St. Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Guide
Why Go To St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Imagine it: Thatched-roof cottages rise over turquoise waters; the sweet scent of tropical flowers and rum punch fills the air; bronzed sun-worshippers sprawl along isolated white sands, hemmed by shimmering waves, coral reefs and sleek yachts. The only thing luring you away from your beach towel is the intriguing network of secluded islands floating in the distance. Welcome to St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
If you don't want to spend your days sunning along one picturesque isle ( St. Lucia ) or savoring conch with throngs of tourists on two ( St. Kitts & Nevis ), then you should venture to St. Vincent & The Grenadines. With 32 remote islands and cays boasting emerald hills, postcard-worthy harbors, and boutique hotels, this Caribbean destination makes a perfect escape. Devote a few days to exploring St. Vincent, the biggest island of the chain, before sailing to Mustique , Canouan and Bequia – some of the Grenadines' finest (and exclusive) hideaways. However, exploring this quiet, less-traveled tropical paradise requires many hours in transit (there's no direct flight from the U.S.) and a thick wallet.
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Tips
Best months to visit.
The best time to visit St. Vincent & The Grenadines is May to June and November. During these shoulder months, hotels drop their rates to attract travelers. The peak season – December through April – lures European visitors with its warm and dry Caribbean temperatures. Crowds thin out and hotel prices plummet between July and October when hurricane season threatens the archipelago. No matter which month you visit, you'll find the islands' average highs hover around 85 degrees throughout the year.
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What You Need to Know
- Yes, real pirates lived here Pirates once occupied St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Today no one will pester you for loot, but if you venture to Wallilabou Bay, you can catch a glimpse of the scenic backdrop featured in the "Pirates of the Caribbean."
- No, you can't sport camo Wearing camouflage attire is prohibited throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines, as police uniforms feature a camouflage pattern.
- No, you shouldn't touch manchineel trees These unsuspecting trees are poisonous, so resist the urge to eat one of their apple-like fruits, and steer clear of their sap (a dreaded source of excruciating blisters).
How to Save Money in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
- Ask about service fees You should expect to find a 10 to 15% service charge added to your hotel and restaurant bills. Ask whether gratuity is included to avoid tipping more than necessary. Of course, a little extra is always appreciated for excellent service.
- Visit in fall or spring Come during May, June or November and you'll find fewer crowds, comfortable temperatures and reduced hotel rates. Major resorts drop their rates by up to 40% in the offseason.
- Plan ahead If you're traveling during peak season (December to April), book several months ahead of time to save on your hotel room and airfare.
Culture & Customs
Vincy culture doesn't fit Caribbean stereotypes. Though Vincentians are known for their easygoing nature and hospitality towards visitors, you shouldn't expect to see them lounging along the beach with tourists. They're more often found debating politics or promoting tourism through agricultural trade and fishing. Many Vincentians spend their Sundays in church, and stores and restaurants are open only for limited hours. When you're ready to exercise your credit card along shopping streets, you'll fit in by wearing casual, light clothing. That said, some restaurants and venues require semi-formal attire, so be sure to check beforehand to avoid appearing underdressed.
When dining, try authentic dishes like buljol, (a breadfruit and saltfish medley), pumpkin soup and conch. Feel free to drink the local drinking water on St. Vincent – it's safe. However, it's best to stick to bottled water on The Grenadines. Also bear in mind the water on St. Vincent runs from the island's mountain reserves and can have a chlorinated taste.
As a parliamentary democracy rooted under British common law, St. Vincent & The Grenadines' residents speak English. But you'll likely hear a smattering of French patois (an informal dialect of French) during your stay. The East Caribbean Dollar (EC) is St. Vincent & The Grenadines' official currency. One Eastern Caribbean dollar equals roughly $0.37. As far as tipping goes, it is considered polite to add gratuity, but most restaurants already include a 10 to 15% service charge on the bill. Major U.S. credit cards are accepted at most hotels and restaurants.
You'll feel safe while exploring St. Vincent & The Grenadines, but be sure to keep your wits about you when interacting with local vendors (who have been known to scam unsuspecting tourists). You should also beware of manchineel trees: These seemingly innocuous trees produce poisonous sap that can cause painful blisters if touched. Some Manchineel are labeled with warning signs.
What to Eat
If you're staying at a luxury resort , you'll likely find little reason to dine off the property. But if you're craving a bit of local flavor, you'll find plenty of beach bars and casual outposts on many of the most visited islands.
If you're visiting by cruise ship and only have limited time in Kingstown , visitors say you should make time for a meal or drinks at Flow Wine Bar and Kitchen . Along with the wine list, fresh fish and pasta, the restaurant earns top marks from diners for its elegant ambiance, which includes live music.
Visitors to Bequia will be awarded with some of the island chain's best eateries. Some of the favorite beachfront restaurants include Sugar Reef Café , Jack's Beach Bar and Firefly Bequia Plantation . For those lucky enough to spend some time on Mustique , Basil's Bar – a favorite celebrity haunt – is a must in part for its see-and-be-seen atmosphere. No matter which island you dine on, expect plenty of grilled fish and fresh vegetables.
Getting Around St. Vincent & The Grenadines
The best way to get around St. Vincent & The Grenadines is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful on St. Vincent and the bigger islands, and fares are reasonable for short trips. Taking a cab is probably the easiest way to get to your hotel from St. Vincent's E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD), located a few miles southeast of Kingstown . Renting your own set of wheels on St. Vincent, Bequia and Mustique is also an option, but it's not recommended as roads can be somewhat tough to navigate. Buses are another popular means of getting around St. Vincent, Bequia and Union Island; however, they tend to be overcrowded and cramped. To get to the Grenadines, head to St. Vincent's central harbor in Kingstown, where numerous ferry companies shuttle passengers between St. Vincent and the islands daily.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines has five major airports. Most visitors fly into E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD), but you can also opt to fly into the small airstrips found on Canouan (CIW), Bequia (BQU), Mustique (MQS) or Union Island (UNI).
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need to present a valid passport and proof of a return or ongoing ticket to enter St. Vincent & The Grenadines. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website .
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Top 10 Things To Do In St Vincent, The Breadfruit Isle Of The Caribbean
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- Ursula Petula Barzey
- January 13, 2020
St Vincent and The Grenadines is a multi-island Caribbean nation with 32 islands and cays. The largest of the islands is St Vincent, which has a lush green mountainous landscape over 133 square miles. Just over 100,000 people live on St Vincent and many of whom have Garifuna ancestry (a mix of indigenous mix of Amerindian Arawak or Carib and African).
A former British colony, St Vincent is known for its active volcano La Soufriere along with numerous waterfalls, hiking trails, picturesque fishing villages, and black sand beaches. It is quite a contrast to the islands within The Grenadines (like Palm Island, Petite St Vincent, Mustique, etc.) with their yacht-filled harbors and luxury hotels lining many of the white sand beaches. While those islands attract the majority of the tourists, the mainland, unofficially nicknamed the Breadfruit Isle has much to offer, so below is my list of the top things to do in St Vincent after two recent trips.
