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Saint Vincent

Introduction

Saint Vincent is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. The largest of the chain called Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it is located between Saint Lucia and Grenada. 120'000 people reside on the island, the largest town being Kingstown. The island is dominated by La Soufrière, an active volcano reaching 1219 meters, which erupted for the last time in 1979. Free from mass tourism, this destination is a quiet and safe place to visit. Rather than hosting large animals, Saint Vincent has become known as the 'Critter Capital of the Caribbean', since it is one of the best spot for encountering small underwater creatures like sea horses, shrimp, frog fish and jaw fish. Photographers are especially amazed with the variety of rare creatures that can be seen on daily basis. Finally. it is also worth to underline that diving sites are relatively close to the shore, usually reached in less than 20 minutes by boat.

Kingstown offers only limited attractions. However, driving around the island can proof an interesting activity, provided that your driver (and guide) will not - like for us - keep such a slow pace (20 km/h) that we finally were really pissed-off ! Spots with a real added-value are rather limited : Vallilabu, on the west coast, where the movie « Pirates of the Caribbean » was shot, and a small trek to « Soufrière » if you don't mind walking for two hours with a guide you will have to pay for.

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Diving type

Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

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Infrastructures

  • diving center
    Indigo Dive
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    Indigo Dive (diving center)
    telephone : 1 (784) 493 9494
    address : Suite K067, St. Vincent Yacht Club, Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent
    internet : indigodive.com
    rating : 4 / 4 starsrating : 4 / 4 stars
    comments :
    Kay, the owner, is a very sympatic yet professional person. The boat was picking us up on the beach, and was every day on time. Kay is always concerned about her customers, and was doing everything to please us and make our stay more comfortable. She even organized for us a day trip to "Mustique" island. She can indeed provide any required help for excursion on or around the island, as effectively as any travel agency. This is a diving center we are very glad to recommend!

  • hotel
    Beachcombers Hotel
    Beachcombers Hotel (hotel)
    telephone : 1 (784) 458 4283
    fax : 1 (784) 458 4385
    address : Villa Beach, P.O.Box 126, Kingstown, St. Vincent
    rating : 3 / 4 starsrating : 3 / 4 stars
    comments :
    From Kingstown, Saint-Vincent's airport, it will take about 10 minutes to reach the « Beachcombers » hotel. Very nicely located in a garden, the hotel is made of several 2-stories buildings and a pool overlooking the sea. Access to the public beach is very easy, which is rather unusual on the island. Excellent accommodation quality, while unfortunately, the food was much less appealing. Service at the restaurant was below average, and without any smile! The breakfast was miserable and never served prior to 7h45, which made the first dive, usually starting at 8h15, barely joinable. And the dinner at this restaurant was as bad. Basically, the accommodation was great, but you should look for food somewhere else.

    For that reason, we tested several restaurants around the hotel. The best one, recommended : « Driftwood », with a view on the sea, great food, and an excellent service. Another restaurant offering local food is « Jerk Grilled Chicken », in a nice surrounding, especially good for BBQ. The « Mariner’s » hotel located close to the « Beachcombers » also has a restaurant called « French Veranda » - European food. We were enchanted during the first visit, and disapointed during the second one. Next to the « Indigo » dive shop is also the « Lime » restaurant, overlloking the sea and offering very good food with, unfortunately, a limited choice of dishes.

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