The island chain country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (commonly referred to as just St. Vincent) is located in the eastern portion of the Caribbean Sea. The island is located about 100 miles (160 km) due west of Barbados. The largest island of the St. Vincent chain, called St. Vincent is a very small—being only 11 miles (18 km) wide and 20 miles (32 km) long, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on your list of places to travel.

The Land

When you think of island life, you probably envision clear aqua-colored seas and white sand beaches. That’s what you will find when you arrive St. Vincent. The volcanic island is small, but packed with hidden resorts and activities.

The main island, St. Vincent, has an active volcano that last erupted in 1979. Tour guides lead expeditions through the rugged terrain to showcase the volcano. The other 31 islands in the island chain offer typical tropical escapes. Read on to learn more about specific top attractions.

Montreal Gardens

The St. Vincent Montreal Gardens are located at the Montreal Estate, surrounded by the rainforest. The Gardens cover seven-and-a-half acres of the island and are a must-see for those who enjoy beautiful local nature. Within the Gardens, there are three different sections.

  • Rainforest Garden: As its name suggests, this garden highlights the natural rainforest surroundings. It features a walking trail through the rain forest.
  • Colour Garden: This garden highlights a variety of native plants and flowers, which together, create a colorful scene.
  • Formal Garden: This garden varies from the other two, in that it features planted box arrangements.

This attraction is one of the more popular things to do if you’re visiting St. Vincent.

Lower Bay Beach

Lower Bay Beach, St. Vincent’s most popular beach attraction, can be found on the island of Bequia. Unlike other beaches in the island chain, the surf at this beach is gentle, which contributes to its popularity. There are countless hotels, vacation rentals and restaurants located close to the beach as well.  

Owia Salt Pond

Formed by a volcanic eruption, the Owia Salt Pond, which is located on the main island of St. Vincent, is a very popular spot among locals and tourists alike. You can visit the pond, which has been rumored to have therapeutic qualities, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Please note that children who are under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times. Additionally, proper attire must be worn (no nudity!), and smoking and loud music is prohibited.

If taking a dip in the salt pond isn’t up your alley, there are other attractions located around the pond as well. There is a gazebo, playground and garden located above the ponds for all to enjoy this attraction.

Summary

The 32-island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a picturesque view into Caribbean life. From exploring the natural wonders of the island, to relaxing on the beach, to enjoying the local food, there are countless things to do. Don’t wait to book your vacation here any longer.

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