Moonhole is a private community on the island of Bequia (Bek-way) in the Grenadines which derives its name from a massive arch formed in volcanic substrata through which the setting moon is sometimes visible. Founded by Thomas and Gladys Johnston in the 1960s, Moonhole is now a private nature preserve. In the late 1960s, the Johnstons retired from the advertising business in New York and founded the Moonhole community on the narrow western tip of the island. Tom and "Gladdie" began building a house beneath the arch with the aid of local masons from the nearby village of Paget Farm. Using whalebones, native hardwoods, and objects recovered from the sea, they built large open rooms with magnificent views of the sea. Without wells or electricity, they collected rainwater from the roofs and stored it in cisterns for bathing and washing. Tom and Gladdie later established Moonhole Company Limited and allocated the 30 acre property to the company.View On Map
Situated on the northern point of Admiralty Bay, beyond Hamilton village is the Hamilton Fort. The original structure is long gone however both French and English cannons, retrieved from the waters around Bequia, are now placed there. The view alone is worth a visit. The defence of the entrance to Admiralty Bay was a priority for the British. In 1771, the harbour was described as being "very fine, where Ships of Force may safely ride", and ideal for docking (no such harbour existed in St. Vincent at that time). Due South of Hamilton Fort, on the small headland above Lower Bay, there was a second fortification where the approach from St. Vincent was covered by additional emplacements.
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. Our personally owned Blue Grenadines concierge service firm can arrange day trips to this island encompassing freshly caught seafood and drinks.
Just an hour's sail away from Bequia (a lot less with a power boat) will take you to prestigious Mustique which is home to numerous celebrities and royals. This island is ideal for a day's visit by sailboat or powerboat. Our personally owned Blue Grenadines concierge service firm can arrange day trips to this island.
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! Our personally owned Blue Grenadines concierge service firm can arrange day trips to these little islands.
Salt Whistle Bay is one of the nicest beaches in the Grenadines. There are only a few local vendors around offering souvenirs and a couple of yachts. This beach has two sea sides (the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea) within a few meters of each other. The Caribbean sea side has beautiful turquoise water which is calm and great for swimming or snorkeling, whilst the Atlantic Sea side is rougher and ideal for Kitesurfing or and other water sports, when chartering a power boat, this location is usually a popular place to stop. Our personally owned Blue Grenadines concierge service firm can arrange day trips to this island when going to the Tobago Keys by power boat.
Union Island is the furthest of the inhabited islands from St. Vincent. Viewed from a boat sailing south through the Grenadine chain, Union has a striking silhouette, with a volcanic peak, Mount Parnassus rising 300 meters above a coastline of long white sand beaches and small coves. The vegetation covering the steep slopes and valleys of the interior are more arid than St Vincent, but with each corner turned, its hiking trails still provide spectacular views. The main community, Clifton, is a busy port which is regularly serviced by the ferry to St. Vincent, yachts and fishing boats. It also 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. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange sail charters throughout the islands including Union Island.
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' and is the brain-child of one man: Janti, who was volunteering to remove conch (or lambi as their known in the Grenadines) shells from the beaches of Union Island. He began piling the empty shells up on the reef in Clifton Harbour and before he knew it, visitors began using the conch pile as a make-shift bar. Within a few years, an awful lot of conch shells, some cement and a tremendous amount of work done almost solely by himself, had produced a Grenadines institution. The island is completely self-sufficient when it comes to energy which is entirely generated using solar panels and by harnessing the wind. There are often barbecues going on Friday nights and visitors are welcome almost any hour of the day since Janti and his wife actually live in the back of the bar!
Mopion Island is not actually an island, but rather a sandbank. This superlative sandbar located in St. Vincent & the Grenadines - has appeared on dozens of magazine covers and continues to inspire artists, photographers and writers, as well as the average yachtsman. A quintessential deserted island, Mopion is quite literally the poster child for the Caribbean. There is no way that you can travel all the way to the Grenadines and miss this unique photo opportunity: a dollop of sand surrounded by a transparent sea, is without even a single palm tree. The only speck of shade on Mopion is from a thatched hut in the middle of a sandbar 100 feet around. Take your chartered yacht right up to Mopion shore to be anchored. Bring a cooler and spend the entire day lounging around on the island, soaking up the sun, or wading in the shallow water. Mopion Island is surrounded by a very well-developed series of reefs and great snorkeling can be found around the sandbank.
La Soufriere Volcano
This is a massive, active volcano which extends accross the northern third of the island of St. Vincent. It 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 guided tour (recommended) to La Soufriere volcano is a rigorous, uphill hike which takes you along the picturesque windward coast of the island to the crater, which can then continue down the west coast (along the Leeward side) terminating in the valley of Chateaubelair - this is an all day excursion. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange all these trips.
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 via your choice of a bamboo bridge or conventional bridge, and then through a clearing in the middle of a picturesque bamboo grove brings you to the first, tall waterfall. Another short, but more difficult walk will take you up to the second waterfall, directly above the first. The waterfalls flow all year from a tributary of the Richmond River. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange tours to these falls when visiting St. Vincent
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, the National Flower: The Soufriere Tree (Spachea Perforata), and the National Bird (Amazona Guildingi). 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 of the city of Kingstown and the Grenadines. The old barracks accommodate a museum which depicts the colorful history of the Black Caribs. The fort is also the location of the St. Vincent Signal Station which provides a 24 hour radio (VHF) monitoring system. It is located just above Kingstown and is fairly straightforward to visit when in St. Vincent for the day.
