Here’s a list of 100 amazing things to do in St Vincent and the Grenadines, starting with St Vincent, followed by Bequia, Canouan, Union Island, Mustique, Mayreau and throughout the Grenadines. Explore St Vincent and the Grenadines and enjoy this archipelago of 32 islands and cays.
St Vincent – Things to Do
1. St Vincent Carnival – With origins from African roots and mixed with Caribbean and local folk lore, carnival in St Vincent and the Grenadines has grown to be the island’s premiere national cultural festival. “Vincy Mas”, as it is popularly called, epitomizes the celebration of the talent, artistry and craft as displayed by steel pan music, Calypsonians and Masqueraders.
Held from June 24 to July 7, this carnival is considered by some to be on par, if not in size, with Rio Carnival, Trini Carnival and New Orleans Mardi Gras. Major highlights include the Miss Carnival Show which over the past decade has become the Caribbean’s premiere Beauty Pageant, the Dimanche Gras Show which highlights the finals of the National Calypso Monarch Competition, King and Queen of Carnival featuring large and elaborate Masqueraders and Costumes, and the Panorama when steel bands attempt to outdo each other in a musical crescendo.
2. Swim, Snorkel and Sun Bathe – Surrounded by the clear Caribbean sea, this 32-island archipelago has some of the best beaches and tropical aqua blue waters for year round swimming and snorkeling. Whether on St Vincent with black sand beaches or Bequia and the other Grenadine islands with white sand beaches, there is a beach for all types.
3. Go Scuba Diving – St Vincent as well as the Grenadines has some of the best dives in the Caribbean. With clear waters, year round water temperatures of 81°F (27°C) and an abundance of coral and marine life, there is a kaleidoscope of under water colors. From Anchor Reef off St Vincent to Puruni Wreck off Mayreau, there are an abundance of dive sites and experienced dive charters to guide you.
4. Enjoy the Vistas of Belmont Lookout – Belmont Lookout offers panoramic views into the picturesque Marriaqua Valley (Mespo Valley) to the north and east. In the distance, on a clear day, you can see the Grenadines islands of Bequia, Baliceaux and Battowia to the south. This is a popular viewing area for visitors to Kingstown and those heading up the windward coast. There is a viewing platform, washrooms and signage.
5. Belair Mineral Spring – Volcanic in origin, St Vincent has several underground mineral springs that give rise to some of nature’s best drinking water. This “spa water”, loved by locals, is valued by Vincentians and the world over. As water filters through underground mineral-rich volcanic rocks, it absorbs some of those minerals such as chloride, carbon and sulfur that give the spa water its distinctive bubbly taste. This fizzing is particularly noticeable during full moon, which seems to activate the minerals. Located outside of Kingstown, the Belair Mineral Spring is easily accessible. A second mineral spring, in a more remote area, is located in Montreal Gardens in Mespo Valley.
6. Bask in the Warm Waters of Trinity Falls – Located on the west coast of the island, the 40-foot Trinity Falls are set in a deep volcanic valley and are divided into three cascades that flow into a huge whirlpool. The swift flowing Wallilabou River feeds the falls. The journey to the Falls from Kingstown is a two hours scenic drive, followed by 20 minutes hiking through tropical rain forest. Trinity Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in St. Vincent.
7. The Black Point Tunnel – Also known as Jasper Rock Tunnel, it was constructed around 1815 using slave labor. A marvel of engineering for its time, the 360 feet long tunnel was drilled through granite rocks to facilitate easier transportation of sugar from the mills of Grand Sable Estate to the wharf at Byreau. Located on the windward coastline, this historical Black Point Tunnel is the only road access point linking the north of St. Vincent with the south. Remarkably the tunnel has survived hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters.
8. Buccament Bay – The exclusive luxury resort of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located on the leeward side. All-inclusive and unique, Buccament Bay Resort located at Buccament Bay is found on the western side of the island. Activities and amenities are endless, with a tennis club, scuba diving and various excursions. Buccament Bay has something for everyone. Whether you seek relaxation or stimulation, discover Buccament Bay Resort.
9. Take in a Cricket Match at Arnos Vale Stadium – For the unfamiliar, cricket is a game played with a ball and bat by two sides of 11 players each on a large field centering upon two wickets each defended by a batsman. It’s sometimes compared to baseball, that American sport so popular in the USA. St Vincent is part of the West Indian team that plays international cricket, against the likes of England, Australia and India. Often, international cricket matches are played at the Arnos Vale Stadium. The people of St Vincent are passionate about cricket, and one can see and experience the level of excitement and energy by attending one of these games.
10. Visit Kingstown Fish Market – Open in late 1980s, the New Kingston Fish Market has seen fish catch rapidly increase. In 2003, the total catch amounted to some 4,782 tons, up from 921 tons in 1996. The demand for fish in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is on the increase due to the awareness of the nutritional value of fish and demand from tourism. The best time to visit is early in the morning when the Fish Market comes alive as vendors hawk their catch of colorful fish caught that day from the Caribbean Sea teaming with tropical fish.
11. Shop in Kingstown – There is no big mall or shopping mecca and there is no duty-free port, but you can buy some interesting locally made handcrafts in Kingstown. Small vendors can be found along the streets of 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 that includes beautiful wood crafted items reasonably priced.
12. Visit Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Set – Movie buffs of Disney films may recall that some scenes of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, were filmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The harbor of ‘Port Royal’ was built at Wallilabou Bay on St Vincent, and the dock and a facade from production of the movie were left behind intact. So there remains in St Vincent a bit of movie history from this classic Disney film.
