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Everything You Need To Know For The Best Caribbean Vacation In St. Vincent

An Destination Exploding with History & Culture

If sailing and the outdoors are your thing, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the place for you. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are both Rustic and Romantic. From the black sand beaches of the volcanic mainland to the pristine white beaches of the southern Grenadines, if you love adventure tourism this archipelago is calling you.

A volcanic island with just over 100,000 inhabitants, the main island of St. Vincent is not to be missed. The 2021 explosive volcanic eruptions of the La Soufriere eruptions left some remarkable lava flow valleys, such as Larakai and Walibou, which are a must see on the north leeward coast of the island. The trail to the volcano has not yet re-opened as the terrain remains unstable. A hike on the Cumberland Nature Trail is a must for bird lovers, as there is almost a 100 percent chance of seeing and hearing the endemic St. Vincent parrot, the Amazona Guildingi.

A visit to St. Vincent is not complete without a visit to the Dark View Falls or the Falls of Baleine, spectacular waterfalls! Captain Alex from the seaside town of Barrouallie would be happy to take you on a journey up the leeward coast to these falls and to perhaps see some dolphins along the way!

St. Vincent’s history tells the tale of being peopled by Amerindians from the lower Orinoco. The island boasts over a dozen petroglyph sites, carvings in rocks done by the indigenous peoples. The Buccama and the Layou Petroglpyhs on the West Coast and the Yambou I petroglpyhs near the new international airport at Argyle are all fascinating.

For more history, while on Bequia, stop in to visit the Bequia Heritage Museum, where you will learn about the amazing maritime past of this Grenadine island, where schooners over 100 feet used to be built long before there was electricity on the island.

Pure Sailing

Sailing in the Grenadines, home to some 30 islands and cays, is one of the most sought-after experiences in the Caribbean. Bequia is a gem. Sailing-pure. Anchoring in the Tobago Cays Marine Park, surrounded by 5 islands and horseshoe reef is a must.

You can also live like a movie star and fall in love with luxury in Mustique, where a visit to the famous Basil’s Bar is a must. Canouan and Petit St. Vincent are also amazing places to visit by boat. Canouan has a marina catering to super yachts and an airstrip filled with private jets.

If you are a scuba lover, the 100-foot wall dive at West Cay, Bequia, the 1918 wreck ‘Puruni’ – an English gun ship that sank off Mayreau, Mayreau Gardens, Sail Rock and the 80 foot wall dive off Richmond (Cavali reef) St. Vincent are a must.

Union island is the home of kite surfing, and diverse bird life as it boasts the largest mangrove in the country. Start your day with a hike to Big Hill or Taboi, and treat yourself to a fish lunch at Sparrow’s Beach Bar. For sandwich lovers the Salty Girl, in Clifton is a must. Union is a wonderful mix of local and French culture, based on the historic connection with Martinique that developed over the years. Union is grounded strongly in African traditions. You may be lucky to see the Big Drum Dance, or on Canouan, the cake dance.

Vibrant and Colourful People

The vibrant and multi-ethnic people of St. Vincent are also sure to keep you returning to the beautiful island. They are highly cultured and diverse, with people of African descent, Indian, Portuguese, French, British and more. The island of Bequia is the perfect mix of every culture. Be sure to take a walk on the Belmont walkway in Port Elizabeth, named after the late Queen Elizabeth II, where you can stop along the way to enjoy ice cream at Maranne’s, lobster pizza at Mac’s Pizza and Kitchen, a roti at The Old Fig Tree or a rum punch at the Frangipani. In Bequia there is something for everyone.

Pack outdoor clothes and sailing shoes and enjoy the great Caribbean outdoors.

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Getting to St. Vincent and The Grenadines

There are five main airports in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Although Argyle International Airport (AIA) receives the majority of travelers, you can also choose to fly into one of the smaller airports on Canouan (CIW), Bequia (BQU), Mustique (MQS), or Union Island (UNI) directly from Barbados or St. Lucia.

There are direct flights from Toronto, Miami and London to St. Vincent (Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic).

From Barbados you can take Caribbean Airlines or SVG Air.

Daily shuttle flights are operated by SVG Airways between St. Vincent and the nearby islands of Union, Mustique, and Canouan.

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