St. Vincent and the Grenadines - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures

 

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in St Vincent and the Grenadines. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a nation of many islands in the eastern Caribbean. The islands offer the visitor a unique vacation with plenty of variety. St. Vincent has a rugged mountain terrain, lush forests and a variety of uncluttered beaches, while the Grenadines provide a wealth of quiet bays, glorious beaches, and some of the best dive sites and sailing waters in the world.

All of the water activities that you would expect are available on these incredible islands, as well as shopping, sports, nature trails and many other pursuits. As the list is simply too long, we have provided some of the highlights that we feel are a simply “must see”.

ECO ADVENTURES:


LA SOUFRIERE:

This is a massive active volcano that takes up the northern third of the island of St. Vincent. It rises majestically over 4000 feet (1,234 metres) and last erupted in April 1979. Its’ name comes from the french word soufre, which means sulphur. A guided tour (recommended) 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. This is an all day excursion.


MESOPOTAMIA/MARRIAQUA VALLEY:

This vast expanse of land is so luxuriant and evergreen with virtually every tropical crop growing in the rich fertile soils of St. Vincent. The Valley, viewed from a specific location on the island, offers a spectacular panoramic view of what is often referred as the “islands breadbasket” containing plots of bananas, nutmeg, cocoa, breadfruit, coconut and a multitude of root crops. The grand Bonhomme Mountain (318 ft) dominates the ridges that rises around the valley and a number of streams and rivers come together to flow over the rocks of the Yambou Gorge; in the small town of Mesopotamia (“Mespo”), before entering the sea on the east coast of the island.


MONTREAL GARDENS:

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.



THE BOTANICAL GARDENS:

The Botanical Gardens was founded in 1768 as a commercial breeding ground for plants brought from other parts of the world. It is believed to be the oldest such gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Here you will find intricate and rear species of plants, flowers and trees including a breadfruit tree from the original plant brought by Captain Bligh in 1793. There is also the national flower, The Soufriere Tree (Spachea Perforata) and the National Bird, (Amazona Guildingi).


TRINITY FALLS:

This waterfall is set in a deep volcanic canyon about two hours drive from Kingstown along the Leeward coast to Richmond. The 40-foot waterfall descends in three cascades into two circular pools, the second used for swimming. The Falls are said to be the most beautiful in St. Vincent.


VERMONT NATURE TRAIL:

This trail leads through the reserves of the tropical rain forest which is ideal for hiking and bird watching. The trail offers the opportunity to observe many species of wildlife, cultivated fields and hundreds of plant species.


HISTORICAL BUILDINGS


BLACK POINT TUNNEL:

This tunnel was constructed in 1815 by the British settlers and was considered a masterpiece of engineering skill. The tunnel is about 300 feet long and links Grand Sable with Byrea Bay.

 

FORT CHARLOTTE:

The fort was built in 1806 on Berkshire Hill 600 feet above sea level. This fortification, named after King George III’s wife, provides a magnificent view of the city of Kingstown and the Grenadines. The old barracks accommodate a museum with colourful history of the Black Caribs. The fort is also the home of the St. Vincent Signal Station which provides a 24 hour radio (VHF) monitoring system.


THE CATHEDRAL OF 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.

 

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