St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the world’s best island getaways, but it isn’t known for its well-developed tourism. There are no high-rise resorts, but you will find pristine white sand beaches, deserted islands and the opportunity to delve into authentic Caribbean life with barely another soul around. The country is made up of the main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of 32 smaller islands that make up the northern two-thirds of Grenadines, including the inhabited islands of Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, Canouan, Palm Island, Mayreau and Young Island. To make the most of your time here, consider a stay in one of these fabulous Airbnbs.
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Offering “million dollar” views just steps the Blue Lagoon, a sheltered sanctuary on the southeast side of St. Vincent, Sunset at Jenny’s Place is ideal for a couple, sleeping up to two in an air-conditioned studio apartment with a kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. It’s surrounded by a lush garden overlooking the lagoon, out to the Grenadines and across both the Caribbean and Atlantic. At the bottom of the steps that lead down to the lagoon, you can snorkel among a tropical fish nursery, with eels, octopus, turtles and lobsters sometimes spotted too.
This magical cottage offers a private retreat that sits at the edge of the rainforest above the sea. Sweeping views of the water and lush valley can be enjoyed right from bed or the picture window seat and there’s a garden, picnic table and hammock for spending a lazy afternoon with a good book. The cottage sleeps up to two guests in one bedroom and includes a kitchenette with a two-burner gas stovetop, along with some basic provisions like instant coffee, tea, condiments and organic fruit. Its name comes from the walls, which includes a beautiful conch shell wall and four glass bottle walls.
Burke House is an open plan home that has a high arched roof, open to the trade winds providing a cool breeze that makes it ideal barefoot living. It includes two bedrooms, accommodating up to four guests and even comes with your own personal cook. Enjoy beautiful views of the Caribbean and Grenadine islands with a sandy beach just minutes away from swimming, snorkeling and relaxing.
This secluded air-conditioned one-bedroom apartment is tucked into a tranquil corner of Indian Bay along the south coast of mainland St. Vincent, boasting spectacular views of Young Island and Fort Duvanette, with Bequia beyond. The property has a small private beach and a jetty where you can jump right into the calm, clear water to swim or snorkel, along with a wood-fired pizza oven, gazebo, BBQ and even a cave. Inside, there’s a kitchenette with all the essentials, a TV, CD player and free Wi-Fi.
If you’re a canine lover, you’ll love Villa Karma, as it’s part of a compound with many rescued dogs. Karma, your host, is an old, sweet dog herself. The home sits in the hills above Villa Beach, offering beautiful views and a veranda, ideal for sipping your morning coffee. It includes two bedrooms, a master bedroom with a bathroom and a second bedroom with its own sitting area and bathroom. A daily housekeeper and cook can be included for $25 a day.
This house made of pine offers breathtaking views of the lush valley and fantastic stargazing with little light pollution. Guests have full access to the landscaped gardens with spinach vines, pepper bush, guava, mango, avocado and plum. Nearby are hikes on the Vermont Trail for spotting the “Vincy” parrot and visiting the Table Rock waterfalls. The home has a lookout room with three glass walls and is surrounded by decks on both levels. It accommodates two guests in one bedroom and has a rustic kitchen with the basics, along with free Wi-Fi.
Located on Union Island, known for its outstanding kitesurfing, Sur un Nuage is a wooden house that boasts full 180-degree ocean views over Mayreau island and Tobago Cays marine park. It has two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests, and a studio on the property that can sleep up to two for an additional fee. Enjoy indoor and outdoor living spaces, including a terrace that stretches along the full length of the house, furnished with a dining table, hammock and Adirondack chairs, while offering a dazzling sea view. It has a fully equipped kitchen and even comes with complimentary snorkel gear too.
This extra-spacious, 4,100-square-foot villa near the capital city of Kingstown sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms. Enjoy relaxing on the wooden deck that flows from the living area soaking up magnificent views of the sea and nearby islands, and swimming in the outdoor pool. There are three levels, with a master bedroom on the top, kitchen, dining and two bedrooms in the middle, and a den and laundry facilities on the bottom.
This one-bedroom apartment accommodates up to two guests and has a large balcony above the Blue Lagoon, providing jaw-dropping views while you relax and enjoy the sea breeze. You’ll also get access to an infinity pool, while bars and restaurants and bars are just a three-minute walk away. Guests can also help themselves to bananas and mangoes when in season from the trees in the tropical gardens, and take advantage of helpful insider tips from the friendly hosts.
JAMDOWN is a luxurious two-bedroom waterfront villa on the picturesque island of Bequia, known for “offering the Caribbean as it once was” with its crowd-free Caribbean landscapes. You’ll be just steps from the sands of Crescent Beach in one of the most stunning seaside locations on Bequia, with 360-degree ocean and island views. The property includes a pool, wood-burning BBQ, and even a paddleboard and ocean kayaks, while the house has a wraparound balcony, well-equipped open plan kitchen and a vast great room with a lounge area. Dining can be enjoyed alfresco on the patio next to the pool area.
This stylish one-bedroom apartment accommodating up to two overlooks both the Caribbean and the Atlantic, set on top of Canouan Island’s famous Scooby’s apartment. Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a kitchen are all included, and groceries can be supplied too.
Memory House is on Palm Island and offers plenty of luxuries for up to four guests in two bedrooms right at beachfront just steps from the ocean. It has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, with two refrigerators and a bar fridge, a large living and dining room inside and out, free Wi-Fi, Satellite Direct TV and a Bose iPod docking sound system as well as a washer/dryer. To top it off, it also comes with a golf cart, two single kayaks and one double kayak, and two mountain bikes.
This Balinese-inspired luxury getaway is one of only a handful of Airbnbs on the island of Mustique, a very exclusive destination, that’s even played host to the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mandalay Estate, with seven bedrooms accommodating up to 14, is no exception having housed some of the biggest names in music. A lagoon-like pool cascades toward its lookout deck, and by walking the stone path beneath palms and statues you’ll find hidden salas and seating nooks, and the Bamboo Lounge tiki bar with a jukebox. The extras are endless, including a games room, gym, music studio, and koi pond.
The Blue Dream is located on Clifton Hill in the Belmont area of Union Island, one of the top spots for kiteboarding. It sleeps up to five in two air-conditioned bedrooms and comes with a huge terrace with arms chairs and a dining table to enjoy views of the salt lake and several Grenadine islands, including Tobago Cays, Palm, Mayreau and Canouan. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and a direct path right to the beach too.
This private, secluded one-bedroom cottage in Bequia is ideal for a couple seeking a romantic beachfront retreat, nestled on a classic Caribbean beach estate. Tucked into a lush tropical garden with palm and coconut trees, you’ll be immersed in nature while being just steps from the sands of Friendship Beach and the clear, blue sea. Enjoy dazzling views that look out to Mustique and Grenadine island while being just a short drive from just about everything on the island, including the Lower Bay and Princess Margaret Beaches, which can be reached in about five minutes.