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A necklace of 32 islands and cays, of which only nine are inhabited, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are among the most popular destinations in the world by sailors. The lovers of snorkeling and diving are also attracted by the underwater attractions of the region, especially from the wealth of coral Tobago Cays.

Saint Vincent, the “mainland”, is about 30 km long and is made ​​famous by its giant, active volcano La Soufrière, which last erupted in 1979 Guides lead hikers through the forests nearby to get a closer view of the volcano. Other natural attractions of Saint Vincent are the spectacular falls of Baleine, accessible only by boat and the Mesopotamia region, with rows upon rows of banana trees; Fort Charlotte, a bastion of the British nineteenth century situated atop a bluff in the capital Kingstown, containing an interesting exhibition on the culture of the Caribbean. The center of Kingstown is a lively area and visitors should see the Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the Caribbean (founded in 1763), with a tree of bread brought the island by Captain William Bligh, who survived the infamous mutiny the Bounty.

A few miles south of St. Vincent, Bequia is a charming and placid harbor cruise. The shops offer ship models designed by naval engineers. Among the attractions, the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, turtle sanctuary, numerous galleries and shops selling handicrafts. The legacy of the whalers is very much felt in Bequia. The islanders catch one or two whales a year using traditional methods (a fishing boat and a harpoon manual); after which the whales are slaughtered and quartered in the nearby uninhabited island of Petit Nevis. Mustique, just a few miles away, is an ideal hideaway for the rich and famous. Canuoan is a hub for charter sailors, Union Island is the ideal place to book a day trip to the nearby Tobago Cays, justly famous for their shallow and well protected.

For those seeking total seclusion, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent are the ideal post. Both islands have tourist facilities that welcome visitors daily with cocktails and lunches.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airports: Canouan Airport (Canouan). E.T. Joshua Airport (St. Vincent). J.F. Mitchell Airport (Bequia). Mustique Airport (Mustique). Union Island Airport (Union Island). Bequia, Mustique and Union Island can only accommodate small aircraft. Flying: Barbados / St. Vincent: 35 minutes. Grenada / St. Vincent: 30 minutes. London / Barbados: 8 hours, 20 minutes. Martinique / St. Vincent: 40 minutes. Miami / Barbados: 3 hours 30 minutes, New York / Barbados: 5 hours, New York / Saint Lucia: 5 hours. Puerto Rico / Canouan: 2 hours. Saint Lucia / St. Vincent: 30 minutes. Toronto / Barbados: 6 hours 30 minutes. Trinidad / St. Vincent: 1 hour.

There are direct flights from the UK to Saint Vincent, however, are available connecting flights from Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Lucia. American Eagle, LIAT, SVG Air, Trans Island Air and Mustique Airways all provide a connecting service. The duration of the flight arriving in Saint Vincent is about 35 minutes from Barbados; 30 minutes from Grenada; 45 minutes from Martinique; 20 minutes from Saint Lucia; 2 hours 20 minutes from Puerto Rico.

CLIMATE: The average temperature varies between 24 and 30.6 ° C. The dry season runs from January to April. The rainy season runs from June to October.

DINING: Restaurants available: local, fast food, gourmet, Chinese, Italian and French. The dress code is generally casual.

LANGUAGE: English.

NIGHTLIFE: Some hotels offer restaurants, dance halls, steel bands (bands that play to the accompaniment of percussion instruments made ​​from steel cans) and calypso music. Some club and nightclub provides entertainment typical of the West Indies. Casino.

SIGHTSEEING:
– Botanical Gardens.
– Fort Charlotte.
– The Vulcan Sourfriere.
– Petroglyphs Caribbean.
– Falls of Baleine, Dark View, Trinity, Wallilabou.
– Gardens of Montreal.
– Vermont Nature Trail.
– Owia Salt Pond, saltwater marsh.
– Black Point Tunnel.
– Tobago Cays.
– Grenadine Islands.
Available: Brochure. Maps. Poster. Website and DVD.




September 4, 2014
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