Bluer than blue skies…Greener than green vegetation…Dramatic rock formations…Picturesque, uncluttered landscapes that stretch on for miles…Without a doubt, St. Vincent and the Grenadines delivers those postcard perfect views you would expect from an idyllic Caribbean vacation. A cluster of 32 islands dotting the southern Caribbean Sea, SVG is one of those rare destinations you can count on to take you off the grid and transport you to absolute peace in paradise.
No rush. No fuss. No hassle.
Whether you’re the adventurous sort seeking the thrill of the great outdoors, or you’re looking forward to doing absolutely nothing, SVG has scores of options for you to indulge in, minus the inconvenience of the crowds found in so many neighboring islands. So, if all you’ve got are 5 days to play with, here’s my recommended St. Vincent and The Grenadines itinerary to help you make the most of your visit.
NB: The following itinerary is based on the assumption that you have booked an early morning arrival and evening departure. It is also geared toward the low-key traveler who just wants to relax and soak up the sun.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Itinerary: Day 1
Stop 1: Kingstown
With an early morning flight you won’t be able to check in until after lunch. A great way to start making the most of your (almost) full day on the main island of St. Vincent is to head into Kingstown.
At first glance it might appear that there’s not much to do in the capital city. But don’t just walk away. Stay and experience the island in its purest form.
Stroll along the main thoroughfare and soak in the unique vibe of this centuries old port city. Take in the details of the colonial style architecture that defines so many of the buildings. Observe the vendors peddling any and everything on the sidewalk and out of the trunks of vehicles. Listen to the infectious twang of the Vincentian accent as idle conversations swirl surround you. Smile with anyone you make eye contact with. And patronize a street vendor or two if you see something that catches your eye.
When you’re ready to escape the sun and get off your feet, make your way to The Cobblestone Inn for lunch and drinks. This beautiful hotel and restaurant is every bit as cute and as quaint as the name implies and it offers the perfect escape from the cacophony of the city. Order a meal from the extensive menu and have the friendly bartender mix you the perfect rum punch. Relax in the open air dining room until you’re ready to bid the city farewell.
Best Mode of transportation: Minibuses are easy to pick up along the side of the road. Note that they’ve mastered the art of packing way too many people into these miniature vehicles so be prepared for a tight squeeze.
Cost of minibus ride: EC $2 (one way)
Estimated cost for lunch: EC $40
Stop 2: Fort Duvernette
When the sun begins to dip and the temp starts to cool down, make your way over to Villa Beach and take a water taxi to Fort Duvernette. Also known as Rock Fort, this historical site sits at 195 ft above sea level, atop a tall, narrow rock that rises dramatically out of the ocean. To get to the top, you need to climb the many, many, many stairs that wind their way along the rock face. They’re quite steep so if you’re afraid of heights you might want to think twice about this activity. However, the views on the way up are breathtaking and absolutely worth the sacrifice.
I should note that while there are amazing views at the top, several areas are disrupted by thick bushes (at least when I visited). So, while it’s still a spectacular scene, be prepared for some obstruction of what should be a 360 degree vantage point.
Only Mode of Transportation: Water taxi
Cost of water taxi: EC $10 (approximately 5 minutes long)
Access to the Fort: Free
Walk with: Drinking water, comfortable shoes, healthy heart
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Itinerary: Day 2
All Day: Road Trip to Owia Salt Pond
Owia Salt Pond is located to the north of the island and makes for a great road trip destination. It’s a popular spot for residents in the area who can be found making daring jumps off the ledges into the rough surf outside of the perimeters of the pond. However, it also receives its fair share of tourists who prefer to take a relaxing soak in the calm, and much safer, salt water pools.
While there are tours available for this attraction, I highly recommend renting a car for the day, and making the hour-long drive on your own. The road, although broken and rugged in certain places, offers a relatively smooth ride for the most part and there are so many breathtaking, stop-you-in-your-tracks views along the way.
Be warned, you need to descend a couple hundred steps to make it down to the beach…which means you also have to ascend a couple hundred steps to get back out. But once you make it down to the pond you’ll be rewarded with the most dazzling sight. Picture it: The white spray of massive ocean waves pounding against large dark rocks. Towering mountains covered in a carpet of green plants and trees. The still water of the salt pond in the foreground. The bright blue sky serving as the perfect backdrop to it all. It will be a scene from Mother Nature you won’t soon forget.
Whether you’re in the mood to be adventurous or you just want to relax in the shallow water and make friends with the fish that dart in and around your legs, it’s easy enough to spend an hour or two here unwinding and taking many Insta-worthy pics.