13. Dark View or “Darview” Falls – Darview is located up the mountain from Richmond Beach on the Leeward side of St. Vincent. A set of falls off the road can be found by following the trail across a rickety bamboo bridge. Up a slight hill is the first falls, some 60 feet high, cascading into a wading pool. Further up the trail lies another fall, but beware, the trail is not for the timid as stairs, in name only, await fit adults and active kids.
14. Young Island Resort – Young Island is a luxury resort located on a small, private island just some 200 yards from St Vincent. It’s a tropical garden, with stone walkways linking resort cottages, dining and lounge pavilions. Young Island is considered to be one of the most exclusive and secluded of the Caribbean’s many luxury resorts.
With tropical gardens and white sandy beach, Young Island is entirely exclusive to guests with its 29 individual cottages. Beyond the sand and lush greenery abounds, the Island becomes a tropical jungle of tranquility and complete privacy. Ginger, hibiscus and ferns grow in the shades of a wide variety of indigenous larger palms and trees such as mango and frangipani. The Cottages are spread over the Island and some feature private plunge pools, secluded seating areas and stunning views of the sea.
15. Falls of Baleine – Falls of Baleine is among St. Vincent’s finest natural wonders. The sparkling waters plunge about 60ft into a rock-enclosed fresh water pool, perfect for swimming. The Falls are only accessible by boat, with a short walk through a narrow valley surrounded by cliffs on both sides.
16. Visit Kingstown Market Square – At the heart of Kingstown is the Market Square: wonderful, vibrant places selling an amazing variety of fish, vegetables, fruit and other local food. This Market Square is a three-story enclosed building that really bustles on Friday and Saturday mornings, when vendors bring their produce, meats, and fish to market. It’s worth going to the market where every kind of fruit, vegetable and spice grown on the island can be found. The warmth of the locals will make for a fun adventure.
17. Go Swimming at Richmond Beach – Richmond Beach offers great waters for swimming. This beach is frequented by the locals and is located on the Leeward side of the island. It has a large parking area, toilets and seating and tables so that you can come along for the day, swim, sun bathe and then have a BBQ/lunch.
18. Visit the National Museum – Located inside of the Botanical Gardens, this museum features a number of ancient artifacts left by St. Vincent’s earliest settlers. While at the Gardens, visit the aviary sanctuary where rare St. Vincent parrots, a large exquisitely beautiful bird, are kept.
19. Rawacou Recreation Park – Rawacou Recreation Park features two beaches separated by a rocky headland with a man-made pool. Coconut trees and sea grapes provide a distinct tropical look and feel to the beach, while dune vegetation helps to maintain the balance and resilience of the beach. It is an exposed beach, well known for strong currents, and swimming requires exercising some caution.
20. Visit Wallilabou – Wallilabou is the location where parts of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed. At the north point of the entrance to Wallilabou Bay stands a spectacular rock arch. It’s probably one of the reasons this location was chosen for some scenes of the movie. The scenery is stunning and is worth the effort to get there for a glimpse of Wallilabou Bay. At the south point is a great area for snorkeling.
21. Picknik at Mount Wynne Beach – Mount Wynne Beach is a beautiful black sand beach located on the south-western coastline, approximately 11 miles from Kingstown. The site attracts many visitors and has grown into a popular recreational and entertainment spot.
22. Cumberland Beach Recreation Park – Cumberland Bay is a picturesque, protected cove. The Park is located on the northwestern coastline, approximately 21 miles from Kingstown. It provides a protected anchorage with a view of palm tree covered hills sloping upwards to the Morne Garu Central Mountain range. Located in the Park is a restaurant serving drinks and local cuisine.
23. Visit Georgetown – Georgetown is the second largest town in St Vincent and the Grenadines with a population of under 2,000. Located in the northeast on the Windward coast of St Vincent, the town was home to the island’s only sugar manufacturing center. This was once a bustling town when St Vincent was a major sugar producer and exporter. Lying in the shadows of the active volcano, Georgetown is near the start of the La Soufrière Cross County Trail.
24. Calliaqua – Calliaqua is a small town in St Vincent on the island’s southernmost point that was initially the main port and political center of colonial St. Vincent. Since this area is now the hotel and restaurant belt, and has some of the most desirable beaches for swimming, Calliaqua should be of interest to visitors to St. Vincent. It’s sits near Blue Lagoon, home to several yacht charters.
25. Layou – Layou is located on the Leeward side of the island, on the stretch of coast between the small fishing village of Buccament and the town of Barrouallie. It was one of the first areas of the island to be settled by the French, and later occupied by the British in the 1760’s to produce sugar. Layou was home to indigenous Indians as evidenced by the nearby Petroglyphs, carved by the Amerindians more than 2,000 years ago.
26. Barrouallie – Barrouallie, like Layou, is located on the western side of the island along the Leeward Highway. The drive from Kingstown is spectacular, with scenic views of hidden bays and cliffs plunging into the Caribbean Sea. Barrouallie is an excellent example of what a ‘small town’ island flavor is all about, with some fishing and whaling activity and where “Blackfish” is produced.
27. Visit Fishing Villages – Head to the fishing villages of Questelles, Layou, Barrouallie and Châteaubelair, all of which have charming pastel-colored cottages and excellent black-sand beaches from which fishermen set out daily in small brightly painted boats. Some use seine to catch their fish from the shore as men row out with the nets to encircle schools of fish that swims into the bays and then hauls the nets in filled with the catch-of-the-day.
