Take time to explore St. Vincent, it is a surprisingly beautiful island with some dramatic scenery – both coastal and interior. You will no doubt discover why the Caribs named it ‘’Hairoun’’ which means Home of The Blessed. Sam’s Taxi and HazECO Tours both offer first class guided tours of the island.
From St. Vincent, Bequia and the Southern Grenadine islands can now be easily reached by ferry. The Jaden Sun is the new fast ferry which now provides a comfortable, fast and inexpensive way to see some of the other islands while visiting St. Vincent. Occasionally, during ferry crossings, a school of dolphin will leap and twirl to the delight of passengers. Six types of dolphins are found in Vincentian waters, including Spinner, Spotted, Fraser and Bottlenose. Whales, such as Orcas and Pilot, can also be observed. For those interested in a day of dolphin and whale watching, outings can be arranged through several operators, including Hal Daize of Sea Breeze Nature Tours and Earl and Kim Halbich of Fantasea Tours who also offer coastal cruises and day trips to the Grenadine islands.
Sea Breeze Nature Tours offers any of their tours with any combination, just ask for Hal or Beverley. They are located in Arnos Vales, in St. Vincent. They can be reached at Tel: (784) 458-4969; Mobile: (784) 492-4139. For bookings, cancelations and general information: email@example.com
Fantasea Tours offers 8 Sea Tours and 5 Island Tours and arrange private charters that will meet your every need (just ask for Earl or Kim Halbich). They are located at Villa Beach, in Kingstown (St. Vincent) and can be reached at Tel: (784) 457-4477; After Hours: (784) 457-5555; Fax: (784) 457-5577. For bookings, cancelations and general information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Botanical Gardens
Owia Salt Pound
The Owia Salt Pound is located on the northeastern coast of St. Vincent close to the Carib village of Owia. The two-hour drive runs along the scenic coastline. This unusual gift of nature consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges. The pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash into this barrier and then gently cascade into the pool. Surrounded by mountains and the thunderous surf, the area is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming, and snorkeling (beware of the numerous sea urchins). Facilities here include gazebos, bar, shower and washrooms, children’s play area, craft center, and fire pits.
La Soufrière Cross Country Trail
La Soufrière shares with Mount St. Helen (USA) the fame of being one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. It rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour to La Soufrière takes you along the picturesque windward (eastern) coast, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. You travel along steep volcanic ridges verdant with bamboo and tropical trees. This is a day’s journey for energetic hikers who should leave early in the morning, as the ascent to the crater is about 3.5 miles long. The exp ion can continue down the west side trail and terminate 10 to 12 miles later in Chateaubelair on the leeward (west) side. There are gazebos, washrooms, a site office, and parking at Bamboo Range on the eastern side of the volcano.
Vermont Nature Trail
The Vermont Nature Trail starts near the top of Buccament Valley and leads through tropical rainforest. There is a chance of seeing or hearing the St. Vincent Parrot and the Whistling Warbler, both unique to St. Vincent and strictly protected nationally and internationally. This is the habitat for the House Wren, the common Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush, the Crested Hummingbird; Red capped Green Tanager, Green Heron and several other interesting species.
Cumberland Nature Trail
The Cumberland Nature Trail passes through the Cumberland Valley, traversing a variety of forest vegetation and farmlands. At the initial section, the trail runs next to a wooden water pipe that transports water to a hydro-electricity power plant located in the Cumberland Valley. Its biggest attractions are, however, the rainforest and the opportunity for bird and other wildlife watching. Facilities here include a lookout, washrooms, ticket booth and shelter at the exit.
Cumberland Beach & Recreational Park
Lying about 8 miles south of the northern tip of St. Vincent is the beautiful Cumberland Beach and Recreational Park. It provides a protected anchorage with a view of palm-lined slopes up the valley towards Morne Garu Central Mountain. There is a restaurant ashore which offers local dishes and freshly caught lobsters. Facilities on the other side of the river’s mouth include a lighted jetty, a restaurant and office, washrooms, laundry area, showers, vending kiosks, a site worker during the day and a security guard during the night.
Youroumei Heritage Village
The Youroumei Heritage Village is located close to the windward (eastern) main road. It is made up of a complex of historical buildings at Orange Hill Estate. The building converted into a museum is called Old Sugar Mill. It is a one-storey structure with approximately 2,640 sq. Ft./245 sq. Meters of floor space.
Roman Catholic Cathedral
The original Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Vincent was built in 1823, enlarged in 1877 and 1891, and then renovated in the early 1940s by Dom Charles Verbeke. There are several styles of architecture involved, the dominant being Romanesque. The interior of the cathedral is richly ornamented.
