Bouncing Around The Grenadines With Elite Island Resorts
PHOTO: Palm Island Resort (Courtesy Elite Island Resorts)
The Grenadines is a beautiful chain of islands in the Caribbean and, while being rocked in a hammock on the beach by a gentle breeze is an ideal way to vacation, there is still so much more to do.
Here are our top five must-do items to check off your list, but first, you need accommodations that are nestled right at the beach with a view that’s to die for. Elite Island Resorts has seven beach resorts spread across the Caribbean islands in Antigua, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia. Their Palm Island accommodations in the Grenadines include 43 guest rooms, suites and villas situated on a 135-acre private island.
Get Your Carnival On: If you are planning a summer getaway to the Grenadines, you cannot miss the annual Vincy Mas–St. Vincent’s Carnival, held from June 24 to July 5. If you are planning a spring break trek out to the island, enjoy the yachting action of The Bequia Regatta, to be held March 25 to March 28, and Fisherman’s Day, a festival of boat races, sports, music, and games.
Toes in the Water: The turquoise blue water of the Grenadines is exquisite, so stepping into the ocean is a must, whether you are scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fresh fishing or sailing, especially on the island of Winward. Take lessons from the kitesurfing school on nearby Union Island, run by professional kitesurfer Jeremie Tronet, or go deeper with diving classes and guided dives with the Canouan Dive Center. Sailing trips to Tobago Cays can be arranged where you can snorkel in the horseshoe reef and swim with the turtles, enjoy a champagne sunset cruise or sail aboard Palm Island’s Captain Yannis's catamaran to the Tobago Cays & Mayreau for swimming and snorkeling.
Smell the Flowers: Take time to smell the flowers at St. Vincent Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere. It includes tropical trees, blossoms and plants, including breadfruit tree descended from the original one brought to the island in 1765 by Captain Bligh.
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Take a Hike: On all three of Palm Island's nature trails - Cactus Hill, Iguana and Point Lookout where you will see the Grenadine archipelago, with Carriacou, Petit St. Vincent, Canouan and Mayreau all visible in the distance. To keep you moving, Palm Island also includes tennis courts, nature walks, mini-golf, cricket, bicycle rentals, and they can arrange for zip lining, jeep safaris, and city tours.
Music to Your Ears: The Mustique Blues Festival is in January, but if you’re planning early, it should definitely be on your list. You can also finish out 2016 with Nine Mornings, a unique Vincentian festivity associated with Christmas where Vincentians awake in the early hours of the morning and partake in sea baths, dances, bicycle riding and street concerts
This is just a sampling of what the Grenadines have to offer. So much to do, so little time, but make sure you hit the highlights of these beautiful islands.
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