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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a land of pristine natural beauty where the days drift into long balmy evenings.  There are not too many tourists and you will receive a warm and genuine welcome.  The 32 islands and cays are scattered in the Eastern Caribbean and are part of the Windward Islands.

The largest, Saint Vincent, runs 18 miles long north to south and 11 miles wide.  The chain of smaller Grenadine islands falls to the southwest of Saint Vincent.  Most are no longer than a few miles and have lovely white coral sand beaches and clear water, ideal for snorkeling, diving and sailing.

The larger islands include Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Palm, Petit Saint Vincent, Mayreau and Union.  There are many uninhabited islets and rocks including the famous Tobago Cays.  The crystalline waters reflect a spectrum of colours from sapphire blue to emerald green, and are superb for snorkeling and SCUBA diving.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offer some on the finest sailing in the world  you can charter a yacht and plot your own course among the islands or join any number of crews.

Saint Vincent is a lush, volcanic island of steep mountain ridges, valleys and waterfalls.  The rugged eastern coast is lined with cliffs and rocky shores while the western coastline dips sharply down into black and gold sand beaches.  To the north, the volcano, La Soufriere, rises over 4000 feet.  The rich volcanic soil produces an abundance of fruits, vegetables and spices, such as coconuts, bananas, breadfruit, nutmeg and arrowroot.

English is the official language, cricket a favourite sport, with afternoon tea served at some resorts.  The islands have integrated centuries of British heritage into a casual West Indian lifestyle.  Some of the smaller Grenadines retain traces of the French cultural heritage in language and custom.  It is believed that the original inhabitants were called Ciboney and came to the Caribbean from South America by AD120.  These were followed by the Caribs.

The Carib inhabited islands, including Saint Vincent, were among the last to be colonized by the Europeans as the dense Carib population made it hard for the Europeans to gain a foothold.  In 1626, the French were in possession of Saint Vincent.  In 1627, the British took over.  In 1675, a slave ship sunk in the Bequia/Saint Vincent channel.  Some of the slaves managed to reach Saint Vincent and Bequia.  They were welcomed by the Caribs and soon intermingled and their children were called Black Caribs.

In 1748, the European nations finding that they could not compromise with the Caribs, declared Saint Vincent neutral by the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle.  Subsequently the islands changed hands many times as both the British and French fought for possession.  In 1783, by the Treaty of Versailles, Saint Vincent was finally under British rule.  The last open rebellion by the Caribs was in 1795 and by 1797, the Caribs lost, but Saint Vincent still has many Carib Indians living on the northern slopes of La Soufriere and life in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has now settled into a quiet and peaceful coexistence for all of its inhabitants.
The Island of St. Vincent

Just a mile or so from E.T. Joshua Airport is the bright and bustling capital - Kingstown. Every week, huge cargo ships dock at the jetty to load the islands' main export - bananas - for the long journey to Europe.

Kingstown market - a real Caribbean market - where you can choose from many varieties of fruits and vegetables: mangos, oranges, lemons, tangerines, pineapples, bananas, breadfruit and more are on offer.

The Kingstown fish market - recently built - will also excite you with its range of kingfish, snapper and grouper.

In the northern part of town, visit the historic Botanic Gardens - the oldest in the Americas. Here you will find offspring of Captain Bligh's original breadfruit tree, alongside a species of plant and parrot unique to St. Vincent.

Just outside Kingstown, at over 600 feet, is Fort Charlotte, completed by the British in 1806 during their struggle with the French and the Caribs for control of the island. Original canons still wait for action on the battlement and the barracks have been converted into a pictorial museum illustrating the island's colourful history. It is easy to transport yourself back to the last century and to appreciate then location of the Fort, with a commanding view over the sea and the whole south of St. Vincent.

A coastguard lookout post puts this view to good use to this day. On a clear day, you can see as far as Grenada, some 60 miles to the south. Looking north, enjoy the views of the west coast and Mount St. Andrews, the southernmost of the peaks, which form the backbone of St. Vincent. The duty watchman will be pleased to let you use his powerful binoculars to view far off yachts.

