January-May are the driest months but also the peak tourist season. The temperature is fairly consistent throughout the year with daily highs averaging 78-85F. The rainy season is from June-December with July being the wettest month. The Grenadines are relatively drier than St Vincent.
New Years Day: 1 January
St Vincent & the Grenadines Day:22 January
Easter: Good Friday, Easter Monday
Labour Day: First Monday in May
Caricom Day: Second Monday in July
Carnival Tuesday: Mid-July
August Bank Holiday: first Monday in August
Independence Day: 27 October
Christmas Day: 25 December
Boxing Day: 26 December
St Vincent's carnival, known as Vincy Mas, is the main cultural event of the year. Usually held end June/beginning July, it's 10 days of colourful parades, calypso and steel band music and lots of dancing. Bequia has a big regatta over the Easter weekend when all manner of boats and yachts are raced. Kingstown on St Vincent hosts a series of street parades in the run up to Christmas.
Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
Approximate journey time
From the UK: 11 hours (9hrs to Barbados, 40 minutes to St Vincent)
There are no direct flights to St Vincent & the Grenadines from Europe or North America. Passengers coming from overseas must fly to a neighboring island and then take a prop plane (same day connection). Caribbean Star and LIAT fly to St Vincent from Barbados (approx. £72 one way), Trinidad, St Lucia, Martinique, St Maarten, Grenada, Puerto Rico and Antigua. If money is no problem Mustique Airways (+1 784 458 4380) and SVG Air operate inter-island charter flights including Barbados-Bequia / Mustique / St Vincent (private eight-seater charter costs around £800 one way, a shared charter about £100 per passenger one way). For those on a budget, passenger/cargo boats link St Vincent with Barbados, St Lucia, Trinidad and Venezuela as well as between the Grenadine islands.
From the UK:
The easiest option is to fly direct to Barbados or Grenada (9hrs) and then a same day connection to St Vincent (40 mins).
British Airways (tel: 0845 7733377) flies direct from Gatwick to Barbados (daily) and connects with LIAT to St Vincent. Return fares from £590 (Sep-end Nov), £680 (late Dec-Mar).
Virgin Atlantic (tel: 01293 747747) flies direct from Gatwick to Barbados (daily except Monday) and connects with LIAT to St Vincent. Return fares from £540 (Sep-Nov), £650 (Dec-Mar).
British West Indian Airways (tel: 0800 169 7745) flies from Heathrow to Barbados, and on with LIAT (its subsidiary) to St. Vincent.
From the USA:
Most people fly American Airlines to San Juan, Puerto Rico and then with American Eagle direct to St Vincent.
Airport: ET Joshua airport is 2 miles outside Kingstown in St Vincent. Bequia, Carouan, Union Island and Mustique also have very small airports.
Departure tax: EC$20
On St Vincent you can rent a car (US$50-60 a day), hire a taxi, or jump on one of the brightly painted, music playing minibuses.
The easiest way to get to the other islands from St Vincent is by boat. A ferry operatres several times a day between Kingstown on St Vincent and Port Elizabeth on Bequia (9 miles away) and takes about 1 hour. Local power boats can also be arranged for small groups to go to other islands. Day trips to Mustique can easily be arranged from Bequia.
Visas are not required for nationals of North America, EU countries (except Eire and Portugal) and Commonwealth countries. All visitors require a passport and an onward or return ticket. Citizens of the USA, Canada and UK may enter for up to 6 months on proof of citizenship only.
The standard of food hygiene is relatively good. Water is safe to drink from the tap and bottled water is generally available. One of the main health risks is sunburn.