We hope to find help here - we planned a week-long vacation to St. Lucia at the Jalousie (a rare treat). It was extended to include a once-in-a-lifetime 9 or 10 days in the Grenadines, with one day on the Friendship Rose.
We heard about the volcano hike and waterfalls on St. Vincent and figured we should stop there for a few nights. Then onto Bequia. And then onto hopefully the best part of the trip - perfect closer - a few nights somewhere for perfect peace and relaxation with good service & accommodations, a beautiful beach so the kids could swim and hang out (and possibly a pool).
Originally we chose to end the trip with Petit St. Vincent. This was one of the drivers behind a stay at St. Vincent (e.g. if staying at one St. Vincent, why not check out both). But after digging deep into reviews here we became very troubled. PSV looks to have outdated, possibly decrepit accommodations with poor swimming beaches, cockroaches, snakes in sinks, and miserable service no air conditioning or docks locks either.
Can anyone comment on the current state of PSV? Should we change our plans? If selecting from the best islands on the Grenadines (and the nicest accommodations - without being stuffy) which would you chose?
Would PSV even be on your list or are there better places?
What kind of itinerary would you suggest?
Where would you plan the "finale" for your trip?
If starting your trip at the nice Jalousie plantation in St. Lucia, where would be the next natural points to visit on a trip through the Grenadines?
We are looking for something that would work for our family, provide the nice accommodation, the nicest beaches, etc. We certainly don't want to end the trip in the least desirable spot and we wish to avoid all the horror stories mentioned by posters who have had trouble at PSV.