Kingstown, St Vincent

Kingstown, St Vincent

Introduction to Kingstown, St Vincent

Kingstown - the capital city of St Vincent - is affectionately known by locals and visitors alike as the “City of Arches”, with intertwining cobbled streets that lead to magnificent churches, and an array of historic stone buildings. The town's waterfront has dramatic black sand beaches framed by lush mountains and a busy local fish market to explore.

Beautifully unspoilt, St. Vincent is an idyllic haven just waiting to be explored. Take a relaxing stroll along the waterfront in Kingstown and discover the town’s pretty squares or travel along the island’s windward side to admire the dramatic scenery of black sand beaches and thunderous surf, framed by lush mountains.

Kingstown - the capital city of St Vincent - is affectionately known by locals and visitors alike as the “City of Arches”. The cobbled streets intertwine and lead to magnificent churches, and an array of historic stone buildings. The wharf area is a hub of activity, home to the local fish market which is well worth a visit. On the outskirts of the city you will find the Botanical Gardens, a peaceful haven of vibrant colour and lush greenery.

Away from Kingstown and you will find an abundance of rainforest , beautiful reefs and crashing waterfalls to explore, all of which combine to make this island a dream for those looking for something closer to nature.

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DOLPHIN SPOTTING (TOUR L)

• Enjoy a cruise along the west coast of St Vincent
• Keep your eyes peeled for the marine wildlife that inhabits the area
• Don’t forget your camera
 

Boat Tour
Price£55.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Set sail along St Vincent’s stunning coastline in search of some of the several species of whale and dolphin that are commonly found here.

The landscape of St Vincent is characterised by majestic mountain ranges that descend in to the Caribbean Sea. This topography lends itself to bottom feeding by the whales and dolphins that inhabit the waters surrounding the island. Seven species of whale and eleven species of dolphin are commonly found in the area, on most tours there is a 95% success rate in spotting pan-tropical and spinner dolphins, and a 50% success rate of sighting pilot and sperm whales.

This experience takes you by boat to where marine life is most often found frolicking amongst the waves. Cruise along the west coast of St Vincent, viewing the natural bays, quaint villages and other wonders such as the bat cave, the ancient lava flows and black sand beaches that depict the island’s rich volcanic history; and don’t forget to watch for the brown booby birds that nest on the cliff face.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, and is considered suitable for all guests as long as they are able to get on and off the catamaran unaided. For reference, there is a walk of approximately 100 metres (330 feet) from the ship to the tour transport. Guests are reminded to bring a hat and sun protection. Please note that we cannot guarantee any sightings of wildlife. For reference, the catamaran used does not have a PA system.


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GARDENS OF ST VINCENT (TOUR D)

• Admire the lush and verdant exotic flora of St Vincent’s Gardens
• Keep your eyes peeled for St Vincent’s National bird – the Amazona Guildingii
 

Gardening Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Vibrant colours and the sweet-smelling scents of St Vincent’s Gardens are sure to appeal to keen gardeners and enthusiasts alike.

Your tour will begin with a drive through the bustling capital of Kingstown, where you will be able to see both the historical and modern buildings. In the centre of Kingstown, a symbolic statue can be seen, which is commonly referred to as the Cenotaph War Memorial. This was erected in memory of the brave Vincentians who fought and died during the First World War.

Your first stop will be at the Botanical Gardens, which were established in 1765 and are considered to be one of the oldest gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Within this eight-hectare (20-acre) site you will be invited to view a wide variety of tropical flora, including a breadfruit tree, which is derived from a suckling brought to St Vincent by Captain Bligh. You may also get to see the island’s national bird – the endangered Amazona Guildingii.

Continuing, you have an approximate 45-minute journey to reach the Montreal Gardens, which are tucked away in the interior of the Mesopotamia Valley. This area is commonly known as the Food Basket, due to its rich and fertile soil. The Gardens are located at an elevation of approximately 919 metres (3,017) feet above sea level and give rise to fantastic views of the surrounding hills and valleys including the banana fields. Your guided tour will allow you to stroll along the paths, sit beneath the huts and simply enjoy your exotic surroundings.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour will involve approximately two hours of walking and standing over varying terrains, including gravel. There will also be steps to negotiate at each of the stops. We cannot guarantee what fauna might be seen. Please note that guests are not permitted to walk on the grassed areas.


 


Snorkelling, St. Vincent

KAYAK & SNORKEL

  • Paddle through the crystal clear Caribbean waters during a kayaking adventure
  • Get up close to the underwater world as you snorkel amongst the marine life

 

Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity

On this tour enjoy a kayaking adventure along the Caribbean waters, before taking the opportunity to snorkel amongst the colourful marine life.

Leaving the quayside, you will drive along the south west coast and on to Buccament Bay. Upon arrival here, you will be provided with a safety briefing and instructions before you are assigned to your kayak.

Setting off on your adventure, you will follow your guide as you paddle along the lush coast, gliding through the crystal clear water. Make your way to the Bat Cave, before arriving at Byahaut Cove where you can enjoy some time at leisure to snorkel. This delightful cove is only accessible from the sea and was the location for the Pirates of the Caribbean film. The magical reef here is home to an abundance of marine life, flora and fauna. Should you not wish to snorkel, you can simple relax on the beach and feel the sand between your toes. St Vincent is renowned for its black volcanic sand beaches, which shimmer and sparkle as the warm Caribbean sun hits the sand from different angles.

Feeling relaxed, you will then kayak back to Buccament Bay, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink before driving back to Kingstown and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is an active tour with approximately 40 minutes of kayaking each way in addition to snorkelling, therefore it is not recommended to guests with back and/or neck problems or those with limited mobility. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 12 years. Guests should be comfortable in the water, be able to swim and able to cope with occasional currents. All participants must have a basic experience of kayaking – it is an outdoor activity that requires some physical fitness. Please note there will be both single and double kayaks used during this tour – we cannot guarantee guests travelling together will be in a double kayak. Life vests will be supplied and are compulsory. We suggest you come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothing and do not forget a towel. We cannot guarantee what marine life or flora will be seen. Please note there are no amenities on the beach. Depending on swells, the trip through the Bat Cave may not be possible.

 


KINGSTOWN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take in the best of Kingstown as you admire the bustling city
  • Admire the colourful flora found at the Botanical Gardens
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Discover more about St Vincent’s capital, Kingstown, as you take in a tour of the charming town.

Begin with a drive through the bustling capital of Kingstown – the centre of commercial activity within St Vincent. Your first stop will be the Botanical Gardens, which were established in 1765 and stand on approximately eight hectares (20 acres) of land. Here you will be invited to view the numerous species of tropical flora, including the Sucker, which was derived from the first breadfruit plant brought to St Vincent by Captain Bligh of the Mutiny Fame. The national parrot – Amazona Guildingii – may also be seen during your visit.

Next, a short scenic drive brings you to the Carnegie Building, which houses a museum where you can view artefacts of the pre-Columbian era. The collection is now vested with the National Trust of SVG who operates from the Carnegie Building.

The final leg of your tour will take you to the recently refurbished Grenadines House, a hotel perched on one of the hills overlooking the capital of Kingstown. Here you will be able to relax and unwind after the day’s activity, enjoying a sip of a complimentary rum or fruit punch whilst savouring the beautiful scenery of Kingstown and its surroundings.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour over varying terrains, including grass and gravel. There will also be steps to negotiate at the Botanical Gardens and Grenadines House – unfortunately, as there are no ramps or lifts, we do not recommend this tour to wheelchair users. What flora or fauna might be seen during this tour cannot be guaranteed. Please note that mini buses will be used for the journey to Fort Charlotte, due to weight restrictions on the drawbridge here. Following this visit you then re-board your regular tour transport for the remainder of your excursion.


Mustique, St. Vincent

MAGICAL MUSTIQUE (TOUR C)

  • Discover the private island of Mustique
  • Relax on the pristine white sands or take a dip in the inviting waters
  • Savour free time to explore at leisure
Beach Tour Boat Tour
Price£115.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The exclusive island of Mustique measures just five kilometres by two and a half (three miles by one and a half), and has long been a firm favourite with the world’s elite, including British royalty. Admire the island’s perfect blend of simplicity, comfort and sophistication as you savour a day of relaxation here.

