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Escape to the Tropics or ski your heart out in one of the Stunning January US Travel Destinations

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The holidays are over and the winter has set in throughout much of the United States in January, but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle in, too. If you are looking for the best places to travel in the US in January, look no further. January is a great time to travel in the United States. Whether you want to hit New York City for the ball drop and some winter museum hopping, escape the cold in southern Florida, see some whales in California, or take that tropical vacation you’ve always dreamed about in Hawaii, don’t wait until those spring rates go back up, hop on a plane or hit the road and explore one of these best places to travel in the US in January.

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Best Places To Travel In January In Florida

Florida is a natural choice for an eastern US winter escape in January. Here are a few gems from the sunshine state to warm up your winter.

Anna Maria Island, Florida

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Anna Maria Island, Florida may very well be the best kept secret on the Gulf of Mexico. Located about an hour south of Tampa, FL this gem has managed to maintain the Old Florida feel with no high rise hotels and quaint shops and amazing restaurants. You won’t believe the colors and beauty of this place not to mention the mild temperatures in January with highs still in the low 70s. Take a day trip to Sarasota for some shopping or visit the Mote & Marine Aquarium with the kids. Read our full review of Anna Maria Island.

Amelia Island, Florida

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Looking for mild winter temperatures, great golf, historic travel, and a secluded old south feel? Consider a January vacation in Amelia Island, Florida. You probably won’t break out the swimsuit, but you may well not need that winter coat either. Take the kids to explore Fort Clinch State Park and make time to enjoy the historic downtown. Read our full review for more Things To Do in Amelia Island, Florida.

Panama City Beach, Florida

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Home to 27 miles of coastline, Panama City Beach, Florida is a destination that should definitely be on your US bucket list for a January vacation. Not only is it a tropical paradise, with palm trees and sandy beaches at every corner, there are Panama City Beach activities for everyone. 

If water adventure is your thing, we highly recommend shipwreck diving or spending the day on a fishing charter. Additionally, there are two amazing state parks in this town, Camp Helen State Park and St. Andrew’s State Park that are definitely worth exploring. And if you’re looking for a more relaxing day, pick your spot on the beach and soak up the sun. 

Panama City Beach is as adventurous or relaxing as you want to make it!

Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz @GettingStamped

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Blessed with no fewer than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and annual temperatures that average 75°F, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best spots in the US for a winter break in January. Hire a car in Miami and head north near the southern tip of the Florida Panhandle, an area home to amazing sand beaches and expansive wetlands. 

It’s an important starting and stopping point for cruises, while the city itself features a beautiful oceanfront promenade, a historic riverfront, canals, shopping opportunities and great food.

Active travelers can go diving and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean or go for runs on the many miles of beaches. A quick jaunt to the west brings you into the Everglades Wildlife Management Area. For a dose of culture, the Arts and Entertainment District is the place to go.

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Best Places To Travel In January In California

Taking a road trip in California in January sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Here are a few of the great places to to visit on the way.

Santa Cruz, CA

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Santa Cruz, California is a small beach town in the California central coast, just an hour and a half south of San Francisco. But Santa Cruz isn’t just great for summer travel, because the weather hovers in the 60’s most of the year, there’s plenty to do in January as well! 

January is the perfect time to do some whale watching along the Monterey Bay. While you can take a whale watching tour to get up close and personal, you can often spot the whales from the beachside cliffs, which is perfect and FREE. 

If you’re in the mood to see more wildlife, you can check out the elephant seals in Ano Nuevo State Park.The breeding season starts in January, and you can see newborn baby elephant seals. You do need reservations for the guided tour, but the tour itself is pretty easy and the weather in Santa Cruz is beautiful so it’s not strenuous. Do yourself a favor and visit the Pie Ranch that’s on the other side of the highway from the park for some freshly baked pie.  It’s so worth it. 

Other things to do:

·      Go kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough to see California sea otters;

·      Go for a hike at Big Basin State Park and see the California redwoods;

·      Bike down Westcliff Drive and enjoy the views;

·      Walk along one of the many beaches and enjoy the crisp sea breeze. 