1. Explore historic Kingstown
One of the top things to do in St Vincent is to explore the capital city of Kingtown, which was first colonized by French settlers shortly after 1722. Control switched to the British in 1763 under the Treaty of Paris, but the French regained control in 1779. The British regained power in 1783 under the Treaty of Versailles and were in charge until St Vincent gained independence on October 27th, 1979.
Kingstown today, with a population of approximately 20,000 people, is a buzzing Caribbean city with an international airport and cruise port. Its current appearance (especially the downtown area) is a little rough around the edges, but it has a lot of charm and is considered historic for its many arches, cobbled streets, stone buildings, and magnificent churches. Thus, I highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon exploring.
Notable buildings to check out in Kingstown, St Vincent include St George’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Assumption, Kingstown Methodist Church, and Kingstown Public (Produce & Fish) Markets.
St George’s Cathedral
Website | 📍 Location: Grenville Street, Kingstown, St Vincent St George’s Cathedral, located on Grenville Street, is nearly 200 years old. With colorful stained glass windows, a beautiful hanging chandelier, and quaint adornments, the 16th-century building is a real delight for architecture lovers. It should be noted that the present St George’s Cathedral building was financed in part from the sale of lands taken from the Caribs, and under the chandelier is a large stone slab memorializing Major Leith, who allegedly duped and killed Carib Paramount Chief Chatoyer in 1795 (Yikes!). Consecrated on September 20th, 1820, St George’s Cathedral is currently undergoing repairs but remains open for regular weekday and Sunday services. An earlier church built in the 1720s was destroyed by a hurricane in 1780.
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Cathedral of the Assumption
Website | 📍 Location: North River Road, Kingstown, St Vincent Another beautiful church building in Kingstown to explore is the Cathedral of the Assumption, the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Kingstown, St Vincent & The Grenadines. Inside the three-winged structure which makes up the Cathedral of the Assumption is a school and church with presbytery fountains, beautiful archways, and a courtyard. The original church was a wooden structure that was built in 1823 and got damaged by a storm in 1875. This present brick structure with a steeple and tower has a range of elements from different architectural styles, including Flemish, Moorish, Venetian, Byzantine, and Romanesque. It was built between 1919 and 1946.
Note: The Assumption Cathedral located on North River Road in Kingstown is also called the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Catholic Cathedral of Kingstown, and St. Mary’s Cathedral, as that is the name of the school attached.
Kingstown Methodist Church
Website | 📍 Location: Grenville Street, Kingstown, St Vincent With my Methodist upbringing, it would be remiss of me not to mention the nearby Kingstown Methodist Church, built by freed slaves and dedicated on 1st August 1841. Sadly it wasn’t open when I visited, so I only got to admire the building and bell from the exterior. One interesting fact is that until 1907, the church bell hung from a nearby breadfruit tree.
Kingstown Public (Produce & Fish) Markets
📍 Location: Back Street to Bay Street, Kingstown, St Vincent Beyond admiring the stunning architecture of the churches and other historic buildings like the Court House, Kingstown Police Headquarters, and the Peace Memorial Hall, it is worth exploring Kingstown’s Fruits & Vegetable Market located on Back Street to Bay Street. Like most Caribbean markets, Saturdays are the liveliest when traders from all over the island gather to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables. Here, I would recommend having a fresh coconut and buying some other fruits like sugar apples, Julie mangoes, and guineps. Guineps are like lycee and beyond delicious when ripe!
Note: The Kingstown Fish Market is located on Bay Street next to the main bus terminal. And even if you have no plans to buy fish, it is good to see the traders in action as they clean and chop up their catch, which depending on the season, might include mahi-mahi, bonito, tuna, etc. In addition to purchases by local consumers, a lot of the fish and seafood caught is bound for the island’s restaurants and hotels.
2. Have lunch at The Cobblestone Inn
Website | 📍 Location: Bay Street, Kingstown, St Vincent After walking around historic Kingstown, have lunch at the Rooftop Bar and Restaurant at The Cobblestone Inn. The hotel and restaurant architecture dates back to 1814 and was originally a sugar warehouse and later used for processing arrowroot, which was a major export for the island from 1900 to 1965. That said, the food served in the restaurant at The Cobblestone Inn is a mix of Caribbean and continental cuisine! I would highly recommend having one of the daily specials, which are typically local dishes, along with a drink made from fresh fruits. Alternatively, have a bottle of Hairoun , the local beer of St Vincent.
By the way, as you walk to and from Cobblestone Inn with Georgian architecture, take note of the cobblestone walkway with numerous arches. These are a perfect example of why Kingstown is lovingly referred to as the City of Arches.
Bonus: For dessert, take a 5-minute walk from The Cobblestone Inn to Frisko Ice Cream on James Street for some delicious locally made ice cream.
3. Visit Fort Charlotte
Website | 📍 Location: Clare Valley, St Vincent Just north of the city on top of a 660ft-high ridge is Fort Charlotte, a British-colonial era fort built by slave labor between 1763 and 1806. The fort is named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. Fort Charlotte is worthy of a visit as on a clear day, it provides a fantastic view of Kingstown and The Grenadines, along with Grenada to the south.
In its heyday, Fort Charlotte housed around 600 troops and had over 30 cannons. Only a few of the cannons remain today at Fort Charlotte, and several are turned inland and not out to sea. This is because Fort Charlotte was built not just to defend against sea attacks from the French but also by Carib unrest and slave rebellions in Kingstown.
Note: Walking from Kingstown, starting at the west end of Grenville Street to Fort Charlotte, takes about a 40-minutes. However, the route is uphill and so if hot and you aren’t fit, I wouldn’t really recommend it. Alternatively, you can take a bus from the Leeward Bus Station to Edinboro and then walk the last 10 minutes to Fort Charlotte. You can also, of course, take a taxi which is plentiful in Kingstown!
4. Walk around St Vincent Botanical Gardens
Website | 📍 Location: New Montrose, Kingstown, St Vincent Also north of Kingstown and worthy of a visit is the St Vincent Botanical Gardens, which dates back to 1765 and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Spread over 20 acres of land, the St Vincent Botanical Gardens was initially set up by General Robert Melville, Governor of the Windward Islands, and Dr. George Young, the surgeon to the British Garrison stationed in St Vincent. They set it up as the Royal Society of the Arts had offered a reward to anyone who cultivated land in the Caribbean to grow medicinal and commercial plants.
Today, there is a wide range of trees, flowers, and colorful foliage plants throughout the St Vincent Botanical Gardens, which is the oldest botanical garden in the Caribbean. One of the more famous trees planted there is a sucker from the original breadfruit tree brought by Captain William Bligh, whose ship HMS Providence sailed into Kingstown Bay on 23 January 1793. This was after Captain Bligh’s initial journey to Tahiti in 1787 with HMS Bounty to collect breadfruit plants to feed the enslaved Africans working sugar plantations throughout the region resulted in the notorious mutiny by his crew.