28. Flow’s Wine Bar – This urban destination is a combination of chic and laissez-faire. Specializing in wine and beers, Flow’s Wine Bar offers patrons a wide selection. It prides itself not on luxury, but on elegance, and on getting the experience right: the music, food, service and entertainment. Come in on a Monday night for Monday movie classics, sit back with a glass of wine, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of St Vincent.
29. Rabacca Dry River – Carved from the earth by lava flows from the 1902 volcanic eruption of nearby La Soufrière, the Rabacca Dry River is a seasonal river that only flows like a normal river when there is heavy rainfall. It is located on the outskirts of Georgetown on the windward side of the island. The riverbed is a reminder of the enormous powers of nature and especially of volcanic eruptions.
30. Fort Duvernette – Fort Duvernette, located adjacent to Young Island, sits on a 195-foot high volcanic plug rising straight up from the sea. Known locally as Rock Fort, two batteries with cannons were constructed during colonial days for the defense of the then important town of Calliaqua. Fort Duvernette is accessible only by boat or by swimming. Water taxis provide transportation from Villa Beach. There are 255 steps with handrails leading to the peak where one is treated to panoramic views of the surrounding areas including the Grenadines.
Land Diversions – St Vincent
31. The La Soufrière Cross County Trail – This Cross Country Trail winds its way from sea level up to the top of the 4,048 feet La Soufrière volcano. The trail takes you up volcanic ridges, through sweeping valleys and deep gorges and eventually the majestic volcanic crater. The walk to the crater takes about two hours uphill from the windward side. The descent on the leeward side is just as breath taking, through rugged terrain, giving way to sweeping panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and the Grenadine islands. The Cross Country Trail snakes across the width of St Vincent in the northern third of the island. The total trail is approximately 9 miles (15 km) long can be walked from either the leeward or windward coast.
32. St Vincent Botanical Gardens, Kingstown – The Botanical Gardens are one of the most important and popular sites in St Vincent. Established in 1765, they are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere and are also an important conservation site particularly for the St Vincent parrot. The Botanical Gardens are in Kingstown, a short journey from the town center.
33. Hike the Vermont Nature Trail – Great for hiking, Vermont Nature Trail takes you through lush rainforest with an amazing variety of tropical flora, beautiful scenery and a chance, if you are lucky, to see the famous St. Vincent Parrot in its natural habitat. Majestic cliffs reach for the sky, giving way to sweeping valleys. Ambient temperatures and abundant rainfall give rise to profusion of vegetation. The trail is located in the picturesque Buccament Valley within the St. Vincent Parrot Reserve on the Leeward side of the island.
34. Visit Mesopotamia Valley in Central St. Vincent – Mesopotamia Valley, affectionately referred to as “Mespo” by locals, is a rugged area of undulating, highly fertile, crop-rich hills. It produces an abundance of local and tropical crops that satisfy St. Vincent’s needs plus extra for export. The view from the Belmont lookout is breathtaking. Buried in between two mountains, this valley offers many challenging hiking trails.
35. Drive the Scenic Leeward Highway – Carved along scenic coastline and through volcanic cliffs, Leeward Highway is a 25 miles (40 km) road running from Kingstown to Richmond Beach along the island’s west coast. The road meanders through local villages, black sand beaches, coconut plantations, and many other worthwhile attractions. Along the way are fishing villages where whales are hunted, petroglyphs including a carved face dating from AD 600, and the ultra high-end hotel of Buccament Resort. The road ends near Richmond Beach, a popular swimming area with black sand beach. In the distance, the peak of La Soufrière volcano rising to over 4,000 feet is visible on a clear day. From Richmond Beach, tours depart to the Falls of Baleine, a 60 feet waterfall on the extreme northwestern tip of St Vincent.
36. Take a Tour Up Windward Highway – The windward coast of St Vincent is a mix of wave-lashed shoreline, undulating hills and valleys, and small towns and villages. Black-sand beaches give way to valleys with lush vegetations and banana plantations. Windward Highway snakes north from Kingstown, through Argyle where a new international airport is being carved out of the mountains. Further north lies Georgetown, an old town that once was the center of sugar manufacturing and a run factory. After Georgetown as you head further north, you really start to get off the beaten track. The jungle gets a bit thicker, the road a bit narrower, and the mountain range of La Soufrière volcano begins to dominate the skyline.
37. Hiking the Hills of St Vincent – With rugged hills and valleys, St. Vincent offers numerous picturesque hiking trails for the adventurous. Nature-lovers, looking for some fresh air and spectacular scenery, can head five miles from Kingstown along the Leeward coast to the Buccament Valley to hike the Vermont Nature Trail. This trail, about two miles long, boasts a rich array of fauna and flora, such as St. Vincent’s rare parrot, the Green Herron, the Crested Hummingbird, as well as other species. The trail takes you through some of the island’s most lush tropical rainforest, flowering trees and plants. For anyone looking for a more challenging course there is the ultimate trail, the La Soufrière Cross County Trail, that rises over 4,000 feet and traverses the northern third of the island.