Mode of transportation: Rental Car
Cost of rental: US $65
Entrance fee to Salt Pond: EC $5
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Itinerary: Day 3
All Day: Bequia
After a good night’s rest pack a beach bag, hop on the ferry and prepare for an epic day of beach-bumming fun in Bequia. The second largest island in The Grenadines, Bequia is overflowing with lush greenery and clear water. Cute eateries line the boardwalk with uninterrupted views of the bluer-than-blue ocean. And the popular Princess Margaret Beach, with its blinding white sand, is even more perfect than you could have imagined when you envisioned the ideal Caribbean getaway.
One thing to note about Bequia is that a large portion of its establishments shut down during the off-season, from August to early October. So plan accordingly and get a meal before you head to the beach as the only restaurant there is closed.
While our Bequia day ended up being close to perfect, it started off a little rough because we didn’t know the best action to take. That being said, here’s hoping you can learn from our mistakes. Take note of what we did versus what we should have done.
What we did:
- Took a minibus straight to the beach, which meant we had to hike down a long and rugged hill to get to the coast.
- Got to the beach only to discover that the only restaurant there was closed.
- Walked for about 25 minutes along a cracked and broken walkway alongside the water, through a forest, and a closed hotel, before we got to a boardwalk where several dining establishments were open for business.
- After eating and having a few drinks as a reward for our hard work, we hired a boat for just US $20 to take us back to the beach.
- We used the same boat to deliver us to the port later that day.
What you should do:
- Walk from the port along the boardwalk and pick a spot for breakfast or an early lunch. It’s less than 5 minutes away.
- Stock up on snacks and drinks to take you through the rest of the day.
- Hire a boat to take you to Princess Margaret Beach where you can frolic in the water all day.
- Make arrangements with the same boat to pick you back up around 3:40 pm so you’ll be there in time for the 4 pm ferry departure.
Mode of Transportation to Bequia: Ferry service
Departure times: 8 AM (from Kingstown) & 4 pm (from Bequia)
Cost of ferry: EC $40 (round trip)
Mode of Transportation in Bequia: Water taxi
Cost of taxi: US $20 (one way)
Estimated cost of Lunch: EC $60 (including drinks)
Beach chair rental: EC $15
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Itinerary: Day 4
All Day: Road Trip to the West of St. Vincent
Your last full day on the island provides another great opportunity to rent a car and roam, this time heading west. Our initial objective was to take a leisurely drive up to the Wallilabou Waterfalls I heard so much about. I envisioned a soft hike and a couple hours cooling down in and around the plunge pool but…
Stop 1: Wallilabou Waterfalls
This was a perfect instance of reality falling short of great expectations. The waterfall was very ‘petite’ and a little unspectacular…Two small channels funneled water into a tiny pool that could accommodate no more than three people at a time. To say the least, it was a bit underwhelming for a waterfall-chaser like me.
On the upside however, the falls are located in the middle of a lush garden full of beautiful flowers and precocious bright green lizards that will dart in and around you, and even crawl into your bag if you let them. While this stop didn’t provide the exhilarating experience we had hoped for, it was a nice place to take a break from all the driving, snap some pretty portraits and if ever I visit again, I’ll give strong consideration to having a little picnic there as well.
Stop 2: Pirates of the Caribbean Museum
The great thing about venturing to Wallilabou for the falls, was discovering the Pirates of the Caribbean Museum just a few minutes away! Several movies in the franchise were filmed in SVG and a big chunk of the set is preserved at this Museum. For “as much as you can afford” you can take a guided tour courtesy the groundskeeper.
Don’t go expecting fancy showcases and elaborate props, but still go. Apart from the natural beauty of this strip of coastline, the museum is actually a very cool place in a haphazard, quirky sort of way. Pages from the script and images from some of the shoots are crudely fastened to boards mounted on the walls. Film reels and canisters lay on the floor in some semblance of a display. The hangman’s noose still stands proudly in the courtyard. And you can even walk along the jetty Captain Jack Sparrow stepped onto just as his ship sank beneath the waves.
Stop 3: Buccament Bay Beach Resort
On the drive back down, make a slight detour to the abandoned Buccament Bay Resort. Once a sprawling and spectacular all-inclusive getaway, its now a ghost town with dredged pools and abandoned bungalows. As dreary as the compound is however, the property’s beach front remains pristine and is open to the public.
