With their clear aquamarine waters, deserted beaches, spectacular scenery and dramatic landscapes, the Grenadines and St Vincent are beginning to awaken to the tourism, attracting a great number of yachtsmen and enthusiastic travelers alike from all over the world. And while the Grenadines are famous for the best sailing waters in the Caribbean, St Vincent is visited for its lush beauty and tranquility.
Although you won't find here fantastic cuisine, spectacular beaches or exciting nightlife, the Grenadines still have several renowned attractions making them worth exploring as well. Inhabited by the descendants of African slaves, the Grenadines are dominated by British customs with signs of Gallic cultural influences but with distinct West Indian flair. The islands boast several English-style houses, the majority of them looking as if they belonged to Cornwall or Penzance rather than the Caribbean.
The north side of Kingstown is marked by Fort Charlotte, constructed on Johnson Point during the American Revolution. Located some 630 feet above the sea, the fort offers a fantastic view of the Grenadines to the east and Kingstown to the south. On a clear day it is possible to see Grenada.
Another major site, the Botanic Gardens was founded by Governor George Melville in 1765 on the north side of Kingstown at Montrose. You'll enjoy twenty acres of tropical exotics, including almond, teak, nutmeg, cinnamon, mahogany and cannonball, some of them being over 200 years old. North of Kingstown you'll see the village of Barrouallie with the Caribbean stone altar, and as the highway continues to Chateaubelair, you'll enjoy the attractive Richmond Beach and the volcano La Soufriere.
While choosing St Vincent and the Grenadines for your next vacation in the Caribbean you'll be offered a wide range of lodging options, the majority of which are comfortable and small places where visitors can usually get personal attention from the staff. Most St Vincent and the Grenadines hotels are fairly simple lodges that may lack luxury and sophistication but boast a stunning array of on site and nearby activities and sports.
Possibly the most widely reputed Grenadines lodges; Firefly Hotel is recognized as one of the first buildings constructed on Mustique. Established in 1972, it functioned as a simple bed and breakfast inn until huge investment was made to enlarge and upgrade the hotel and the restaurant in 1990s. Despite the fact that Firefly comprises only four bedrooms, it is best known for its animated restaurants and bars on the island, with lots of visitors enjoying partying till morning.
Each of the guest rooms features Caribbean decor, mahogany furniture, ceiling fans, a bathroom with showers and a plunge pool and bedroom with antique four-poster bed. Some of the hotel facilities include two outdoor pools, restaurant, bar, tennis and golf nearby, limited room service and laundry service. A wide range of water sports will amaze even the most enthusiastic travelers, who will be offered to experience snorkeling, dive adventures, surfing, water skiing, hiking, Bequia Dingy Sailing and sunbathing among others.