38. Explore Montreal Gardens – Located high up in the mountains of Mesopotamia Valley and covered in mist and clouds, Montreal Gardens is a beautifully, vibrant oasis of tropical flowers. The fertile volcanic soil and frequent rainfall nourish an array of exotic flowers, spices and plants interspersed with green foliage. Paved pathways meanders through a maze of colorful flora including row upon row of anthuriums, ginger, hibiscus and bougainvillea as well as palms and giant fern trees. The gardens are opened to the public during weekdays from 9 – 5 pm during the months of December and August.
39. Tour Youroumei Heritage Village – The Orange Hill Estate is home to the Youroumei Heritage Village. Located close to the Windward Highway in the north east of the island, this heritage village is made up of a complex of historical buildings of the colonial period, mainly ruins of sugar plantation houses and facilities. There is a museum within the Old Sugar Mill that contains some of the tools, implements and items from that historic time.
40. Owia Salt Pond – Owia Salt Pond is located on the North Eastern Coast of St. Vincent in the village of Owia, home to the indigenous people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – the Black Caribs. The salt-water pond is sheltered from the sea by the numerous volcanic boulders and rocks surrounding the pond. The two-hour drive from Kingstown, along the Windward Coast, takes you to this recreation site, which occupies a fairly extensive area of well-maintained grounds. Traditionally, it has been used as a therapeutic bathing pond.
41. Take a Tour of Scenic Queens Drive – This is a scenic drive to the east of Kingstown, through winding and steep hills. The views are breath taking, so take your camera. This road was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth during her visit to St. Vincent in1966.
Sea Adventures – St Vincent
42. Sail Around St Vincent and the Grenadines – Barefoot Yacht Charters, based in Blue Lagoon is the leading charter company in the Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines. They offer a wide range of well-maintained, well-equipped bareboat charter yachts in the 32 to 50-foot range, both monohulls and catamarans. Horizon Yacht Charters, also based at Blue Lagoon Marina, is another charter service that offers yacht charters, available bareboat or crewed, on their extensive yacht charter fleet of monohull sailboats or spacious catamarans.
43. Dive Anchor Reef – Voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the world, this reef is a spectacular wall dive of lovely coral reef formation. This reef, which quickly drops below 100 feet, is home to barracudas, lobsters, rays and more. Located off the town of Layou on the leeward side of the island, this dive is normally a relaxed dive with no or little currents.
Nestled in Jungly bay, Anchor Reef is a short jaunt up the coast from Kingstown on the Leeward side of the island. Once below water, awaits this lush alcove with long-lure frogfish and long-snout seahorses, porcelain two-spot octopus and golden tail morays, to name just a few. Anchor Reef is one of many popular dive sites around St Vincent where you can see giant soft corals, black corals in various forms, red banded lobster, frog fish, crabs, a variety of shrimp, peacock flounders and a wide variety of fish at varying depths from 20 to 120 feet.
44. Dive Bat Cave – Bat Cave is an awesome dive. As the name suggests, Bat Cave is a breeding ground for bats. You can get there by kayaking or one of the excursion charters. As you enter the cave you hear the shrill squeaks of the residents perched above, and see the silver sparkles of tiny fish that shelter from the sun in the shallow water at the cave entrance. The cave opens into an underwater fissure at around 45 feet. This dive can be challenging, so best to explore with a knowledgeable dive operator.
45. Go Deep Sea Fishing – St Vincent and The Grenadines is a paradise, where a fisherman’s dream can turn into reality as its waters offer the enthusiast a chance to hook a prize catch such as Blue Marlin, Spearfish, Wahoo, Jack fish, Sailfish, Billfish, Giant Black & Yellow fin tunas, Mahi Mahi and the ever present Barracuda. The waters of St Vincent & The Grenadines are teeming with sea life including a variety of dolphins and some whale species.
46. Take a Charter Aboard Fantasea Tours – Fantasea Tours, located at Villa Beach, is a locally operated tour company with over 20 years of service. They offer personalized tours aboard their fleet of powerboats including a 60-ft. catamaran, 42ft cruiser, 38-ft. & 28-ft. Bowens. Tours are to places throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines including cruises to the Falls of Baleine, the Grenadine Islands, Dolphin & Whale Watching, and Scuba Diving.
47. Five The Wrecks – A group of three wrecks all located at one site in Kingstown Harbor. The first of the wrecks to sink was an eighteenth century French frigate. The other 2 wrecks include the Seimstrand, a 120-foot coastal freighter, and a tug boat that collided 30 years ago. Great for scuba diving in the sheltered waters of Kingstown harbor, the wrecks lie between 60 feet and 120 feet.
48. Dive Petit Byahut – Petit Byahut and Byahut are the two coves located on the Leeward side of the island and in close proximity to Buccament bay. The dream of owners Charles and Sharon, Petit Byahut sits on 50 acres of tropical greenery at a private picturesque sheltered bay only accessible by boat. The bay of Petit Byahaut is excellent for snorkeling. Experienced divers can explore caves and the 120 ft wall at the north end of the bay. Guided hikes to the waterfalls, the volcano or the rainforest can be arranged, as well as boat tours to Trinity Falls or the falls of Baleine.
49. Go Scubba with Indigo Dive – Dive the reefs of St Vincent and the Grenadines with Indigo Dive, located at the Blue Lagoon Marina, and experience some of the best diving in the Caribbean. From stunning drift dives, to the prettiest of wall dives, to reefs teaming with a diversity of life second to none in the Caribbean. Indigo Dive specializes in providing tailor-made diving experiences for divers looking for personalized service.
