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Traumhafte Bucht auf St. Vincent, Bild: mbrand85 / shutterstock

St. Vincent – a Caribbean holiday paradise

A popular destination for cruises through the Caribbean, and yet a little off the beaten track – the island of St. Vincent, main island of the island kingdom of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, attracts with its contrast of idyllic beaches and deserted bays as well as wild jungle, mountainous wilderness and volcanic landscapes. St. Vincent, with its capital Kingstown, an area of 346 square kilometers and about 25,000 inhabitants, is part of the Commonwealth of Nations and its name dates back to 1498, when Christopher Columbus landed there on St. Vincent’s Day. The breathtaking Caribbean landscape attracts not only vacationers and nature lovers, but also film crews, so that several places on the island became the backdrop of the famous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

St. Vincent – a natural paradise

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The colourful flora and fauna of the island, the tropical forests and flower fields, deserted reefs, rocks and lagoons and the still active 1,234-metre-high volcano La Soufrière in the north make the lush green volcanic island with its steep mountains alternating with deep valleys a natural paradise par excellence. While rugged cliffs and rocky beaches adorn the east coast, black and gold sand sand meander along the west coast.

The temperature is around 30°C throughout the year (with minimum temperatures between 22 and 25°C), and the trade winds make the island slightly cooler than the rest of the Caribbean islands. The rainy season lasts from June to September, with around 23 rainy days in July and sometimes even hurricanes. The high season for travel to St. Vincent is between December and April, with high temperatures and sunshine, although downpours are always to be expected when touring inland and up the volcano. However, the months of May, June and November offer almost as warm and sunny weather with often lower prices. Between July and October, there are hardly any tourists on the island, as the humidity, the amount of rainfall and also the risk of hurricanes are higher. Saint Vincent is assigned to the Lesser Antilles .

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St. Vincent – a paradise for water sports enthusiasts

The Caribbean Sea around St. Vincent is enthusiastically used by water sports enthusiasts for swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and deep-sea fishing. There are 35 designated diving areas around the island and it is not for nothing that St. Vincent is often called the “Critter Capital of the Carribean”: the breathtaking flora and fauna of the underwater world with coral reefs, mussels and shellfish, anemones, frog fish, seahorses and much more make boredom while diving almost impossible. And if this should arise, two ships have been grounded especially for divers, so that beginners can practice wreck diving. The Bat Cave in Buccament Bay offers a special attraction: here you can observe bats in their natural environment during professionally guided dives into bat caves.

City stroll through the capital Kingstown

Kingstown, St. Vincent
On the road in Kingstown, Image: Chris Allan / shutterstock

Another nice thing to do in St. Vincent is a stroll through the lively harbor and over the cobblestones of the capital Kingstown. It is most beautiful here when no large cruise ship has docked at the harbor and the streets are emptier. The market town of Kingstown is home to numerous shops and markets where you can buy a wide variety of spices and fruits. A walk through the fish market, the market building and the bustling Long Lane Upper is undoubtedly worthwhile, as well as passing historic buildings such as Court House and St. Mary’s Cathedral. The bay at the foot of the 736-metre-high St. Andrew and the adjacent Dorsetshire Hill is also worth seeing, and from Fort Charlotte, the island’s women’s prison located on a 180-metre-high mountainside, you have a beautiful view of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadian Islands.

The jewels of St. Vincent’s west coast

Nature lovers in particular will get their money’s worth on St. Vincent. On the west coast you will find the oldest botanical garden on the American continent, which was created in 1765 and is home to the rare and endangered national parrot, the royal amazon, in addition to extraordinary tropical plants. In addition, in the Layou Petroglyph Park you can marvel at rock carvings of the Caribbean Indians with unknown significance to this day and refresh yourself in a natural pool. The Vermont Nature Trail, a three-kilometer trail through the rainforest that crosses bridges and past viewpoints, will captivate hikers and birdwatchers alike.

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Wallilabou Bay, St Vincent
Wallilabou Bay, Image: chromoprisme / shutterstock

Another “must-see” is Wallilabou Bay, a bay that was used as a filming location for the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” and where many of the original film sets can still be seen. Further north, Dark View Falls and Trinity Falls, located in the rainforest, offer a pleasant refreshment. In the far north of St. Vincent, you reach the Soufrière Mountains, a mountain range that rises up to 4048 meters, where the La Soufrière Volcano Trail, a hiking trail around and into the crater of the volcano, can be found. Finally, along the west coast there are some picturesque fishing villages with delightful, colorful houses and black sand beaches.

Worth seeing on the east coast of St. Vincent

There is also a lot to see on the east coast, starting in the fertile Marriaqua Valley with the Montreal Gardens, an anthurium farm located on the Teviot River. Here you can find all kinds of tropical plants, bananas, nutmegs, cocoa, breadfruits and coconuts are grown and numerous streams and rivers meander into the rocky Yambou gorge. Another attraction is the Black Point Tunnel, which was built in 1815 by English colonialists with the help of slave labor, was used to transport sugar cane and became another filming location for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Finally, you can’t miss Owia Salt Pond: a beautiful seawater swimming pool near the village of Owia, surrounded by volcanic rock formations. Owia itself and nearby Fancy are two small towns in the north of the island that are worth seeing, which date back to Indian foundations.

Voyages of discovery into the Grenadian island kingdom

Even though the island itself already has a lot of excursion destinations and activities in store, it is a good idea to explore other islands of the Grenadines during a holiday in St. Vincent. The island of Bequia, for example, which can be reached by ferry within about an hour, attracts with its relaxed flair, the open islanders in the Caribbean harbour village of Port Elizabeth, the snow-white sandy beach Princess Margaret Beach and the beautiful views from Rainbow Castle or the district of Friendship. Canouan Island, which can be reached by plane, is also worth a day trip, especially if you want to admire the views of the Caribbean Sea, the pristine beaches and the paradisiacal bays overgrown with palm trees on a private island tour.