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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Main attractions

Landscape in Saint Vincent
Landscape of Saint Vincent / CT Snow, / CC BY 2.0

This Caribbean country offers great scenery and has many interesting natural landmarks, archaeological and architecture values. Especially interesting are the mysterious petroglyphs.

Natural landmarks

Waterfalls

  • Dark View Falls – Saint David. Picturesque falls with two drops. Lower drop is some 18 m high.
  • Falls of Baleine – Saint David. One of the most impressive waterfalls in Saint Vincent, 19 m high, with a single drop.
  • Trinity Falls – Saint David. Possibly the most impressive waterfall in Saint Vincent, with three drops, approximately 12 m high. Upper drop is wide, with three separate streams falling vertically.

Other natural landmarks

  • Byahaut Caves – Saint Andrew. Large grottoe – cave where one can enter with a boat. Numerous bats live in the cave.
  • Hanging Arch in Wallilabou Bay – Saint David. Small island – natural arch at the shores of Young Island.
  • Moonhole arch of Bequia – Grenadines. Enormous natural arch at the seaside, with small community of ecologically oriented community living under it and next to it. Moon can be observed through the arch in certain times of the year.

Man made landmarks

Layou petroglyphs, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Layou petroglyphs / / CC BY-SA 3.0

Petroglyphs

  • Buccament petroglyph cave – Saint Andrew. Cave shelter with near unique group of petroglyphs – rows of abstract symbols which look like a primitive writing.
  • Layou petroglyphs – Saint Andrew. Group of enormous petroglyphs on a large stone, the largest ones in Lesser Antilles. Petroglyphs are made by indigenous people before the 18th century.
  • Petit Bordel petroglyphs – Saint David. Group of thirteen boulders with man made, circular holes.
  • Yambou Gorge – Saint George. Spectacular gorge with petroglyps – eight engraved rocks. Most of these prehistoric engravings depict faces, one (so called Cacique) shows a man with thirteen rays around his head – unique in Caribbean. Part of engravings was endangered by airport extension.

Churches

  • Kingstown St. George’s Anglican Cathedral – Saint George. Neo-Gothic cathedral, built in 1820. Impressive stained glass windows.
  • Kingstown St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral – Saint George. Highly unusual, even phantasmagoric building, constructed in the 19th century in a mix of different styles.
St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanic Gardens
St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanic Gardens / Rjkooljay, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Parks and gardens

  • Montreal Estate Gardens – Charlotte. One of the most attractive parks in Caribbean, with multitude of tropical plants. This small garden (3 ha) is surrounded by rainforest and mountain scenery.
  • St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanic Gardens – Saint George. The oldest botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere and, possibly, the oldest in tropics. Collection started in 1765, gardens contain many rare plants. Here grow breadfruits brought by William Bligh from Tahiti. Aviary of the endemic St. Vincent Parrot.

Other man made landmarks

  • Black Point Tunnel – Charlotte. Some 90 m long tunnel, hewn through live rock around 1815 by slave work. This tunnel provided access route for sugar exports.
  • Fort Charlotte – Saint Andrew. Historical fortification some 180 m above Kingstown. Construction started in 1763, completed in 1806. Built by English to protect Kingston from French and Caribs, living on the island.
  • Moonhole community – Grenadines. A group of buildings located in a natural setting – on a steep coast, some under a giant natural arch. This ecologically oriented community was developed since 1967 by Thomas and Gladys Johnston. Part of the construction is made from whale bones.

List of described attractions by parishes

Sain Vincent and the Grenadines are divided into 6 parishes:

Charlotte
Grenadines
Saint Andrew
Saint David
Saint George
ArrowFalls of BaleineWaterfalls
Saint Patrick

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