A Little Bit of History – St Vincent
50. Historical Kingstown Tour in St Vincent – Located in a sheltered, deepwater harbor, Kingstown is the capital, main port and commercial center of St Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population of 25,000, Kingstown is the most populous as well as the largest settlement in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Kingstown has a long, rich history dating back to colonial era. With cobblestone roads and buildings adorned with Georgian-style stone arches and second-floor overhangs on former warehouses – which provide shelter from midday sun and sudden heavy rainfalls common to the tropics – Kingstown has earned the nickname “City of Arches.” The buildings are rich with architectural designs, epitomized by Cobblestone Inn, once a sugar factory situated in the heart of Kingstown and dating back to the 19th century.
The Police station, Court House, Methodist Church, St. George’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Assumption and Forth Charlotte perched high upon a hill overlooking Kingstown harbor convey the rich culture, history and authenticity of St. Vincent. Various tour operators are available to take you on a sightseeing journey through some of the iconic buildings and locations in the city.
51. Visit Fort Charlotte, Kingstown – Overlooking the sea and Kingstown harbor below, Fort Charlotte was built to defend against a land invasion with the guns all pointing inland to fend off assault from possible slave revolt and native Carib Indians. A visit to Fort Charlotte is worthwhile, providing an opportunity to learn a bit about French and English colonialists and their slave holdings through a short, informative tour.
52. St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, Kingstown – Located on Grenville Street in Kingstown, the church was built on the site of an earlier Anglican Church which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1780. The new church, which was dedicated in September 1820, though still majestic, is now in need of extensive restoration. This historic Georgian-style church has majestic, colorful stained-glass windows.
53. St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingstown – St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption, located across the street from the Anglican Cathedral, was built in stages beginning in 1823. The strangely appealing design is a blend of Moorish, Georgian, and Romanesque styles applied to black brick with an eclectic mix of arches, columns and Gothic spires. This is a magnificent building, as majestic and breathtaking as any church in Rome.
54. Explore Layou Petroglyph – The petroglyph lie just on the outskirts of Layou, a charming, traditional seaside village on the western side of the island. It’s a short drive off the main road, up what essentially is a dirt track, in most places, single traffic only. The Petroglyph Park is considered a cultural landmark that has several landmarks. Chief amount them is the Amerindian petroglyph, which is pre-Columbian in origin. The petroglyph most likely date to between 300 AD and 600 AD. Facilities include a visitor’s centre and gazebos.
55. Nine Mornings Festival – Unique to St Vincent and the Grenadines, Nine Mornings festival is a celebration of Christmas, when caroling and celebrations are held each morning from December 16th to the 24th. During Nine Mornings the whole community comes alive before dawn for festivities that last until people wander off to work.
The origins are clouded in mystery, some linking it to Catholic “Novena” or the early morning church services in the run up to Christmas. Others say it is a ritual that has its roots in African culture, brought to the islands by slaves from West Africa. Whatever the history, Nine Mornings is a wonderful expression of culture and community that is only found on St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Bequia – Things to Do
56. Tour the Island of Bequia – The Island of Bequia is the largest of the Grenadines islands, located 9 miles south of St Vincent, and measuring 7 square miles. The northern most island of the Grenadines, Bequia is home to over 6,000 people. The island is rugged with an abundance of harbors and bays and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It is unique in that Bequia is the only Eastern Caribbean island to have had a serious whaling tradition. Bequia also has a number of wonderful beaches to enjoy, good snorkeling, some of the best dive sites in the Grenadines. Annually, the island hosts the Bequia Music Festival and Bequia Easter Regatta.
57. Sunbathe at Princess Margaret Beach – One of Bequia’s most popular beaches, Princess Margaret beach with white powdery sand is a mostly uncrowded piece of paradise, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Located away from the shops and restaurant of Admiralty Bay is the beautiful and secluded Princess Margaret Beach. Named after Princess Margaret who once swam there, the beach is mainly accessible by water taxi.
Lower Bay Beach, Bequia is an extension of Princess Margaret Beach. Separated by a small headland area, Lower Bay Beach is a favorite of locals. A broad sweeping beach of white sand that extends over a mile to a small fishing village at the southern end makes Lower Bay an alluring beach for visitors and locals alike.
58. Hop Aboard the Grenadines Ferry Services – A daily ferry service operating between Kingstown, the larger Grenadines islands is the primary transportation for locals living in the Grenadines to get to and from the mainland St Vincent. There are three ferry service operators: Admiralty Transport, Jarden Sun Fast Ferry, and Bequia Express.
Admiralty Transport and Bequia Express operate between St Vincent and Bequia, costing about EC $45.00 (US $25.00) for a trip that takes about one hour. Jarden Sun Fast Ferry operates to Bequia as well as the southern Grenadines, with schedules from Kingstown to Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island. Fast Ferry takes about two hours from Kingstown to Union Island (including stops at Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau) and cost about EC $110.00 (US $40.00). These ferry services are a great way to travel and explore these magnificent islands of the Grenadines.
59. Visit Firefly Plantation Bequia – Visit the ruins of an historic 280-year-old sugar mill and explore a lush and tropical working plantation with orchards producing guava, mango, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, breadfruit, Bequia plums, and a variety of wonderful and exotic crops. Get to crush your own sugar cane to make juice, sample many of the fruits and vegetables in season and learn about coconuts, bananas and the uses of the various herbs and flowers you will see. Plantation Tours are EC$10 per person. Experience a fun guided Plantation Tour.