At the St Vincent Botanical Gardens, there is also the Nicholas Wildlife Aviary Complex, which houses some St Vincent Parrots (Amazona Guildingii), the national bird of St Vincent and The Grenadines. The colorful Amazona Guildingiis, who can be quite talkative, is protected under the Wildlife Act of 1987 as there are just 500 in the wild!
5. Swim at Dark View Falls
Website | 📍 Location: Leeward Hwy, Chateaubelair, St Vincent Beyond things to do in or near Kingstown, I would recommend a drive along the Leeward Highway of St Vincent to visit Dark View Falls, managed by the National Parks, Rivers, and Beaches Authority. About 24 miles from the capital of Kingstown, Dark View Falls has two main waterfalls, one above the other, cascading down a pair of high cliff faces and plunging into natural pools. Upon entering the national park, the first waterfall is reached after a 5-minute hike by crossing the Richmond River via a bamboo bridge. The second requires a further walk up 67 steps and passing a small pool.
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6. Relax at one of the beaches
📍 Location: various Saint Vincent has a wide variety of beaches, most of which are black sand due to the La Soufriere volcano. On the leeward side, famous beaches include Mt Wynne, Petit Byahaut, Buccament Bay, Richmond Bay, and Cumberland Bay. In the south, the most popular beach is Brighton Beach, and on the Eastern (Atlantic) side is Mt. Young Beach at Black Point, one of the longest stretches of sand in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. In the far north, there is Sandy Bay, close to the Owia Salt Pond.
During my second visit, I took evening dips at Villa Beach directly in from of Beachcombers Hotel , where I stayed while attending the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development . During my first visit, I took dips in the white sand beach at Young Island, where I stayed. If you are not staying at Young Island, which is actually a private resort and the first island in The Grenadines, I would recommend going there for lunch and then having a swim after.
Young Island is a 5-minute boat ride from St Vincent, and directly behind is Fort Duvernette, which sits atop a 190 feet volcanic plug. Fort Duvernette was built in the 1790s by the British to protect the colonial hub of Calliaqua, where sugar was loaded onto ships bound for English ports.
From the same docks to go across to Young Island, you can take a water taxi and hike the 255 steps to the top of Fort Duvernette to check out the remains of the buildings, and two gun cannons, along with spectacular views of Saint Vincent. On a clear day, you can also see the Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Mustique.
7. Take a Rum Tour at St Vincent Distillery
Website | 📍 Location: Mount Bentinck, Georgetown, St Vincent Another of the top things to do in St Vincent is visiting the St Vincent Distillery. Touring the distillery on the grounds of the Mt. Bentinck Estate is an opportunity to see firsthand how rum is produced from molasses. Initially, the molasses came from the sugarcane grown on the island. However, as sugarcane is no longer grown in large quantities, molasses is brought in from other countries like Guyana and Mexico, stored at a facility in Kingstown, and then trucked to the distillery.
After the informative tour highlighting the distillation, aging, and bottling process, there is an opportunity to sample and purchase rums produced by St Vincent Distillery. Their more famous rums include the award-winning Captain Blight XO Special Reserve Rum and Sunset Very Strong Rum.
Their other rums include Mutineers Gold XO Special Reserve Rum, the Spirit of St Vincent (SLR), Sparrow’s Premium Aged Rum, and Sunset Rum Punch. Current production from the St Vincent Distillery is about 66,000 cases (approximately 800,000 bottles) of rum each year. While some of the rum is exported to countries like Australia, Germany, and the United States, a large percentage is consumed locally.
8.Have lunch at The Grenadine House for Boul Joul (buljol) aka Roast Breadfruit Bowl
Website | 📍 Location: Kingstown Park, Kingstown, St. Vincent As alluded to above, breadfruit was brought to the Caribbean by Captain William Bligh as it was seen as cheap high-energy food for the enslaved Africans working on plantations in the British colonies. Initially rejected by most of the enslaved until they made it their own, breadfruit is now a staple on most Caribbean islands, including St Vincent. Starch-rich and somewhat similar to potatoes, breadfruit are primarily boiled, baked, and roasted. My preference is for roasted, and one of the best breadfruit meals I’ve had is the Boul Joul (buljol), aka Roast Breadfruit Bowl from The Grenadine House in Kingstown.
Traditional boul joul is a dish made with sauteed vegetables, mainly onions, tomatoes, and chives with salt fish served with sliced roast breadfruit. The Grenadine House puts a twist on this and serves half a breadfruit filled with saltfish, plantains, and beans. The Roast Breadfruit Bowl at The Grenadine House is extremely popular, so I would recommend making a reservation and pre-ordering, having a bowl by yourself, or sharing with a group.
Note: St Vincent and the Grenadines now have over 25 different varieties of breadfruit, and combined with fried jackfish make up the national dish. Also, each August, Saint Vincent holds a month-long Breadfruit Festival. Coinciding with Emancipation Month activities, the St Vincent Breadfruit Festival takes place in different communities each weekend and showcases dishes and drinks made with breadfruit. Beyond simply boiling, frying, or roasting, breadfruit can be used to make breadfruit breadsticks, breadfruit puff, cheese pie, chips, pizza, lasagna, quiche, plus sweet and sour candy.
9. Hike La Soufriere Cross Country Trail
Website | 📍 Location: Rabacca Trail, Georgetown, St Vincent As I drove around the island of St Vincent on my two recent visits, there were numerous views of the La Soufriere volcano. At 4,049 feet, it is the highest mountain in all of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Surprising, even though the La Soufriere is an active volcano (it last erupted in 1979), you can still hike it via the La Soufriere Cross Country Trail , which was initially a trading route used by locals to carry fish and other products from the leeward to the windward side of the island.
From the windward side of St Vincent, the four-mile La Soufriere Cross Country Trail begins at the Rabacca trailhead near Georgetown and takes about two hours to get to the summit. The walk is apparently moderately difficult but is the easiest and most popular route. From the leeward side, the route is more challenging and takes longer as it’s five miles, and the path is less defined and overgrown. Once you get to the summit from either side, you can hike down into the crater. Whichever route you choose, you need to be accompanied by a local guide who can be booked via the National Parks, Rivers, and Beaches Authority .
Note: While time didn’t permit me to hike La Soufriere Cross Country Trail on either of my recent visits to St Vincent, it is top of my bucket list for next time. The plan would be to do an early morning hike from the leeward side and then make a return trip to Dark View Falls, which I really enjoyed!
10. Visit one of the Grenadines Islands, including Bequia and Tobago Cays Marine Park
📍 Location: The Grenadines One of the final top things to do in St Vincent is to take day trips to one or more of the islands in The Grenadines. The main islands in The Grenadines include Bequia, Mustique, Canouan Island, Petit St Vincent, Palm Island, Mayreau Island, Union Island, and Tobago Cays Marine Park.