Ale at Elote Sisters

Monterey, California

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Monterey, California is great to visit at any time of year, but January is a wonderful time to see gray whales on their annual migration! And it’s not just a few whales, but 20,000 on their way to Baja California, Mexico from Alaska. You can also see Humpbacks, and Blue Whales, too. This is a fabulous time to book a whale watching tour, but you can often see the spouts from shore if you don’t fancy a boat trip. Do know it can be windy and cold on the water, so layer up!

You should also make time to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium while you’re there! Tickets are a little pricey, but well worth it. It’s HUGE and the exhibits are extremely well done. They’re a wonderful organization that supports ocean research and conservation.

You also can’t miss Cannery Row, the historic street that was once upon a time home to sardine factories, but is now lined with shops and restaurants along the beautiful waterfront! Note that Monterey can be cold, foggy, and windy at any time of year, so prepare accordingly.

Kelsey from Sights Better Seen

Big Sur, California

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One of the best places to visit in January in the USA is the stunning Big Sur region of California. Temperatures remain mild throughout the winter months and crowds are significantly lower than you would see during the busy summer months. Spend a day or two exploring the sites located in and around Big Sur including Bixby Creek Bridge, McWay Waterfall and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where there a number of trails to explore. It’s also worth taking the time to pull off the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy the numerous coastal walks while watching the waves crash into the Californian coast. If you have enough time, it’s worth driving north from Big Sur and exploring Monterey or Carmel which are both lovely towns with interesting things to do and see. 

Michael of The World Was Here First

San Luis Obispo, California

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San Luis Obispo is a sleepy college town (home to Cal Poly SLO) with perfect weather all year round, and beautiful scenery. SLO (San Luis Obispo for short) has a lovely downtown area I’d also recommend walking around in. There are lots of shops, both small and large, and great places to eat. Go to Bubblegum Alley (and add a piece if you’d like!) and see Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa nearby!

Even if you don’t actually stay in one of the rooms, stop by the Madonna Inn for a tour. The rooms are uniquely decorated. They have a PINK tennis court and the men’s bathroom has a waterfall in it. It’s definitely an interesting place to visit if you enjoy eclectic and eccentric roadside attractions. While there, enjoy a meal or dessert at the Inn restaurant and a walk around the grounds.

Kelsey from Sights Better Seen

Best Places To Travel In January In Hawaii

Are you really looking for the great American escape for January? Why not consider the trip of a lifetime to one of the fabulous island destinations in Hawaii?

Oahu, Hawaii

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January in Oahu is perfect. The weather isn’t too hot and the further you get from the New Year holiday, the hotel rates plummet. It’s a great place to trade shoveling snow for digging your toes in the sand. Because most families are back in school, there are fewer crowds at popular tourist spots like the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor.

January is also the start of whale watching season in Hawaii and you might get lucky and see the humpback whales migrating either on a boat tour or while relaxing on the beach. You can also go on amazing Oahu waterfall hikes, kayak in rivers, learn to surf, and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau. It’s a great place to kick off the new year!

Marcie Cheung of Hawaii Travel With Kids

Maui, HI

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Maui is blessed with dozens of golden sand beaches, January highs around 80 degrees, and reliably sunny skies. You can surf warm waves in the morning, and snorkel with dolphins in the afternoon.  And unlike crowded Honolulu, it’s easy to find an empty stretch of sand to relax on.  Best of all, January is peak whale season, so you can even spy a humpback breaching from shore.

If you’ve had your fill of ocean activities, Maui offers a couple of amazing road trips; You can drive right to the the summit of Haleakala, a 10,000-foot dormant volcano.  And, the legendary “Road To Hana” takes you through 600 turns of tropical rainforest and waterfalls to a peaceful Hawaiian village. Read more about the best things to do in Maui here and about where to stay in Maui here.

Sam Wilbur of Worldwide Wilbur

Kauai, HI

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The island of Kauai, is known as the Garden Isle, meaning that it is the wildest and greenest of the Hawaiian Islands and a beautiful place to travel in the month of January.  Travelers might think that winter is the off season in Kauai, but the beautiful weather year-round has snowbirds flocking there to soak up the sun.