60. See the Turtles at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary – A local fisherman, Orton “Brother” King, constructed this sanctuary in an effort to preserve the hawksbill turtle. A former seaman, Brother King has dedicated his life to raising turtles from eggs deposited on nearby beaches. His goal is to increase the survival rate by feeding and protecting the young turtles through their most vulnerable time before safely releasing them. It’s worth visiting the sanctuary to hear this passionate man talk about saving endangered Hawksbill turtles.
61. Visit the Seaside Town of Port Elizabeth – This quiet seaside village is known for its fantastic scenery. Port Elizabeth, the main town and heart of Bequia, is not more than a little waterfront town where you can still stretch your hammock between coconut trees and watch sail boats gently rocking in the harbor, or spread your towel on the beach under an old almond tree and enjoy the quiet sound of the waves.
Along Front Street are clusters of small shops of all types. Here in “De Harbor”, as locals fondly refers to this seaside town, are grocery stores, fishing supplies, marine shops, model boat builders, travel agents, banks, vegetable market, bars and restaurants, boutiques and gift shops, as well as Government Offices and Hospital. The main dock comes alive with activity when ferries arrive from mainland St Vincent with their passengers and daily supplies.
62. Walk Along Belmont Walkway – Belmont Walkway, which runs along the water’s edge from Port Elizabeth on the western side of the bay, takes you to several delightful small hotels, apartments, gift shops, restaurants, bars and dive shops, all situated right by the shoreline. Belmont is a convenient location to stay as it is within easy access to restaurants, shops and beaches, and is the center of activity during the day and evenings.
63. Swim at Friendship Bay Beach – Friendship Bay Beach is a lovely semi-circle of white sand beach facing southeast, protected by a headland so that waves are seldom more than a foot high. The attractive view towards Mustique is enhanced by the tiny islets of Whale Cay, and Semple Island, with the somewhat larger Petit Nevis in the background. Two hotels are located on this bay so drinks and refreshments are nearby.
64. Snorkel at Industry Bay – Industry Bay is located just above Spring. Don’t be confused by the name as there is no heavy industry anywhere on the island. Industry has a nice beach and is wonderful for snorkeling. This scenic bay is a good snorkeling spot for beginners.
65. Go Diving at Devil’s Table – Located at the mouth of Admiralty Bay, Devil’s Table is a little reef off the north point of Admiralty bay with wonderful coral formations. This dive site is popular among both snorkelers and divers.
66. Watch Master Craftsmen Building Boat – Renowned for sailing and seafaring, Bequia is home to a small but proud boat building industry. You can watch men building their boats by hand in Admiralty Bay, a natural harbor and a favorite anchorage for yachtsmen from all over the world. The attractive region around Lower Bay has good opportunities for swimming and other water sports.
67. Enjoy Bequia Easter Regatta Boat Racing – The Bequia Regatta has been held annually for the last 30 years. It runs for five days during Easter from March 28th to April 1st. It combines local boat racing, yacht racing and shore activities coupled with Bequia hospitality. Several classes of yachts ranging from 12 feet to 28 feet in length and all capable of traveling at great speeds compete in the waters around Bequia. Participants from neighboring islands, including Martinique, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and Antigua, as well as from Europe and the USA all descend on Bequia to compete in this exciting sailing event.
68. Sail Aboard the Friendship Rose – This 96-foot two-mast wooden schooner was once the main transport between Kingstown and the Grenadine islands for over 30 years. The Bequia built inter-island schooner, based in Port Elizabeth, survived countless passages through the Bequia channel and numerous storms. Having been replaced by more modern, steel constructed ferries, Friendship Rose is now available for charters. Sailing on the Friendship Rose, driven along by quiet breezes, evokes images of a bygone era.
60. Enjoy Bequia Musical Festival – Bequia Music Fest is a yearly event happening in January on the Grenadine island of Bequia. Considered one of the best kept secret in the Caribbean, this 4-day event features many Caribbean and international musicians and stars. Hotel rooms, villas and apartments are generally filled to capacity for this much-anticipated event. Expect a big fleet of visiting yachts to grace Admiralty Bay, adding to the electric atmosphere, while hundreds of mainlanders traveled to Bequia to join in a fabulous weekend of entertainment.
70. Island hop Aboard the Octopus Yacht – Island hopping aboard a private yacht, from one idyllic island paradise to the next, is a fantastic way to soak-up the sunshine and sea spray of the Grenadines. This elegant, beautiful 63-foot Dynamique sailing yacht combines exceptional cruising and sailing performance with stylish and comfortable living aboard.
71. Visit Hamilton Fort – The remains of this 18th-century fort have a great view of Admiralty Bay. This is a good vantage point for overlooking the bay and is worth a visit. The road is steep, winding and sometimes not well maintained.
72. Explore the Natural Building at Moonhole – The “Moonhole” is a large natural arch on the western tip of Bequia. It derives its name from the fact that the moon can be seen through the arch at certain times of the month. The Johnston family began this fantasy in stone in the 1960’s, taking advantage of a natural rock arch to create the first of 20 eco-friendly rock dwellings where one can live in gorgeous “unplugged” paradise. These sculptured dwellings are built entirely of naturally materials, primarily stone, adapted to the contours of the land.
