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No. 23 Grenadines, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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Sailing enthusiasts have long appreciated the beauty of the 32 beach-fringed islands that make up the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean—only nine of which are inhabited and three of which are private-island resorts. From Mustique’s celebrity-owned villas to the Tobago Cays’ turtle-studded lagoons, each island offers a variation on laid-back luxury.

Best Beach: Mopion Island, a tiny spit of sand with a single palm-thatch umbrella, upon which you can ask to be dropped off for a few hours of castaway fun in the sun.

Where to Stay: Petit St. Vincent, a private-island enclave fresh from a 2011 renovation that gave its 22 wood-and-stone villas stylish new interiors.

World's Best Islands 2012

No. 23 Grenadines, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Sailing enthusiasts have long appreciated the beauty of the 32 beach-fringed islands that make up the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean—only nine of which are inhabited and three of which are private-island resorts. From Mustique’s celebrity-owned villas to the Tobago Cays’ turtle-studded lagoons, each island offers a variation on laid-back luxury.

Best Beach: Mopion Island, a tiny spit of sand with a single palm-thatch umbrella, upon which you can ask to be dropped off for a few hours of castaway fun in the sun.

Where to Stay: Petit St. Vincent, a private-island enclave fresh from a 2011 renovation that gave its 22 wood-and-stone villas stylish new interiors.

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World's Best Islands 2012

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