Sunday, March 21, 2010

Travel Blurb - SVG

Are you looking for a holiday to the Caribbean that is off the beaten track and different ? Then you may want to consider a holiday on the magnificent St Vincent and The Grenadines.

This jewel-like chain of 32 islands is home to some of the Caribbean’s most alluring hideaway hotels and undiscovered gems; the journey alone is spectacular as you fly from Barbados over the clear turquoise waters speckled with lush green islands. For such a small country, there’s an outstanding choice of resorts – whether you’re looking for relaxed glamour or barefoot simplicity – and an equally surprising range of natural attractions aside from the ocean. As you might expect, watersports are superb and it’s a sailor’s paradise. Honeymooners will find it hard to find a more romantic escape – and beachcombing hedonists need look no further! Some of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed in St Vincent & The Grenadines – and the stars stayed at Young Island.

Francesca is still talking about her stay in the St Vincent & The Grenadines: “I just loved the diversity and individuality of each island, not least St Vincent itself which has so much natural beauty inland. I had only thought that the Grenadines were strictly for sun worshipping on the beach but the diving and snorkelling is excellent, there are rainforests to explore and colourful markets.”

The cannons in the forts are turned inward rather than out to sea – the British were protecting themselves from the native Caribs who lived inland.

With 32 islands to explore the options are endless. Here are some suggested activities on just a few of them:

St Vincent: Don’t miss market day (Friday and Saturday), the Botanical Gardens, the fertile Mesopotamia Valley, the Petroglyphs and rock carvings at Layou, St George’s Cathedral and the Falls of Baleine which can be reached either by boat or hiking expeditions.

Tobago Cays: The Tobago Cays are a must-do when you visit St Vincent & The Grenadines. Dive or snorkel at Horseshoe Reef or swim with turtles in the marine lagoon.

Bequia: Visit Brother King and his turtle sanctuary at Park Beach and join a tour of the bizarre and extraordinary resident community of Moon Hole – something like the set of The Flintstones.


The national dish is breadfruit served with fried Jack fish – there are dozens of local varieties of avocado and mango as well as sugar apples, sapodilla and the Bequia Plum. Spices are also grown for export including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed and ginger.