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Attractions Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Attractions Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

By the time Columbus discovered (January 1498) the island was inhabited already 5.5 thousand years. Its first settlers were Indians chiboni who had moved to the island from the territory of the South American continent around 5000 BC. NS. Around the III century AD for chiboni followed by the Arawaks, repressed, in turn, warlike tribes of Carib Indians, who arrived at the islands of the north of South America, the XIV century). With the landing of Columbus and until 1627 the island remained a Spanish possession, but the fierce resistance of the Carib kept European colonists in constant fear and suppress the Indian tribes succeeded much later than in most other Caribbean islands – in the middle of the XVIII century.

fearing domination "Garifuna" ("black Carib"), The Indians allowed the French, whose missionaries worked on the islands of the middle of XVII century, founded in 1719 several permanent settlements. In 1782, the Treaty of Versailles possession of St. Vincent came under the patronage of the British Crown. The British began to rapidly build and deliver the sugar plantations on the island of African slaves, but the French instigated rebellion "Black" and "Yellow" Kariba against the English settlers, led to the killing of many of the settlers and the destruction of a number of plantations. In retaliation, the British regular troops landed on St. Vincent and the displacement of more than five thousand Indians on the island of Roatan (Honduras), and the part "yellow Carib" moved to reservations Bay Sandy Bay (north-eastern tip of St. Vincent).

Following these tumultuous events of the island sank into quiet until 1812, when a catastrophic eruption of the Soufriere Hills destroyed the vast majority of plantations. In 1834 the metropolis abolishes slavery and the plantation owners were forced to release more than 18,000 slaves, which led to a decline in economic activity on the islands. A hurricane of 1898 and another eruption of the Soufriere Hills in 1902 literally bring the economy into decline. Until 1969, the country slowly recovers its lost position as a major regional producer of agricultural products, but in the year conquest of the country’s independence (1979), another powerful eruption literally covered with ashes and cinders entire island, leading to the evacuation of 20 thousand. People from the north coast of St. Vincent. A devastating hurricanes in 1980 and 1986. caused further devastation. As a result, the island decided to clearly focus on tourism as the most environmentally friendly and profitable sector of the economy. Today the country is rapidly developing as one of the elite centers of tourism in the region, relying on private luxury resorts and active forms of recreation.

Saint Vincent

Which lies between the Santa Lucia and the Grenadines island Saint Vincent – the largest and most northern of the country. Stormy windward side and a quiet and calm leeward coast, coupled with the lush and mountainous hinterland make the island a major tourist attraction of the country. St. Vincent, as well as on the other islands, there are many beautiful bays and beaches (beaches of the island are covered with mostly black volcanic sand, with the exception of white sandy beaches on the southern tip), surrounded by palm trees and green hills. The combination of coral reefs, transparent water and an elevated landscape create here ideal conditions for active activities of relaxation and idle rest on the beaches. And the abundance of colorful local villages only emphasizes these advantages.

Kingstown

Located in a protected bay on the south-western tip of Saint Vincent Harbor and the city Kingstown are the commercial and political center of the island. The capital of the island is not very rich in historical sights, but this is a good place to relax or just stroll through the cobblestone bridge. The city is famous for its unique atmosphere, explaining the abundance of shops and shops on the shores of the Bay and Bedford Street (the port itself, like all industrial facilities around the world, is quite unshaven), shady palm alleys and fruit gardens on the slopes of hills, crowds of tourists and local residents in fish markets and in "Romoma" stores, and, of course, the permanent ocean wind, as if mixing this "cocktail" Among the stone blocks of buildings of the colonial era. On weekdays, the life of the city is almost completely moved to areas around a noisy berth, at bus stations and fish market. On holidays and weekends with the best places to observe the life of the islanders are old shipping quarters and a great coast on both sides of the city feature.