Some of the dwellings have been abandoned, while others remain occupied and still others are rented out to vacationers. None of the buildings’ rooms have windows or doors and, as such, are exposed to the elements. This is a nature lover’s paradise with a wide variety of indigenous creatures, including Green Turtles, Fruit Bats, Iguanas, and Tree Frogs, and some wild birds have been known to nest inside the houses at Moonhole. Tours of Moonhole can be arranged by the Bequia tourist office.
Canouan Island – Things to Do
73. <Visit Canouan Island – Canouan is only 1.25 miles by 3 miles, yet it is the 3rd largest island in the Grenadines. A large corral reef spans the eastern shores of the island creating a protective barrier from the Atlantic Ocean. The island is dominated by Canouan Resorts, which owns two hotels – Raffles Resort and Tamarind Beach Hotel – and includes a golf course and the Moorings Yacht Charter. With an airport that can accommodate small jet planes, Canouan attracts wealthy jetsetters from Europe and North America.
74. Play Golf at The Grenadines Estate Golf Club – The only golf course in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Grenadines Estate Golf Club on Canouan touts an unforgettable course. The back nine climbs up to the second highest point on island at the thirteenth tee, providing jaw-dropping views of the rest of the island. Golf enthusiasts can’t help falling in love with St. Vincent & The Grenadines’ gorgeous fairways. For stunning scenery, take your irons to the wind-protected championship Grenadines Estate Golf Club on Canouan. This challenging 18-hole course boasts awe-inspiring cliff-side views from Mount Royal.
75. Sail with the Moorings Yacht Charter – The Moorings yacht charter has a base in Canouan. With over 40 years of experience in the Caribbean and elsewhere, the Moorings is an international company offering the best in charter operations for the serious sailor. The Moorings has the largest fleet in the charter industry, with a collection of custom yachts to suit every taste – from sleek monohulls to spacious catamarans.
76. Go Swimming at Grand Bay Beach – Canouan’s hub is Grand Bay, an appropriately named mile-long stretch of white sand beach fronting the island’s main settlement, Charlestown, where you can find the ferry dock, Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club and lovely beaches, as well as the Moorings Yacht Charter. The south end of the island is Glossy Bay (nicknamed CBH for the old Canouan Beach Hotel), where waves bob gently and children play in the steep rake of sand. This is the place to be to enjoy a truly spectacular Grenadines sunset.
Union Island – Things to Do
77. Visit Union Island – Union Island is the southernmost island of the St Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago. The island is approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile wide and has an abundance of deserted, white sandy beaches. The two bustling villages of Clifton and Ashton offer sailing tours and other water activities from where day-charter yachts depart.
78. Swim up to the Bar at Happy Island – Made of discarded conch shells, this man-made island is the creation of Janti Ramage. Mr. Ramage collected discarded conch shells in Clifton Harbor and built an island on a shallow part of the reef. He was given a few palms from nearby Palm Island and opened a bar where visiting boat people can watch the sunset with a rum punch in hand. He decided to call the place Happy Island.
79. Discover Chatham Bay, Union Island – Chatham Bay is located in on the lee side (west side) of the island in a magnificent and expansive bay with a long beautiful white sand beach backed by steep hills covered in verdant vegetation. It feels far away from civilization and offers peace and seclusion for visiting sailboats in pristine and clear waters.
80. Snorkel at Big Sand Beach, Union Island – Big Sand, a white sandy beach at Richmond Bay, has nice views of Mayreau and the Tobago Cays, a few cows lazing in the bush and pelicans feeding just offshore. Located on the north shore of the island and a short drive from Clifton, this crescent shaped white sand beach is protected by an offshore reef. Great for swimming and snorkeling.
81. Climb Mount Parnassus, Union Island – Head to Mount Parnassus on Union Island, which soars 900 feet (275m) from the sea, guarding the entrance to the southern Grenadines. The 2,100 acres (850-hectare) mountainous island is fringed by superb beaches and is the stopping-off point for yachtsmen and visitors sailing to some of the smaller Grenadines. Clifton Harbor, the main town, is small and commercial.
Mustique – Things to Do
82. Visit Mustique with Royals and Pop Stars – A legendarily, secluded getaway for the rich and famous, Mustique is truly the gem of the Caribbean. Located in the southern Grenadines, Mustique is where royals, pop stars, and the international jet set vacation on one of the world’s finest private island retreat.
83. Enjoy Drinks at the Legendary Basil’s Bar in Mustique – Perched on stilts over the Caribbean Sea, Basil’s Bar is world famous for hosting Royals and wonderful times for people from many countries. Basil’s Bar is legendary for parties, as everyone is welcome. Sailors can be seen partying with business moguls, high fashion models, gardeners, rock stars and schoolteachers. In 1995, Basil began hosting an annual Mustique Blues Festival, after inspired by London blues singer Dana Gillespie while visiting Mustique. The Blues Festival generally runs for two weeks, starting in late January.
84. Listen to Blues at Mustique Blues Festival – This is one of those event you just have to experience first-hand. The Mustique’s annual Blues Festival is considered a premier music event in the Caribbean. For more than 15 years, the Mustique Blues Festival has featured some of the world’s best Blues musicians while providing funding for the Basil Charles Educational Foundation that benefits student of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The festival was started by Basil Charles, the unofficial mayor of Mustique, and by Dana Gillespie. The festival is held at Basil’s Bar, one of the most famous beach bars in the Caribbean, known as much for its celebrity clientele as its idyllic locale on this posh Grenadine island of Mustique. The Festival includes a sunset concert on a Sunday night and features a week of performances from artists like Dana Gillespie and the London Blues Band. The Mustique Blues Festival typically begins the last week of January.
