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Wonders of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

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

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WorldViolet Top 17 wonders of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Geological wonders

Moonhole arch of Bequia

An enormous natural arch at the seaside, with a small, ecologically oriented community under it and next to it. Moon can be observed through the arch at certain times of the year.

Hanging Arch in Wallilabou Bay

Small island – natural arch at the shores of Young Island.

Falls of Baleine

One of the most impressive waterfalls in Saint Vincent, 19 m high, with a single drop.

Baleine Falls, Saint Vincent
Baleine Falls / CT Snow, / CC BY 2.0
Byahaut Caves

Large grotto – cave where one can enter with a boat. Numerous bats live in the cave.

Dark View Falls

Picturesque falls with two drops. The lower drop is some 18 m high.

Trinity Falls

Possibly the most impressive waterfall in Saint Vincent, with three drops, approximately 12 m high. The upper drop is wide, with three separate streams falling vertically.

Archaeological wonders

Yambou Gorge

Spectacular gorge with petroglyphs – 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 the Caribbean. Part of the engravings was endangered by airport extension.

Buccament petroglyph cave

Cave shelter with a near-unique group of petroglyphs – rows of abstract symbols that look like primitive writing.

Layou Petroglyph Park

Group of enormous petroglyphs on a large stone, the largest ones in the Lesser Antilles. Petroglyphs are made by indigenous people before the 18th century.

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

Group of thirteen boulders with man-made, circular holes.

Architecture wonders

St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere and, possibly, the oldest in the tropics. The 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.

St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanic Gardens
St. Vincent and Grenadines Botanic Gardens / Rjkooljay, / CC BY-SA 3.0
Moonhole community

A group of buildings located in a natural setting – on a steep coast, some under a giant natural arch. The development of this ecologically oriented community was started in 1967 by Thomas and Gladys Johnston. Part of the construction is made from whale bones.

Kingstown St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral

Highly unusual, even a phantasmagoric building, constructed in the 19th century in a mix of different styles.

Montreal Estate Gardens

One of the most attractive parks in the Caribbean with a multitude of tropical plants. This 3-ha large garden is surrounded by rainforest and mountain scenery.

Black Point Tunnel

Some 90 m long tunnel, hewn through the live rock around 1815 by slave work. This tunnel provided an access route for sugar exports.

Kingstown St. George’s Anglican Cathedral

Neo-Gothic cathedral, built in 1820. Impressive stained glass windows.

Fort Charlotte

Historical fortification some 180 m above Kingstown. Construction started in 1763, completed in 1806. Built by the English to protect Kingston from French and Caribs, living on the island.

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