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Need to get away from it all? Here’s why St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the best sun destination you’ve never heard of.
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Why Choose St. Vincent and the Grenadines?
Sometimes you just need to get away to a place where the only ice you’ll find is in your drink, and your daily commute requires nothing more than flip flops.
South of St. Lucia and west of Barbados sits the greatest escape you’ve never heard of. A chain of 32 islands—each with their own unique flavour—boasting clear skies, brilliant blue water and friendly faces. Here, you can relax the day away in a seaside hammock, or challenge yourself with outdoor activities, and, unlike so much of the Caribbean, you can do it all in relative peace and quiet, as it’s largely unspoiled by tourism.
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St. Vincent Botanical Gardens
Kingstown is a picturesque capital city located at the south end of the big island of St. Vincent, not far from the airport. While you’re there, stroll through the lush St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, the second oldest such gardens in Western hemisphere. Since the mid 1700s, rare species of plants have been cultivated here, originally to provide medical herbs for the military forces stationed on the island. Be sure to meet the pretty multi-coloured St. Vincent Amazon parrots at the Nicholas Wildlife Aviary, located in the gardens. They’re considered a vulnerable species, and although rare, are hard to miss on account of their brilliant plumage. Don’t miss these other great tropical destinations for birdwatchers.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on the rugged La Soufrière Cross Country Trail, which winds across St. Vincent for 15 kilometres. One of the highlights of the trail is the hike up the Soufrière volcano at the north end of the island, which last erupted in 1979. You’ll need a local guide for the punishing 6 kilometre trek (approximately two hours) from the Rabacca trailhead near Georgetown to the top of the volcano, but it’s well worth it for the breathtaking views of the island. Check out more of the world’s most gorgeous rock formations.