East Caribbean Dollar
Best time to visit:
from january to may
In a word:
Pass me the sunscreen, please
Trekking on the volcano La Soufrière passing through the banana plantations before reaching the top; Diving along the wonderful St Vincent reefs; A drink with Mick Jagger at Mustique
In this portion of the Small Antilles it seems as if a divinity had enjoyed throwing small pebbles in the middle of the Caribbean Sea that have, over time, turned into islands (mostly microscopic) surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling or diving. Only ten inhabited islands, a fact that reassures an elite tourism that guarantees privacy and exclusivity.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines form a nation composed of islands, famous among those who spend the winter traveling on their yacht, between the aristocracy and among the rock stars, but little frequented by most other visitors. Saint Vincent is a pleasant island, a little out of the way and with a jagged coastline, while the other 30 islands and atolls that make up the Grenadines are among the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean.
These 32 islands that make up the archipelago of St Vincent and the Grenadines – former English colony in the Lesser Antilles - they seem to be made for those who love the sea by boat. Constant wind, calm sea and crystal-clear bays make it the dream destination of every sailor, but also of those who prefer the comforts of a catamaran cruise or a motor boat.
It is on these islands that the most authentic charm of the Caribbean resists, those not yet reached by mass tourism. A vacation in this archipelago, suitable for couples and families, means exploring intact places and unspoiled landscapes, as well as discovering the traditions of its inhabitants. From annual festivals full of music and colors to Caribbean cuisine – among the typical Creole dishes of the place, the callaloo soup, crustaceans and bul jol, a fish-based dish and the fruit of the breadfruit are appreciated, up to local craftsmanship: there are many ways to discover the cultural richness of the "earth of the blessed ”.
The names St Vincent and the Grenadines recall a series of exotic and idyllic images of island life. Fantasy is not far from the truth.
In fact, here is an archipelago of the Caribbean Sea that is not yet very heavily exploited: white sandy beaches on deserted islands, crystal clear waters lapping the shore.
We arrive in Kingstown, the bustling capital that preserves the characteristics of the colonial era thanks to the cobbled streets frantically traveled by its inhabitants.
I love crossing groups of schoolgirls who go to school, each with their own uniform according to the school they belong to, this is a legacy left by the British!
The remoteness of this and other islands from the rest of the world has created a very particular culture, a strong desire to emulate what is seen on TV. The musical preferences seem to be closely linked to the various generations. The Rastas, no longer young, appreciate the relaxed rhythms characteristic of old legends like Bob Marley; the younger ones are, instead, attracted by American rappers and almost try to emulate them even in the look.
Kingstown is a small tourist center that can be appreciated for its typical West Indian atmosphere, as well as for its landscape rich in natural beauty: from the vegetation-covered hills to the golden beaches overlooking the intense blue of the Caribbean Sea.
If you go up to visit the fortress, built in 1806, you can embrace the whole archipelago with your eyes, enjoying a spectacular view that will leave even the most experienced traveler breathless. Colonial-style buildings alternate with Creole-style houses and stone and brick buildings. The city is the main port of the country and is the ideal place to relax while strolling through its cobbled streets and crowded with street vendors and stalls selling fish, rum and chocolate.
The atmosphere here is truly sparkling and is the real attraction for tourists.
In the city there are also interesting examples of local architecture, such as the St. Mary Cathedral of the Assumption, which represents a curious mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Moorish elements.
I would have liked to know more about the local culture and its magnificent islands but the weather is often tyrant so that, aboard a local PMV, crammed with children, strollers and a myriad of locals, we go to Villa Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches!
We are completely stuck to one another while we pass along landscapes of a shocking nature, we remember that here they shot the trilogy “Pirates of the Caribbean”!
We spend the whole day relaxing by the sea ...
We are ready to start again, as old sea wolves already think of the next dream stage! After all, the beauty of the Caribbean is just this, so many paradisiacal islands a short distance from each other!