St Vincent and the Grenadines Beach Guide
While St Vincent offers a good selection of golden- and black-sand beaches that offer good swimming near facilities, the most idyllic beaches are found in the Grenadines, typically fronting a charming inn or exclusive resort.
Here is a selection of some of the best beaches in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Villa Beach (St Vincent) – Unwind on St Vincent’s most popular beach, a narrow and long stretch of golden sand edged by a row of hotels and restaurants facing the Young Island Channel. Villa Beach is on the south coast just a short distance from Kingstown.
Indian Bay Beach (St Vincent) – This long and narrow golden-sand beach is a good alternative to nearby Villa Beach, with calm waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can also enjoy a choice of nearby restaurants and bars, as well as picture-perfect views over the nearby islands in the Young Island Channel. Indian Bay Beach is on the south coast just a short distance from Kingstown.
Macaroni Beach (Mustique, Grenadines) – Sunbathe on the soft white sand of this 350m-long tree-fringed beach that lies framed by rocky outlets and tree-clad hillsides. Snorkel the offshore coral reef or around the rocky headlands and picnic beneath the shady sea grape trees.
There are no facilities on the beach, so it’s probably best to pack a picnic. Enjoy a Sundowner cocktail at nearby Basil’s Bar or at the ever-popular Firefly Hotel – you may end up rubbing shoulders with British Royalty or island residents such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie.
Friendship Bay Beach (Bequia, Grenadines) – Unwind on the golden sands of this 1.5km-long crescent of golden sand that curves beneath the tree-covered hillsides of Friendship Bay. Swim, snorkel and windsurf in the protected waters of this horseshoe-shape beach on Bequia's south coast, which is easily accessed by taxi.
Or stay longer at the Friendship Bay Resort, where you can hire water sports equipment and also grab a bite to eat or relax with a cold drink overlooking the bay.
Industry Beach (Bequia, Grenadines) – Unwind on this gorgeous palm-fringed white-sand beach that lies on the northeastern side of the island. Pack a picnic and relax beneath the towering palm trees, sunbathe on the soft sand and snorkel the coral gardens that are just a short swim away. Access to this secluded 300m-long beach is by land.
Lower Bay Beach (Bequia, Grenadines) – Unwind on the soft golden sand of this 250m-long palm-fringed beach that lies over a headland to the south of Princess Margaret Beach. Sunbathe, swim and snorkel the offshore coral gardens. Facilities include a choice of beachside restaurants and water sports equipment rentals. Lower Bay Beach is a 45-minute walk from Port Elizabeth; alternatively take a land or water taxi from the port.
Princess Margaret Beach (Bequia, Grenadines) – Relax on the soft white sands of this 450m-long tree-fringed beach that faces Admiralty Harbour.
Sunbathe on the beach, swim and snorkel the offshore coral gardens, wander through the natural rock stone arch at the beach’s southern end and relax in the shade of the sea grape trees that rise up the hillside towards nearby Port Elizabeth.
Grab a bite or refreshing drink at the beachfront bar and restaurant or pack a picnic. Princess Margaret Beach is a half-hour walk from Port Elizabeth or a short water taxi ride from the port.
Godahl Beach (Canouan, Grenadines) – Unwind on the soft powder-white sands of this small 400m-long beach that shelves into the calm reef-protected waters of Carenage Bay. Sunbathe, swim and snorkel on this idyllic beach.
Facilities on Godahl Beach include thatched umbrellas and sun loungers provided by the nearby Raffles Hotel. Visit for a day and unwind with a cold drink and lunch at the hotel’s beach bar or stay longer.
Casuarina Beach (Palm Island, Grenadines) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on the unspoiled white sands of this 900m-long palm-fringed beach that curves along the western side of Palm Island.
Snorkel or scuba dive the offshore coral gardens, climb to the top of Iguana Hill for spectacular views or stroll around the western end of the beach to find another gorgeous white-sand beach with views across to Union Island. Visit on a day trip or stay longer at the exclusive Palm Island Resort.
Saline Bay Beach (Mayreau, Grenadines) – Unwind on the soft golden sands of this 750m-long tree-fringed beach that lies framed by tree-clad promontories on the southwest coast of Mayreau. Take your own food and drinks as there are no facilities on this picture-perfect beach, however you can hike up the hill to Dennis' Hideaway for lunch or cold drinks.
Saltwhistle Bay Beach (Mayreau, Grenadines) – Relax beneath groves of sea grape and palm trees or brush up on your tan on the soft golden sands of this idyllic 500m-long beach. The beach faces the calm turquoise waters of Saltwhistle Bay at the northwestern tip of Mayreau.
Stroll through the palm trees to discover a long and usually deserted stretch of white sand – perfect for beachcombing and admiring the views across to the Tobago Cays. Anchor your yacht in the protected waters or stay longer at the beachfront Saltwhistle Bay Club. Scenic tree-covered promontories frame Saltwhistle Bay.