Things to see & do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Our top St. Vincent & The Grenadines activities
The Tobago Cays is a National Marine Park that sits off the east coast of Mayreau. There are a collection of beautiful deserted islands protected by a horseshoe reef and surrounded by other reefs and shoals. The beaches are pristine and the waters inside the lagoon calm and crystalline.
Snorkelling here is some of the best in the Caribbean and visitors have the unusual privilege of swimming near turtles that are protected by park wardens and use the reef as a nesting and feeding site.
There are so many beaches throughout these islands that it is difficult to select just a few. St. Vincent's are mainly black sand made from the endless pounding of waves on volcanic rock. They are beautiful in their own right. The ones on the Leeward coast tend to be better for swimming as the seas are often calmer. Mount Wayne, with its quiet waters, is a local's picnicking favourite.
In the Grenadines the sand is pure white. Some are tiny coves accessible only by boat or on foot, others are long stretches of pristine sand, some are popular others deserted. Just a few to mention are the small cove at Hope Bay and the locals' hang-out, Lower Bay. Saltwhistle bay on Mayreau is a perfect moon-shaped beach fringed with palm trees, while Richmond Bay on Union Island is very shallow and perfect for children or poor swimmers.
Vermont Nature Trail, St. Vincent
On the Leeward coast of St Vincent, at the end of the Buccament Valley is the Vermont Nature Trail. It is a well maintained looped track that crosses a river and winds up through the rainforest.
Near the summit there is a viewing point where the national bird, the St. Vincent parrot can often be seen. It is also a haven for other bird life, with over 35 different species having been spotted in the area.
There is the chance that you might also spot iguana and armadillo, while flora lovers will be spoilt by sightings of over 250 species of plants.
La Soufriere, St. Vincent
Crowning St. Vincent is La Soufriere Volcano. There is a three mile hiking trail to the summit at 1200 meters. It can take at least two and a half hours to reach this point and the trail winds through bamboo groves, rainforest and across old lava flows.
The volcano is still active; it last erupted in 1979 and is one of the most scientifically studied volcanoes in the world.
The very adventurous can arrange tours that allow them to descend from the rim down into the crater to take a mineral mud bath.
Waterfalls, St. Vincent
The high mountains of St. Vincent create a micro-climate that attracts more rain at altitude than on the coast. This means that the interior of the island is interlaced with streams and rivers that rush the short but steep distance to the sea.
At several places, waterfalls can be reached on foot or by boat and they are a wonderful sight as well as somewhere to relax in the swirling waters of a natural plunge pool.
Black Point Tunnel, St. Vincent
Black Point Tunnel is a high arch cut through solid rock. Slaves carved out the 113 meter long tunnel in 1815. It was built on the orders of the British colonial rulers to provide link from the north of the windward coast to allow sugar and other goods to be loaded onto ships for transportation to Europe.
Owia Salt Pond, St. Vincent
Owia Salt Pond is a huge natural rock pool filled with shallow water warmed by the tropical sun.
Each high tide the waters of the Atlantic crash over the protective barrier of volcanic rocks to flush the pool and then retreat once more. Sitting in its warm waters, looking out to sea, listening to the waves pounding the rock on the other side of the natural barrier is a pure childlike pleasure that young and old will love.
Botanical gardens, St. Vincent
There are two stunning botanical gardens in St Vincent, the National Botanical Gardens in Kingstown and Montreal Gardens high up in the mountains of Mesopotamia.
The National Botanical Gardens is also historically significant as it was the first ever founded in the western hemisphere. It includes a breadfruit tree descended from one brought to the islands by Captain Bligh after he survived the mutiny on HMS Bounty.
Friendship Rose, Bequia
Go for a sail on the last remaining Bequia schooner. Hand built in Friendship Bay more than 40 years ago and still captained by Calvin Lewis, one of the three brothers that built her. She is still sailed by hand too, through waters that she plied for years as the mail boat, cargo ship and passenger ferry for Bequia.
Day trips run to the Tobago Cays and Mustique and include food, drinks and snorkelling. You'll find the Friendship Rose moored in Admiralty Bay.
Model boat builders, Bequia
Visit model boat workshops to watch craftsmen build detailed replicas of Bequia's boats. These miniature wooden boats aren't toys but works of art that can take the highly skilled craftsmen several months to build.
Most of the models are of traditional double-ended dinghies, whale boats and schooners, but some craftsmen will also take commissions to build replicas of any boat from photos or plans. There are several workshops on Bequia but the oldest is owned by the Sargeant brothers, in Hamilton.