The winners for the 2021 Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Awards’ were announced earlier this month and it’s no surprise that St. Vincent and the Grenadines earned the top spot in the Caribbean and placed third in the world.
The ‘World’s Best Awards’ survey asked Travel + Leisure readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe and share their opinions on the top islands, cities, hotels, spas and more. The islands were rated according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value… and St. Vincent and the Grenadines took the number one spot for ‘Best Islands in the Caribbean’ and third in the ‘Top 25 Islands in the World’.
With its “unique, old-school Caribbean vibe,” according to one Travel + Leisure reader, this archipelago of 32 islands offers a wonderful mix of outdoor fun and adventure – where nature is never far from the spotlight – and laid-back, barefoot luxury.
Of the nine inhabited islands, one of the survey’s respondents insisted that “Petit St. Vincent is heaven on earth,” and indeed that title could apply to the entire destination.
From the main island of St. Vincent, with its myriad opportunities for exploration and adventure, to the magic of the Tobago Cays, which offer some of the best snorkeling in the region; from mysterious Mustique, playground to the rich and famous, and beautiful Bequia with its quintessentially easy pace of life, to tiny Mayreau, with its spectacular beaches, this multi-island nation touts a wide range of experiences for every type of traveller.
“This award recognizes what we Vincentians already know… when it comes to our natural attractions, our beaches, our food, our people, St. Vincent and the Grenadines shines,” said Glen Beache, CEO of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. “It is an ideal destination for adventure and luxury-seekers alike; for people looking for an authentic Caribbean experience.”