Cruise over to Mustique for a day of relaxation. Your motorised catamaran will take you past the island of Bequia. As you travel, you will no doubt notice some rather unusual homes set in amazing natural rock formations and arches known as the Moonhole. You will also cruise past the historic whaling station on the island of Petit Nevis.

Upon arrival at Mustique, the choice will be yours. You might like to explore the island at your own leisure, soak up the sun on one of the beaches – including the world-famous Macaroni Beach - go for a swim in the crystal clear waters, take a look at the fishing village or shop at some of the quaint boutiques.

All too soon it will be time to cruise back to Kingstown and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The majority of walking on this tour is at the discretion of the individual, however there are a few steps to negotiate, and all guests must be able to board the catamaran unaided. Rum punch and other beverages will be served during your journey. Alcohol will be served within reason and limited per person. For those of you wanting lunch or a snack (at your own expense), there are two main restaurants on the island - for reference, lunch at Mustique averages at around $60 per person. It may be possible for you to organise a guided tour of the island, however there are only three taxis available, so please let your captain know at the beginning of the tour. The catamaran will be boarded via the tender pier. Parts of the vessel will be covered, and there will be toilet facilities onboard. For reference, the crossing to Mustique may be choppy, and guests are advised to take travel sickness medication if required.

 


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SCENIC ST VINCENT (TOUR F)

  •  An ideal way to see the island’s highlights from the comfort of your coach
  •  Gain an insight into life in the villages along St Vincent’s windward coast
     
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Breathtakingly unspoilt, St Vincent is an idyllic haven just waiting to be explored. Your panoramic drive will allow you to gain an overview of the island with limited walking involved.

Your journey begins to the scenic coast of this beautiful isle, but first you take a short ride around the bustling capital city aptly named Kingstown, or the ‘City of Arches’.

Many of the most prominent landmarks in Kingstown are the churches; you will be invited to enjoy an exterior view of three of the most impressive buildings, all of which were built in the first half of the 19th century. St George’s Anglican Church is known for its exquisite stained glass windows, one of which Queen Victoria donated and was designed by the well-known English stained glass designer, Charles Eamer Kempe. St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption was built in several stages and reflects several styles of architecture. The Kingstown Methodist Church, like the St George Anglican Church, was built by slaves, and has recently been renovated.

Leaving Kingstown behind, you travel along the island’s windward side, where you can admire the dramatic scenery of the black sand beaches and thunderous surf, surrounded by lush mountains. Throughout your journey you will hear about the historical and interesting stories of the many villages you travel through.

Before returning to your awaiting ship, you will make a brief stop to enjoy a sip of refreshing coconut water.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is predominantly a coach tour and is therefore considered suitable for all guests as long as you are able to get on and off the coach unaided. Unfortunately the transport used does not have space for wheelchairs; however these may be stored at the cruise terminal until you return


 


Friendship Rose, Kingston, St Vincent

SCHOONER ESCAPE TO BEQUIA (TOUR B)

• Sit back, relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings on Bequia’s last remaining sailing schooner
• Admire stunning views of St Vincent’s picturesque coastline
• Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins
 

Boat Tour
Price£135.00 - £150.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Enjoy a sailing experience on a time-honoured schooner – the perfect environment to soak up the Caribbean atmosphere.

Departing from the quayside you will board the traditional West Indies wooden sailing schooner The Friendship Rose for a light breakfast of coffee, tropical fruits and chilled juices before hoisting the sails and setting off – you can even try your hand at the wheel!
  
Travelling along the rugged coast you will be invited to watch for dolphins, whales and turtles as you relax on the comfy canvas cushions on deck under the billowing sails.

As you travel across from St. Vincent, keep a look out for the fascinating and rather unusual homes set in amazing natural rock formations and arches, known as Moonhole. Sailing into Bequia - where traditional boat building skills of old are still practiced – the crew will point out where this very schooner was built by hand on the beach and where Blackbeard commissioned his ship and began his terrible career.

