparently. There are ferries to Bequia from St Vincent and you can probably get on someones boat for a small fee and sail to some of the other islands. Just hang around one of the boat yards and ask people.
Sorry I couldn't help you any more.
I live here in SVG so can fill you in on most things. I would have to check on accommodation for you though – do you know what kind of thing you have in mind? There are guest houses and small hotels on all the islands. You can check the internet, and if you see something you like, I can check it out for you. What age group are you in?
As well as mainland St Vincent, there is Bequia (spent last weekend there, it was glorious), Union Island, Canouan, Mayreau, all of which must be experienced. Travel is by scheduled boat/ferry and is very cheap so island hopping is no problem. People are helpful and getting around is by public transport (20-seater passenger vans mostly), reasonably priced taxis, and sometimes water taxi.
Things to do – well, I can send you links to some sites. There are day catamaran cruises to 3-4 islands, watersports. A hike to the volcano in St Vincent. A nature reserve. There are other uninhabited islands where people organize picnics. There are small travel companies who can offer you day trips to suit your taste. You can certainly do and see a lot in 2 weeks.
Travel from St Lucia to SVG would be by scheduled flight on airline LIAT costing approx. USD150 via Barbados.
Our islands are very beautiful, laid back, peaceful, no hot nightlife to speak of, and not touristy. If you like meeting local people, there’s local bars and restaurants, beaches. Around the time of the World Cup there’s bound to be an increase in entertainment as well.
Just a bit of info on me: I was born in SVG, grew up and lived in England for 22 years, traveled India, SE Asia and Australia for 8 months when I was 30, stopped off here on way back to London, and stayed for 20 years. Love the place – I live in splendid isolation on top of a mountain, which I find very hard to leave - just to go to work! Would be happy to help you get the best out of your trip. Write with any questions.