Days in St. Vincent & The Grenadines consist of lazing along white-sand beaches, exploring coral reefs, and day-tripping to the Grenadines’ rural islands and cays. As the island celebrates 36 years of Independence, the National Weekly explores the sunny island and what it has to offer to locals and tourists.
Not the first thing you would think of when you hear the word “macaroni”, however Macaroni Beach is just as pleasurable as would be any macaroni and cheese dish.This isolated strip of sand along the island’s eastern shoreline makes an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and surfers.
St. Vincent doesn’t hold the renowned title of “Critter Capital of the Caribbean” for nothing. Diving is one of the activities for which this island is well known. The sea grass and boulders of Critter Corner—which hugs Indian Bay Beach’s sugary sands located to the south of Kingstown—are home to a wide variety of fish which makes it the perfect spot to go scuba diving and snorkeling.
Pirates of the Caribbean fans looking to retrace Captain Jack Sparrow’s footsteps from the opening scenes of “The Curse of the Black Pearl” should head straight to Wallilabou Bay. Leftover film sets preside over Waillilabou Bay today, allowing visitors to explore the filming location of the first part of the series. Once you’ve snapped pictures of the sites’ cannons and docks, you can sunbathe, swim, or grab some grub at the Wallilaou Anchorage, a popular hotel and restaurant located on the bay.
Located in the mountains above the Mesopotamia Valley, lies this estate blessed with the volcanic fertile soil and frequent rainfall. There you will find an array of exotic flowers, spices and plants interspersed with green foliage in an environment which is cool, misty and quiet. The gardens are opened to the public during the weekdays from 9 – 5 pm between the months of December and August.
La Soufriere is a massive active volcano that takes up the northern third of the island of St. Vincent. The volcano, which name comes from the french word soufre, which means sulphur, rises majestically over 4000 feet and last erupted in April 1979. A guided tour to La Soufriere volcano is a rigorous, uphill hike which takes you along the picturesque windward coast of the island to the crater, which can then continue down the west coast (along the Leeward side) terminating in the valley of Chateaubelair.