Kingstown is widely known and its churches. Catholic Cathedral the St Mary (built in 1820, restored in 1930) is known for its eclectic compound Romanic arches and columns, Gothic spiers and Moorish ornamental plant, and its walls are made of dark volcanic blocks. The Anglican Cathedral of St. George (beginning of the XIX c) is made in the Gregorian style and contains the main exhibit of the country’s religious art – stained glass windows "Red angel". Intended by the command of Queen Victoria for the Cathedral of St. Paul in London, he was sent as a gift to Kingstown, as the angel figures on it were performed in red vestments, and the Queen considered that the angels wear only white clothes. Kingstown Methodist Church (XIX C) looks quite impressively against the background of blue waters of the bay and the same bright blue tropical heavens. Sparkling color stained glass windows and a massive body on the balcony of choir, opposite the altar, emphasize its colorful interior and an open atmosphere.

Here, in the capital, there are botanical gardens, based in 1762 as a commercial nursery of plants, delivered here from all the edges of the world famous captain William Blaem. The set of gardens, the oldest in the Western hemisphere, is now covered by the area of ​​about 8 hectares in the north of Kingstown and contains about 450 species of tropical plants, including a breadwinner – a descendant of the tree that planted the Blya himself. There is also a bird aviary, in which, among others, contains representatives "National Bird" – Saint Vincent Color Parrot (Amazona Guildingii).

Kingstown Market – one of the city centers. Noisy and bright bazaar offering an excellent selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and fish, it is especially good on Fridays and Saturdays. Objects of local decorative and applied arts often sell right in the inner yard of the market.

Ruins Fort Charlotte lie on the top of Berkshire Hill (height 180 m), north of the city. Named by the name of the wife of the king George III fortifications were built in 1806 to protect the capital of the island and the bay adjacent to it. During the flourishing period, the detachment of the colonial troops from 600 people and 34 guns, the Museum of History is based on the territory of Fort "Black Cariba", And from the walls and bastions there is a magnificent panorama of the bay and the northern Grenadines.

Neighborhood Kingstown

Located approximately 7 km east of Kingstown Bay Indian Bay and his beach Villa Beach (Village Beach) are considered the main resort regions of St. Vincent. At a short distance from the coast, the private resort island of Young Island (area of ​​25 acres) is tested here with magnificent gardens (are the National Wildlife Reserve) and the tiny island of Fort Douvern with seventiethimete rocks and a dilapidated fort (XVIII cent), in which so far Rust old guns.

Approximately 8 km from Kingstown, on the subvener coast, the natural trail of Bucament-Velly Vermont-Nechu-Treil, passing through a lush rainforest. Here are the best conditions in the country to observe birds, many banana plantations and colorful spies of volcanic mountain ranges, including the old volcanic crater. In the distant northwestern part of the coast, beyond the reach of the coastal highway, there are breathtaking Balen waterfalls (height 18 m) and the famous walled lake located among the magnificent rocks and landscapes of the southern slopes of sufffer.

The inner valleys of Fenton and Marryaku (Mesopotamia) demonstrate the blessing of dark volcanic soils, many centuries giving bread pressing for many generations islanders. Numerous farms growing nutmeg, maniacs and cocoa, intelligence here with bright vegetation of old forests. In the Valley, Marryaku is another natural attraction of the island of Montreal Gardez Gardens (open from December to August 9, closed on Sundays and in holidays, entrance – EC $ 5). Frequently used in a single tour with Botanical Gardens Kingstown These lands almost completely overgrown with bougainwear, red jasmine and hibiscus forming an impressive green array.

On the sub-coast, the road literally clings for the slopes of the mountain, running past the steepness, lush valleys, extensive once planters and beautiful shores from ferrous sand. Just 1.5 km north of the pretty village Barrual with her decorative houses of strange architecture lies a calm and completely deserted beach of the Bay of Wallilab-Bay, just two kilometers north of which are noisy Wallow Waterfalls (the height of the fall 4.5 m). Little and isolated horseshoe beach Bay Bay Bay is widely known for its wild shore, ancient petroglyphs and beautiful mountain peak landscapes in the north. Symbols of Hindu mythology: Shiva and Parvati – were cut off by unknown artists on the walls of the caves in the Valley Buktow. And located nearby a stone with signs of Celtic writing, as showed by carbon dating, was extruded at about 800 g to. NS.

