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Uncategorised . 08 May 2024 .

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a country that is made up of 32 islands and cays, with an estimated population of 110,000 people. Its capital city, Kingstown has many attractions, which includes the St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, St. Mary’s Catholic cathedral, the St. Vincent Botanical Garden, home to a variety of species including the Vincent Parrot which has the most beautiful plumage.

St. Vincent is the largest of the islands, and the country is sometimes just called St. Vincent. It is a former British colony and its official language is English. Its people are predominantly Christian.

The island has a beautiful scenery and a range of activities can be engaged in, from swimming to diving to hiking. The best time to travel is December to April as the hurricane season in the Caribbean is from June to November.

St. Vincent has a vibrant and multi-cultural community with music as a big part of the community, there a number of festivals across the country, such as:
  • The Nine Mornings Festival in Kingstown in the nine mornings preceding Christmas
  • Rhythm and Blues Festival, and Gospel Fest in St. Vincent
  • The Bequia and the Easterval Regatta at Union Island,
  • Mustique blues festival
  • Bequia music festival
  • Canouan regatta
  • Maroon festival at Union Island

Fresh seafood can be purchased at fishing markets, which showcases the country’s vibrant fishing activity. The climate is tropical favouring lightweight clothing. Inter-island travel can be by boat, yachts are available for hire and is one of the best ways to explore this country. There is also a network of roads that facilitates moving about, however, due to the rocky nature of some terrain, some roads aren’t complete. For history buffs and art lovers, the national museum at Bequia is a place that could be of interest.

The highest point on St Vincent is the peak of La Soufrière, and you can hike up the trail that leads to it. Other places you can visit are:
  • Canouan beaches
  • Falls of Baleine, a water fall from volcano slopes
  • Mustique, this is a privately owned island with white sand beaches
  • Mount Parnassus
  • Tobago Cays, where you can sail and carry out other water sports in seclusion.

There are a number of beaches in the country along with resorts that offer escorted hikes, scuba diving and snorkelling, and so accommodation is not a problem, choice may be.

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