St Vincent & The Grenadines: The Island - Its Culture And Attractions

St vincent and the grenadines - young island a swim away

Young island just a swim away – Source Ian R. Clayton Author Rogues in Paradise

St Vincent & 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 permit, 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 historic 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.

History of St Vincent & The Grenadines

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. 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 remainder 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.

Rogues Guide to Natural Attractions

st vincent & the grenadines - great boating and sailing

Some of the best boating and sailing anywhere

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. St.Vincent is the jumping-off point for visits to the Grenadines and attracts many yachts to its shores. 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.

Interisland Sailing St. Vincent & The Grenadines

St- vincent & Grenadines - interisland yatching to the islands
Diving, Yachting, trips to the other Grenadine islands. 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. A visit to neighbouring Young Island some yards offshore St.Vincent shores is suggested. Eco-adventures are recommended.

St. vincent & the grenadines ferry to Bequia
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!

Gourmet- Creole Cooking

creole cusine
Eclectic range of dining options. Callalloo 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. Sea food is a popular choice too.

Sighteseeing

St Vincent & The Grenadines-young island scenic view of the mainland
Hire a taxi to take you to many of St.Vincent 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. Hop on the ferry and head to Bequia. Or take a sailing cruise among the beautiful Grenadine islands. Many options await the traveller.

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Photo by ian R.Clayton – author of Rouges in Paradise.

Nature

La Soufrière Volcano St vincent_

do not climb this mountain if there are aany any singes of activity. best to view from a distance

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. And to experience nature on the ocean take a trip of a working schooner and pirate ship to watch out for whales.
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Family

Offering a variety of accommodation suitable for families St.Vincent is popular for vacationers of all ages. Try the self catering apartments for a perfect holiday suitable for all age groups.

Romance

an island romance in st vincent & the grenadines
Weddings can be arranged in St.Vincent and it’s secluded atmosphere make it a romantic spot for couples . Honeymooners frequently choose St.Vincent as an idyllic spot for the occasion. Some hotels offer special packages.

Party

Two lively night clubs -the Attic and Emotions -in Kingstown are favorite party spots. There are others in the Villa area and the hotels offer their own entertainment such as local steel band or string band music.

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