St Vincent and The Grenadines offer a variety of experiences for the traveller—hiking, nature trails, and expeditions to many of the beautiful unspoiled areas, diving, beaches, and, if time permits, a visit to the neighbouring Grenadine islands is well worthwhile. For the less adventurous, the capital of Kingstown with its famous Botanic Gardens as well as other areas of historical interest such as Ft. Charlotte, offers the visitor a chance to get a birds eye view of the history of the island and enjoy the shopping offered.
The earliest inhabitants of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawak peoples. These groups were gradually replaced by the more aggressive Caribs, who prevented European settlement on the island for more than one hundred years. French colonists eventually arrived in 1627, and began to grow tobacco and sugarcane. The British took control of the island in 1763, and it remained under British rule until 1979, when it gained its independence.
The Caribs originally called the island “Hairoun” Land of the Blessed. Like most of the other West Indian islands, St.Vincent was first occupied by the Ciboney from S.America. Later the peaceful Arawaks found their way to St.Vincent as well as the Caribs, who were of a warlike nature and played in great part in the history of early St.Vincent. Because of their resistance, St.Vincent was not colonised very early by the Europeans. French colonists eventually arrived in 1627, and began to grow tobacco and sugarcane. The British took control of the island in 1763, and it remained under British rule until 1979, when it gained its independence
In 1635 African slaves arrived in St.Vincent and merged with the Caribs. Known as the Black Caribs they took the side of the French rather than the British and were involved in the struggles between the two.
In 1795 there was the Second Carib War and there, the exploits of Chatoyer made him a hero, he was eventually killed but a monument to his memory remains on Dorchester Hill. Forts such as Fort Charlotte remain also, a reminder of the struggles of the past. St.Vincent became independent in October 1979. Be sure to See Fort Charlotte, if you are interested in military history.
Today, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a popular tourist destination, known for its sandy beaches, lush rainforests, and clear blue waters. Visitors can also learn about the island’s fascinating history at a number of museums and historic sites.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a sovereign state in the Lesser Antilles island arc, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lies southeast of Puerto Rico and northwest of Trinidad and Tobago. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a country of many cultures. The main cultures are Vincentian, East Indian, African, Carib, European, Chinese, and Lebanese. There are also smaller populations of Javanese, Syrians, exchange students from North America, and other nationalities. The official language is English, but French patois is also spoken by some people. Saint Vincent has a diverse range of attractions that offer something for everyone. For those interested in history, there are the Fort Charlotte and Saint George’s Anglican.
St. Vincent has much natural beauty: The majestic Soufriere Volcano in the North of the island, the many waterfalls and nature trails to the magnificent forested areas are but a few of the attractions which beckon the nature lover. The Owia Salt Pond-a huge bathing pool surrounded by lava peaks and ridges is worth a visit. The famous Falls of Baleine, another attraction. Below the sea there is a real opportunity for the diver to explore and enjoy.
The Botanic Gardens in Kingstown is one of the best in the world. Famous for its parrots, birdwatching is also popular. Be sure to visit neighbouring Young Island. Some swim to it from the mainland but there is always a boatman to row you across.
Exploring the unspoilt country side preferably by organised tour groups with hardy vehicles. The capital Kingstown has many beautiful churches and cathedrals, in fact the main Methodist, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches are within walking distance from each other. The famous Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte overlooking the Kingston Harbor are within easy reach. Go hiking along the nature trails where you may glimpse the famous St.Vincent parrot.
Hire a taxi to take you to many of St. Vincent’s cultural attractions. Rent a car and explore the island yourself. Be adventurous and take a local bus—cheap and brightly painted!! Arrange for an eco tour/safair by jeep.
St.Vincent is perfect for nature lovers. The majestic hills and unspoilt landscape offers an escape from the bustle of life. You can climb to the top of the majestic Soufriere volcano, and explore various other nature trails. Underwater reefs are abundant around the island. The Owia Salt Pond is another natural wonder worth a visit. Rivers and waterfalls such at the Falls of Baleine are spectacular.