St. George’s Anglican Cathedral
Architects Buisseret and Clarke, speaking of St. George Cathedral, said: ‘’The nave and at least the lower stages of the tower date from 1820 and the galleried interior is a charming example of late Georgian architecture.” These are some beautiful stained glass windows, three on the east, by well-known English stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe and a large one on the south made of Munich glass.
The Cathedral of the Assumption
The Cathedral of the Assumption, built in 1823, is an extraordinary structure and gothic in style. It displays a unique combination of architectural styles such as Moorish, Romanesque, and Georgian. This mixture of architectural designs is attributed to various expansion and renovation works which occurred during the late 1800s and early 1940s.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines has 32 beautiful islands, and hundreds of pristine scuba diving and snorkeling sites to explore. Each island has something different to offer with unique and diverse marine life, stunning topography and untouched coral reefs. The perfect Caribbean destination for experienced divers, underwater photographers, or beginners wishing to become certified. Throughout the islands, experience safe and professional dive resorts are there to make your vacation one to remember. A myriad of underwater species exists side-by-side in this diverse collection of Caribbean islands. Long snout seahorses sway gently on the coral, schools of blue Creole wrasse and yellow-stripped French grunts swarm across the reef. Peer inside a recess to find shy lobsters, pertinent crabs and fearless shrimp defending their territory. Barracuda stare as curious divers swim past searching the seabed for rare critters and beautifully sculpted crustaceans. Flounders and stingrays bury themselves in white sand, hoping they aren’t noticed by the eagle eyes of the dive guides. Sleepy nurse sharks retire beneath dramatic boulder corals and the tiniest of pygmy filefish quiver amongst the camouflage of soft corals. Incandescent azure blue sponges are the makeshift home to frogfish, while sergeant majors guard vivid purple egg patches from the cheeky reef butterfly fish. With year-round good visibility, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will spark the interest of even the most avid snorkelers and divers. Exciting underwater adventures guaranteed!
For further information on diving in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, contact the following dive operators based throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines:
The Vincy Experience.
You are always guaranteed fresh ingredients when dining out in St. Vincent. Market fresh fruit and vegetables, along with fresh-off-the-boat seafood specialties are the order of the day! St. Vincent sports an eclectic range of dining options – you’ll find everything from the modest roadside rum shops to delightful cafés and wine bars, from seaside to countryside, from casual to elegant, from quiet romance to lively entertainment, from quick snack to lavish buffet, from tasty local fare cuisine with international flair, St. Vincent offers quite a diverse selection of restaurant from which to choose, including fast food chains like Subway, KFC and even Pizza Hut.
Along the Villa and Indian Bay strip is a delightful amalgam of local and international restaurants. A number of hotels feature live weekly entertainment with local street bands and string bands. You would be wise to check with the venue before hand for up-to-date information. You can also check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association’s weekly What’s On calendar - an excellent source of up-to-date information on local event and activities.
Do not miss out on trying the typical dishes including callaloo (a spinach-like vegetable and savory pumpkin soup); salt fish and rotis (curried vegetables, potatoes, and meat wrapped in a flour tortilla) are a national passion (although simple and light snacks) and are on offer everywhere. Instead of French Fries, when given the option, we strongly recommend breadfruit.
BASIL’S BAR & RESTAURANT Cobblestone Inn, Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-2713
Visitors to St. Vincent are invited to visit Basil’s Bar, located in Kingstown, in a lovely old 18th-century building known as ‘’Cobblestone’’. Here you can enjoy delightful cocktails in air-conditioned comfort – the staff is most welcoming and the meals are among the best of the island. Full catering services are now offered for private functions. Open Monday through Saturday, 08:00 am until 10:30 pm, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now open every Sunday from 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Monday – Friday Basil’s features an excellent luncheon buffet. Wi-Fi available.
BEACHCOMBERS RESTAURANT & BAR Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4283, Fax: (784) 458-4385, Email: email@example.com
Beachcombers Hotel’s open-air beachfront restaurant, bar and pool deck is set in lush exotic gardens with a full À La Carte Menu featuring West Indian and international flavors. Serving the freshest seafood, vegetables, and fruits, they are open every day from 7:15 am until last orders at 9:30 pm. Royals, Ministers, Presidents, Business persons, sports personalities and leisure seekers alike make Beachcombers Hotel, Bar & Restaurant their home away from home – hope you will do the same.
BLACK PEARL RESTAURANT & BAR, located at SunSail, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-9868.
Chef Tim, a Vincentian who has studied most of his life in England, welcomes you in this nice restaurant located on the upper-level waterfront at SunSail Marina. Do not be fooled by its more simplistic looks. There are so many delicious options on the menu to choose from, the choice is difficult. Your palate will be in heaven. The menu offers delectable cuisine that will take you around the world, from French Ratatouille to Moroccan Coucous Royal to Israel, passing through local favorites. Absolutely exquisite, prices are reasonable, portions are generous and the service is amazing. A hidden jewel yours to discover and enjoy.
