11 Reasons to visit St Vincent

Find out more about this beautfiul chain of Caribbean islands

St Vincent really is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. With direct flights from America only opening a few months ago, tourism has been limted to ths idyclic island chain. Inspired by a recent atricle in Canada’s Readers Digest we look 11 reasons to pick SVG.
 
A chain of 32 islands—each with their own unique flavour—boasting clear skies, brilliant blue water and friendly faces. Here, you can relax the day away in a seaside hammock, or challenge yourself with outdoor activities, and, unlike so much of the Caribbean, you can do it all in relative peace and quiet, as it’s largely unspoiled by tourism.
 
Welcome to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
St. Vincent Botanical Gardens
Kingstown is a picturesque capital city located at the south end of the big island of St. Vincent, not far from the airport. While you’re there, stroll through the lush St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, the second oldest such gardens in Western hemisphere. Since the mid 1700s, rare species of plants have been cultivated here, originally to provide medical herbs for the military forces stationed on the island. Be sure to meet the pretty multi-coloured St. Vincent Amazon parrots at the Nicholas Wildlife Aviary, located in the gardens. They’re considered a vulnerable species, and although rare, are hard to miss on account of their brilliant plumage. Don’t miss these other great tropical destinations for birdwatchers.
 
Soufrière volcano
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on the rugged La Soufrière Cross Country Trail, which winds across St. Vincent for 15 kilometres. One of the highlights of the trail is the hike up the Soufrière volcano at the north end of the island, which last erupted in 1979. You’ll need a local guide for the punishing 6 kilometre trek (approximately two hours) from the Rabacca trailhead near Georgetown to the top of the volcano, but it’s well worth it for the breathtaking views of the island.
 
Mandarin Oriental Canouan
If you’ve got champagne wishes and caviar dreams—and have the cash to back them up—then the Mandarin Oriental is for you. Set on five square miles of a pink sand paradise, the 1,200-acre gated resort delivers unabashed luxury. After working up a sweat hiking, biking, golfing or playing tennis, have your butler book you a massage at the treatment spa overlooking the sea. Then again, you could just soak those aching muscles in your massive bathtub with a view, watching the clouds go by from the comfort of your room.

Wallilabou Anchorage
If you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series then a visit to Wallilabou Anchorage—where several scenes from the films were shot—is a must. You can slip into pirate costume in the museum or simply take a stroll around the beautiful natural setting. Although most of the original sets were sadly destroyed in a storm, they’re in the process of being restored so you can follow in the (stumbling) footsteps of Jack Sparrow himself.

Fort Charlotte
A short drive from Kingstown you’ll find Fort Charlotte, named after the wife of King George III, under whose rule the fort was completed in 1806. Built to defend against both French attacks and potential slave rebellions, the guns of the fort faced both out to sea and inwards towards the land. Although it housed as many as 600 troops at that time, the fort later saw use as a poorhouse, leper colony, prison and mental hospital. Standing an impressive 600 feet above sea level, it overlooks the capital’s harbour and provides stunning views of the surrounding area.

Botanical Gardens
Kingstown is a picturesque capital city located at the south end of the big island of St. Vincent, not far from the airport. While you’re there, stroll through the lush St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, the second oldest such gardens in Western hemisphere. Since the mid 1700s, rare species of plants have been cultivated here, originally to provide medical herbs for the military forces stationed on the island. Be sure to meet the pretty multi-coloured St. Vincent Amazon parrots at the Nicholas Wildlife Aviary, located in the gardens. They’re considered a vulnerable species, and although rare, are hard to miss on account of their brilliant plumage. Don’t miss these other great tropical destinations for birdwatchers.

Soufrière volcano
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on the rugged La Soufrière Cross Country Trail, which winds across St. Vincent for 15 kilometres. One of the highlights of the trail is the hike up the Soufrière volcano at the north end of the island, which last erupted in 1979. You’ll need a local guide for the punishing 6 kilometre trek (approximately two hours) from the Rabacca trailhead near Georgetown to the top of the volcano, but it’s well worth it for the breathtaking views of the island.
 
Fort Charlotte
A short drive from Kingstown you’ll find Fort Charlotte, named after the wife of King George III, under whose rule the fort was completed in 1806. Built to defend against both French attacks and potential slave rebellions, the guns of the fort faced both out to sea and inwards towards the land. Although it housed as many as 600 troops at that time, the fort later saw use as a poorhouse, leper colony, prison and mental hospital. Standing an impressive 600 feet above sea level, it overlooks the capital’s harbour and provides stunning views of the surrounding area.
 
Wallilabou Anchorage
If you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series then a visit to Wallilabou Anchorage—where several scenes from the films were shot—is a must. You can slip into pirate costume in the museum or simply take a stroll around the beautiful natural setting. Although most of the original sets were sadly destroyed in a storm, they’re in the process of being restored so you can follow in the (stumbling) footsteps of Jack Sparrow himself.
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