From Kingstown, you can take the one-hour ferry from St Vincent to Bequia and spend the morning doing an island tour visiting sites like Fort Hamilton, the Bequia Maritime Museum, and exploring the streets around Port Elizabeth. Then have lunch at Coco’s Place or The Fig Tree Restaurant, followed by a swim at Princess Margaret Beach.
The ferry from St Vincent also goes to other islands in The Grenadines, but the journey is longer (for example, 4 1/2 hours to Union Island), so if just a day trip, I would recommend arranging a private yacht or catamaran. An even quicker option would be to fly, thus having more time to explore!
Another day trip option from St Vincent is to the Tobago Cays Marine Park, which has several coral reefs, sea turtle nesting sites, and small systems of mangroves. Known as the Jewel in the Crown of the Southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays Marine Park is a great place to go diving and snorkeling. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean : Curse of the Black Pearl can also check out Petit Tabac, where a few of the critical scenes were filmed.
These are a selection of the top things to do in St Vincent based on my two recent visits. There are other top tourist attractions on the leeward side of St Vincent, including the Layou Petroglyph Park, Buccament Bay Beach, Vermont Nature Trail, and Wallilabou Bay, which was a movie set for many of the Pirate of the Caribbean films. Other tourist attractions on the windward side of St Vincent include the Black Point Heritage Park & Tunnel, Montreal Gardens, Hells Gate Falls, and Owia Salt Pond. That said, for information on how to get to St Vincent from North America or Europe, check out my article: 10 Islands To Visit In St Vincent And The Grenadines .
Getting around St Vincent
During my two recent visits, we were driven around the island of St Vincent by Foreign Tours, who I highly recommend. Owned and run by Vincentian Quency Lewis along with his lovely wife Julecia, they bring the energy from pick up at your hotel or cruise port and ensure you get around the island safely while having a good time.
Along with being knowledgeable and passionate about the island of St Vincent, I love that their air-conditioned vehicles had a cooler of sorts with snacks and cold drinks, including Foreign Tours’ own brand of rum punch! Note that Foreign Tours has a number of vehicles in varying sizes, so they can accommodate small and large groups! Also, in addition to regular taxi and airport transfer services, they also offer a number of tours, the most popular being their Pirates Tour to sites where the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed.
For hotel transfers to the airport, you can also consider highly rated Stefano Taxi Service & Tours .
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Excursions from Petit St. Vincent
Embark on an island hopping adventure.
Petit St. Vincent feels a whole world away. However, we're just a short boat ride from some of the most beautiful islands in the Grenadines.
Explore hillsides covered with lush, tropical greenery and climb magnificent mountains offering inspiring views. Relax on pristine white sands and make friends with the locals in beach bars serving punchy, rum-infused cocktails. Meander through colorful fruit markets, sample seafood from traditional lobster shacks, and experience what is undoubtably some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean.
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Tobago cays, cruising time: 25m | distance: 7nmi.
Declared an official wildlife reserve in 2006, the Tobago Cays Marine Park is teeming with everything from bright and colorful fish to majestic sea turtles. Spend some time relaxing on the sugar-white sands under the shade of the palms before snorkeling among the shoals of fish and intricate coral reefs.
Cruising time: 20m | distance: 6nmi.
With just a few lobster shacks, quaint local markets and colorful houses, Union Island is the perfect place to enjoy a taste of traditional West Indian life. On the windward side is Happy Island (an island made entirely out of conch shells) where you'll find a quirky bar serving rum-infused cocktails.
Cruising time: 20m | Distance: 5nmi
Mayreau is home to a beautiful stone Catholic Church. It sits high on the hill and offers magnificent views of nearby Tobago Cays. Stop by the Rasta Righteous Bar for a delicious rum punch and pay a visit to Saltwhistle Bay - a picturesque spot where Caribbean sailors anchor their yachts.
Cruising time: 55m | Distance: 8nmi
Canouan has the same authentic Caribbean feel as Carriacou and features a picturesque 18-hole golf course. Simply let our team know if you wish to play a few rounds and we’ll arrange everything.
Cruising time: 10m | Distance: 13nmi
Residents of Carriacou make their living from seafaring and farming with little reliance on tourism. Discover more about the centuries-old boat building traditions of Windward village and, afterwards, be sure to try the pizzas at the Lazy Turtle Restaurant.
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14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Written by Karen Hastings Updated Jan 18, 2023
Author Karen Hastings spent months island-hopping around St. Vincent and the Grenadines reviewing resorts, snorkeling, and relaxing on the powdery beaches.
A haven for boaters, St. Vincent and the Grenadines flaunt some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Caribbean. This string of 36 emerald volcanic islands stretches south towards Grenada, with plenty of white-sand beaches and palm-lined bays , where mega yachts bob beside sailboats.
Private islands abound here, many with posh resorts. Diving is excellent , and coral reefs fringe many of the beaches, with superb snorkeling a short splash from shore. Discerning island lovers drift to these peaceful and unpretentious islands for classic Caribbean scenery and natural attractions, free from the throngs of tourists and cruise ship crowds found in busier ports.
The island of St. Vincent is home to the capital of Kingstown , with cobbled streets and colonial buildings, while Union Island is the southern gateway to the Grenadines.
Scattered like jewels in the surrounding seas are the green islets of Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, Canouan, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent. Divers, snorkelers, boaters, and beachcombers love the picture-perfect Tobago Cays , part of a marine park ringed with coral reefs.
Find the best places to visit with our list of the top tourist attractions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
1. Tobago Cays
2. st. vincent botanical gardens, 3. fort charlotte, 4. la soufrière volcano, 6. salt whistle bay, mayreau, 8. mustique, 9. kingstown, st. vincent, 10. montreal estate gardens, 11. petit st. vincent, 12. palm island, 13. leeward highway scenic drive, 14. union island.
In the southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays encompass five small, uninhabited islands that are now the key feature of the Tobago Cays Marine Park . Protected by reefs, the beaches offer calm clear waters for swimming and snorkeling, and the surrounding coral gardens are rich in marine life.
Snorkelers and divers can spot sea turtles, as well as stingrays, barracuda, and shoals of reef fish.
Day trips to the Tobago Cays are one of the top things to do in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and many boaters anchor here to frolic in the crystal-clear waters and bask on the beaches.
Established in 1765, the delightful St. Vincent Botanical Gardens are the oldest gardens in the West Indies .
The gardens encompass 20 acres of indigenous and exotic tropical plants and trees, such as hibiscus, cinnamon, nutmeg, mahogany, palms, and a breadfruit tree reputedly grown from a seedling brought to the island by Captain Bligh.
Bird lovers can see the endemic St. Vincent parrot in a little aviary on the grounds . Hire a guide here at the entrance for a small fee to truly get the most out of these beautiful gardens.
If you're traveling as a family, be sure to bring the kids along. This is a perfect place to visit when you're in need of a break from picking sand from their bathing suits.