According to the covered coast of the highway, it leads to the north, through the Black Point Tunnel with a length of 115 m (built by slaves in 1815 to create a direct route for the transportation of sugar from northern plantations in Kingstown), past the salt water bodies of OVIA-Salt Pond, past the best rocky bays country. A rather remarkable place here is a completely unprotected beach Argil Beach, in its landscape more reminiscent of Northern Scotland than the Caribbean Sea (however, to swim here is also problematic). However, the Eastern end of the fertile valley of Marryak (Mesopotamia) comes here, where bananas, nutmeg, cocoa, coconuts and breadwinners grow abundant. And the Bay of OVIA (UI), lying almost on the very northeast of Cenp Vincent, is a popular place for diving lovers – in the coastal zone here you can find an underwater cave and outputs of numerous underwater sources.

Soufrier

La Sufrier (1234 m) – active, but currently inactive volcano, located in the northern part of Saint Vincent. This is one of the main attractions of the island and a lacquer bait for volcanog scientists from all over the world. This is one of the most studied volcanoes in the world – seismic stations and geophysical laboratories continuously control its activities, and researchers regularly conduct experiments on the development of earthly crust.

You can get to the foot of the soufrier with a highway passing through the covered coast, through the old center of the sugar industry – Georgetown and then through the Oranj Hill banana plantation, from where the trail goes to the crater. When visiting the volcano, it is recommended to hire an experienced guide, and it is needed not so much for the safety of climbing, how much is a specialist in the local flora and fauna that deserve separate attention – an eight-kilometer path runs through bamboo groves, a tropical rain forest, thick thickets of shrubs and at the end of Lavov Fields adjacent to the crater. From the top of the volcano, in fact and created Saint Vincent Island, the exciting panorama of the crater and the surrounding mountain arrays opens.

By the adjacent Western coast, a series of colorful fishing villages stretches: Kestel, Laiu, Barral, Shatker and others. Their charming houses of pastel colors and excellent shores from black sand, from which the brightly colored boats are moving daily, are popular as a recreation area after climbing the crustra of sufffer. One of the most famous areas of cluster of petroglyphs on the island is located near Lai. This is a separately lying stone block longer than six meters, on which the images of the Indian God of okaku are knocked out, which, as legends say, gave people the ability to grow manica.

PH-CENT-VINSENT

Island PH-CENT-VINSENT, Which locals often refer to just PI-CI (PSV), is 60 km south of Saint Vincent. The island is a quiet, hilly land of sushi area of ​​only 46 hectares, but also surrounded by three kilometers of snow-white sand coast. There is no airport, telephones in houses, television and almost no transport, but the doors of 22 local boarding houses never close, they don’t even hold locks here (they are replaced by the red flags that guests simply posts in front of the house if one wants to stay alone). All population of the island is no more than 50 people, they all work in the resorts and live in the village of Telescope Hill. From May 1966, the island belongs to Hazu Richardson and his wife Lynn (as well as, as they consider them, their four Labradors), which turned it into one big resort. This is the kingdom of hammocks, silence and virgin nature, and the service is carried out only at the request of the guest (in this case, the yellow flag is simply hung in front of the house).

Grenadines

The island group stretching from the north Grenadines consists of 32 islands and small reefs, which can only be reached by sea or by air. Every island, despite the overall origin, does not look like "neighbor", It has its own specialization in tourism and its own set of attractions, whether it is an emphasized-negligent decadence of Musy or a simple entourage of Union Island. It is also a popular yacht area and a first-class sea resort, which has all the conditions for diving underwater.

Becia

Becia, or "Island of clouds", is 14 km south of Saint Vincent and is considered the biggest island in the group (18 square meters. km). This hilly green island has previously been the center of shipbuilding and whale hunting. Today, maritime activities around the island are limited to yacht sports and boats or cruise shoes, but it is like a center of maritime tourism this island and became famous far beyond the region.

