Step onboard a handmade Schooner for a cruise along the leeward coast of St Vincent. This little island’s volcanic beginnings have left it a legacy to be proud of – rich, fertile soil, lush valleys and shimmering black sand beaches. You’ll start this tour with a scenic trip on the traditional West Indian boat along the coast, before dropping anchor, Here, you’ll have a chance to take a dip and enjoy the underwater theatrics first-hand. Or, if you’d prefer, you can laze on the beach and soak up the scenery from dry land. Then it’s back on the waves for a visit to the hideaway cove. where the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed. In fact, the schooner you’ll be travelling on was used in the filming of the first movie. With a drink in hand and music playing in the background, it’s the perfect way to explore the coast.
This one lets you tick off all the island’s best bits. Your trip starts with a scenic uphill drive to Fort Charlotte – a former British Garrison built back in 1806. Nowadays, it’s taken on more of a cultural identity and houses a collection of local paintings depicting the history of the Carib Indians. Artwork aside, the sweeping views of the Northern Grenadines and the capital of Kingstown from up here are worth the trip alone. When you’ve had your fill of scenery, it’s on to the Botanical Gardens. Opened in 1765 and home to a breadfruit tree brought over from Tahiti, this place is a green-fingered history fest. Next on the agenda is the leafy Mesopotamia Valley. Nicknamed ‘the food basket’ because of its rich soil, it’s a lush labyrinth of fruit trees, banana plantations and vegetable crops. Once again, the views are fantastic, so don’t forget your camera.
This tour kicks off with a scenic drive through historical Kingstown. Your guide will point out the Cenotaph en route – an iconic memorial in honour of the brave Vincentians who gave their lives in the First World War. Then it’s on to the Botanical Gardens. Home to the island’s national bird, the endangered Amazona Guildingii, this 20-acre site offers up a natural snapshot of St Vincent. It dates back to1765, making it one of the oldest gardens in the western hemisphere. Up next are the Montreal Gardens. Tucked in the lush Mesopotamia Valley – nicknamed ‘the food basket’ thanks to its fertile soil – this flower-laden oasis offers up widescreen panoramas of the surrounding hills and valleys. Stroll through the grounds or sit back and enjoy some open-air refreshments before heading back to the port.
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