photo credit: Jonathan Palmer
St. Vincent (or the ‘mainland’) is approximately 21 miles long and 11 miles wide, and offers some of the finest natural beauty to be found anywhere in the Eastern Caribbean – it’s an eco-tourist’s paradise. Its rich heritage, vibrant culture and rugged beauty make it an unforgettable destination.
In the north is the semi-active 4,048 foot volcano, La Soufriere, which more energetic visitors can hike and enjoy unparalleled views. The less adventurous may choose to visit the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere, on the outskirts of the capital, Kingstown.
The lush volcanic soil is perfect for agriculture and St. Vincent produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables which supply many other nearby islands. In the beautiful Mesopotamia Valley, you’ll find picturesque terraced farms and banana plantations. If you’re wondering how to cool off on a hot day, you can visit one of the many waterfalls and take a cool refreshing dip.
The charming capital, Kingstown has a great market, a variety of stores and numerous restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. On the south coast, you’ll find many small, friendly hotels and also popular yacht harbours at Young Island and Blue Lagoon. St. Vincent has become one of the major yachting centres in the region and being just a stone’s throw from Bequia, northernmost of the Grenadines, it’s the ideal place from which to start your cruise.
For additional destination information, please see the online e-book: Ins & Outs of SVG