The commercial center of the island – Port Elizabeth lies on the shores of the Gulf of Admiralty Bay on the Eastern Coast. The city retains a good balance between the windowless "Dicness" and convenience, there are many restaurants, shops, clubs and guest houses. Gulf of Admiralty Bay – the main natural harbor of the island, is one of the most popular yacht parking in the Caribbean Sea, right in front of tourists. Local fishermen build their vessels or sell catch. The city itself is grouped around the berth where ferries come from Kingstown, and cruise or sailing ships – from all over the world. At the end, a small market selling fruit, spices, manufactory and jewelry, and a large number of shops, salons (most of them are focused on the whole port, and a large number of shops, salons (most of them are focused on yachtsmen) and restaurants. One of the attractions of the city is a few such small stores: Mauvin Model Boat Shop, which sells unique models of handmade vessels, as well as Bekia’s bookstore (a large selection of caribbean literature, cards and prints) and Garden Boutique, well-known for their batches. Directly opposite the latter rises the colorful building of St. Mary Cherch, widely known "air" Architecture and paintings by the work of the English artist John Consthebla (1953).

In the northeastern tip of the island, the Bay of Industry Bay is located within which the OldHeg’s skipping reserve is broken, guarding the fading turtle of Bissa (in winter hatched from eggs of the turtles is collected in special enclosures, releasing in the sea only after 2 years, when they have already grown and have much More chances to survive in a natural habitat). A little south you can explore the old plantation Spring and sishaling with small ptahs thumbs up shrubs and palm trees east. In the southwestern part of the island, near the village of La Pomp, opened the Atne-Museum-Musseum Museum (works daily, the entrance – $ 2), dedicated to the long history of whaling fishing on the islands and one of the most famous China hunters – Athnil Olivier. Also here is the artworks of Professor Sam McDauell, whose studio Page Farm is located nearby.

Becia’s shores, unlike the Northern neighbor, are composed of snow-white sand with a significant admixture of coral, and the beaches are clean and happily get rid of the crowd of vacationers. Rocky Capes and firmly overgrown bays here are mixed with secluded shores, literally asking for the canvas about the victims of shipwrecks. Although swimming in local purest waters deserves the most flatter estimates, the sea here will never bother – from time to time the beaches are raided wild waves, creating a special color and good conditions for surfing. Gemstone in the Crown of Bekia – stunningly beautiful horseshoe beach Princess Margaret Beach, lying near the Cape Princess Point. South, between the beach and the capital of the island, there is a somewhat more noisy Lower Bay, also well known to the excellent beach and a more developed service (also here are quite good conditions for snorkeling). Surrounded by hotels and restaurants of Freindship-Bay, oddly enough, not completely spoiled by the resort workers, and his perfect beach from golden sand is almost perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving (often to Rifu, enclosing the beach from the Atlantic, even suitable whales). On the territory of the island of fishing with Ostroga, as well as all sorts of traps and networks are prohibited, so the underwater world has preserved the same as he was here before the arrival of Europeans. Although it is worth noting that the islanders themselves are known for the whole world as the best (or one of the best) Garpiner, whose skill practically did not damage the marine ecosystem (as opposed to the mechanized fishing of some fleets). Therefore, they are glad to work with sea guides and pilots on numerous sports fishing vessels.

Musyik

Island Musyik Lies 20 km south-east of Bekia, has a size of 4.5 kV. km and is a private ownership since 1958 (at first they owned Lord Gotkonner, then he was donated to the princess Margaret on her wedding day, and in 1989 the island received status "public community", Staying still in the hands of one owner – Companies "Musyik"). Most of the 800 of his permanent residents work directly or indirectly on those who spend their holidays or vacations on this island, which for a long time was considered a symbol of wealth and fame (members of the British Royal Family, Bill Gates, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and others rested "stars"). There is even its own airline serving only the guests of Musca (the airport is located in the northeastern part of the island), as well as its yacht club and several dive centers of the highest class.

