Petit Byahut - St Vincent -...
Petit Byahut - St Vincent - for snorkelling
Darveo Falls - St Vincent - for a shower
Fort Charlotte - St Vincent - check out the museum
Botanical Gardens - St Vincent - to see the rare St Vincent parrot
Princess Margaret Beach - Bequia
Friendship Bay - Canouan
Salt Whistle Bay - Mayreau
Horseshoe Reef - Tobago Cays - for snorkelling
Pleasant beachesRelated to:
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Visit Darkview Falls
This is an amazing spot in St Vincent - it is peaceful and tranquil but also happening! At Darkview falls it feels as though you are in a tropical paradise with 2 waterfalls. The parking lot at peek times is full of locals cooking, drinking and having fun - join them, they will welcome you. There are 2 waterfalls here and the hike to the second one is a bit rough as the path is washed out in one spot - but it is not that challenging and worth the short hike (20 minutes).Related to:
Named the island of the clouds by the Caribs (pronounced Bek-way), this is the largest of the St Vincent dependencies with a population of about 5,000. Nine miles south of St Vincent and about seven miles square, Bequia attracts quite a number of tourists, chiefly yachtsmen but also the smaller cruise ships and, increasingly, land-based tourists. Tourism is becoming much more important as more cruise ships stop and the number of yachts increases. More hotel rooms and apartments are being added. The island is quite hilly and well-forested with a great variety of fruit and nut trees. Its main village is Port Elizabeth and here Admiralty Bay offers a safe anchorage. Boat building and repair work are the main industry. Experienced sailors can sometimes get a job crewing on boats sailing on from here to Panama and other destinations. For maps and charts (and books) go to Iain Gale’s Bequia Bookshop, which is very well stocked. The nearest beach to Port Elizabeth is the pleasant Princess Margaret beach which shelves quickly into the clear sea. There are no beach bars to spoil this tree-lined stretch of soft sand. At its south end there is a small headland, around which you can snorkel to Lower Bay, where swimming is excellent and the beach is one of the best on the island. Local boys race their homemade, finely finished sailing yachts round the bay. In the village is Kennedy’s Bar, a good place to watch the sunset with a rum punch. Further along is De Reef, whose bar and restaurant are the hub of much local activity.
Away from Port Elizabeth the beaches are empty. Take a taxi through coconut groves past an old sugar mill to Industry Bay, a nice beach surrounded by palms with a brilliant view across to Bullet Island, Battowia and Balliceaux where the Black Caribs were held before being deported to Roatán. Some luxury homes have been built at the north end of the bay. Food and drink available at the Industry Beach Bar. A short walk along the track leads to Spring Bay, to the south, where there is a beach bar (may be closed). Both beaches are narrow with shallow bays and a lot of weed, making them less good for swimming and snorkelling. North of Industry is Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary in the northeast corner of the island. Not to be missed, an extremely worthwhile conservation project founded and maintained by a Beguian to save the hawksbill turtle. EC$10 donation warmly welcomed to maintain the facilities and feed the turtles.
The walk up Mount Pleasant from Port Elizabeth is worthwhile (go by taxi if it is too hot), the shady road is overhung with fruit trees and the view of Admiralty Bay is ever more spectacular. There is a settlement of airy homes at the top, from where you can see most of the Grenadines. By following the road downhill and south of the viewpoint you can get to Hope Bay, an isolated and usually deserted sweep of white sand and one of the best beaches. At the last house (where you can arrange for a taxi to meet you afterwards), the road becomes a rough track, after half mile turn off right down an ill-defined path through cedar trees to an open field, cross the fence on the left, go through a coconut grove and you reach the beach. The sea is usually gentle but sometimes there is powerful surf, a strong undertow and offshore current, take care. Friendship Bay is particularly pleasant, there is some coral but also quite a lot of weed, a taxi costs EC$15, or you can take a dollar bus (infrequent) in the direction of Paget Farm, get out at Mr Stowe’s Store (EC$1.50) and walk down to the bay (you may have to ring for a taxi at one of the hotels to get back, though).
