Visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Let's go to St. Vincent & the Grenadines!
Time to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines aka SVG.
I love everything about St. Vincent - the food, the people, the culture, and of course, the sights. It's my home away from home. I have more friends than family in Barbados and more family than friends in St. Vincent so you should definitely experience them both and try to decide for yourself which destination you prefer.
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St. Vincent & the Grenadines
A Little Geography Lesson
St. Vincent is located 100 miles west of Barbados. It is 18 miles long, 11 miles wide and, 4,048 ft at its highest point, the volcanic Mount Soufriere. The total area is 133 square miles. The total area of the Grenadines is 17 square miles, it comprises a group of 32 smaller islands, which extend south for about 60 miles toward the island of Grenada. This makes the total area of SVG 150 square miles.
SVG is divided into 6 parishes, the Grenadines make up one and the mainland is divided into Charlotte, St. Patrick, St. David, St. Andrew, and St. George.
The parishes of St. Vincent
Sights to see in St. Vincent
I did a project on St. Vincent with my older daughter a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed discovering many things that I had not ever been aware of, even after all the vacations I have spent there.
Here is a terrific interactive map of SVG, you can use it to familiarise yourself and get your bearings before you even set foot on these islands.
I recommend you contact Fantasea Tours, they can take you on a number of land/water tours of the island. Their website also has many wonderful pictures to give you a brilliant preview of the most popular attractions on the island.
The Botanic Gardens of St. Vincent are one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, look for the first breadfruit tree to have been brought to the island by Captain Bligh in 1793. Breadfruit can be prepared in many different ways. The local dish of SVG is Roasted Breadfruit with fried Jack fish, it's delicious, you've got to try it!
There are beautiful waterfalls, the most popular ones you can visit are Trinity Falls (which is shown at the top of this page), Dark View Falls or the Falls of Baliene - some of them are only accessible by boat. For an exhilarating hike, climb the Mount Soufriere Volcano and enjoy the breathtaking views from its peak. If you would prefer a more relaxing tour, enjoy the drive to the northern most parts of St Vincent and visit the Owia Salt Pond where you can picnic and have a swim.
Mount Soufriere Volcano
Here's a lovely book about SVG!
If you plan to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines why not purchase this book for a preview of the exciting things you will be able to see and do there. It's always good to plan ahead so you don't waste time trying to decide what to do at the last minute. I love exploring at my own pace but hate missing out on something I know I really would have enjoyed!
Lovely view from The Gingerbread Cafe, Bequia
Beautiful Beaches & Waterfront Cafes
Take a look at some of these breathtaking beaches you can explore in SVG. Due to its volcanic nature, St. Vincent has mainly black sand beaches. Argyle, on the Leeward (East) Coast, is extremely popular for picnicking but generally not considered safe for swimming. Brighton Beach, on the Windward Coast, is especially good for boogie boarding. Villa Beach and Indian Bay are probably the most popular beaches on the mainland while there are numerous gold and white sand beaches throughout the Grenadines including the gorgeous Lower Bay and Princess Margaret beaches on Bequia.
Many local waterfront cafes enjoy views of the yachts which request the harbors of these largely mountainous islands. The landscapes and horizons never cease to amaze you each and every time.
SVG is one of the World's best places to dive...
I'm sure you will agree that the underwater world is fascinating. There are always splendid colors and learning the skill of diving itself is also a great experience. It's also a great way to get a bit of exercise in during a holiday in what has to be the coolest environment.
Here's an extensive list of places to stay. Find villas, hotels and guesthouses on the mainland or on one of the Grenadine islands. There is accomodation for every budget available.
Bequia, which is the largest Grenadine island at just 7 sq miles, becomes a virtual hive of activity during the Bequia Easter Regatta. The island is also quite busy at Christmas so rates are usually higher at these times. Contact local experts at the family operated Old Fort Historic Plantation for assistance with booking tours or accommodation on the island.
Palm Island has many exciting packages. Watersports are very popular here and there are several beach house properties for rent. The facilities at the all inclusive resort feature a 9-hole golf course, driving range and grass tennis court. The island is currently offering free airfare (from Barbados) if your stay on ANY of its properties is 7 days or more.
PRIVATE ISLAND RESORTS
Canouan is another excellent option for those looking to golf while they're on holiday in the Grenadines.
Young Island is right off Villa Beach. On Thursday nights they have a beach barbecue which you won't want to miss.
The most exclusive private island resort, home to many rich and famous stars, is Mustique . There are 38 luxurious villas available for rent on that island.
Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Exploring the Grenadines
You can charter boats for day trips, or book a yacht and crew to take you around the Grenadines, over the course of several days/weeks.
Internationally renowned, Barefoot Yacht Charters, is one of the most popular, experienced and reliable charter service companies which can accomodate this type of venture. You can make the trip even more affordable and fun by traveling in groups. They offer a wide range of catamarans and yachts and can provide experienced crew for your trip.
Get married in SVG - Planning a wedding? Take a look at some beautiful venues in SVG and find out what requirements are necessary to have a Vincentian wedding.
A Walk Through Kingstown - the town nicknames the "City of Arches" - there are about 400 arches in St. Vincent's capital city!
Browsing through the St Vincent Yellow Pages can give you some ideas about places you can eat, shop and visit.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
US $1.00 = EC$ 2.70500
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