Attractions Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Despite its dry and hilly, typical "Grenadian" Landscape, the island is quite beautiful – now it is actively planted with coconut palm trees and citrus gardens, so his charm only increases. Fauna Island consists of sea turtles, frogs, crabs, lizards-iguan, herg and many other bird species, and the underwater world is colorfully rich. Its hilly landscape (the maximum height of the island is 119 m) and seven cozy valleys give a shelter 2 private hotels in extra class and 89 private villas, of which 57 are renting for rest (maintenance is modern and high-quality, and therefore very expensive), and small white beaches as if they came from the pages of advertising booklets. Good swimming seats and snorkelling can be found in Britany Bay’s Bay and near Makarone Beach Beach, also good shores of the beaches in Indevener, Lagoon, L’aneco and Slims (many of them have separate restaurants and service services). Very popular (and perfectly organized!) Riding and jumping into the water from small rocks protruding from the water near the shore of the island.

Canow

Crescent "Telep Island", As local residents themselves are often called it (it is translated from the Kariba name), takes about 11 kV. km and lies in the middle of the chain of Grenadines, 50 km south of Saint Vincent. Lush green hills and many reef-protected beaches are its main heritage. Barrier Coral Reef envelopes almost all the Atlantic coast of the island, providing excellent conditions for diving, and its white beaches are quiet and serene. From the highest point of the island – Maho Mountains (300 m) there is a picturesque panorama of low hilly areas of the central part of Canoman, Glossy and Freudship bays in the south and its pastoral capital Charleston, whose attractions are the Church of Yes 2 of a good restaurant near the coast. The resort complexes, who are considered among the most quiet places to stay on the planet (4 of them have repeated awards of the most prestigious tourist contests of the planet, are scattered in the most picturesque places of the island), there are even own casinos (Villa Monte Carlo) and Golf Club (Raffles -Rest).

Island Mero (Meiro) lies in the southern part of the chain of the Grenadine, between Canuan and Union, and is the smallest of the populated islands of the group (the total area is barely exceeded 4 kV. km). Almost 95% of its population (300 people live here) concentrated in the village of Old Vall, lying on the top of the hill in the southwestern part of the island. This is an isolated community that is only available by the sea, even electricity on the island was held only in 2002 (now one generator is supplied). The only way the road leads from the bay of Saltist to Salin Bay through Old Vall, whose attractions are a small school, a communication office and the Catholic Church of Mero (XX C), towering on the top of the rocky hill in the northern part of the village.

As it is easy to guess, looking at the local toponymy, the only source of income for the islanders until recently was the mining of salt, organized in the Salin Bay Bay. Now the same area is the location of the only local resort. The shores of Mero are best suited for a secluded rest, so from respect for guests, many of whom come here for the silence and peace, silence and peace reigns outside Salin Bay. Salta-Bay Bay, located on the northern tip of the island, is protected from Atlantic Waves and Storms with a long narrow oblique. This magnificent bay has transparent waters, beautiful white sands along the coast, calm conditions for swimming and protected parking for yachts. The island is framed by magnificent wide sandy shores, perfectly suitable for sailing, beach holidays and snorkelling, only tourists here are a bit (only during the approach to the banks of the cruise ships, some beaches at Saltistle Bay are filled with people).

Union

Island Union It is the most southernmost point of the Grenadines and has a size of approximately 5 by 1.5 km. His highlands (the highest point of the island and the whole group – Mountain Parnas, or taboons, 305 m) is visible from the sea from afar, which caused his second name – "Taiti West Indies". The island is the island of the rocky and dry, and almost all overwhelming the bushes of tern and cacti, in which the impressive herds of wild goats live freely.