CHILL'N AT THE BOUNTY, Egmont Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-1776,
In the redbrick Troutman Building in the center of Kingstown, you'll find the extremely affordable, relaxing, tasty breakfast, lunch, pizza, and cocktails. Fill up on pastries, rotis (Caribbean burrito), sandwiches, homemade soups, pastas, world-famous patties, baked seasoned fish, fried rice with vegetables and pizza. A tasty collection of juices includes passion fruit and lime. There is a small art gallery offering paintings by local artists for sale. Monday until Thursday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, and Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
CAFÉ SOLEIL Grenville/Halifax Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-1660 or (784) 533-1879 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The newest experience to hit the 784! A welcome and refreshing addition to downtown Kingstown, with its cool, trendy interior and irresistible menu, Café Soleil has already become a popular distraction for locals and visitors alike. Serving a scrumptious range of healthy choices using garden-grown herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, home-baked Panini, breads, and cakes, along with an endless selection of goodies to satisfy all your sweet cravings... from gelatos, sorbets and frozen yogurts, to muffins, brownies, cookies and smoothies. Low fat and sugar-free options are also available.
CARIBBEAN FLAVOUR C.F.F. Main street, Calliaqua, St.Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-1002.
Caribbean Flavour is by far one of the most popular restaurants in St. Vincent. The restaurant is located on the outskirts of the main city, in Calliaqua (right next door to the very famous Villa Beach area), directly opposite the Calliaqua Football Playing Field. The restaurant has been highly rated by many as having some of the best food on the island. Try their Jerk Chicken plate or Curry Goat served with plantin, breadfruit, mixed vegetables, rice & peas and potatoes salad and wash it down with a Mauby, Pineapple, Carrot or Seamoss juice. You can enjoy whatever menu you will choose on-site or to go.
DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Barefoot Yacht Charters, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-8999
Driftwood offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean flare. The menu integrates Italian style pizzas, salads, pastas & grilled entrées with local flavours like breadfruit, callaloo & jerk. Restaurant amenities include bother an air-conditioned lounge and an outdoor dining terrace with panoramic views of Blue Lagoon.
FLOW WINE BAR, James Street, Allen Building, Kingstown, St. Vincent
Rise above the bustling of Kingstown and Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen provides an elegant, sensual, yet casual experience. The ambiance is warm, contemporary with wood accents, flickering candles and an eclectic choice of music. Conceived as an exciting urban destination, it offers a contemporary cuisine to appeal to any appétit. It also specializes in wine and imported beers. Free Wi-Fi.
On the rooftop of Flow, our addition called FLYT ROOFTOP is the perfect hideaway to meet with friends or have a quiet chat. Flyt offers views of Kingstown, surrounding hills and the skies with comfortable seating and a rooftop garden feel to complete the experience.
FRENCH VERANDAH Mariners Hotel, Villa Bay, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 453-1111 and (784) 457-4000 or Fax: (784) 457-4333
Idyllically located directly on the water at Mariners Hotel, French Verandah offers a pricier menu with a fusion of Caribbean flavors. Their wine cellar provides just the right selection to embrace your dining experience (except the house wine), while the friendly service and charming seaside setting make this restaurant a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. The enchanting decor makes you quickly forget your weak drink. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
GRAND VIEW GRILL Indian Bay, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-5487, Fax: (784) 457-4174, VHF 68 Email: email@example.com
Located on Indian Bay Beach, specializing in grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and burgers, mouth-watering pizzas, pastas, and baguettes sandwiches and desserts to die for! On Fridays, our authentic Jamaican jerk makes us the real hot spot! A great place to meet old friends and make new ones while sipping a special seaside cocktail. Wi-Fi available. Open daily from 2 pm. Closed on Mondays. Major credit cards accepted.
LIMIN’ PUB, Villa Beach, South Coast, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4227
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this classic bar complete with a 1980's ambiance does a great burger at lunchtime and offers great pub food. Dinner menu serves an eclectic selection including six pages from hors d’oeuvres, soups, fish, seafood, meats, pasta, pizzas, desserts, exotic coffees, and cigars. A few more selections: Pâté Maison (Creamy rich pâté with garlic and cognac on hot buttered toast); Blackened tuna steak in paprika, coriander and black cumin with local herbs; Grilled pork medallions in a port and ginger sauce with mushrooms. Drinks and cocktails are listed separately. The English owner/chef runs the bar like a pub. Daiquiris, Piña coladas (made with coconut ice cream) and punches pepper the cocktail list. The signature drink is the Lime Sensation, a blend of lime squash, rum, Malibu, cranberry juice, pineapple, and grenadine.