There is something magical about Creole cuisine. Perhaps it is the tantalizing mix of spices, or the rich, succulent flavors. Whatever the reason, this style of cooking has long been a favorite among food lovers. And while it may be best known for its seafood dishes, there is much more to Creole cuisine than meets the eye.
Culture is about people and lifestyles. What and how they eat is an important part of the culture. St. Vincents’ Creole cooking is heavily influenced by French and African cuisine. The result is a unique blend of flavors that is both exotic and familiar. Common ingredients include rice, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and okra. But the real key to Creole cuisine is its use of spices. paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, and oregano are just some of the spices that give Creole dishes their signature flavor. Callaloo soup is a local favorite and is delicious. Lots of fruit and vegetables are locally grown and are utilised in the cuisine of St.Vincent. Seafood is naturally very popular and every seaside village has a strong fishing choice community. The sea provides a living and food for all.
Cooking is an act of love. It is a way to share and a way to give and receive. Eating together at home or in a cozy restaurant can be enchanting. It’s especially so in the Caribbean in the open, under the moon and the stars. It’s a cultural experience for the heart. The quiet, secluded, and privacy of St. Vincent make it a romantic spot for couples. Honeymooners frequently choose St.Vincent as an idyllic spot for the occasion.
The Cultural experience of St. Vincent extends into the night. Two lively nightclubs are; the Attic and Emotions. Both are in Kingstown and are favorite party spots. Hotels also offer entertainment such as local steel bands or string band music.
As the sun sets over St. Vincent, the island comes to life with the sounds of music and laughter. Party-goers flock to the Attic and Emotions, two of Kingstown’s most popular nightclubs. Here, they can dance the night away to the latest Caribbean beats. If hotel entertainment is more their style, they can enjoy steel band or string band music in a more relaxed setting. No matter where they choose to spend their evening, visitors to St. Vincent are sure to have a memorable time
Hop on the ferry and head to Bequia. Or take a sailing cruise among the beautiful Grenadine islands. Many options await the traveller. St.Vincent is the jumping-off point for visits to the Grenadines and attracts many yachts to its shores. One of the most popular destinations is the Tobago Cays. But palm island, Union, Mustique, Pettit St. Vincent, and Carriacou are delightful. Tips can be arranged with local boat rental and bareboat options. They also provide fully catered trips with a captain who will take you safely around the grenadines.
The Grenadines are a chain of tiny islands that stretch south from St. Vincent. This string of emerald gems is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the sheltered waters make it an ideal destination for sailing. There are many itineraries to choose from, but one of the most popular is the “Leeward Islands” tour. This 7-day trip takes you on a journey from St. Vincent to Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, and Palm Island. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with turtles, hike to deserted beaches, and snorkel in translucent waters.
There are many tiny islands that have a huge imprint. Mustique is a sort of playground for the very wealthy. Palm Island is an exclusive resort no bigger than a football stadium. It one had a landing strip that was a little bigger than a cricket pitch. Close by is Pettit St. Vincent a small, secluded island just 3 miles long and 1 mile wide with a population of just over 100 people.
Avid Sailer and developer, Robin Paterson and business partner Phil Stephensen purchased the private island in 2010 and developed it as a five-star resort. The resort has received much acclaim in the travel media. Before this the simple lifestyle on Pettit St. Vincent revolved around fishing, farming, and boatbuilding. There are no motor vehicles on the island; instead, transportation is by foot or bicycle.
Visitors to Pettit St. Vincent will find pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and friendly locals. The island is also a haven for wildlife, with iguanas, parrots, and Birds of Paradise all calling Pettit St. Vincent home.
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The Grenadines are a magical place, and a sailing trip is the best way to experience all that they have to offer.
Catch the ferry to neighbouring Bequia and see the turtle sanctuary or take an island safari there. If you enjoy diving, explore the various underwater reefs off shore. Observe the dolphins if you take the Bequia crossing and once there you may even sight a whale!
To start take a visit to neighboring Young Island some yards offshore St.Vincent shores. you can swim there and many do it is just about 100 yards off the coast of St. Vincent and a charming private island with a hotel and restaurant that are well worth a visit.
And to experience nature on the ocean take a trip on a working schooner and pirate ship to watch out for whales.
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