Caribbean Tourism

Getting Around

Excursions

La Soufrière The highest peak on the island, La Soufrière volcano, rises to about 4,000 ft. In 1970 an island reared itself up out of the lake in the crater: it smokes and the water round it is very warm. Hiking to the volcano is very popular, but you must leave very early in the morning and allow a full day for the trip. About two miles north of Georgetown...

Young Island

A tiny, privately-owned islet, 200 yds off St Vincent. Pick up the phone at the crossing to see if you will be allowed over. Fort Duvernette, on a 195-ft high rock just off Young Island, was built at the beginning of the 19th century to defend Calliaqua Bay. To visit it, arrangements must be made with the hotel, who will provide a guard to accompany you....

Kingstown

The capital, Kingstown, stands on a sheltered bay where scores of craft laden with fruit and vegetables add their touch of colour and noisy gaiety to the town. However, much land has been reclaimed and continuing dock works shield the small craft from sight, except at the north end of the bay. Looking inland from the bay, the city is surrounded on all sides...

Union Island

The most southerly of the islands, Union Island is 40 miles from St Vincent and only three miles long by one mile wide with two dramatic peaks, Mount Olympus and Mount Parnassus. Arrival by air is spectacular as the planes fly over the hill and descend steeply to the landing strip. The road from the airport to Clifton passes a mangrove swamp which is being...

Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays are a small collection of islets just off Mayreau, protected by a horseshoe reef and surrounded by beautifully clear water. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and there is diving and snorkelling on Horseshoe reef and wall. There are day charters out of St Vincent, Bequia and Union Island. Anchor damage, together with...

Mustique

Lying 18 miles south of St Vincent, Mustique is three miles long and less than two miles wide. In the 1960s, Mustique was acquired by a single proprietor who developed the island as his private resort where he could entertain the rich and famous. It is a beautiful island, with fertile valleys, steep hills and 12 miles of white sandy beach, but described by...

Mayreau

A small privately-owned island with deserted beaches and only one hotel and one guest house, though there is a plan to develop tourism. You can reach it only by boat. Once a week, however, the island springs to life with the arrival of a cruise ship which anchors in the bay and sends its passengers ashore for a barbecue and sunburn. In preparation for this...

Canouan

A quiet, peaceful, crescent-shaped island 25 miles south of St Vincent, with very few tourists and excellent reef-protected beaches. The beach at the Canouan Beach Hotel is splendid with white sand and views of numerous islands to the south. There are no restaurants outside the hotels and only basic shops. The main anchorage is Charlestown (bank, grocery),...

Getting Around

Air Flights within the Grenadines are cheap but prices rise if travelling to or from another country, for example Carriacou or St Lucia. Mustique Airways flies daily from St Vincent to Port Elizabeth, Bequia, a five-minute flight, twice daily Mon-Fri to Union Island (20 mins), and also to Mustique. Both Inter-island flights and the ferry can be erratic and...