January is peak season in Kauai for watching humpback whales come to the tropical waters to birth their calves. It is worth traveling to Kauai in January for this reason alone! You can view these majestic creatures from the water on a boat tour with Captain Andy’s or you can watch from the shore at Kilauea Lighthouse.

The Na Pali coastline is Kauai’s stunning mountain lined beaches that can only be accessed by boat, helicopter or hiking. In winter, the waters are too rough for boat rides, but an aerial view will gift you with the most incredible views of the majestic ridges and gushing waterfalls. A helicopter tour would be one of the best activities to add to your Kauai itinerary. If you have young children with you, the private plane rides with Wings Over Kauai would be a great choice, and Jack Harter’s Door Off Helicopter Tour is best for thrill seekers.

Kauai’s green landscape is so vibrant and colorful due to its high rainfall, so staying in Poipu on a winter trip will bring you more sunshine and calmer waters for snorkeling. Poipu Beach Park is a great spot for seeing tropical fish and swimming during the winter months. A sunrise walk on Shipwreck Beach is also a perfect way to start the day in paradise.

Sierra Schmidt of Free to Travel Mama

Best Places To Travel In January For A Traditional or Adventurous Winter Vacation

If you aren’t necessarily looking to escape the winter, but rather want to enjoy some traditional US winter holidays, consider some of these iconic US travel destinations for January.

New York City, NY

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There’s no question that when one thinks of quintessential places to travel in January in the US, New York City come to mind. If you are dreaming of ringing in the new year in New York, don’t forget to leave time for all the other fabulous things to do in New York in January. Enjoy ice skating in Central Park, stroll around Brooklyn for fabulous views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge or walk on the Williamsburg Bridge for a different view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the incredible buzz of New York daily life. Finally, get out of the cold with a visit to one of New York’s amazing art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum.

Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World

Big Sky, Montana

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January is an excellent time to travel to Big Sky, Montana. The holiday crowds have mostly left and after the New Year is often a great time to find fresh snow and excellent powder – which is important if you’re planning on hitting up the excellent ski runs at Big Sky Resort. Beyond the skiing and snowboarding, the Big Sky Town Center has craft beer, delicious restaurants serving hearty fare, and cozy cafes – perfect for a hot drink or satisfying meal after a day on the slopes. Even non-skiers will enjoy cozying up in front of the fireplace during a winter stay at one of the many mountain lodges and cabins located around Big Sky.

There’s also an ice skating rink in the Town Center for some extra winter fun. Big Sky is located in the southwest part of Montana within the Rocky Mountain Range. Big Sky is about an hour’s drive north of Yellowstone National Park and an hour south of Bozeman, Montana, where you’ll find the state’s busiest airport. 

Gina of Travel Montana Now

Denver, CO

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If you need to get away for a weekend getaway, visit the Mile High city. Two days in Denver this winter are all you need to step away from the stressful daily grind and return with a smile. What’s not to feel good about. The city is clean and buzzing with creativity. Plus, they use scooters to get around that people just drop off on the street. Like without a lock! Just one of the reasons to appreciate the vibe of this cool, laid back city. From the gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater, to endless music venues, breweries and public art there are countless reasons to spend a weekend in Denver this January. 

Blake at Style Island

Grand Canyon, AZ

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The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is an excellent place to travel in January. Located in Arizona, this national park is home the world’s most famous red rock canyon, one of the seven natural world wonders. It is beautiful year-round and attracts visitors from around the world during all seasons, but winter at the Grand Canyon is a wonderful time to visit if you would like to avoid excessive crowds. You will find that you have most of the trails to yourself, you will not have to wait to take photos in popular spots, you be able to dine at the lovely restaurants without reservations (although they are recommended if you want the best views), and you will have no trouble finding a parking spot for your car.

Exploring the Grand Canyon in January will also allow you to avoid the excessive heat. With highs in the upper 50s (F), you will need warm layers. Warm coats, hats, gloves, and sunglasses are recommended. Snow storms are a possibility, so wear proper shoes for exploring in the snow. Keep in mind that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed in January, so you will need to stick to the South Rim.

Leah from An Adventure Is Calling

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Luxury Vacation

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Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation with TradeWinds in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.

