Founded by Thomas and Gladys Johnston, Moonhole is now a private nature preserve which was founded in the 1960s on the narrow western tip of the island, an area to which one could not drive. Now a private community deriving its name from a massive arch formed in volcanic substrata through which the setting moon is sometimes visible, it is something very special to see.
Hamilton Battery lies to the North of Admiralty Harbour and provides visitors a fantastic view overlooking the entire span of Admiralty Bay. It was built in the late 18th century by the French who fortified the site to protect the harbour approach from the English.
Isle à Quatre
Isle à Quatre is an island which is uninhabited and located only a mile or two from Bequia. It consists of various beautiful beaches and a pristine blue lagoon ideal for snorkelling. Through our concierge service you can arrange day trips to this island which can also include freshly caught seafood and drinks.
Just 6 miles from Bequia is beautiful and chick Mustique Island, which is home to numerous lavish villas and the holiday homes of various celebrities. This is where the royal family often come for their vacation. The island is like a large park with a few nice restaurants making it ideal for a day's visit. Once there you can take an island tour, relax on macaroni beach, or have lunch at famous Basil's Bar. We can run you over there easily on our very own powerboat called Bandit.
These islands are a world-renowned small collection of cays surrounded by some of the most spectacular waters in the world. The protected natural reserve is home to some of the most amazing coral reefs and aquatic life in the Caribbean. The Tobago Cays also provided the setting for some of the most memorable "Pirates of the Caribbean" scenes. Let us know when you would like to visit these islands, and we can take you there for a fun filled day in style, on our personally owned "Bandit" powerboat.
Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau Island
Salt Whistle Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Grenadines. It has two sea sides (the Atlantic and Caribbean) within a few feet of each other. The Caribbean side has beautiful turquoise water which is calm and gentle for swimming, whilst the Atlantic side is rougher and more unspoiled. One can also take a tour of the island and take in the various sights including a historic church and a trip through its little charming town. Bandit our own luxury power boat can be chartered with this location usually being a popular place to stop for lunch.
Union Island is the furthest of all inhabited islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It has a striking silhouette, with a volcanic peak rising 300 meters above a coastline of long white sand beaches and small coves. The main community, Clifton, is a busy little sailor haven which is regularly serviced by ferry from St. Vincent, yachts and fishing boats. It has several locally run restaurants, shops and a market green. It is Union's distance from "the mainland" that has given it much of its character and intimacy. We can arrange a "one in a lifetime" trip to any of these islands anytime.
Happy Island is a man-made island in the middle of Clifton Harbour which serves as an oasis for rum lovers with a proclivity to 'liming' (hanging out). The island has a very charming vibe and offers visitors a very extraordinary experience with its intimate bar and delicious food.
This unique sandbank has appeared on dozens of magazine covers and continues to inspire artists, photographers and writers, as well as the average yachtsman. There is no way that you can travel all the way to the Grenadines and miss this unique photo opportunity. Charter our own powerboat to take you all the way down to this special place. With drinks included you can lounge around on the island, soaking up the sun, or wade in the shallow water. Mopion Island is surrounded by a very well-developed series of reefs where you can have a great snorkelling experience as well.
La Soufriere Volcano
This is a majestic, active volcano which extends across the Northern part of the island of St. Vincent. This special landmark rises majestically over 4000 feet (1,234 metres) and last erupted in April 1979. Its name comes from the french word soufre, meaning sulphur. A day for this is recommended, setting off early with the morning ferry and taking an extended drive along the picturesque windward coast of the island until arriving at the foothills of the hiking path (takes 2 - 3 hours to the top). Through our special guest concierge service, we would happily arrange a trip for you.
Richmond, St. Vincent
Dark View Falls
Dark View Falls are two spectacular waterfalls, one above the other, cascading down high cliff faces and plunging into natural pools. A short and easy hike to the falls through rainforest and across the Richmond River and then through a clearing in the middle of a picturesque bamboo grove brings you to the first, taller waterfall. Another short, but more difficult walk will take you up to the second waterfall, directly above the first.