Stop 4: Fort Charlotte
Round out your road trip with a final stop at Fort Charlotte. Built in 1806 by the British, the Fort rises 600 ft high above the city of Kingstown and delivers amazing views of the leeward side of the island. Once manned by 600 soldiers and 34 cannons that point toward the ocean, as well as inland, the fort was built to protect against French attack, Carib unrest and slave rebellions. Now, centuries later, it sits as a reminder of the Caribbean’s complicated past and the perfect vantage point for those seeking a bird’s eye view of Kingstown and environs.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Itinerary: Day 5
QT Hotel Time, Late Lunch and Airport
Having booked a PM return flight, we had a good chunk of the day to play it. However, we had no intention of being reckless with our time. And neither should you. In light of this, my recommendation is to use your last day to enjoy the amenities at your hotel. Have a leisurely breakfast. Lounge by the pool. Follow that up with a nice lunch and drinks. Take a nap if you feel so inclined. Then finish pack before calling your taxi.
With only 5 days to play with you don’t want to waste any time (or money). The experiences outlined in this St. Vincent and The Grenadines itinerary were all extraordinary in their own way and I hope you find at least some of the recommendations highlighted useful as you plan you own trip to beautiful SVG!
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This is an amazing itinerary, and I would love to be here right now! The waterfalls are gorgeous, and these forts from your photos look like paradise. A pretty perfect itinerary for St Vincent! Take me there!
So happy you found it helpful!
Great write-up. I really enjoyed St. Vincent and the Grenadines when I visited a couple of years back. I loved Bequia, the black sand beaches, the coastal road trips, and hiking in the rainforest. The market in Kingstown was also fun. The islands reminded me of Tobago: so laid-back and unfussy.
YES, so much like Tobago! That’s why I love it so much 🙂
What a wonderful itinerary! You’ve been to so beautiful spots that it makes me really want to go too! I also love the photos. You look really happy 🙂
Thanks so much for your kind words, it was a great trip and I had a blast! I hope you can visit SVG and other Caribbean destinations soon!
Having been on a Caribbean cruise I am aware of the beauty that is constant across the islands there, but St. Vincent is certainly in a league of its own. The rock pools, the clear blue water, and of course Fort Duvernett, everything is just so spectacular and the natural beauty of it all is second to none. I can easily see myself spending a week there… thanks for the itinerary.
A league of its own is correct – SVG is next-level beautiful! I think you’d def enjoy a week in paradise 🙂
Just back from my third trip to SVG and can say without a doubt that this is a great itinerary! Only thing I’d add is a stop at Black Point Tunnel before Owia and maybe Soufriere can be an option!
Black Point Tunnel is a great addition! We weren’t able to stop but I do hope to check it out on my next trip to SVG!
Lots to do with this itinerary, great job! Fort Duvernette looks like a really unique little island to explore. Very beautiful islands, very green and lush 🙂
The islands really are beautiful! SVG is truly a gem 🙂
Thanks for the gudie to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Though unknown to me, I think this place has a lot to offer my adventurous soul. Pirates of the Carribbean musuem is fascinating to me and Fort Charlotte is somewhere I’ll like to visit. St Vincent and the Grenadines looks like a destination for friends time out. I’ll love to come here with my girlfriends.
We did it as a girls trip and had a blast! I hope you and your girlfriends will be able to check it out soon 🙂
Thanks for the guide, the information you have added in here is great. I am hoping to get to the Caribbean in 2019 so am book marking this for future use. Great photos too
My goodness, what a gorgeous island! I am from Puerto Rico but haven’t spend a lot of time in other places on the Caribbean. Now, that I live in California, I want to explore the islands. Need to keep St. Vincent on my radar.
Oh yes you should definitely explore the Caribbean, so many beautiful destinations to experience!
Wow your pictures have made me want to get to the Caribbeans right away! I’ve actually been thinking about taking a cruise that’ll cover more ground but that’ll mean I won’t get much time to spend on each of the islands that we go to and I am not happy about that, especially when I read a post like this one and realise that there are things to do! The waters are absolutely magical and I love the Fort Duvernette, on the cliff! A visit to St Vincent and Grenadines looks like a perfect vacation.
A Caribbean cruise would be ideal for you to cover more ground but you’re right that the length of stay on each island won’t be long enough. Either way though, I think you’ll be able to make the most of it!
Nice itinerary here! And the water looks so clear and definitely feels good to have a soak there!
Your amazing pictures have perfectly captured the beauty of the place. Love the rustic look of The Cobblestone Inn – looks like a great place to dine. Fort Duvernette looks intriguing and the views are simply breath taking. The waterfall is small but beautiful. Lizards crawling in your bag is scary though. Pirates of the Caribbean museum seems quite interesting. Lovely post!
Thanks so much for stopping by Shaily! Lol the lizards were a bit much to deal with at first but a fun distraction lol
OMG your photos are giving me some serious wanderlust. It’s been A LONG time since I’ve been to a warm tropical destination – it seems I just live for winter. The colors in your photos are lovely! I love a good road trip and trekking across to west St. Vincent looks lovely. I hope to make this my next beach vacation! <3
I hope you can make it your next vaca spot as well, it’s an amazing destination!