The tourist office by the jetty (very helpful) can help you arrange a visit to the cliffside dwellings of Moon Hole at the south end of the island, where a rocky arch frames the stone dwelling and the water comes up the front yard. At Paget Farm, whale harpooning is still practised from February to May (the breeding season) by a few fishermen who use two 26-ft long cedar boats, powered by oars and sails. If you can arrange a trip to Petit Nevis, to the south, you can see the whaling station and find out more about Bequia’s whaling tradition. Despite pleas from conservationists, in both 1998 and 1999 a humpback mother and calf were harpooned off Bequia.Related to:
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The big island of St. Vincent...
The big island of St. Vincent is the best kept secret for scuba diving.
We dove with Bill 2's the owner of dive St. Vincent . Bills personality is a little out there, but underwater you would be hard pressed to find better! But do watch out for out of date tanks !
Pic is of a frog fish ( upper right 1/4 of frame)Related to:
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If you make it to SVG you must visit the Botanical Gardens which is right by Kingstown (capital city). If Mr Daniel himself is there - you must request him as a tour guide. He is the one who keeps the grounds and he is super entertaining. Our '30 minute' tour was over 2 hours and was chalked full of the most interesting plants and uses for plants ever! I think we paid 5 dollars EC for the tour and ended up each paying him 10 because it was sooo amazing!
Visit Johnny Depp!! LOL
All over the islands there are various sets where Pirates of the Caribbean were shot. There was one beach in particular that has a lot of the set still there, it is a lovely beach, and there is a kick ass restaurant there! It is near Wallilabou - I can't remember the name of the restaurant but don't worry - everyone on this island knows this beach. We spent a whole day there. If you eat at the restaurant, you must get the fish creole - wonderful!!
Walk on the old city - Kingstown
If you are staying anywhere away from Kingstown, just take a public cab or a taxi to Kingstown (capital of St.Vincent) and walk around. Its safe to walk around the streets. Enjoy the old colonial buildings.
Make sure you hikers climb Le...
Make sure you hikers climb Le Souffiere. What a wonderful, exilerating hike. Bring a sweatshirt. Gets real cold at the top of the crater. Lots of birds, bamboo, trees, and scenery. Ask for Dominique at the Young Island front desk. He is from France and from Dominica. He is a great guide and lots of fun. Also, make sure you take the airplane ride over to Union Island and hop on the Catamarran tour. It takes you all day from Union Island to Palm Island and other nearby island and to the keys where you snorkel and then have lunch. All the rum punch you can drink. Truly a wonderful experience. And always, make time to go shopping in downtown St. Vincent. A real experience.Related to:
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Fort CharlotteCompleted in...
Completed in 1806, Fort Charlotte is on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, giving a magnificent view across Kingstown and down the Grenadines.
It gives you an entire view across the capital of St. Vincent and it is worth a must see.
North of St Vincent island is...
North of St Vincent island is a very beautiful and refreshing waterfall called : Baleine Falls. It's a top excursion, organized by anyone on the island. This place being reachable ONLY by boat (1 1/2 hours by slow boat from Kingston). The picture lets you know about BALEINE FALLS
We did not find any other great thing in St.Vincent.
If you are on a tight budget, go to Bequia, the closest Grenadines island, good beaches and restaurants, more relaxed than St. Vincent. Excellent snorkelling just off the island.
But but but if you are RICH....make a Grenadines tour and go to the Tobago Cays south of the archipel. One of the best places in the Carribean for diving/snorkelling.....but bloody expensive...millionnaires often stop around this area.Related to:
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The Short List: More Punch than the Rum
This is a short list of must sees:
On the main island of St. Vincent:
1) The Falls of Baleine - by boat only/swimming,
2) Owia Salt Ponds - Volcanic formations/swimming,
3) Montreal Gardens,
4) Trinity Falls - a rough ride to get there,
5) The Black Point Tunnel,
6) Scenic stops along the Leeward Highway,
7) Scenic stops along the Windward Highway,
8) La Souferie Volcano - not for the weak,
9) Wallilabou Falls and Park - swimming,
10) the Mesopotamia Valley,
11) Kingstown - not a pretty city, but worth
seeing in the city are:
a) Parliament (Called the Court House).
b) Police Station.
c) St. Mary's Cathedral of the Assumption
(Roman Catholic Church).
d) St. George's Anglican Church.
e) Botanic Gardens.
f) Government House (Gov. General's Mansion).
g) Fort Charlotte - For the views.
