What is there to do in St Vincent and the Grenadines?
Sightseeing in St Vincent and the Grenadines
While sightseeing may not be at the top of your to-do list on a holiday to St Vincent and the Grenadines, there are some interesting attractions that are worth seeking out if you fancy a day away from the beach. If you are staying in a hotel in St Vincent, make sure you spend time in the capital Kingstown.
The town is an interesting mix of old and new, with cobbled alleys and arches in the old centre and a bustling bay-side strip along the coast. Fort Charlotte, which is located on a hill overlooking Kingstown, is one of the most prominent historical buildings, while St Mary's Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption, St George's Anglican Cathedral and the Carnegie Building are also worth exploring.
On Bequia, meanwhile, is Fort Hamilton, which boasts stunning views, as well as the chance to learn about the island's world-famous model boat building industry. The Maritime Museum in Bequia is also worth a visit, offering information about how Scots originally introduced the art of boat building to the island, and detailing the history of Bequia's whaling industry.
Water sports to try
There are numerous water sports you can have a go at in St Vincent and the Grenadines, giving active travellers plenty to keep them occupied.
Those who prefer to stay out of the water should consider sailing, as this is one of the best ways to visit several of the isles in this group within a single holiday. As well as being a lot of fun, it's an incredibly relaxing way of travelling around and, because many of the nicest secluded coves are only accessible by boat, is also a good way to see places that other holidaymakers may miss.
For something a little faster paced, consider kite surfing. The main hub for this pursuit in the Grenadines is Union Island, which has very favourable conditions between December and June. There are also various surf breaks along the islands' coastlines, with the wind direction playing a key role in how good the surf is.
In the water, meanwhile, is a fascinating array of wildlife, with stunning coral reefs home to all manner of amazing marine creatures. Scuba diving and snorkelling are both incredibly popular pastimes, with divers in particular able to seek out some of the Caribbean's more unusual and well-camouflaged residents. Frogfish, seahorses, small crabs and beautiful nudibranchs are just a few of the animals an experienced guide may be able to introduce you to during an underwater exploration.
There are some outstanding hiking routes on many of the islands in St Vincent and the Grenadines, including the path to the top of St Vincent's La Soufriere Volcano. The isles of Mayreau, Canouan, Union Island and Mustique are all great choices for those keen to stretch their legs in unspoilt surroundings.
You can hike through verdant forests, alongside pristine golden beaches or take a trail to a stunning waterfall tucked away in the jungle - there are plenty of options. Horseback riding is another way of getting around and a fantastic choice if you want to see a little more of the island you're visiting.
Over on Canouan is a world-class golf course with spectacular views along the coast of the island. Play a round on the manicured greens here and you'll feel like one of the pros, such is the quality of this Trump International Golf Course.
Relax and unwind on a holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines
A holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines wouldn't be complete without spending a few days lounging in the sun on one of the numerous beautiful beaches. The volcanic nature of St Vincent means many of the bays here have black sand, while in the Grenadines you'll come across glistening white beaches.
Bequia is the largest of the Grenadines and is home to many popular seaside spots, including Princess Margaret Beach, Friendship Bay Beach and Spring Bay Beach, among others. On St Vincent, it's worth stopping by Mt Young Beach, which is one of the longest stretches of sand in the entire archipelago.
You can also make the short journey to Young Island from St Vincent, giving you access to yet more soft, sandy bays.
For the ultimate pampering and relaxation experience, stay in a hotel on Palm Island in the Grenadines. This is an exclusive resort that promises only the best in style and comfort, while allowing its guests to make the most of all the region's top natural attractions, from pristine beaches to breathtaking jungles.
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