Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation comprising a main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands. With yacht-filled harbors, chic private isles and volcanic landscapes, it’s known for its major sailing destinations such as reef-lined Bequia Island off Admiralty Bay, bordered by white-sand beaches like Princess Margaret. The main island is home to the capital, Kingstown.
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The second largest of the Grenadines, charming Bequia (pronounced "Beck-way") is a popular yachting destination with a rich whaling history. Lush hillsides dotted with bougainvillea tumble to beaches and boat-filled bays.
The island is also known for being safe and friendly. Popular places to visit on Bequia include Port Elizabeth on Admiralty Bay, the island's main commercial center. A walkway runs along the waterfront on the south side of town, passing restaurants and quaint little shops. Stop by the Bequia Maritime Museum to learn a little about the island's history.
At the south end of Port Elizabeth, a trail leads over a small rise to pretty Princess Margaret Beach. Separated from this beach by a rocky outcrop, Lower Bay is another stretch of golden sand with great snorkeling.
Another popular thing to do in Bequia is a Firefly Plantation tour. Here, you can stroll around the lush grounds sampling some of the tropical fruits plucked fresh from the trees including guava, coconut, breadfruit, bananas, and mangos. You can also crush sugar cane to make your own juice and see the ruins of a 280-year-old sugar mill.
In the southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays encompass five small, uninhabited islands that are now the key feature of the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Protected by reefs, the beaches offer calm clear waters for swimming and snorkeling, and the surrounding coral gardens are rich in marine life.
Snorkelers and divers can spot sea turtles, as well as stingrays, barracuda, and shoals of reef fish. Day trips to the Tobago Cays are one of the top things to do in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and many boaters anchor here to frolic in the crystal clear waters and bask on the beaches.
La Soufrière Volcano
One of the popular things to do on the island of St. Vincent is a guided hike to the crater of La Soufrière volcano (not to be confused with La Grande Soufrière on Guadeloupe). Rising 1,234 meters above sea level, La Soufriere is St. Vincent's highest peak. It's still active, last erupting in 1979, luckily with no fatalities.
To reach the crater, you can hike the leeward trail (around six to eight hours round trip) or the easier and more popular windward trail (three to four hours round trip). Along the way, you'll learn about the uniquely adapted plants and animals, and see rainforest, cloud forest, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Once at the top, you'll also have a chance to explore the crater.
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