St Vincent and the Grenadines – Getting there and around
St Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, located 40km south of St Lucia, 120km north of Grenada and 160km west of Barbados.
St Vincent (29km long by 18km wide) is the largest island of the group, followed by Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St Vincent.
By air, St Vincent receives daily flights from Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia and Trinidad, with connections to the Grenadines (including Bequia, Mustique, Union Island and Canouan, which each have small airports).
By sea, the Grenadines are accessible by charter yacht, ferry (to Bequia) and by mail boat from St Vincent to Canouan, Mayreau and Union islands.
From Australia: The most convenient flights are on Qantas to Los Angeles connecting on American Airlines to St Vincent via San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port of Spain, Trinidad; or via Miami.
From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to St Vincent are on Air New Zealand to Los Angeles connecting on American Airlines via San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port of Spain, Trinidad; or via Miami.
From the UK: British Airways offers flights from London Gatwick to Barbados, with connecting flights on Liat to St Vincent.
From the USA: American Airlines, Liat and Caribbean Airlines offer connecting flights from Los Angeles, New York and Miami via St Georges, Grenada or San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Flight time to St Vincent
From Grenada to St Vincent is 35 minutes, direct flight
From St Lucia to St Vincent is 30 minutes, direct flight
From Brisbane to St Vincent is 34 hours, with connecting flight
From Sydney to St Vincent is 34 hours 40 minutes, with connecting flight
From Melbourne to St Vincent is 35 hours 20 minutes, with connecting flight
From Perth to St Vincent is 44 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flight
From Auckland to St Vincent is 31 hours 55 minutes, with connecting flight
From London to St Vincent is 11 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flight
From New York to St Vincent is 7 hours 40 minutes, with connecting flight
From Miami to St Vincent is 4 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flight
From Los Angeles to St Vincent is 33 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flight
(Note: Connecting flights include layover time.)
Flying in – St Vincent E. T. Joshua Airport is located in Arnos Vale, around 3km from Kingston. Hotels can arrange transfers to and from the airport by pre-arrangement. Taxis and hire cars are also available.
Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of one month.
Hiring a car offers the best way of exploring St Lucia. Taxis are also available and can be hired for the day. Helicopters offer the island's most dramatic sightseeing trips.