85. Snorkel at Lagoon Beach in Mustique – Breathtaking, this beach has lake-like waves – completely calm. With the calm seas and shallow waters, Lagoon beach is prefect for picnicking, relaxing or just getting off a yacht and enjoying the sea breeze of the quite and peaceful atmosphere.
86. Surf at Macaroni Beach in Mustique – A Mustique beach that is popular with tourists seeking good swimming and snorkeling. This isolated strip of sand along the island’s eastern shoreline makes an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and surfers.
87. Stay at the Cotton House Beach in Mustique – A beach that lies in front of the Cotton House plantation that is popular for nearly every imaginable water activity. A seventeen-bedroom boutique hotel, Cotton House is set amongst thirteen expansive acres of tropical gardens leading down to Endeavor Bay.
88. Relax at the Breath-taking Lagoon Beach in Mustique – This beach is breathtaking, a beach for the Gods. This beach has lake-like waves. The crystal clear turquoise water is calm and tranquil and is a real treat to swim in. It helps that you’re generally the only person on the beach which evokes that feeling of being in your very own tropical island.
89. Snorkel and Swim at Britannia Bay – Located on the western coast of Mustique, this beautiful bay is great for snorkeling and swimming. Surrounded by coral reefs, the white-sand beaches and idyllic coves of the tiny island, which occupies just one square mile, make a natural paradise that remains completely un-spoilt to this day. Take the opportunity to explore the interior of Mustique by hiking through the island.
Mayreau – Things to Do
90. Visit Mayreau in the Grenadines – Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with an area of about 1.5 sq. miles and a population of about 300. With the exception of a few acres in the northern tip, Mayreau remains in the hands of heirs of the original French plantation owners. Visitors enjoy these natural surroundings in one of the prettiest locations in the Grenadines—and a rather unique spot where the calm Caribbean sea is separated from the Atlantic surf by only a narrow strip of beach. It’s a favorite anchorage for boaters to shelter in Saltwhistle Bay.
91. Go Swimming at Salt Whistle Bay – This pristine tropical bay and its beach are protected from rough waters by a small piece of land that extends out into the sea. Salt Whistle Bay includes the entire northern tip of Mayreau with two beaches – the leeward and the windward – the latter facing the easterly trade winds has some of the best conditions for windsurfers and kite boarder.
92. Visit Myreau Church – This Church sits at the top of the mountain on Mayreau. It is much worth the climb, a few hundred feet in elevation. The church itself is quaint and warm, but the real attraction is the famous panoramic view of the Tobago Cays and neighboring islands.
93. Dive the Puruni Wreck, Mayreau – This 140 foot-long English patrol vessel, which ran aground on a reef and sank in 1918, serves as an excellent spot for divers to see all sorts of tropical marine life, including sharks. The wreck lies in about 40 feet of waters.
Grenadines – Things to Do
94. Swim and Snorkel Tobago Cays Marine Park in Grenadines – A collection of five uninhabited islands in the southern section of the Grenadines that offer some of the best beaches for swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean. Many consider the Tobago Cays an unspoiled natural wonder of the Caribbean. The five islands of Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac, and Jamesby, were established as a preserve to protect the natural beauty and to allow visitors to experience some of the best snorkeling in the world.
95. Snorkel Horseshoe Reef, Tobago Cays – This colorful shallow reef stretches for 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) along the Tobago Cays and is great for snorkeling. The water is a kaleidoscope of colors. Vivid turquoise waters give way to browns and yellows across the reef, contrasting with the indigo of deep water on the outside of the reef.
96. Salt Rock, Grenadines – Located just off the Tobago Cays, Salt Rock is the peak of an underwater mountain that barely protrudes from the ocean and is a good location to view coral and deep-water marine life.
97. Stay at Palm Island Resort, Grenadines – Palm Island is located near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This 135-acre island is home to Palm Island Resort, an eco-friendly, green certified island with a dash of sophistication. The luxury, all-inclusive, resort offers a range of amenities, activities, dining options and accommodations. The island is surrounded by an abundant sea life, coral reefs and unique shipwrecks, perfect for recreational sailors and divers.
98. Visit this Gem of Mopion Island, Grenadines – About 60 feet long by 20 wide, Mopion is located a couple of miles off Petit St Vincent in the Grenadines. What a beautiful little gem, something out of a Gilligan’s Island. When sailing in the area, it is a must-go-see. You need a dinghy to get in and, preferably, someone in the bow to direct you away from the coral heads.
99. Petit St Vincent, Grenadines – As the name suggests, this island is small and occupies only 115 acres of soft rolling hills, sandy white beaches and lush tropical flora. Located in the southern tip of the Grenadines, this small island is a popular resort destination, similar to its nearby counterpart, Palm Island. This lush 115-acre tropical island with just 22 spacious one-bedroom cottages and two-bedroom beach villas has gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea. Called one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways, Petit St. Vincent offers an unparalleled vacation for people who seek privacy amid natural beauty.
100. Petit Tabac, Grenadines – Located to the windward of the Tobago Cays, Petit Tabac is a little island with a small sand beach. This pretty little island was a location used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Specifically, it was the island that Capt. Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth ended up on when forced to walk the plank. It can be reached by dinghy from the Cays but, beyond this bit of movie trivia, there is little of interest on arrival. Sometimes used by divers and local fishermen as a fishing camp.