Walk from Port Elizabeth along gently sloping Spring Bay after which you can then take the Pea Patch road which takes you to the very top of the bay. Spring Top has a viewing point with spectacular vistas overlooking the island including views of the "mainland" St. Vincent. You can visit this attraction with a taxi tour on the island.
Ma Peggy Hike
In this area (a bit to the east) you will see a big bare rock sticking clear of the vegetation. That is Peggy’s Rock (also called Mount Peggy). A hike to this point offers a spectacular panorama of Admiralty Bay, so don’t forget your camera. A lightweight pair of binoculars might be fun to have, too.
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. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange trips to these ponds when arranging tours to St. Vincent (the main island).
Hope Estate, Bequia
Hope Beach Hike
From the Old Fort one can take a lovely hike to Hope Beach arguably the nicest unspoiled beach on the island. It takes about 20 minutes and if you drive part of the way only about 10. Hope beach is a scenic white-sand beach with a large tropical plantation, where gold was found some years ago. Ask the staff for directions or look at the hiking map which will be in your information folder in your room.
Ravine Beach Hike
One can hike to Ravine beach which is the only black / grey sand beach on the island. You can follow a more direct route via the Old Fort's development road or a more scenic walk through the estate which leads you around the hotels private estate (located above the sea) onto a historic cart road before you head on over to this beach. Chances are there will be no one there and you will have this place all for yourself (ideal for honeymooners). It takes about 15 - 25 minutes depending on your walking speed. You can also drive a part of the way and then it would be no more than 10 minutes.
Mt. Pleasant, Bequia
Hike through Old Fort Estate
Hike through the Old Fort Estate's own development which is over 28 acres of pure serenity. 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 sea. On the way you will see an abundance of wildlife, flowers, birds and other island creatures. Just next to this spot above the sea is a lovely cactus and rock stone garden. This plateau above the sea is an amazing viewing spot, where one can picnic, or have an idyllic wedding ceremony. From there you can continue through the old cart road to beautiful Ravine beach if you wish. Chances are there will be no one there and you will have this place all for yourself (ideal for honeymooners).
Mt. Wynne, St. Vincent
Mt. Wynne Beach
To the north of Layou is Mt Wynne which has two lovely black sand beaches. We still fondly recall Queen Elizabeth II bathing here in the late 1960s and the southern stretch of sand is named after her.
Richland Park, St. Vincent
Located in the mountains above the Mesopotamia Valley and blessed with fertile, volcanic soil and frequent rainfall. Here you will find an array of exotic flowers, spices and plants interspersed with green foliage in an environment which is cool, misty and quiet. The gardens are opened to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between the months of December and August. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange tours to St. Vincent including Montreal Gardens.
Lowerbay beach is one of the favourites for various visitors to go and hang. It has several nice restaurants and is a busy spot during several peak seasons of the island such as the Bequia Music Fest and Easter Regatta. This beach is only a 5 - 10 minutes drive away.
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 also a favourite for numerous 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.
A journey along St Vincent’s windward coast takes you past the site of the international airport development at Argyle along a rugged and windswept coastline of villages, rocky bluffs and black sand beaches.
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.
ust to the north of Barrouallie is Wallilabou Bay, a port of entry for visiting yachts, and the location where the opening scenes of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl were filmed.It is a picturesque 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, thank goodness, much of the film set remains and is a real treat for fans of the movie series.
Kingstown is the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The port city is known for its Botanical Gardens, founded in 1765 and home to tropical plants and aviaries. On a ridge above the bay, the 1806 Fort Charlotte offers panoramic views of the archipelago. The city center has 19th-century churches such as St. Mary’s Cathedral. The lively Kingstown Market sells local produce. Popular Villa Beach is nearby.
Villa & Young Island
Young Island is the consummate Caribbean paradise. An Eden of powder white sands, tropical gardens, azure seas, and the perfect combination of privacy, natural charm and luxury. Deliciously indulgent, relaxing in the extreme. We know you will love it here.
Vermont, St. Vincent
Vermont Nature Trails
The Vermont Nature Trails lead through the reserves of tropical rain forests which are ideal for hiking, bird watching and also provide the opportunity to observe many species of wildlife, cultivated fields and hundreds of plant species. Blue Grenadines, our personally owned concierge service firm, can arrange tours through these trails when visiting the Leeward coast of St. Vincent for the day.
Friendship Bay Hike
One can hike to Ravine beach which is the only black / grey sand beach on the island. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes however one can also drive a part of the way and then it is no more than 10 minutes. From this beautiful beach one can walk through the grassy pasture behind the beach to the top of St. Hilaire Point which is an amazing headland overlooking Friendship Bay and Mt. Pleasant. Once you arrive here and have taken on the lovely views you may want to walk a short distance down to Friendship Bay. There you can relax, having drinks or lunch, at one of the establishments along the Bay. From Ravine it takes about 15 - 20 minutes to get to Friendship Bay