St Vincent Island is the largest island in the island chain properly referred to as St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is positioned in the Caribbean Sea where it meets the Atlantic Ocean to the east, in the Lower Antilles between Barbados and St Lucia to the north and Grenada to the south. Although the St Vincent Caribbean island is only 18 miles long by 11 miles wide, it is densely populated with approximately 120,000 people. Besides the some 20,000 residents of the main town of Kingstown, the population is largely distributed throughout coastal communities of Chateaubelair, Layou, Georgetown, Barrouallie, and Calliaqua.
St Vincent Caribbean destinations like St Vincent Island, Bequia, and Mustique are becoming increasingly popular tourist spots for people from around the world. This is due in large part to tropical climate and year-round pleasant weather, together with the beautiful white-sand and black-sand beaches. A major appeal of St Vincent Island is also the crystalline blue waters, much of which is reef protected, making for warm and still currents that are excellent for swimming, as well as diving and snorkeling. When you travel to St Vincent Island, you will also have the ability to visit any of the other islands in the Grenadines (like Mustique or Tobago Cays) and you are also within relatively close range of Barbados, Grenada, and St Lucia. It is easy and not that expensive to take ferries throughout the island chain. You can also book a flight to Canouan or Mustique from St Vincent Island to enjoy more amazing seafood, calypso, steel pan, and generally, a truly memorable Caribbean experience.
There are a lot of things to do on St Vincent Island related to eco-tourism and water sports and activities. The beaches are beautiful on St Vincent Island and most of them are black-sand beaches. For gorgeous white-sand beaches on the island, head to Villa Beach or Indian Bay. There are many more pristine white sand beaches on Union Island, Bequia, and Canouan, to name a few in the Grenadines.
Hiking is another popular activity on the St Vincent Caribbean islands, and most notably St Vincent Island. This is because of the over 4,000-foot Mount Soufriere, an active volcano that provides amazing hiking opportunities on the islands. You can also hike the coastline and rainforest trails. Diving and snorkeling are two more activities that rank among the most popular in this part of the Caribbean. The crystal blue, reef-protected waters on the west coast and southeast coast of St Vincent Island offer spectacular experiences for both experienced and novice divers. Boating, fishing, and yachting are also big draws to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
People always want to enjoy shopping and dining on vacation, and there are plenty of options for these things as well on St Vincent. Grenadines Wharf, the Wallilabou Craft Centre, and the Kingstown market are several places to enjoy shopping and there are lots of nice restaurants in Kingstown and at the resorts and luxury hotels on not only St Vincent, but also the rest of the developed Grenadine islands. Dining consists of lots of wonderful seafood and Creole, but you will have no trouble also finding a range of international favorites as well.
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