This small island in the Atlantic island has the typical Caribbean climate. The sea is warm enough for swimming throughout the year; the water temperature ranges from 26℃ to 28℃. There is on average 8 hours of sun year-round perfect for sailing and sunbathing! The summer highs in St. Vincent can reach up to 33℃ while in the winter months the coldest recorded temperature is 17℃. St. Vincent however does get more rainfall than most Caribbean islands. Wet season is May to December and the wettest month is October. The dry season is from January to April. The trade winds from the northeast blow steadily in the range of 15 to 20 knots. So, when traveling north to south the wind is always on your beams. These conditions make your sailboat charter in St. Vincent ideal.
The island has a small population with most of its inhabitants in the capital city of Kingstown, and generally in the southern section of the island. A sailboat charter in St. Vincent allows you the opportunity to experience and become one with nature. There are numerous nature trails for every hiker. Hike the Cumberland trail in the upper Cumberland Valley. This trail was a roadway to the Upper Vermont Valley. Originally, it was used by villagers to move animals, however, in the 1960s reforestation by the Forestry Department helped maintain the trail. Planting trees like the Caribbean Pine and the Blue Mahoe were also a part of this initiative. Second on your nature discovery in St. Vincent is Mesopotamia Valley. Situated northeast of Kingstown is the picturesque valley often referred to as St. Vincent’s “breadbasket” as it is the source of fruits, vegetables, root crops and spices for the entire island. The valley is the only way to access the 7-acre Montreal Gardens. The gardens are at the end of the Mesopotamia Valley and close to Grand Bonhomme mountains. This very scenic garden, created by Tim Vaughn, is surrounded by banana plantations and rainforest. The gardens are separated into 3 parts all of which have been carefully designed and sculpted. The gardens feature winding paths, steps and bridges, a tunnel and a river. Since the garden is elevated, you can relish in the panoramic view of St. Vincent island and the ocean in the distant.
During your sailboat charter in St. Vincent, discover natural and man-made wonders hidden in the island. Owia Salt Pond is an uncommon yet stunning pool, at the northern tip of the island. Surrounded by lava rock formations, this pond was formed when lava from Soufriere volcano met the sea and rapidly cooled forming a bowl at the water’s edge. This natural phenomenon may seem like swimming in an aquarium as jellyfish and reef fish are washed into its waters. The coral reef formations add to this nautical experience. The lava rocks themselves have been eroded from rushing waves and that is how they got there unusual yet enticing shape today. A sailboat charter in St. Vincent will allow you to see the second wonder of the island, man-made yet has so much history. The Black Point Tunnel in Georgetown is a man-made marvel constructed in 1815, by African slaves and the Caribs. The tunnel is also known as Jasper Rock Tunnel. It was constructed under British Colonel Tomas Browne. The tunnel is 360-foot long and through solid volcanic rock in order to transport sugar to the ports in Kingstown. Considering the mechanical equipment available in the 1800s, this tunnel is a true engineering masterpiece. The tunnel may look familiar to some as it was a filming location for the first Pirates in the Caribbean movie. St. Vincent has so much to offer with new things at every turn. If you venture far enough into the island you may discover something no one has seen!
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