Arrival Day. All guests will meet for boarding at 5pm. Guests who have spent the first week staying at Blue Lagoon in St Vincent will be collected at Blue Lagoon Marina at 17:00, and will move out to Young Island for a well-deserved swim before your first gourmet dinner aboard under the stars. We’ll anchor here overnight, nestled below beautiful Fort Duvernette towering 200 feet above. 

St Vincent to Mustique. After breakfast there’s time to swim or walk up to the fort before we sail to the millionaires’ playground of Mustique. On our way we’ll cross some of the best fishing grounds in the Grenadines. After lunch aboard, explore the island on foot or take a taxi-tour of the houses of, amongst others, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Tommy Hilfiger and HRH Princess Margaret, before enjoying a drink at the world-famous Basils Bar.

Mustique to Tobago Cays. After breakfast this morning we’re off to the famous Tobago Cays, a pristine National Marine Park comprised of many small islands and home to dedicated turtle breeding areas. Snorkel and SCUBA dive at the Mayreau Gardens. We will spend a day and a half in this pristine turquoise kaleidoscope, and we’ll never want to leave Nature’s paradise.

Tobago Cays to Union Island. Start the day on a high, snorkelling with turtles and rays straight off the boat, before heading to Clifton late afternoon. On the way there we’ll search for some lost rum on Petit Tabac (Pirates of the Caribbean movie) before eating lunch anchored in front of Palm Island. Entering Clifton Harbour we pass by the famous hand-built ‘Happy Island’ and pause for a cocktail here before heading ashore for dinner.

Clifton, Mopion Island, Chatham Bay. Depending on the weather, we’ll sail to iconic Mopion Island for lunch. After enjoying the beautiful scenery around our own deserted island, we head for the tranquil waters of Chatham Bay on Union Island. We’ll enjoy snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding or just relaxing whilst taking in the beauty and serenity of one of our favourite bays.

Chatham to Salt Whistle Bay. We set sail for Mayreau’s Saline Bay from where you can walk over the hill to beautiful Salt Whistle Bay. En route, stop and take in the picturesque cobblestone church with its magnificent view of the Tobago Cays. Snorkel, swim or relax on Salt Whistle’s world-renowned beach and spend the evening here sipping on Captain’s Cocktails served in freshly picked coconuts.

Mayreau to Bequia. Today we set sail to the beloved island of Bequia, about four hours to the north. Bequia is the second largest island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and after lunch onboard you can wander around the many cafés, restaurants, shops and stalls selling locally-made items on this “Big Little Island”. We’ll dine ashore tonight at one of Bequia’s many excellent restaurants.

Departure Day. After a last delicious breakfast aboard, it’s time to exchange contact details with our ship-mates before leaving for the ferry back to St Vincent or for Bequia airport.

A mandatory 5-day quarantine period is in place for all travellers to St Vincent and the Grenadines from “High Risk countries “(including USA and UK). This means that guests MUST quarantine for at least FIVE DAYS prior to boarding, so why not add an extra couple of days to your stay and have extra time to enjoy the full amenities of whichever resort you choose before you board.

Unwind and settle into your first few days in paradise. Catch up on your reading and work on your suntan. Once your test results come through you’ll be totally relaxed, and able to fully enjoy the facilities of your chosen resort before boarding and heading out to explore the wonders of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The following resorts are approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of St Vincent and the Grenadines as quarantine facilities during the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak:

St Vincent: Blue Lagoon Marina and Resort

Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina is nestled in Blue Lagoon Bay, a sheltered sanctuary on the south east side of mainland St. Vincent. The entire property has been recently renovated making it unrecognizable to returning guests. With so much to do on site once you arrive there is no need to ever leave the compound! For guests who are isolating there are 2 restaurants, a café and a supermarket on the property that can deliver supplies to your room with a quick call to the front desk.  All rooms have air-con, cable tv, free wi-fi and furnished private balconies.