It's easy to see why Fort Charlotte is one of the most popular points of interest in St. Vincent. Set upon a hill near Edinboro, this historic structure was built between the late 1700s and early 1800s . It boasts exceptional views of Kingstown, Mt. St. Andrew, and the Grenadines.
Built to protect the area from land attacks, the fort once housed barracks that could hold 600 people and over 30 pieces of artillery. Today, you'll find a few cannons on the grounds, as well as stone walls, murals, and the barracks. We'd suggest hiring the services of a local guide, so you can enjoy a proper tour.
Be warned, it's a bit of a steep walk to reach the fort—we're talking about 40 minutes of an uphill trek. If you aren't up for the hike, hop on a bus to Edinboro, which will cut the walk to about 10 minutes.
Address: 5Q55+65C, Clare Valley, Kingstown, St. Vincent
One of the most popular things to do on the island of St. Vincent is hike to the crater of La Soufrière volcano (not to be confused with La Grande Soufrière on Guadeloupe ).
Rising 1,234 meters above sea level, La Soufriere is St. Vincent's highest peak . It's still active, with the last eruption taking place in April of 2021.
A popular way to hike to the summit is on a guided hike. Along the way, you'll learn about the uniquely adapted plants and animals, and see rainforest, cloud forest, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Once at the top, you'll also have a chance to explore the crater.
To reach the crater, you can hike the leeward trail (around six to eight hours round trip) or the easier and more popular windward trail ( three to four hours round trip).
Beware: The trails are rocky and rough since the most recent eruptions, and this hike isn't for the novice walker. Wear appropriate footwear.
The second largest of the Grenadines, charming Bequia (pronounced "Beck-way") is a popular yachting destination. Lush hillsides dotted with bougainvillea tumble to beaches and boat-filled bays. The island is also known for being safe and friendly.
Popular places to visit on Bequia include Port Elizabeth on Admiralty Bay, the island's main commercial center. A walkway runs along the waterfront on the south side of town, passing restaurants and quaint little shops. Stop by the Bequia Maritime Museum to learn a little about the island's history.
Beaches on Bequia: At the south end of Port Elizabeth, a trail leads over a small rise to pretty Princess Margaret Beach . Separated from this beach by a rocky outcrop, Lower Bay is another stretch of golden sand with great snorkeling.
Another popular thing to do in Bequia is a Firefly Plantation tour . Here, you can stroll around the lush grounds sampling some of the tropical fruits plucked fresh from the trees, including guava, coconut, breadfruit, bananas, and mangos. You can also crush sugar cane to make your own juice, and see the ruins of a 280-year-old sugar mill.
Accessible only by boat, Mayreau is a tiny island of only 2.5 square kilometers with one of the Caribbean's prettiest bays , Salt Whistle Bay.
The bay is a popular spot for yachts, and its palm-fringed arc of white-sand beach is lovely for sunbathing. A few local vendors sell souvenirs and snacks along the shore.
The island's only road leads uphill from the beach to a small village with spectacular views of the Tobago Cays . Most visitors arrive at the dock on Saline Bay. A serene spot, this is a particularly romantic place to visit for couples.
If you're wondering where the best St. Vincent and the Grenadines beaches are, you'll find many of them on Canouan.
About 40 kilometers south of St. Vincent, this small island offers dazzling white-sand beaches and excellent snorkeling, thanks to a barrier reef that protects the Atlantic side of the island.
Most visitors to the island stay at one of its two exclusive resorts, the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan and Canouan Estate Resort & Villas , which stretch along the island's northern half, overlooking a highly-acclaimed golf course.
If you don't want to stay at one of these pricey resorts, you could always charter a yacht, anchor offshore, and spend a day frolicking on the ravishing beaches.
Exclusive Mustique is a playground for celebrities , rock stars, and the uber-rich. With its own airport and general store, this five-kilometer-long private island is home to posh private villas and the only luxury hotel: The Cotton House .
Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger, and Princess Margaret are among the famous visitors, and some celebrities still own villas on this little slice of paradise.
Coral reefs beckon just offshore, and white-sand beaches ring the island, providing excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Macaroni Beach is a favorite.
Other things to do on Mustique include diving, fishing, kayaking, tennis, and exploring the island on horseback.
On St. Vincent (Saint Vincent) island, Kingstown is the capital and main commercial center of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Most tourists regard it as a gateway to other islands, but the town exudes an old Caribbean charm, and you'll find a few tourist attractions worth visiting here.
Cobblestone streets and colonial buildings enhance the quaint downtown area, and if you're wondering what to do in Kingstown, St. Vincent, its handsome churches are among the highlights. Beautiful stained-glass windows adorn St. George's Cathedral , an 1820 Georgian-style structure, and the 1823 St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral features Gothic spires and Romanesque columns and arches.
Green thumbs should also make a point to stop by St. Vincent Botanical Gardens , the oldest botanical gardens in the West Indies. Strolling around these palm-studded grounds for a few hours is a good option if you're looking for things to do in St. Vincent from a cruise ship.
For beautiful views over Kingstown and the surrounding islands, head to Fort Charlotte, high on a ridge north of the city.
If you're a nature lover, you can hike the popular Vermont Nature Trail , about 14 kilometers from Kingstown, and look for the endemic Saint Vincent parrot.
About a 20-minute drive north of Kingstown, a much-anticipated Beaches resort in St. Vincent is scheduled to open in the former Buccament Bay Resort.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more tranquil place to visit than the lush Montreal Gardens . Set at 1,500 feet above sea level, this elysian spot is sure to cure what ails you. And it will take about an hour to reach from Kingstown.
The grounds stretch across 7.5 acres and are spotted with formal rainforest and colorful gardens bursting with beauty and captivating aromas. A river runs through the multi-level estate, and well-maintained paths make it easy for visitors of all ages and abilities to explore.
In the distance, tourists are granted stunning vistas of banana plantations, the coast, dense rainforest, and the Grand Bonhomme mountain.
This attraction is smaller than the St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, but just as impressive. Pack a camera, as you'll want to immortalize the spectacular blooms.
Check to be sure they're open before you leave, as they have been known to close sporadically.
Address: Mesopotamia, St. Vincent
Petit St. Vincent is a tropical fantasy come true. Also known as PSV, this privately owned island is home to the boutique Petit St. Vincent Resort , where guests are ensconced in secluded ocean-view villas sprinkled around the hillsides and bays.
To preserve the island's tranquility, the villas have no phones and televisions. Instead, colored flags convey messages to the attentive staff.
The resort encompasses the entire island and belongs to the portfolio of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It's also one of the top luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean , and a favorite honeymoon destination.
Palm Island is a little patch of paradise. Home to the Palm Island Resort & Spa , one of the best St. Vincent and the Grenadines beach resorts, as well as a sprinkling of holiday villas, the island is named for the abundant coconut palms planted by the resort's former owners.
Five white-sand beaches fringe the coast, with excellent snorkeling just offshore in translucent turquoise water. The island has a small airport and is also only a short boat ride from Union Island .
