The islands below St Lucia and above Carriacou form the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. We spent some weeks in this chain, starting at St Vincent. We did not particularly enjoy the island, despite it being home to some beautiful scenery as well as the film set of Pirates of the Caribbean. St Vincent has an ugly reputation for crime against yachties as well as being one of the world’s major centres for the production of marijuana. Wherever we went we were plagued by pushy boat-boys, some of whom had clearly been sampling the local home-grown produce or worse. We enjoyed seeing the film set of Pirates of the Caribbean in Walilibou bay (Keira was absent sadly), where we went after the very beautiful Chateau Belair and Cumberland Bay. Before leaving St Vincent we took a tour up the island to see the extremely beautiful Montreal Gardens, full of lovely tropical flowers, plants and fruit trees.
In Bequia we stopped for a week or so, during which I did the first of my dive courses, qualifying as an open water diver. This included a number of absolutely stunning dive over pristine coral populated by riotously colourful reef fish. I even saw a seahorse! Tom didn’t want to be left out so he had a trial dive in Bequia too, although he’s too young!
From Bequia we had a lovely sail to Canouan (not very pleasant) and to Mayreau. Mayreau’s a very small island with an archetypal Caribbean anchorage at Saltwhistle Bay, a tiny church, a school and terrific views over to our next stop, the Tobago Cays. [Please see separate Gallery]
Date(s): May 2006. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 66 of 66 Total. 18319 Visits.