Kingstown, St. Vincent
The Botanical Gardens was founded in 1768 as a commercial breeding ground for plants brought from other parts of the world and is believed to be the oldest such gardens in the Western Hemisphere. These spectacular gardens are filled with intricate and rare species of plants, flowers and trees including a breadfruit tree from the original plant brought by Captain Bligh in 1793. These gardens are located within Kingstown the capital and are very straightforward to visit if overnighting in St. Vincent or visiting the island on a day trip.
Edinborough, St. Vincent
Fort Charlotte was built in 1806 on Berkshire Hill 600 feet above sea level. This fortification, named after King George III's wife, has a magnificent view overlooking the city of Kingstown and the Grenadine Islands. The old barracks accommodate a museum which depicts the colourful history of the Black Caribs. The fort is located just above Kingstown and is fairly straightforward to visit.
Spring Top is a scenic viewing point which offers visitors spectacular vistas overlooking the island including views overlooking the "mainland" St. Vincent. You can visit this beautiful attraction when taking an island tour or let us call Brent, the original "Bushman", who we recommend to take guests on hikes.
Ma Peggy Hike
Ma Peggy, named after an elderly lady who used to live there, is the top of an incredibly scenic mountain that offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view overlooking most of Bequia and the Southern Grenadine islands. Its a very enjoyable walk which can be done from various locations and takes one through pastures and brush to the top. We can arrange this hike for you through our very own "Bush Man" who also has an extensive knowledge in other areas such as the local vegetation and animals that live in the wild.
Owia, St. Vincent
Owia Salt Pond
Near the Carib village of Owia on the North-Eastern coast of St. Vincent this natural feature comprises a huge bathing pool enclosed by rocks and ridges and a constant supply of sea water produced by the strong waves from the Atlantic Ocean. This location is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming and snorkelling. Through our concierge service we can arrange trips to these ponds when organising tours to St. Vincent. A day trip or two is perfect for experiencing some of these natural wonders on the "main island".
Hope Estate, Bequia
Hope Beach Hike
From the Old Fort one can take a lovely hike to white-sand Hope Beach which is arguably the most beautiful and grand unspoiled beach on the island. This beach looks out to the East and has a tropical plantation that surrounds it. There are several derelict structures including a house and old bar. It is a great place to spend several hours or even the entire day. It takes about 20 - 40 minutes to hike depending on speed.
Ravine Beach Hike
One can hike to intimate and tranquil Ravine beach which is the only black sand beach on the island. Use our historic cart road which is located on the top of a ridge and takes you through our estate before you head over to this beach. Chances are there will be no one there and you will have this special place all for yourself. This hike overlooks the ocean and takes about 20 - 30 minutes depending on walking speed.
Mt. Pleasant, Bequia
Hike through Old Fort Estate
Hike through the Old Fort Estate's own estate which is over 28 acres of pure serenity. On the way you will see an abundance of wildlife, flowers, birds and other island creatures. One can hike a beautiful path stopping at various viewing locations all the way down to the flat headland which is located just above the ocean. This plateau is an amazing viewing spot, where one can picnic, or have an idyllic wedding ceremony. From there you can continue on through the old cart road to beautiful Ravine beach and on to Friendship Bay.
Mt. Wynne, St. Vincent
Mt. Wynne Beach
Mt. Wynne beach is reputed to be one of the best black sand beaches on St. Vincent. The site attracts many visitors and has grown into a popular recreational and entertainment spot with there being many activities especially for national holidays. It is used quite often by visitors en route by boat to and from the Falls of Baleine. Mt. Wynne Beach occupies two sites adjacent to each other, along the Leeward Coast approximately eleven miles from Kingstown.
