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Honeymoon in St Vincent & Grenadines

One of the most unspoilt idyllic locations in the Caribbean for weddings and honeymoons...

Known by the Caribs as Hairouna (“Land of the Blessed”), St Vincent & the Grenadines, comprising 32 beautiful islands and cays located in the Eastern Caribbean like a necklace with spectacular landscapes, beautiful beaches and turquoise blue waters, welcomes you to one of the most unspoilt idyllic locations in the Caribbean for weddings and honeymoons.

The islands have retained their age-old, castaway ambience of unspoiled beauty where couples can relax in barefoot tranquility in a veritable Garden of Eden.

Indeed St Vincent & the Grenadines provides all the staples of a memorable wedding: something old (the rich history of the islands goes back several millennia), something new (a small group of professional Wedding Planners), something borrowed (a number of appealing resorts sprinkled amidst the island nation’s old South Pacific “Bali Hai” ambience vibe) and something blue (the stunning azure sea).

Saint Vincent and Grenadines honeymoonFrom eco-resorts to old forts, classically elegant resorts on private island escapes, St Vincent & the Grenadines is the best place to escape the stresses of traditional wedding planning.

Beaches & Anchorages

Leeward Coast

Chateaubetair - The bay here, with its 40-foot deep reef and array of brightly colored fish, is a snorkeler’s dream. While usually a good anchorage, especially on the eastern half of the bay, the northerly swells in the winter months can cause difficulties.
Cumberland Bay - The bay is very deep and those boats wishing to anchor will need to do so with a bow or stern rope to a palm tree. There is no customs clearance.
Petit Byahaut - Four moorings are available at the resort at Petit Byahaut. There is a small beach, diving and snorkeling are superb. At Dinosaur Head (in front of Byahaut Point) you will find a 120-foot wall covered in sponges, seafans and coral.
Troumaca Bay - This small well-protected bay, with room for only a handful of yachts, has some mooring posts on the beach. There is good snorkeling along the northern shore.
Wallilabou - This picturesque bay is a good diving spot and reliable line handlers are available to help secure yachts. Customs can be cleared here between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm.
Kingstown - Customs and immigration can be cleared at Kingstown Harbour and there is a tie-up for yachts.
Mount Wynne - This expansive black sand beach is a local favorite. It lies on the leeward coast thus the sea is very calm. There are toilet facilities, benches and huts. The ideal spot for a picnic and for anchoring speed boats and yachts.

South-East Coast

Blue Lagoon - Surrounded by palm trees, this area with a lovely beach provides a very pleasant anchorage. Moorings are available at Barefoot Yacht Charters or The Lagoon Marina.

Villa Beach and Indian Bay - There are two white sand beaches on mainland St. Vincent located on the southeast end of the island. They are divided by a small hilly projection and are easily accessible. Both beaches offer good snorkeling and provide lovely views of Young Island and some of the Grenadine islands.

Young Island Cut - The anchorage here, lying in clear water, is a favorite with yachts people. Anchor with care as the current sweeps both ways and the center of the cut is 65 feet deep. Moorings are available, but stay clear of the sea bed close to Young Island itself. No customs clearance.

Saint Vincent and Grenadines honeymoonWindward Coast

On the windward side of the island there are a number of beautiful black sand beaches. Especially popular is Argyle, a long beach unto which breakers crash furiously. Most of the windward beaches are not recommended for swimming. Also you will find a lovely picturesque, long beach at Black Point.

Brighton Beach is a secluded black sand beach. This beach faces the Grenadines. It has high waves and is the perfect place for a bit of boogie boarding.

Culture

Culture is best thought of as the sum of practices maintained by a people reflecting their way of life; which includes traditions, beliefs, entertainments, dress, and language. It is both the “Things they do” and "How they do them". National identity is closely bound with culture since a person’s national identity is in part a by-product of their culture. It should be remembered that culture is a dynamic concept since the “way of life” for a group is always subject to changes.

In St Vincent and the Grenadines the history of the country has produced a marvellous heritage of Amerindian strength of spirit, fused with European governance, to which we add African inventiveness, complemented by Asia’s resilience philosophy.

At this time a number of festivals give vision and voice to the myriad influences that shape our culture today. The festivals cover different areas of interest such as sailing, dance, music, traditional celebrations, and other such things. The national calendar of activities has some activity in every month. Of special note are March for celebration of National Heroes, A Gospel Festival in April, Carnival in July, October sees us celebrating Independence; and in December there is a Christmas festival, that is unique to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, called Nine-Mornings. Our Carnival is called Vincy Mas and is considered second only to Trinidad & Tobago. It gives opportunity for expression of artistic talent in carnival costume, steel band, calypso, soca and various other forms of entertainment.

Food is another element of culture and the country developed from an agro base. One of the most recently developed festivals is in celebration of the Breadfruit. Traditionally, it was a major food staple for the poor; however, its stature has grown to the point where now it is on every plate, when ever possible. Of course, the adoption during the 1950s of breadfruit and jackfish as the national dish certainly helped.

Of note in the National Identity of Vincentians is that we are characterised as friendly and hospitable to all who visit our islands. All the elements of our culture are easily felt and experienced by visitors. But it is interesting to realise that most Vincentians by so constantly living their pattern do not have a consciousness of their culture. Of course it is a matter that we note that the people who visit us have an accent when they speak while we do not.

Arts and Crafts

To see the best of St. Vincent Arts and Crafts visit the National Exhibition, the Christmas or Carnival Arts and Crafts Fairs and special events held at the Cruise Ship Berth. During showcases of the Island’s Cottage Industries and Artists’ Studios, discover an eclectic array of beauty, function and whimsy, from oil paintings and conch shell galleons to egg shell mosaics and coconut helicopters. Handcrafted clothing and shoes, steel pans, goatskin drums, books by and about Vincentians, jewellery, carnival dolls and a variety of wood carvings can also be found.

The fibres and flowers of the island’s wood and grass lands are the raw materials for much traditional craft and modern art work. See how bamboo, banana fibre, palm leaves, grass and flower petals are crafted into hats, mats, slippers, toys, baskets and pictures of Island life.

At other times see a selection of work during short walks through Kingstown, upstairs at the new Kingstown Vegetable Market or at the Craft Outlet in Frenches. The National Trust building (ask for “the Old Public Library”), upstairs from the Alliance Francaise, is the venue for exhibitions for young artists; hosted by local and guest painters.

More paintings are now on show at the Bounty Restaurant & Art Gallery (Tel: (784) 456-1776) on Egmont Street and on the outskirts of Kingstown in Villa at the Ocean Allegro Restaurant (Tel: 784 457-4425).

On the leeward coast of the Island, enjoy meeting artisans at Fibreworks in the Buccament Valley at Penniston. Founded by artist/designer Vonnie Roudette, here they utilise local materials and human resources to create unique hand-crafted items that are authentic reflections of the environment and its people.

Also on the leeward side look out for the Wallilabou Craft Centre, a co-operative of local villagers, where training is provided in various techniques of straw and weaving using fibres from pandanas and wiss plants. The workers here are involved in the weaving of baskets, handbags, hats and even children’s toys. Their motto tells it all: “In every piece of our craft lies a story of interaction with the environment through creativity and open hearts”.

Other communities too have their resident arts and crafts producers; take the time to be curious and ask who you can meet and perhaps be rewarded by a special visit to a workshop and a piece of unique Vincentian artwork to enjoy.

Source: www.gov.vc

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