The Grenadines is a chain of small islands that lie on a line between the larger islands of Saint Vincent and Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. Nine are inhabited and open to the public (or ten, if the offshore island of Young Island is counted): Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Petit St Vincent, Palm Island and Mayreau, all in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, plus Petite Martinique and Carriacou in Grenada. Several additional privately owned islands such as Calivigny are also inhabited. Notable uninhabited islands of the Grenadines include Petit Nevis, used by whalers, and Petit Mustique, which was the centre of a prominent real estate scam in the early 2000s.

Grenadine Islands
Grenadine Islands
Grenadine Islands
Grenadine Islands
Grenadine Islands
ArchipelagoLesser Antilles
Total islands32
Major islandsCarriacou, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent, and Palm Island.
Area86 km2 (33 sq mi)
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Time zone

  Totalest. 20,880
  Density194.2/km2 (503/sq mi)

The northern two-thirds of the chain, including about 32 islands and cays, are part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The southern third of the chain belongs to the country of Grenada. Carriacou is the largest and most populous of the Grenadines.

Geographic boundaries

The islands are politically divided between the island nations of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. They lie between the islands of Saint Vincent in the north and Grenada in the south. Neither Saint Vincent nor Grenada are Grenadine islands. The islands north of the Martinique Channel belong to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the islands south of the channel belong to Grenada.

Larger islands of the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The total population of the Grenadine islands within Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is estimated to be 10,234.[1] The following islands make up the Grenadines Parish:

Northern Grenadines
Bequia18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)5,300Port Elizabeth
Mustique5.70 km2 (2.20 sq mi)800Lovell (private island)
Southern Grenadines
Union Island9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)2,700Clifton
Canouan7.60 km2 (2.93 sq mi)1,200Port Charlestown
Mayreau1.20 km2 (300 acres)280Old Wall
Non-inhabited Grenadines
Palm Island0.55 km2 (140 acres)Cactus Hill (private island)
Petit Saint Vincent0.46 km2 (110 acres)Telescope Hill (private island)
Tobago Cays0.25 km2 (62 acres)marine reserve
Isle à Quatre1.52 km2 (380 acres)
Baliceaux1.20 km2 (300 acres)
Bettowia0.71 km2 (180 acres)
Petit Mustique0.40 km2 (99 acres)
Petit Nevis0.29 km2 (72 acres)
Petit Canouan0.20 km2 (49 acres)
Savan0.11 km2 (27 acres)


Carriacou and Petite Martinique is a dependency of Grenada and has a population of 10,900 people. Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadine chain. These islands contains:

Southern Grenadines
Carriacou32.73 km2 (12.64 sq mi)10,000Hillsborough
Petite Martinique2.37 km2 (590 acres)900North Village
Non-inhabited Islands
Ronde Island8.1 km2 (2,000 acres)
Caille Island 1.62 km2 (400 acres)
Saline Island0.11 km2 (27 acres)
Large Island0.15 km2 (37 acres)
Frigate Island0.09 km2 (22 acres)


  1. "St Vincent and the Grenadines, Population and Housing Census Preliminary Report 2012". The Census Office, SVG Government. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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