St Vincent & The Grenadines
St Vincent & The Grenadines enjoys an already excellent but still growing reputation in the media, including being the only Caribbean destination to make the CNN “World’s Top Destinations for 2012” list, where it ranked fifth.
St Vincent is among the top locations in the world for diving, snorkelling, and sailing. The clear, warm waters surrounding the island are home to an amazing underwater world with pristine coral reefs teeming with a magnificent abundance of colourful marine life. Diving ranges from gentle to exhilarating with an infinite selection of wall diving sites, wrecks, caves and caverns to explore. Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Tobago Cays, just a short boat ride away, and float among the hawksbill turtles and observe the wonderful variety of inhabitants of the Horseshoe Reef, from octopus, scorpion fish, spotted moray and queen angel fish.
In the north of St Vincent, La Soufriere Volcano, Owia Salt Pond and the Falls of Baleine can be reached by boat or, for the more adventurous, a rewarding trek through the verdant rainforests to the summit for breathtaking views. On the west coast is Wallilabou Bay, which was used as the fictional location for Port Royal in the Disney film “The Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl” and its sequel “Dead Man’s Chest”. Inland, the Vermont Nature Trails meander through lush rain forest where the rare and colourful St Vincent parrot can be found.
The stone battlements of the imposing Fort Charlotte sit high above Kingstown, the capital and port of St Vincent, where a bustling crowd of vendors and shoppers wander amidst a colourful kaleidoscope of stalls selling fruits and spices. Meander along quaint cobblestone streets winding between colonial buildings and churches. The Botanic Gardens, founded in 1765, are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere and contain one of the original breadfruit trees brought from Tahiti in 1793 by Captain Bligh after the famous Bounty mutiny.