Besides snorkeling, favorite things to do here include paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, biking around the island, feasting on fresh seafood in the resort's restaurants, and basking on the beautiful beaches.
The Leeward Highway Scenic Drive is a rewarding way to do some sightseeing. Carving along cliff tops and scenic coastal stretches, this 40-kilometer road runs from Kingstown to Richmond Beach , along St. Vincent's sheltered west coast.
The road passes by local villages, black-sand beaches, coconut plantations, and some worthwhile tourist attractions. Along the way, Carib Rock features a carved face dating from AD 600.
Many travelers also stop by Barrouallie , a small fishing village with a Carib stone altar and petroglyphs. The tradition of hunting pilot whales is still in practice here.
The route ends near the black sands of Richmond Beach , a popular swimming area. In the distance, you can see La Soufrière , an active volcano and the island's highest peak.
From this stretch of coast, tours depart to the Falls of Baleine , an 18-meter waterfall on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent. Access to the falls is via boat or foot, as there are no roads to this area.
Capped by dramatic volcanic peaks, Union Island is the southern port of entry for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a gateway for tours to the nearby islands. It's also a popular destination for kitesurfing.
The island has two main villages: Ashton and Clifton. Ashton is the launching point for hikes into the hills, while Clifton is home to most of the tourist facilities, with shops, restaurants, a marina, and airport. This is also the place to visit if you're coming to kitesurf or looking for a little nightlife.
The island's two best beaches lie on the north coast at Richmond Bay and Belmont Bay .
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Caribbean Islands near St. Vincent and the Grenadines : From Union Island, you can catch a ferry to Carriacou, one of the top places to visit in Grenada . This idyllic destination is known as "the Spice Island" for its fragrant nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that grow in its fertile soil. Along with St. Lucia , farther north, these two destinations offer an authentic Caribbean feel and lush scenery. Both are also home to some of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean .
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St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
St. Vincent NWR
UPDATE: February 2020
Although the Refuge was closed in 2018 due to the partial government shut down, and we've had to overcome several obstacles caused by Hurricane Michael,
70% of the island was subject to overwash from the 17' plus storm surge
We lost both composting toilets, a dock, a floating dock and boat shed, plus some vehicles and equipment
The three primary roads used on wagon tours were all impassable due to water intrusion, wash-out, fallen trees and storm debris
The 2020 Wagon Tour and Guided Walk calendar is open through May 1 2020
*Due to increased demand, many of the 2020 tours are full. We do not keep a wait list, but if you choose, you can come to the Indian Pass Boat Ramp at 8:15 AM EASTERN on the day of the tour. If there are any cancellations or no shows, people will be allowed on the tour on a first come-first served basis.
Thank you for your interest in the Refuge and we hope you'll visit soon.
Friends of St. Vincent NWR
Friends of St. Vincent NWR help facilitate the logistics for Refuge Tours. Staff and Volunteers from St. Vincent NWR provide transportation and guides.
Regular tours are offered throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring, typically once or twice a month. Sign up is first come first serve - If you cannot secure a seat on a wagon tour you may come to the Indian Pass boat ramp on the morning of a tour and sign up for a standby slot should we have space available.
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Keep in mind:
Tours are free but transportation to and from the island has a $10 per person (cash only) fee via a privately held company (St. Vincent Island Shuttle). In addition, you may wish to make a voluntary donation to the Friends. All donations are much appreciated.
Reservations are required and numbers strictly limited. We ask that if you must cancel a reservation that you provide us with advance notice to open a space for others to sign up.
You may sign up to two individuals on one unique email address & you can use a separate email for others if needed.
You MUST be able to walk a decent distance in soft sand. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring your own water, bug spray and sunscreen .
You’ll receive a confirmation once you've registered; prior to the tour we'll send tour and logistic details.
Once you receive a registration confirmation, please plan to arrive at the Indian Pass boat ramp by 8:15 a.m. ( Eastern time ) .
Tours may be cancelled due to adverse weather or sea conditions.
WAGON TOUR & GUIDED WALK FAQs
1. Where do the tours start?
The tours begin at the Indian Pass boat ramp at the end of SR 30B. The commercial shuttle boat takes visitors to the Refuge.
2. What do I need to bring?
Depending on the weather, wear closed toe shoes, long pants and a hat. Bring water, snacks, bug repellant, sunscreen and a small cushion to sit on. If it is cold, bring warm clothing .Wagon tour ride is on an open wagon. Binoculars and a camera are also good to have.
3. May I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed on the Refuge.
4. Is there much walking?
Each tour is slightly different. You must be able to enter and exit the shuttle boat and the tour wagon . Some tours include walks to the beach or along unpaved roads. There are some specified walking tours in the winter that will be 1-3 miles along
5. How long are the tours?
Visitors need to be at the boat ramp around 8:15 a.m. ( Eastern time) and will be ferried to the Refuge six people at a time. Once everyone is on the Refuge, the wagon tours usually start around 9 Aa.m.and last until 1-2 p.m. , then the boat ride back to Indian Pass. The tour is usually about about 18 miles round trip on an open wagon with stadium style seating. Walking tours are about 2-3 hours.
6. Is the tour suitable for children?
We do not recommend the tour for very small children or babies.
7. Can a group take the tour?
Each tour has a limited number of spaces. If a group can register on line, you are welcome to do so. Please let us know if you have a group registered.
8. What facilities are on the Refuge?
There is no potable water on the Refuge, so bring your own water. We also ask that you pack out whatever you bring in as there are no waste removal facilities. There are no toilet facilities.
9. Can we stay and camp on the Refuge?
No, the Refuge is daylight use only. Camping is only allowed by registered hunters during limited hunts in the Fall.
10. How will I know if a tour is cancelled or rescheduled?
Twenty-four hours before the scheduled tour, the tour coordinator will decide if the tour will be cancelled or rescheduled, usually due to bad weather , prescibed burns or small craft warnings on the water. All registrants need to check their e-mail the night before the tour , as you will be notified if there is a cancellation.
The Friends of St. Vincent NWR are glad to have you visit. We hope you enjoy the tours.
For any other specific questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Someone will get back with you within a week.
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Annie Clark aka St. Vincent has been immersed in a musical background since she was a child. She grew up in Dallas, US performing theater and jazz, however her style would eventually shift in a more experimental pop direction as she began to pursue her own career as a musician.
She kept busy musically playing jazz in her high school’s band and also developed business sensibilities pertinent to the industry by acting as the touring manager for her aunt and uncle’s jazz duo Tuck & Patti. She was just a teenager when she acquired this position! Before participating as a touring musician for indie mainstays like Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Though it was not seen as an official St. Vincent release, Annie Clark made her first EP Ratsliveonnoevilstar in 2003 while attending Berklee. On this EP she recruited the help of fellow Berklee students Mark Kelley and Walker Adams.