Upon your arrival into Bequia, your schooner will be anchored just off Princess Margaret’s Beach. Here you can enjoy time at leisure to perhaps stroll along the white coral sand beach, snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters or simply relax in a hammock onboard the schooner whilst listening to tales from the captain.

A two-course Caribbean lunch will be served onboard before once again you are invited to explore Port Elizabeth and perhaps discover the model boat builders, local boutiques and market stalls. Back onboard, you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst your schooner weighs anchor and prepares for the return sail to Kingstown harbour.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We recommend that you come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes and don’t forget to bring a towel and adequate sun protection with you. A tender boat will be used to transfer you to and from the shore; there will however be approximately five steps to negotiate to embark/debark the tender. Snorkelling equipment and life vests will be available to use throughout the duration of your tour – we kindly suggest that your life vest is worn throughout the entire duration of your tour and that extra due care and attention is taken when swimming or bathing. Toilet facilities will be available onboard the schooner. The activities and the amount of walking undertaken at Princess Margaret’s Beach and Port Elizabeth is at the discretion of the individual. Please ensure that you listen to the safety briefing, and follow the crew’s instructions at all times.


TOUR J - BEST OF ST VINCENT

  • Appreciate the history and culture of St Vincent
  • Admire the tropical flora at the Botanical Gardens
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3¼ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour will allow you to gain an overview of the island of St Vincent, visiting key historical sites.  Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the island’s national parrot.

Your tour will begin with a short drive through bustling Kingstown to Fort Charlotte.  Completed in 1806, this former British Garrison was named in honour of Queen Charlotte – wife of King George III, the reigning monarch of England at that time. Here you will be able to view a collection of paintings depicting the history of the Black Caribs, marvel at cannons dating back to the 17th century or simply admire the panoramic views of Kingstown and the northern Grenadines.

Continue to the Botanical Gardens, established in 1765 and considered to be one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.  Within this eight-hectare (20-acre) site you will have the opportunity to view a wide variety of tropical flora, including a breadfruit tree derived from a sapling brought to the island by Captain Bligh (famed for the mutiny on the HMS Bounty). Whilst you explore the garden, don’t forget to keep a look out for a glimpse of the national bird of St Vincent – the endangered Amazona Guildingii.

Your tour will conclude at a beach bar, where you can relax and enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour over varying terrains, including grass and gravel.  All guests must be able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. There are some steps to negotiate at the Botanical Gardens and at the beach bar.


Vermont Nature Reserve , Kingstown, St Vincent

VERMONT NATURE TRAIL - TOUR E

• Spend time hiking along the Vermont Nature Trail 
• Keep your eyes peeled for the island’s rare parrot which call this area home
• Discover one of St Vincent’s hidden gems as you hike along the Vermont Nature Trail.

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.25 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Located in the southern interior of St Vincent, the Vermont Nature Reserve comprises 4,398 hectares (10,870 acres) and offers a chance for you to see the island's rare parrot in its natural habitat.

Departing the quayside, an approximate 40-minute drive will take you to the lush Vermont Valley. En route your guide will educate you on St Vincent's ecology, including its flora and fauna.

Upon arrival here, you can enjoy an approximate three hour strenuous trek. The trail offers you the opportunity to walk through forest plantation and rainforest, the habitat of many species of wildlife. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the endemic Amazona Guildingii parrot in its natural environment. Other birds you may see include the Whistling Warbler, Black Hawk, Green Heron and Crested Hummingbird.

Following your trek, you are invited to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, before re-boarding your tour transport for the return drive to the quayside.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2017/2018 CARIBBEAN SEASON.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a very strenuous tour with an approximate three hour trek over uneven ground, with lots of inclines and declines; tree roots and rocks will be encountered. It is only suitable for guests who are physically very fit, and not recommended for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must bear in mind the paths may be slippery when wet, and if the surface is dry there may be loose gravel. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Sun protection and a bottle of water may also be a handy addition to your bag. Refreshments consist of either a rum punch, fruit punch or bottle of water. Please note we cannot guarantee what flora or fauna may be seen. A meeting will be held on board for all guests participating.


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