MAC'S SNACKS Downtown Kingstown, St. Vincent. Tel: (784) 457-2479 or 457-1162
Stop by Mac's Snacks in town for some friendly conversation and "fast food" Mac and Judy style! It is one of the best fast food in town. Don't miss out on their rotis and a nice cold beer.
PARADISE RESTAURANT & SPA Paradise Beach Hotel, Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-4795 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Located at Paradise Beach Hotel on lovely Villa Beach, this charming restaurant sits at the water’s edge. Enjoy the casual, relaxed atmosphere while their chef serves up a delightful choice of local cuisine with an international flair. They have an excellent pumpkin soup and delicious callaloo soup. Sunset cocktails have become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss Grillin’ with the Captain on Friday Nights, featuring their signature steak or fresh grilled lobster. There is a full-service spa on the premises, making it easy to enjoy n afternoon of pampering along with a delicious lunch or evening meal. Conference Facilities and Wedding packages available.
SAPODILLA ROOM Grenadine House, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-1800, Fax: (784) 458-1333, Email: email@example.com
The Sapodilla Room is considered one the furthermost fine dining venues in St. Vincent. Fine linens and table-wares are set in the elegant, 18th Century room where the Chef and his team propose revealing compositions fusing Caribbean and Continental cuisines. An eclectic wine cellar perfectly complements the adventurous menu. The adjoining West Indies Bar provides a relaxed setting for aperitifs and after dinner spirits, with its gallery of black and white movie stills as a backdrop. A private dining room is available for up to 12 persons.
SUBWAY Corner of St. James/Long Lane, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-8900, Fax: (784) 456-8700, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the healthy quick serve restaurant option in SVG!! Enjoy an extensive menu while dining in a customer friendly atmosphere. Choose from a wide selection of Subway’s famous subs, fresh and healthy salads, freshly baked cookies and sensational breakfast options. Be sure to stop in for a quick and healthy bite – Eat Fresh!!!
SUNSET SHORES Villa, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4411 or Fax: (784) 457-4800
Sunset Shore Restaurant is situated on beautiful Villa Beach, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. There is a daily chef’s special along with an extensive À La Carte Menu, and wine list featuring imported steaks, freshly caught fish, chicken entrées, lobster and shrimp. Crisp salads and perfectly prepared vegetables are always available as well as pastas and vegetarian dishes. Saturday night barbecue and Sunday Lunch from noon to 3:00 pm. Credit cards accepted.
WILKIE’S Grand View Beach Hotel, Villa Point, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4811, Fax: (784) 457-4174, Email: Grandview@vincysurf.com
Wilkie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening À La Carte Menu that changes daily is served from 6:30 pm and features fresh seafood and poultry entrées, as well as the best-imported steak, all served with an exotic blend of local vegetables and crisp salads. Wilkie’s offers yummy desserts and a small, well-selected wine list. Major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are preferred, particularly in season.
YOUNG ISLAND Tel: (784) 458-4826 Fax: (784) 457-4567 Email: email@example.com
Young Island is a 35-acre island where a Carib chef once resided and as the story goes, gave it up to Sir William Young for a white horse. Little did he know that his island would in years become Young Island Resort, a tropical garden. You’ll soon find that life is casual; dress is informal but no shorts or T-Shirts for dinner, please. The only thing for you to do is make decisions at each meal of what you would like from the menu. Food is exquisite and there are six delicious breads to choose from.
Because of the strong undercurrents and high energy waves which are generated by the Atlantic Ocean, most of the windward beaches are not recommended for swimming.
Sea Urchins - A black sea egg with long black spines. If the spines are protruding from your skin, then you can try to carefully remove them but if they are beneath the skin, DO NOT try to 'pick' them out as this could cause infection. If you leave them in your skin, they will eventually dissolve. To be safe, soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic.
Centipede/Scorpion Bites - While not lethal, the severity and degree of discomfort depend on individual sensitivity. If there is any doubt, you should see a doctor, especially if a child has been bitten.
Coconut Palms - Never leave a baby or a small child beneath a coconut palm because of the possibility of falling coconuts.
Illegal Drugs - There are very severe penalties for possession of illegal drugs like Cannabis (weed or ganja) and cocaine - up to life imprisonment and yacht confiscation. Customs officials are well equipped and trained, so no attempts should be made to import or export even small quantities for "personal use".
Manchineel - Avoid contact with the fruit commonly known as Manchineel Apples, since they look and smell just like small apples. They are very poisonous and sap from the tree and fruit blisters the skin. If it is raining, be sure that the tree you are sheltering under is not a manchineel, as drops of rain falling off can still produce the same unpleasant effect.
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