St. Vincent is divided into two distinct coastal structures Windward (east) and Leeward (west). The Leeward (west) is endowed with a series of spectacular slopes and valleys running down into tranquil waters and beaches such as Ottley Hall, Mount Wynne and Kearton's Bay. One of the valleys, Buccament, also boasts a casino and a nature trail. The trail is ideal for picnics and for a sight of the elusive St. Vincent parrot. The drive up the meandering Leeward highway takes you through the villages of Layou and Barrouallie to Chateaubelair and Richmond, where the road ends with the sea on your left and mountains with the Soufriere Volcano in sight.

At the northwestern tip of the island are the breathtaking Falls of Baleine, only accessible by boat but an experience not to be missed. Fresh mountain water plunges 60 feet into a natural pool, before running down towards the sea. Standing beneath the Falls is pure exhilaration. A long way to go for a shower but well worth it. The Windward coast is equally rewarding but very different from the Leeward side. Here you will be immediately aware of the contrast by the roaring sounds of the Atlantic waves, which rush unceasingly onto rugged cliffs and beaches formed by volcanic lava. Amidst all of this is the refreshing smell of the sea brought in by the trade winds, which constantly fan the shoreline.

The Windward Highway heads northwards along the coast, through some of St. Vincent's most fertile agricultural lands, to Georgetown, once the centre for sugar production and still the source of Vincentian rum. North of Georgetown, a four-wheel drive vehicle is advisable for crossing Rabacca Dry River onto the Orange Hill Estate. Once a major coconut plantation of over 3,000 acres, it is now being resettled by small farmers under a government rural project.

Once across the Dry River, you can continue north to Sandy Bay, Owia and Fancy, the northernmost settlement in St. Vincent. Stop off at the Owia Salt Ponds, a popular site with a good view of St. Lucia 20 miles to the northwest.

Heading inland from the Dry River is a trail climbing through the rain forest to the crater of La Soufriere, St. Vincent's volcano. It is an arduous hike, best started early in the morning, but the view into the crater is ample reward.

The Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a plural country and for many visitors its jewels are the sunny Grenadine isles. In contrast with the rugged beauty of St. Vincent, the Grenadines offer clear blue waters and white sand beaches with unparalleled sailing and snorkeling.

From Bequia in the north to Petit St. Vincent in the south, these islands are truly the epitome of tranquility.

Mustique, Canouan and Union Island have airstrips with scheduled and charter flights and luxurious hotels. To further experience the magic of the Grenadines you may wish to sail.
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This page was last updated on: July 11, 2017
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Bequia

Sailing south from St. Vincent, the first island you reach is Bequia, the largest of the St. Vincnet Grenadines. The journey from Kingstown lasts about an hour - spend the time watching flying fish skimming over the waves alongside your boat.

As you sail into Admiralty Bay, the white sands of Princess Margaret Beach glisten on your right just a short ride by water taxi from the main jetty. In the south of the island, find Friendship Bay, a horseshoe-shaped haven of calm with perfect conditions for swimming and watersports.
For centuries, Bequians have made their living from the sea as sailors, fishermen, whalers and boat builders. You will still see boats constructed in the traditional way at various points along the coast. Take time to admire the skill and craftsmanship of the boatbuilders. Everywhere the atmosphere is relaxing and you will not want to tear yourself away.

Mustique

When you do, head south past the towering rock islands of Battowia and Ballicaeu , towards the magic and mystery of Mustique. Looking out across the turquoise blue waters and white coral sands, it is plain too see what attracts the rich and famous to this small gem in the wide ocean.

Luxuriuos villas blend into the scenery with meticulous attention to prserving the natural; vegetation and the island's privacy.

