There's absolutely nothing better than escaping the cold and arriving in a paradise consisting of thirty-two pristine islands and shallow cays.
The main islands in the Grenadines chain are St Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau and the Tobago Cays, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent.
Last week I made my annual solo trek to the tiny island of Bequia in the Grenadines - without the benefit of my phone or internet. While these services were available, this year was the first time for a "Social Detox" vacation.
The first few days I found myself instinctively reaching for the phone or tablet, however by day three there was far less urge to click those familiar icons.
Rather than checking e-mail, blogging and tweeting, I became completely engaged in nothing but sailing through the islands, liming with locals/tourists and beach bumming.
After eight hours - including a long layover in Miami - arrived in Barbados in time to catch the 45 minute flight to St Vincent, capital of the Grenadines. After spending the night, I headed out on the early ferry to Bequia which is less than 2 hours away.
Bequia, the second largest island in the chain, is home to less than 5,000 real friendly people who make visitors feel right at home. The pace is a lot slower than most Caribbean destinations, and you will soon be on a first name basis with the locals.
If you're looking for an island escape, this is the perfect small island filled with quaint villages, beautiful beaches, and lots of unique guest houses. The capital Port Elizabeth offers great places to eat, along with small shops. And it's the perfect location to start your sail through the Grenadine islands.
I highly recommend Sugarapple Inn on Friendship Bay (pictured below) when visiting Bequia - the owners are fantastic, and go that extra yard in taking care of guests.
Will post more pics after I catch up on e-mail and travel specials.