In the Grenadines:
A) On Bequia - Princess Margaret Beach,
Old Fort Country Inn, Port Elizabeth,
Frangiapani Jump-up, Moon Hole Settlement:
B) On Mustique - Basil's Bar, Macoroni Beach:
C) Canouan - Any beach, the old church in
the Carenage Beach Resort:
D) Tobago Cays - beaches, snorkel, scuba dive:
E) Union Island - 'Aquarium' in dock area.
Spend a few hours at Sandy...
Spend a few hours at Sandy Cay. It is a tiny spit of sand with nothing but an umbrella a short boat ride from the island. Straight out of a magazine. They will pack you a phenomanal picnic basket and drop you off. Only one couple at a time. There is some pretty good snorkeling right around the cay. Careful of the sun, you could get scorched. We went on our last day after taking in the sun all week and I still got burned. There is also another small uninhabited island close by where they will do the same for you. We didn't make it but I am sure it is wonderful.
Pure bliss. This is what some dream about when on a beach type vacation. I know I do.
How about some shopping? This...
How about some shopping? This is no shopper's mecca and there is no duty-free port, but you can buy some interesting handicrafts in Kingstown. Batik Caribe, a famous name in the Caribbean, produces beautiful batiks and tie-dyed fabrics. The St. Vincent Craftsman cooperative features work by local artisans. This includes beautiful wood crafted items of which I did buy. Prices are great. I bought a carving of a Rasta's head and regret I didn't buy more because I collect wood carvings-particularly masks.
On the road leading from the banana-boat docks is a shop at the Old Cotton Ginnery. While you're there, ask about visiting some of the artists in their homes in the countryside. At Noah's Arkade, next to Batik Caribe, you can buy more crafts and history books about the West Indies. Drop by the local markets for a few bottles of sun-dried peanuts and local spices. Caribbean hot sauce is famous.
Local ambience is all over. Don't go into the 'tents' and smoke something. It will be ganja!
I wish it were beer
So far this is the first ever source of water that I have encountered that produced a liquid of quality expected to come from a bottle in a grocery store. Completely seriously and without a trace of exaggeration, the taste of the water is the same as what would come from a bottle of carbonated mineral water. The major difference is that there is no bottling plant around and the water is coming straight from a pipe directly connected to a reservoir where the stream pours into and accumulates. The scientific community has its explanation posted on a billboard right beside it to disperse any doubts of foul play. The locals are coming to the source with buckets for their household needs. It is a must see due to rarity and peculiarity. By the way, it truly deserves its name, SPA, despite the fact that is totally undeveloped for the purpose of treatments based on mineral water unlike its namesake in Belgium!Related to:
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Mystery left alone
Layou and its carvings might be not that much in cultural/scientific/spectacular terms but one thing is for sure – it is bloody authentic. The carvings are done on one boulder only and apparently are part of greater story being told all over the island in different locations. This particular spot has some advantage over others such as clarity of the figures and degree of preservation. It is notable that the location has been “adopted” by the tourism-dreaming authorities and has been bought out of the private hands it used to be in. The spot includes a mini museum of sorts with some not-so-knowledgeable staff. For the sake of fairness, there is probably no scientific community as such on the island and the scope of these marks of past civilizations is too small to engage the big wigs in the field. In a way this is a blessing since the visitor is pretty much left on his own devises to enjoy an enigma as opposed to listening to a whole bunch of nonsensical statements about the invariable greatness of the people of the political entity on the island and their rulers of the day.Related to:
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