One of the features of the Grenadines scenery, which adds to their fascination, is the scenic view of other islands. On Mustique to the Southwest is Mount Royal, in Canouan to the West is Isle a Quatre Petit Nevis and Bequia.

Canouan

Canouan is a crescent-shaped island with some of the best, most private beaches in the Caribbean. Still largely untouched by man, Canouan is a superb place to get away from it all and unwind. For the more energetic, the clear blue waters are ideal for a variety of watersports, or you can walk to the abandoned village in the north of the island, destroyed by a hurricane in 1921, and see its marvelous church.

The beaches at Glossy Bay and on the stunning windward coats are the stuff which dreams are made of. To reach the windward beaches you must cross the narrow spine of hills that form the backbone of Canouan, before emerging in paradise.

South of Canouan is the island of Mayreau and the celebrated Tobago Cays, reputed to be unsurpassed for sailing and snorkeling. In these waters, you will be astounded by the infinite variety of brightly coloured tropical fish and coral, all protected from the ravages of the sea by the impressive World's End Reef. 

South of Canouan is the island of Mayreau and the celebrated Tobago Cays, reputed to be unsurpassed for sailing and snorkeling. In these waters, you will be astounded by the infinite variety of brightly coloured tropical fish and coral, all protected from the ravages of the sea by the impressive World's End Reef.

Union Island

Looking south from St. Vincent or any of the Grenadines, you will see the peaks of Union Island piercing the horizon. Union is somewhat reminiscent of Tahiti, dominated by mountains that fall away to palms and sands at the water's edge. The views of the surrounding islands are quite breathtaking.

Union Island has two small towns, Clifton and Ashton, joined by the south coast road with magnificent views over a coral shelf towards Carriacou and the other Grenada Grenadines. Clifton is the centre of activity with a choice of three hotels to suit a range of tastes. There are also several shops that serve the local community and the multitude of yachts always anchored in Clifton.

Union has relatively few beaches but the trip to Big Sand on the north shore should not be missed. 


Union Island is the ideal launching pad for the short trips to the Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Mayreau and Petit St. Vincent can all be reached in minutes by motorboat or a little longer under sail. Excursion operators will sail you around the unique tropical paradise in an unforgettable day's sailing and snorkeling.

Palm Island

The Palm Island resort, just a mile from Clifton in Union Island, is today a beautiful island surrounded by white sand beaches, but the island's beauty is only a recent phenomenon. Once swampy and known as Prune Island, it has been totally transformed by planting vast quantities of Palms, thus giving the island its new name. From west facing Casuarina Beach, you have a perfect view of Union Island and you can swim in clear blue waters among yachts and tropical fish without a care in the world.

The Southern Grenadines

On maps of the southern Grenadines, you will be intrigued by the shifting sandbanks known as Punaise and Mopion . Punaise is often submerged but not so Mopion, the sort of desert island paradise you thought existed only in your dreams. Perched atop a coral reef, its pure white sands extend all around, forming an ideal location for snorkeling. An infinite variety of tropical fish and coral thrive here and the hours just slide by as you soak up the sun and take in the atmosphere.

The southernmost point in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the exclusive resort island of Petit St. Vincent (PSV). Privacy is the natural way of things here - the tiny island is surrounded by beach and you will almost always have a stretch entirely to yourself.

Like the rest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, PSV is exclusively Caribbean.

Watching the sun set over the sea in a dazzling array of red, orange and pink is one last memory to treasure.
HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE TO ALL VINCENTIANS

As a member (Senator and Deputy Speaker) of the First Independent Parliament of SVG, I am proud to be a part of our Silver Anniversary celebrations.

May God continue to bless SVG.


Wade Kojo Williams, Sr.

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HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE TO ALL VINCENTIANS
The Anniversary of Independence  Church Service was celebrated on Sunday, October 24th, 2004 at 3:00 pm, at St. Luke and St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238.  As usual, the Rev. Fr. E. Ulric C-Jones played a significant role, and the Village was well represented........HAP
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