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St Vincent and the Grenadines – Travel Guide Magazine

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Explore St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and discover a secluded world of natural beauty that is cradled in history; once named “Hairoun” – Land of the Blessed. With archaeological evidence indicating that the first inhabitants arrived as early as 150 AD, the Kalingo (or “Caribs”) arrived around 1450 AD. Spotted by Columbus in 1492, the island was officially named St. Vincent in 1498. French settlers first arrived in the early 1700’s, and after many battles, the British took control of the island in 1763. In the mid 1800’s, a steady flow of immigrants arrived from Portugal. In 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence.

Today’s visitors enjoy a relaxing Caribbean experience far from the crowds, and surrounded by an abundant variety of scenery and wildlife to explore and discover.

From breath taking views, gleaming waters to black sand beaches, waterfalls and rainforests, nature trails, a volcanic peak that rises 4,000 feet, historical buildings and cathedrals, petro glyphs, quaint fishing villages, and the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere, St. Vincent & the Grenadines has many adventures to offer.

The island is a playground and paradise for bird watchers, whale & dolphin watchers, and nature lovers. Enjoy some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, home to 225 different species of fish. Take a day trip to the Tobago Cays, and enjoy St. Vincent & the Grenadine’s protected turtle sanctuary or visit the site at Wallilabou Bay where scenes from “Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl” were filmed.

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