Introducing St Vincent And The Grenadines
The tropical treasures of St Vincent and the Grenadines are found near St Lucia and Grenada, part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea. This paradise of island destinations includes Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays, Union Island and Palm Island, each with their own unique character and magnificent beaches to discover.
Thanks to its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere, this stunning destination is an idyllic venue for that perfect island wedding, or a romantic honeymoon retreat; images of a barefoot bride on a soft white beach or newly-weds on a starry night, with waves breaking gently in the background, come to mind…
St Vincent and the Grenadines has its own soccer league, as well as a national soccer team, so sports fans are suitably indulged. The varied topography lends itself well to an array of adventures, from sailing and scuba diving to hiking and horse riding. There are also a few golf courses worth swinging a club at.
The island nation has a French and British colonial history; Carib Indians fought off European settlement on St Vincent until the 18th century, after which it was subjected to many years of colonial rule and slavery. On 27 October 1979, it finally became the last of the Windward Islands to gain independence.
Natural disasters have also hindered the island group's development, with serious volcanic eruptions and hurricanes recorded from as early as 1902; Hurricane Lenny caused extensive damage to the west coast in 1999. These have not, however, detracted from the beguiling setting and the restful sense of simplicity that washes lightly over sun-loving travellers.
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