The main city of Islands – Clifton lies in the southeastern tip, being the main commercial center of the island, and the gate to visit the internal regions of Union or the Reef Tobago (ferries come here from the neighboring islands, and also has its own international airport, open, however, only During the service period). Short walks from the city center to its outskirts are very easy and usually rich in impressions. Here you can find a charming local atmosphere, at first glance, completely inaccessible to understand the unauthorized observer and decisions of dozens of tribes and peoples, of which the local ethnos was formed. The inhabitants are almost always fun and truly happy to spread the pair of words with a foreigner, and this joy is not reminded by the waiting for money, as can be seen on some other islands of the region, they are simply bored to discuss the same thing among themselves (the population is only 450-500 Man and everything, naturally, know each other). The city is clean and even in its own way painted, has dozens of shops of all stripes, several restaurants and colorful market around the green central square. And his port, open for the East and protected by the barrier reef, is famous for its green very clear waters.

Little tourists already knowing about the features of the island usually visit the town of Ashton on the south coast – a popular recreation area, poorly "benefits of civilization", but but also considered the best place for picnics, hiking and excursions and "absorption" Spirit of these seats. However, there is a considerable amount "Romoma" shops, small universes and even a few excellent restaurants with quite reasonable prices. From here there is a lot of pedestrian trail through the most picturesque places of the island.

On the almost deserted northern side of the island there are two remote bays: Belmont Bay and Richmond Bay, – attracting guests with their turquoise waters and the smallest white sand. Big Send (Beach in Belmont-Bay Bay) has, besides excellent conditions for swimming and scuba diving, a good panorama for nearby reefs of Tobago, and also allows you to watch stakes and pelicans, feeding at some distance from the coast, but absolutely not afraid of presence man. More protected by sea waves Richmond Beach, lying east of Big Send, 25 minutes walk to the northwest of Clifton, deserves the title of a better place for swimming in all island. And if you follow the road from Clifton to the east, then a big siny ride with a large colony of waterfowl.

The best conditions for immersion under water can be found in Reefa Lagun, which protects the southern coast of the island. Blowing colorful marine life and very rarely visited by divers, reef provides excellent conditions for observation of the underwater life, especially near the tiny island of Friget Island. Uunion’s coast also has two excellent yacht parking: the magnificent bay Chatham with a long beautiful beach and the Clifton port itself.

Palm Island

Flat as desk, private island Palm Island, Or Prug Island, (44.5 hectares area) lies in just one and a half kilometers east of the island of Union. The island received his name because of the abundance of elegant coconut palm trees, which are framed by his shores (there are about 8,000 of these trees, landed the former owners of the island: John Caldwell and his wife Mary). This tropical oasis, who once represented a sad piece of sushi, abounding with waste and salty swamps, today is a large private resort that has twenty small white-named tourist complexes (in essence – separate villas) stretching along the coastline. It is possible to dine in the open air, sunbathe on wide snow-white beaches or immerse yourself in crystal waters in Casuarina Beach, which stretches almost throughout the western coast of the island. All service here is only for guests of hotels, although it is not forbidden to be located in the territory of the island and "Wild tourists", It is only necessary to pre-harmonize your visit to the administration of the complex.

Reef Tobago

The group is uninhabited Tobago Islands Lies near the southern tip of the Grenadines. Many believe that these reefs are the best in the gigantic arc chain of the Rhymes of the Caribbean, leading as evidence of beautiful corals of all conceivable species and an abundance of life in surrounding turquoise waters. Huge Horschee Reef protects these five desert and fairly rocky islands with overgrown cactus slopes, and covers covered with beautiful powdery white sand. Currently, the Rifa creates a national park. The reef visits are not limited, but fishing, water skiing or anchor parking lots are prohibited here, and a rather impressive penalty is imposed for the left garbage (however, local teenagers will quickly remove all traces of tourist stay for a small fee, but it is not worth abuse).

The best places for diving and snorkeling here are considered to be a PC frame on the south side of the reef, which is somewhat southeast of the Barabell, more southern RIF PF Broad and the Southern Reef Group – Jamesby. More experienced divers will find interesting waters from the external circuit of Reef Horschoe, however, the flows and wind here are changeable and can deliver a lot of trouble. Many episodes were filmed on the island of PT-Tobak "Pirates of the Caribbean", And the island itself is one of the most interesting conservation zones of the region.

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