It wasn’t until 2006 when her moniker St. Vincent was fully realized, a name that she lifted from a Nick Cave lyric. Her first recorded work under this name “Paris is Burning” was released that year. She put out her follow up debut album “Marry Me” a year later. Like many endearing idiosyncratic artists, her music is difficult to pinpoint or ascribe a genre to. Her career spans across an eclectic range of influences and makes no attempt in segmenting these various styles. Rather they are mixed together in interesting ways and given stylistic revamping in regards to Clark’s own signature touch.
Her first album saw her honing in on her skill as a jazz musician. “Marry Me” features many songs drawing from cabaret jazz and builds off lush orchestrated sounds encompassing melodic percussive instruments like the dulcimer, xylophone, and vibraphone, brass instruments such as the trumpet and French horn, a variety of string instruments and even a choir for good measure. With each subsequent release her style seemed to diverge. Her 2009 album “Actor” saw a shift to a baroque pop type of sound. She wrote this album with the idea that it would back a Disney or Woody Allen movie. Naturally this album had a cinematic type quality featuring string swells, angelically plucked guitar, and dramatically juxtaposing lead riffs.
Her following two albums “Strange Mercy” and her self-titled release delved into mutated electronic sounds and lyrics steeped in introspection and literary abstraction. These albums consisted of subtle sonic palates disrupted by angular guitars, detuned moogs and haunting prose. Her latest release incorporated the space-like funk sounds exhibited by artists like Sun Ra and George Clinton and added a certain playful absurdity lacking on her previous albums. Despite the unconventional chord progressions and surrealist lyrics heard through out her later albums they remained highly accessible and eventually became recognized as landmark albums not only in her catalogue but in the framework of indie and pop music.
St. Vincent has wowed audiences across the globe and has managed to make converts out of many well respected and established artists, David Byrne being one of them. In 2012 she collaborated with Byrne to make the album “Love This Giant” and followed it up with a worldwide tour. She has continually redefined herself as an artist and has surprised audiences by performing an assortment of daring cover songs. She has performed works by the political post-punk band the Pop Group, the wild but nonetheless brilliant Tom Waits, and even an overtly abrasive track by Big Black. Perhaps her most famous live cover was her rendition of “Lithium” with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at the 29th induction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though St. Vincent has been an act for less than eight years she has established herself as one of the most important pop musicians of her time.
Let me first start of by saying that St. Vincent only recently came into my life. Their music gripped me in a way very few bands do, in a good way I mean. Lyrically, I love the balance of unapologetic frankness mixed with an almost confession-like tone…..aurally, they range from towering sonic superstructures, to well-wrangled discordant chaos (often alongside one another)…. I dig the sounds of St. Vincent. They're like a new toy that I want to take apart to see how it works......
I hear a familiar "spice" echoing throughout the album....something from my youth. Something like the obstinate, candid, brilliant textures of the music scene in north Texas in the late 90's early thousies…..it's great. Getting producer John Congleton (frontman, composer, and producer of my favorite band of all time, for all time, The PaperChase) was a brilliant move.
I was really looking forward to this show. After watching the live stuff from the festivals and radio appearances on youtube, I wasn't expecting anything more than for them to show up with their instruments and their musicianship. I was kinda hoping that they would have some visual fun to go along with the aural experience, but I would have been happy with just a black curtain and three (four?) people on their instruments, rockin' out. That's what I was expecting.
However (respectfully)……what I GOT….. was Annie…….alone…..all alone on the stage……playing with/to backing tracks. True, it was super foxy, red vinyl thonged, Annie, accompanied (as always) by her great voice and that rad crunchy guitar playing……but as wonderful as all of those things were (are)….I went there to see a SHOW, to FEEL the music played by PEOPLE….not to watch Annie sing St. Vincent Karaoke. My wife and I left halfway into the fourth song.
The stage show felt "phoned in". Almost like somone said "meh, just put her up on the stage and play the songs on the iPod and that'll be good enough". I don't know what happened that led to the decision to make the show just Annie by herself, but I hope it's a one-off kind of thing and the band will join for future performances.
Simply put, for live shows, Annie alone is not enough. Live vox and guitar aside, the show basically consisted of listening to the album with a whole bunch of strangers crowded around a stage…. if I wanted to listen to the album, I'd listen in my car….like I do…..all the time.
I was not satisfied. However, i will still be following St. Vincent because I like the music. I am open to and interested in seeing them live again, but only if they put together a real live show…..or simply bring a band.
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It only bears repeating that Annie Clark aka St. Vincent is a mad genius. There could be an argument to say she should stick to the guitars and singing rather than the hair-dyeing and choreography antics, however this would be doing all of those aspects a disservice along with her majestic and powerful live performances. As a brief history, St. Vincent is Texas born and was in the Polyphonic Spree. Her albums have gone from a sprawling debut with beautiful flourishes reminiscent of Grizzly Bear to more robust David Byrne/Bowie influenced pop, though retaining some of that beauty. Translated live this can all make Annie look like a vulnerable outcast who has committed herself to mastering the guitar, singing and song construction. While the between-song banter is funny in an awkward way and the general band choreography is also not entirely convincing, it is when she sings atop a podium on the stage that Annie’s vulnerability becomes the look of a dominant musical artist. During ‘I Prefer Your Love’ (not on the podium) and ‘Prince Johnny’ and ‘Cheerleader’ (on the podium), St Vincent put on a powerful show that seemed like it could be put on for thousands upon thousands rather than the hundreds at the venue I was at in Cambridge (UK).
When she came down from the podium it seemed as though the sound and fuzz cranked up another level and the other members of her band played even harder. It also seemed timeless and I believe has a future right on top of the music world, dominating the airwaves and touring tirelessly to convince everyone of her genius.
I first saw St. Vincent after her 3rd Album, Strange Mercy was released. I was in the midst of a 2 year love for her music which has seen her become one of my most-listened to artists. This is what the music I would like to be able to write would sound like.
I was excited for the performance, to see her 'in the flesh' and to finally see all those songs I'd got hooked on played live. Unfortunately it was right time, wrong place. The gig at Queen Elizabeth's Hall in London was seated which did nothing to stop Annie Clark giving us all she had but it made the audience feel stilted and awkward which put a bit of a dampener on her performance.
A couple of days later I saw her play again (yes, I'm one of 'those' fans) in Bristol. This was more like it. I was up-front and close to the action and she didn't disappoint by injecting new life into old songs and roaring through the new ones, culminating in her jumping on top of my head during a stage dive. I was gleeful.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of seeing her twice more and she has only progressed as a performer. After her collaboration with David Byrne and the subsequent tour that followed, she's out on The Digital Witness tour and has sewn some of Byrne's influence in; there's dance moves, there's Lorrie Moore inspired story telling, there's a big pink pyramid that she performs on. I can't get enough; I'll have seen this same tour 3 times before it ends and would never miss an opportunity to see her play. She's extraordinary.
I was at the St Vincent concert in Shepherd's Bush in February 2012 and I remember a night that was so punk rock and amazingly fun and awesome that I was converted into an instant fan. I went to that concert not knowing much about her music-- but was thoroughly impressed.
