Thursday, February 02, 2012

Travelogue about St. Vincent and the Grenadines

hirty-two gorgeous Caribbean Islands dot the seascape, all vying to one-up each other in terms of tranquility. St Vincent is the largest in the group, home to the capital, Kingstown. This lively town is a throwback to colonial times with cobblestone streets and has a French and British colonial history. While the official language is English, most speak Vincentian Creole.
Known as Saint Vincent, it was originally named Hairouna “The Land of the Blessed” by the native Caribs, whom aggressively prevented European settlement on Saint Vincent until 1719. Prior to this, formerly enslaved Africans, intermarried with the Caribs and became known as Garifuna or Black Caribs. Between 1783 and 1796, there was conflict between the British and the Black Caribs, More than 5,000 Black Caribs were eventually deported to Roatán, an island off the coast of Honduras. Slavery was abolished in Saint Vincent 1834. Today the local beer brand is called Hairoun.
Popular music in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines includes big drum, calypso and soca, steelpan, string band music, quadrille and bele music plus traditional storytelling.
Once you get off busy St Vincent and into the mesmerizing Grenadines, everything changes. Gone are traffic, the hustle and bustle, the pavement. All you’re left with is a smattering of tiny Caribbean Island waiting to be explored. Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes an emotive response with visions of exotic, idyllic Caribbean Island life. And the fantasy rings true. Imagine an Caribbean Island chain buried deep within the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; white sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.
In Bequia (beck-way), beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl and the desire to go home vanishes. You’ll find unassuming budget hideaways, where you can escape from the world. One must visit the “Moon Hole” residences!
It is popular with the yachting set; the boats in the harbor originate from all over the globe and are a testament to the allure of the area. Underrated beaches line the coast and sublime Scuba Diving is on offer just below the surface. One of the best dives await you there!
You can spend time on the posh Caribbean Island of Mustique where renting a house for the week will cost more than buying a luxury car. The super-rich, film stars and burnt-out musicians, this Caribbean Island is the exclusive playground of the überaffluent, is visited by the well heeled, those lucky enough to have inherited a small fortune, starred in a Hollywood blockbuster or fronted a band like the Rolling Stones.
These Caribbean Island’s have enchanted sailors for centuries, were once the realm of real pirates but now they are the stomping grounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean.