St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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  • 1. Botanic Gardens

    Garden

    One of the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere is just north of downtown Kingstown—a few minutes by taxi. The garden was created in 1765 by General Robert Melville, governor of the British Caribbean islands, after Captain Bligh—of Bounty fame—brought the first breadfruit tree to this island for landowners to propagate. The prolific bounty of the breadfruit trees was used to feed the slaves. You can see a direct descendant of the original tree among the specimen mahogany, rubber, teak, and other tropical trees and shrubs in the 20 acres of gardens. Two dozen rare St. Vincent parrots (Amazona guildingii), confiscated from illegal collections, live in the small aviary. Guides explain all the medicinal and ornamental trees and shrubs; they also appreciate a tip (about $5 per person) at the end of the tour. A gift shop, open Monday through Friday, has local crafts, artwork, books, confections, and a traditional creole lunch menu.

    Off Leeward Hwy., northeast of town, Montrose, St. Vincent, VC0130, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    784-453–1623

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 2. Botanical Gardens

    One of the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere is just north of downtown Kingstown, a few minutes by taxi. The garden was created in 1765 by General Robert Melville, governor of the British Caribbean islands, after Captain Bligh—of HMS Bounty fame—brought the first breadfruit tree to this island for landowners to propagate. The prolific bounty of the breadfruit trees was used to feed the enslaved workers. You can see a direct descendant of the original tree among the specimens of mahogany, rubber, teak, and other tropical trees and shrubs across 20 acres of gardens. Two dozen rare St. Vincent parrots (Amazona guildingii), confiscated from illegal collections, live in the small aviary. Guides explain all the medicinal and ornamental trees and shrubs. A gift shop (open weekdays) has local crafts, artwork, books, confections, and a traditional creole lunch menu.

    Off Leeward Hwy., Kingstown, St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    784-493–5824

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    Rate Includes: $2, guided tour $4
  • 3. Endeavour Bay Beach

    On the northwestern tip of Mustique, this is the main beach used by Cotton House guests. Swimming and snorkeling are ideal, and a dive shop with water-sports equipment rental is available on-site. The resort's Beach Café restaurant and bar are convenient for lunch or snacks. Amenities: food and drink; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 4. Friendship Bay Beach

    This spectacular horseshoe-shape, mile-long (1½-km-long) beach on Bequia's mid-southern coast can be reached by land taxi or by boat. Refreshments are available at Bequia Beach Hotel's Bagatelle grill. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking.

    Friendship, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 5. Ft. Charlotte

    Started by the French in 1786 and completed by the British in 1806, the fort was ultimately named for Britain's Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. It sits on Berkshire Hill, a dramatic promontory 2 miles (3 km) north of Kingstown and 636 feet above sea level, affording a stunning view of the capital city and the Grenadines. Interestingly, its cannons face inland, as the fear of attack—by the French and their Carib allies—from the ridges above Kingstown was far greater than any threat approaching from the sea. In any case, the fort saw no action. Nowadays, it serves as a signal station for ships; the ancient cells house historical paintings of the island by Lindsay Prescott.

    Berkshire Hill, off Edinboro Rd., Kingstown, St. Vincent, VC0130, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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  • 6. Lower Bay Beach

    This broad, palm-fringed beach on the southern shore of Admiralty Bay, south of Port Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Beach, is reachable by land or water taxi or a healthy hike from town. It's an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling. Refreshments are available at La Plage or De Reef Bar & Restaurant, both right on the beach. Amenities: food and drink; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

    Lower Bay, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 7. Macaroni Beach

    On the eastern coast, Mustique's most famous stretch of fine white sand offers swimming (no lifeguards) in moderate surf that's several shades of blue, along with a few palm huts and picnic tables in a shady grove of trees. Amenities: parking. Best for: swimming.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 8. Montreal Gardens

    Welsh-born landscape designer Timothy Vaughn renovated 7½ acres of neglected commercial flower beds and a falling-down plantation house into a stunning, yet informal, garden spot. Anthurium, ginger lilies, bird-of-paradises, and other tropical flowers are planted in raised beds; tree ferns create a canopy of shade along the walkways. The gardens are in the shadow of majestic Grand Bonhomme Mountain, deep in the Mesopotamia Valley, about 12 miles (19 km) from Kingstown.

    Richland Park-Montreal Rd., Mesopotamia, St. Vincent, VC0262, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    784-458–1198

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    Rate Includes: $5, Closed weekends
  • 9. Princess Margaret Beach

    Quiet and wide with a natural stone arch at one end, the beach is not far from Port Elizabeth's Belmont Walkway—but you still need to take a water or land taxi to get here. When you tire of the water, snoozing under the palm and seagrapes is always an option. Plan to have lunch at Jack's Beach Bar. Amenities: food and drink; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking.

    Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 10. Rawacou Recreation Park

    At Rawacou Bay, close to Argyle International Airport, two stunning black-sand, high-surf beaches are separated by a rocky headland with a trail down to a man-made lagoon—a swimming pool created by placing huge boulders in the sea to prevent the high surf from smashing against the shore. The water by the beaches isn't safe for swimming, but the lagoon pool is; however, be cautious when the surrounding water is particularly rough. The beautiful grounds of Rawacou Recreation Park, shaded by coconut and sea grape trees, include a performance venue, a volleyball court, and vendor huts. The park is a popular site for picnics, weekend parties, and special events. Amenities: food and drink; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; swimming; walking.

    Argyle, St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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    Rate Includes: $2
  • 11. Salt Whistle Bay Beach

    This beach at the northwestern tip of Mayreau takes top honors—it's an exquisite, 2½-mile-long (4-km-long) crescent of powdery white sand shaded by perfectly spaced palms, sea grape trees, and flowering bushes. It's a popular anchorage for the yachting crowd, as well as for day trips en route to or from the Tobago Cays. Amenities: none. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

    Salt Whistle Bay, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 12. Admiralty Bay

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This huge sheltered bay on the leeward side of Bequia is a favorite yacht anchorage. Year-round it's filled with boats; in season, they're moored transom to bowsprit. It's the perfect spot for watching the sun dip over the horizon each evening—either from your boat or from the terrace bar at one of Port Elizabeth's waterfront hotels or restaurants.

    Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 13. Admiralty Bay

    This huge sheltered bay on the leeward side of Bequia is a favorite yacht anchorage. Year-round, it's filled with boats; in season, they're moored transom to bowsprit. It's the perfect spot for watching the sun dip over the horizon each evening—either from your boat or from the terrace bar at one of Port Elizabeth's waterfront hotels or restaurants.

    Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 14. Barrouallie

    Once an important whaling village, Barrouallie (bar-relly) today is home to fishermen earning their livelihoods trawling for blackfish, which are actually small pilot whales. The one-hour drive north from Kingstown on the Leeward Highway takes you along ridges that drop to the sea, through small villages and green valleys, and beside quiet bays with black-sand beaches and safe bathing.

    Barrouallie, St. Vincent, VC0350, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 15. Big Sand Beach

    Union has relatively few good beaches, but this one on Richmond Bay—on the island's northern shore and a five-minute drive from Clifton—is a pretty crescent of powdery white sand, protected by reefs, with distant views of Mayreau and the Tobago Cays. David's Beach Hotel faces the beach, as does Sparrow's Beach Club, where you can get refreshments and use the sun loungers. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling; solitude; swimming.

    Belmont Bay, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 16. Big Sands Beach

    Beach

    Union has relatively few good beaches, but this one on Richmond Bay—on the island's northern shore and a five-minute drive from Clifton—is a pretty crescent of powdery white sand, protected by reefs, with lovely views of Mayreau and the Tobago Cays. Amenities: none. Best for: snorkeling; solitude; swimming.

    Richmond Bay, , Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 17. Black Point Heritage and Recreational Park

    In 1815, under the supervision of British Colonel Thomas Browne, Carib and African slaves drilled a 360-foot tunnel through solid volcanic rock—an engineering marvel at the time—to facilitate the transportation of sugar from estates in the north to the port in Kingstown. Today, Black Point Tunnel (also known as Jasper Rock Tunnel) is the centerpiece of Black Point Historic and Recreation Park, which also has an interpretation center, children's playground, and bathrooms. The tunnel, just off beautiful (black-sand) Black Point Beach between Georgetown and Colonarie (pronounced con-a-ree), links Grand Sable with Byrea Bay. The park—a film location for the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl—is about an hour's drive from Kingstown and is open daily, 7 am to 5:30 pm. Swimming at Black Point Beach is unsafe due to high surf and strong ocean currents.

    Windward Hwy., Black Point, St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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    Rate Includes: $2
  • 18. Britannia Bay Beach

    Beach

    This beach on Mustique's western coast is right next to the Brittania Bay jetty, and Basil's Bar is convenient for lunch. Firefly Mustique, on a steep hillside overlooking Britannia Bay, has steps leading down to the beach. Amenities: food and drink; toilets. Best for: swimming.

    , Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 19. Britannia Bay Beach

    This beach on Mustique's western coast is right next to the Brittania Bay jetty, and Basil's Bar is convenient for lunch. Firefly Mustique, on a steep hillside overlooking Britannia Bay, has steps leading down to the southern section of the beach. Amenities: food and drink; toilets. Best for: swimming.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 20. Chatham Bay Beach

    The desolate golden-sand beach at Chatham Bay, on the leeward side of Union Island, offers good snorkeling due to a coral ledge just offshore—but that same coral ledge makes it less good for general swimming. Access is by boat or a 30-minute walk along a rather steep forest trail. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; snorkeling.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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