Richland Park, St. Vincent
These gardens are located in the mountains above the Mesopotamia Valley and blessed with fertile, volcanic soil and frequent rainfall. Here you will find a wide variety of exotic flowers, spices and plants interspersed within green foliage in an environment which is cool, misty and quiet. The gardens are opened to the public on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm between the months of December and August. Through our concierge service we can arrange tours to St. Vincent including these special gardens.
Lower Bay Beach on Bequia is a top choice for swimming and snorkelling, and there are a number of beach front restaurants for visitors to choose from. The beach is a broad expanse of soft sand set against the turquoise sea, with an abundance of marine life for those who enjoy the view underwater. The surf is usually gentle, making Lower Bay Beach a great place to swim and frolic in the water.
Princess Margaret Beach
Princess Margaret Beach is just down from Port Elizabeth on the leeward side of the island. The beach is a lovely ribbon of golden sand which is so named because Princess Margaret enjoyed a dip there in 1958. It is one of the best beaches for swimming and also a favourite for yachties due to the vicinity of the most popular places to anchor. This beach has only one restaurant, which has a very attractive lunch menu and is great for looking at sunsets.
Journey along St Vincent’s windward coast along beautiful rugged and windswept coastline of villages, rocky bluffs and black sand beaches. Stop at Ferdie's Footsteps in Georgetown, the islands first capital town, for a mouthwatering lunch of various local delicacies; or drive inland and take a short walk to one of the many waterfalls. One can drive all the way to Fancy where up to this day numerous indigenous Caribs live. Insider pick: Stop off at the Owia Salt ponds, a natural rock formation where one can enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Along St. Vincent’s leeward coast, winding roads curve around the steep cliff sides, slipping down into valleys and then sharply up to rocky bluffs. The views are wonderful, both inland to forest covered mountain ridges and deep river gorges, and also seaward to where the blue waters of the Caribbean lap gently into numerous sheltered coves and secluded anchorages. Stop at one of the roadside waterfalls for a cool off or several other great locations such as Wallilabou Bay where the first Pirates of Caribbean Movies were filmed.
Just to the North of Barrouallie is Wallilabou Bay, a port of entry for visiting yachts, and one of the main locations for the scenes in the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. It is a picturesque little anchorage for sailors – not forgetting Captain Jack Sparrow who infamously set foot on the jetty here, just as his small boat sank beneath the waves. The three pirates he sees hanging as he approaches were hanging at the natural rock arch at the entrance to the bay. Though the hanging men have been removed, much of the film set remains and is a real treat for any visitors.
Kingstown is the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This port city is known for its Botanical Gardens, which have been founded in 1765 and are said to be the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. On a ridge above the bay, the 1806 Fort Charlotte offers panoramic views overlooking the archipelago. The city center has several 19th-century churches such as St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lively Kingstown Market sells a wide variety of local produce. The capital city is a fun place to spend a time where visitors will get a number of special sights to behold.
Villa & Young Island
The island's most popular strip is narrow white sand Villa Beach which is only a 10-minute drive from Kingstown and a nice spot from where to look at the sea. Its tranquil waters make swimming safe, offering several good restaurants and bars from where one could grab lunch or just a drink. Combine it with a trip to Young Island, a unique and special island resort, from where you can be pampered be it for just a few hours or the entire day.
Vermont, St. Vincent
Vermont Nature Trails
The Vermont Nature Trails are incredibly scenic and beautiful to visit! These immense reserves of tropical rain forests are ideal for hiking, bird watching and also provide the opportunity to observe many species of wildlife, cultivated fields and hundreds of plant species. We recommend a visit to these trails when in St. Vincent for the day whilst driving along the Leeward coast of St. Vincent.
Friendship Bay Hike
One can hike through the Old Fort estate to Ravine beach which is the only black sand beach on the island. From this beautiful and secluded beach one can walk through a spacious grassy pasture to the top of St. Hilaire Point, which is an amazing headland overlooking a gorgeous view. From here it is only short distance down into Friendship Bay. The length of the hike is approximately 45 - 60 min.