Population: 109,000 citizens
Size: 150 square miles
St. Vincent is a dream haven for adventure travelers. You will not find glitzy resorts or discos on this island, rather you will be fascinated by villages, secluded beaches, and beautiful sailing waters. St. Vincent is filled with lush rainforests, waterfalls, black sandy beaches, and jagged terrain. The volcano to the north, La Soufriere, tops off the island as one of the last active volcanos in the Caribbean. The capital city, Kingstown, is the government and business center and major port on the island. Kingstown is lively during the day with a local market and many historical attractions. St. Vincent is the perfect destination to explore natural wonders, uninhabited lands, and dramatic terrain.
When to Go
The average annual temperature in St. Vincent is 81 degrees. The coolest months range from November to February while the rainy season lasts from May to November. The best time to visit St. Vincent is during the winter months between December to February when the island's biggest festivals and events take place.
Sun, Sand, Sea and Shopping
The Tobago Cays are uninhabited isles sheltered by the Horseshoe Reef. To protect the reef, the islands have been declared a marine park by the St. Vincent government. The marine life is magnificent here with squirrel fish, angelfish, and groupers. Snorkeling in the clear water is a great way to explore.
La Soufriere, the 4,000 foot active volcano on St. Vincent, can be explored on a hike. The hike is moderately strenuous and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. The trail leads through varied vegetation like bananas, arrowroot, coconut, rainforst, and cloud forest. Once you reach the top, the view is breaktaking and well worth the climb.
The Botanical Gardens are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere founded in 1972. The gardens have a variety of exotic and native plants, there is a breeding program for rare plants and an endangered bird, the St. Vincent parrot.
St. Vincent is not a huge shopping center, but there are some local markets to browse in Kingstown. Locally made crafts, hand-painted t-shirts, and Sea Island cotton are treasures that can be found here.
Dining and Nightlife
Most of the restaurants, bars, and clubs are located in clusters around Villa, the livliest strip on the island. The cuisine is exceptional with French, Italian, and local influences. Chefs specialize in transforming the amazing fresh produce and seafood with plenty of vegetarian options on the island.
The nightlife is found in Villa. Several restaurants, bars, and nightclubs call this area home. Centered around the hotels, the activities include barbeques and dancing. During high season, each hotel seems to have something planned one night so the crowd rotates to find that nightlife. In addition, beer is very inexpensive all over St. Vincent.