The capital city of the country St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Kingstown, it is also the chief port of the island St. Vincent. Also called ‘the City of arches’ Kingstown is where your mainland adventures will begin. Visit the Kingstown Market preferably on Friday and Saturday. This is when vendors from the entire island come to sell their fresh produce. Head to Kingstown’s Bayfront along the seafront to Bay Street. This is where you can find the city’s fish market. After walking through as many arches as you can, take a quick trip just west of Kingstown to Fort Charlette. This historic fort built in 1806, perched at 180 meters, gives you an amazing panoramic view of Kingstown. When it was first built it housed 600 troops and a battery of 30 canons, some are still standing today. Your catamaran charter in St. Vincent gives way to the experience of a lifetime… visiting the oldest botanical garden of its kind in the western hemisphere. Situated on 20 acres., the gardens were founded in 1765 by General Robert Melville, governor of the British Caribbean Islands. They are famous for being the destination of Captain Bligh’s second visit when he introduced breadfruit to the island. A descendant of one of the original breadfruit trees is still in the gardens today. Here you can also see the national bird, St. Vincent Parrott perched in trees in the gardens thanks to the breeding and conservation program. The conversation efforts of the program have increased the population from 400 to more than 800 since the 1980s.
This small island holds so many hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered! Starting with the St. Vincent Dark View Falls. To reach the falls you will take a short hike from the parking lot and cross a suspended bamboo bridge. From there you will pass through a bamboo grove to reach the falls that create two different pools. The falls flow from the Richmond River and they have an elevation of 110 ft. Another hidden gem is the Vermont Nature Trail. The trail is 2 miles long inside the 10,870-acre reserve in the southern interior; it takes you through the rainforest where you can view spectacular endemic flora and fauna such as: Gri-gri palm, Tree Fern, Whistling warbler, Congo Snake. During your catamaran charter in St. Vincent visit Wallilabou Bay. This picturesque bay features a black sand beach, two small boat docks, and a natural stone arch at the mouth of bay. Wallilabou Bay may look familiar as it was one of the filming locations in all the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies. The last place to discover in St. Vincent is the Falls of Baleine. It can be reached by catamaran by sailing the leeward coast of the island. It is a 60-foot waterfall that is concealed by volcanic coastal formations and cliffs.
Fort Duvernette was built in the 1790s to protect Calliaqua Bay where sugar was loaded onto ships bound for English ports. There are 225 steps that make up the spiral staircase accessing the top of the fort to get an amazing view of St. Vincent, Young Island, Bequia and Mustique. There are remains of original batteries of canons and buildings atop the fort. This fort is only accessible by boat making it the perfect excursion during your catamaran charter in St. Vincent. The waters surrounding the fort are filled with White Sea Orchids and sea grass. It is also a roosting site for tropical birds like Ramie Pigeons, Blue Herons and Sea Hawks. There are a couple of myths surrounding the fort. Why does the fort have a French name but was made and used by British soldiers to defend the bay from the French? How did they get the canons to the top? How did they carve the stairs? You may be able to answers these questions once you get there or you may even have more. The adventure awaits!
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