This time, I came knowing all the lyrics and well aware of the new persona that she had adopted. The major difference last night was how different she looked and a lot of the times the stage act felt really avant-garde (more performance art than punk rock) It can get a little strange at times, as she writhed on the floor and ad-libbed "sermons" as crowd banter.
HOWEVER, one constant is that she remains an incredible guitarist. She shreds on that electric guitar and this time, it's double the intensity. Immensely talented and straddling the line between eccentric and angelic, the guitar rifts showcases St Vincent's unique sound and with a setlist of more than 17 songs, the crowd was treated to a 2-hour strong show that ended just before curfew at 11pm. I overheard someone on the elevator on the way back home in Chalk Farm station saying "I didn't know what to expect.
I thought it was going to be Lady Gaga" Lady, I think St Vincent is more Bowie than Gaga; but really, she's a class act in a league all of her own.
The show started off with a disturbing video about a dead dad who ends up in a panda suit at his daughter's birthday party. The video was created by St. Vincent, and it wasn't good. The actual show featured mostly recorded music with St. Vincent standing still on stage wearing a sexploitation outfit of a pink vinyl leotard and thigh-high high-heeled go-go boots. Every song, the curtain would move a few feet and she's shift to a different locale, where she'd again stand still, strumming her guitar and singing to recorded music, looking like a pink dominatrix mannequin. There was no band - ever. It. Was. Dull. She seemed to be trying hard to be stylishly edgy, but failed.
Show was in acts, like a play. The 2nd act featured dramatic pose, sometimes laying down in front of an abstract vampire mural. She seemed to have a guitar fetish - sometimes changing guitars out twice per song.
In act 3, she stood in front of a screen on a circle pedestal while weird sexually-charged videos played behind her, sometimes featuring loops of expressionless images of St. Vincent in those videos. She was expressionless in all images - she looked dead inside.
This show was an extreme disappointment after the last tour - that show was one of my favorites of the year.
The audience seems split over this show - from the look on Twitter/Instagram and talking to people leaving the venue.
I think: No band. Zero atmosphere. Bored crowd. Bored artist.
I'm a long time fan and have seen her live at Glastonbury (Park Stage) and more recently The Roundhouse. Both gigs were extraordinary, visceral live events but showed a shift in her attitude towards live shows - so I could almost see the performance at Brixton coming. Between Glastonbury and The Roundhouse she had mapped out what and where each band member would be doing throughout the whole set for the whole tour (as she describes in interviews). So Brixton seems like the next phase of de-personalising the performance even further. At the Roundhouse she talked to us, although it was rehearsed, at Brixton she said almost nothing. But it was the lack of band that is the flawed idea here, I really missed them, in particular the drummer Matt Johnson.
For a few brief moments last night when it was just Annie singing almost alone there was some sense of connection to her and the music - I wouldn’t see her again without a band.
The show opens with a short film. Not unusual but not anticipated.
Then a 10-15 intermission.
Then the show begins.
Annie stage right and moves to different mics upon the stage between each song. For every song and every move, STV is being delivered different MusicMan STV signature guitars to what look like militarized ninjas.
There was a blue dominatrix at one point that did something on stage. Not too sure why they were a part of the show as they were only on stage for 40 seconds.
Overall the show could be categorized into the following.
and never connecting with the audience.
Exhausting watching Annie Clark play St Vincent Karaoke.
Excellent execution of the songs but the schtick is wearing thin.
Seeing St. Vincent play live is like a big surreal dream. She played everything off MASSEDUCTION and favorites from Strange Mercy, Marry Me, and Actor. The set changes and accompanying art videos were absolutely stunning. Sitting on the balcony of the venue while listening to her sing while these neon colored videos playing made me feel like I was in a giant Surrealism Salon. What a talented, innovate performer and a genuine person.
Oh, and her aunt and uncle Tuck and Patti were her opening acts. So adorable hear them call her little Annie, not to mention that they fucking RIPPED. Patti has a voice of gold and Tuck is such a fantastic guitar player. What a giant treat. Everyone took me to church!!!
St Vincent was genuinely a dynamic experience. She played with my heart all night long throwing me back and forth between love and panic. Sometimes the contrast was too much to bear! But right when the chaos overtook, Ms. Clark gently caressed us with a beautiful solo song.
I have been a fan for many years and she surpassed my expectations. The sounds were crisp and interesting even during chaotic songs, her voice and presence were powerful and lovely, and the show was wonderfully choreographed without seeming too controlled. A very unique and enjoyable show overall.
I expected to see a good artist with a good repertoire what I got was an amazing artist who looked fantastic, what blew me away was the guitar work and how good the others in the band were, what was totally unexpected was climbing from the stage onto the balcony saying hello to the audience up there (including myself),clambering across the front wall of the centre balcony to say hello to the fans on the balcony opposite and the most beautifully brilliant sight , was she did this in a mini skirt and six inch heels, what a performer and performance I think I am in love
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1. Crystal kayaking in St. Vincent - Siteseeing with Cass
2. Dark View Waterfall and Beach Tour
3. Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Site and Beach Guided Tour
4. Fort Charlotte, Botanical Gardens Scenic Tour & Beach w/ Topdawg Taxi and Tours
5. La Soufriere Volcano Hike with Topdawg Taxi and Tours
6. The Cascading Dark View Falls and Beach Experience with Topdawg Taxi and Tours
7. Vermont Nature Trail Tour with Fraser's Taxi and Tours
8. Dark View Falls Private Tour
9. 5 Hour Tour at Dark View Falls and Pirates of the Caribbean Set
10. Pirates of the Caribbean Port Royal Experience & Beach w/ Topdawg Taxi and Tours
11. Full-Day Tour in Black Point Tunnel & Owia Salt Pond with Guide
12. Airport TransferArgyle International to or from hotels villa area
13. Dark View Falls and Beach Tour with Detention Tours
14. Soufriere Volcano Hike
15. La Soufriere Volcano Adventure
16. Dark View Falls Tour and Beach
17. Pirates of the Caribbean SVG with Trubb Taxi Tours
18. The Montreal Garden Tour with Fraser's Taxi and Tours
19. Hike to Gorilla Rock with Swimming at Questelles Beach
20. Owia Salt Pond Tour with Fraser's Taxi and Tours
21. Airport transfer to or from Bequia Ferry (Kingstown)
22. Pirates of the Caribbean Film Tour Wallilabou and Fort Charlotte from IV Tours
23. Pirates and Beach Tour with Detention Tours
24. Dark View Falls with Trubb Taxi
25. Half-Day Pirates Tour from Kingstown
26. Dark View falls , Wallilabou , Fort Charlotte, Kingstown from IV Tours
27. Montreal Gardens and Belmont Lookout Tour
28. Scenic Historical Tour to Fort Charlotte and Queens drive from IV Tours
29. The Pirates Package Tour and Beach - Private Tour
30. Vermont Nature Trail Hike
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