WHY GO? Still relatively untouched by tourism, what the locals may regard as under-development (a lack of picnic tables at key natural attractions was bemoaned by one), travellers will find a refreshingly authentic view of Caribbean life. With 32 islands scattered across 45 miles, island-hopping is a must, and is easy-to-do, whether by boat trip, ferry or sea plane, depending on your destination.
WHAT TO DO? Click through each of the below sights for photos and more information on each of our ten best St Vincent and the Grenadines sights.
1. Swim with turtles on Tobago Cays
2. Spot parrots on St. Vincent's Vermont Nature Trail
3. Walk on St Vincent's black sand beaches
4. Buy fresh fruit from Bequia's markets
5. Take a boat trip and snorkel or dive in some of the best sites of the Caribbean
6. Stroll in the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere
7. Visit the Pirates of the Caribbean set, and experience authentic Caribbean food at Wallilabou Anchoraage
8. Hike St Vincent's La Soufriere volcano
9. Enjoy the secluded beaches of Mayreau
10. Stay in a luxurious resort
WHERE TO STAY? Unlike many of its neighbours, St Vincent & the Grenadines are not dominated by large sprawling resorts, indistinguishable from their many counterparts. In their place you get smaller family run hotels, which may not offer the extensive facilities of a large complex, but instead make the islands' beautiful scenery the focus.
The Grand View Beach Hotel is conveniently located close to St Vincent's Joshua airport, which makes it an ideal stop-off at either the beginning or end of your trip. Set in eight acres of tropical garden, the beautiful setting quickly overshadows its proximity to the quiet airport.
If you are looking to explore St Vincent's capital of Kingstown, then the island's first boutique hotel, Grenadine House makes an ideal base.
If it is luxury that you are after, then on St Vincent Young Island should be your first port of call, otherwise travel to the island of Canouan, which features the truly luxurious and extensive Raffles resort and the beautiful Tamarind Beach Hotel.
WHERE TO EAT? St Vincent's Wallilabou Anchoraage has become a tourist destination after being featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, with original props and scenery still in place on site. Go there for the amazing restaurant though, where you can enjoy truly authentic Caribbean food. Creole chicken with a side of local vegetables and fresh mango juice is not to be missed.
The Saltwhistle beach club on Mayreau is another must. Perched on a long stretch of white sand, this beachside restaurant, where you eat al fresco under gazebos makes for an amazing experience.
FOR MORE INFO? To visit the St Vincent and the Grenadines tourist board click here.