First of all you girls look stunning! I am not sure if I envy more your beauty or the beauty of the islands! That aside, I could kill just to spend a day on one of those beaches! Climbing the Fort Duvernette and soaking in the Owia salt pond would be awesome too! I wish wish one day I will experience St.Vincent and the Grenadines!
Awww thank you so much! And I do hope you get to visit SVG soon, you’ll truly love it!
Okay , so there is a lot to do here ! Fort Duvernette is my favourite though. I would definietly love to go to the pirates of the carribean museum as well . Thats so tempting …
And you look amazing 🙂
Never been to a Caribbean island, and this one looks amazing. Love the photos of the rock pools. Thanks for the itinerary.
You’re welcome! I hope you make it to the Caribbean some day!
This looks like a great itinerary that really meets our needs: a little beach time, a little history, a little sightseeing. Would love to spend some time at the Pirates of the Caribbean Museum. And I’d love to go to Fort Duvernette, although I don’t know if I could get my wife and son up all the steps (both have a fear of heights).
Lovely location and useful information for a visitor. I especially liked Fort Duvernette!
What a great itinerary – so detailed and packed with information. Had no idea that the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here. I think you’ve persuaded me to visit St Vincent. How can I say no to secluded white sandy beaches, turquoise waters … a little paradise! Definitely postcard perfect!
Glad you found it helpful! I hope you can visit SVG some day, its beautiful!
Loved the photos so much! It is definitely paradise! I would love to go there someday so this is super helpful to me. Thank you for sharing your itinerary with us!
This is an amazing itinerary, and I would love to be here sometime, the photographs were so beautiful and i have never seen such clean sea water, after reading your post we look forward to visit nest year.
I do hope you’re able to visit, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it!
Well, needless to point out that the Caribbean is probably world’s most beautiful region – at least when it comes to beaches and ocean sceneries. I love salt pools – have been to one in…sal (=salt) in Cabo Verde – fantastic for your skin.
Are the prices you are quoting e.g. for food per person? Man, that’s pricey; well, the Caribbean….
I appreciate that you are not only showing the place’s beauty but also share some really helpful information. Missing that often in travel posts.
Thanks so much! I try to share as much information as I can, especially since quite a few of the activities don’t always have websites or other online presence.
I am such a beach person..and this seems like a perfect budget beach holiday. In love with the turquoise colour of the water…feeling like diving in.
It is a great budget destination! I think you’ll enjoy 🙂
Sounds like a perfect itinerary! Photos are beautiful.
Hi there ! I love the way you have beautifully penned all the things you did wrong and guided us so the rest of us do not repeat the same mistakes. Infact, I am taking a few ideas for my blog from yours. Kudos ! Coming to the island, its beautiful turquoise blue water is literally calling me there. Loved the Fort Duvernette and the shallow water there. thanks for introducing me to St. Vincents !
You’re so very welcome! Glad you found it useful and also got some inspiration for your own blog 🙂
ooh what a place!! This is exactly the type of destination I love! Your guide and itinerary are just perfect with a nice mix of relaxing and adventure! Good tips on how to do the beach that only had a restaurant and that was closed. I’d love to visit there and go to the top of that rock coming up from the ocean!
So glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by!
I had no idea there were 32 islands! Your pics are fabulous and the Fort looks like a movie scene! Would be great to visit here! Nice itinerary and suggestions!
I like the way you put a note about the itinerary in the beginning, so people will know right away. St. Vincent & The Grenadines are absolutely beautiful. The Salt Pond got me.
Owia salt pond looks so interesting. I never heard of this place before but I would like to visit here one day for sure. Thank you sharing and must say all the pictures are so amazing.
I hope you’re able to visit SVG some day!
St. Vincent and the Grenadines look like a slice of paradise fallen from the skies. So quintessentially Carribean. I am fascinated by the Fort Duvernette and would love to climb the steep steps to the top for some amazing views. Also being a fan of the, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, series it is fascinating to know that this was a location for portions of the movies. Would love to visit the museum too.
Sounds like an amazing trip and surprisingly affordable. I was in Tobago and Dominica last year and it was considerably more expensive than Saint Vincent from the sounds of things. It seems like the car rental was the most expensive part of your trip. And I won’t lie, lounging around in an abandoned all inclusive resort seems like it would be a blast.
Yes the prices in SVG actually weren’t bad at all! Glad you found the post helpful!
WOW! I could look at your pics all day, its such a out of this world place to be! I love your website layout, thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed the pics 🙂
Nice job Island Girl… make sure to come visit another island girl on your next trip to SVG… more to explore with adventures to behold…
I’d love to meet up with a fellow island girl during my next SVG trip 🙂