All staff have been tested for COVID19 and will continue to do so regularly. There is also a nurse on the compound who will come to the guest rooms to do tests as required. Receptionists and housekeeping staff still strive to showcase true Vincentian hospitality at a safe distance and focus on each guest to ensure they receive personal and individualized attention.  Choose from either a Kitchenette or Non-kitchenette room, with the choice of marina view, pool view or beach view all rooms with a balcony to enjoy the sweet Caribbean air! For more info and to make your booking please click:  https://www.bluelagoonsvg.com 

Bequia: Bequia Plantation Hotel

Bequia Plantation Hotel embodies Caribbean luxury and quality at its finest located in one of the islands premier locations. Bequia Plantation Hotel has all the grace and charm of the authentic Caribbean style and caters to an elite international and local clientele, both sophisticated and causal in taste.

With its prime beach front location, secluded at the southern end of Admiralty Bay, Plantation Hotel has one of the most breath-taking views on the island. Within these grounds are newly renovated villas and suites, some with self-contained facilities equipped with the highest quality of amenities. These one-bedroom and two-bedroom Villas are perfect for self-isolating on your arrival to Bequia. During the isolation period you and others in your personal party must stay within the Hotel’s beautifully landscaped grounds. There will be an In-Room dining service available for all meals, drinks, and any special requests. For example, breakfast, light lunch, two course dinner and two non-alcoholic drinks can be delivered to your room for $70 per person. All rooms have air-con, free wi-fi, flat screen tv, private balconies, and an airport shuttle service is available.

For your protection and peace of mind, the resort has created new practises and special self-isolation arrangements that will ensure you enjoy the same high-level service and safe hospitality. For more info and to make your booking please click: https://bequiaplantationhotel.com 

Boarding Arrangements

There are three different options for boarding and beginning your cruise, depending on where you choose to spend your first few days here in paradise:

Option One

If all guests are at Blue Lagoon, we will collect you at Blue Lagoon Marina at 5pm and follow the itinerary as planned.

Option Two

If all guests are at Plantation Hotel we will collect you at Plantation Dock on Bequia at 5pm and take you out to anchor nearby for the night. We will follow the planned itinerary on Sunday morning as we sail over to Mustique.

Option Three

If some guests are at Blue Lagoon and others are at Plantation Hotel – guests from Blue Lagoon should take the mid-day ferry on Saturday from St Vincent to Bequia. After exploring Port Elizabeth and having lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafés, they should make their way along the beautiful Belmont Walkway to be at Plantation Dock at 5pm. We will pick you up there and anchor overnight nearby, before heading for Mustique as planned in the morning.

(Ferry cost is EC$25.00 per person one-way, or EC$45.00 return from Saint Vincent).

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Guide – Caribbean Best Island Destination

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Old Hegg ,Turtle Sanctuary, Tobago Cay Mount Royal, La Soufrière, Fort Charlotte, Falls of Baleine, Botanic Gardens St. Vincent, Wallilabou Heritage Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Montreal Gardens.

Turtle Sanctuary

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Orton “Brother” King found the sea turtle hatchery back in 1995, and he since then laid his life to cautiously transfer Hawksbill turtle hatchlings into the nearby waters.

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located on Park Bay, a little further to the plus a fountain of educational experience. To feed your eyes with the irresistible sight of green turtles in the wild, one of the best places to visit is the Tobago Cays.

Tobago Cay

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Tobago Cays is Known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. Marine Park comprises five picture-perfect, uninhabited islands surrounded by a clear lagoon.

Here, you’ll come across sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, scattered mangroves, and well-structured coral reef in St. Vincent. Cool off by enjoying a swim with the resident turtles, snorkel around the long Horseshoe Reef, or simply relax on a magnificent white-sand beach.

Botanic Gardens St. Vincent

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This Garden was established around 1765 by General Robert Melville , and it claims to be the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

With an informative guide by your side, you will receive enlightenment on native and exotic plants growing here, including a breadfruit tree coming from Captain Bligh brought to St. Vincent in 1793.

In the aviary, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the famous and colorful St. Vincent parrot—the island’s national bird.

GETTING THERE

For those who would like to spend their vacation in one place, there are several airlines that offer relatively easy access to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Chances are, you will have to take a connecting flight. However, American Airlines offers some of the most flight options to this stunning archipelago, or at least a connecting flight with a local partner airline, like LIAT.

If you’d rather spend your vacation letting someone else handle the traveling, then why not board a cruise to St. Vincent and the Grenadines? While there are a limited selection of cruises to St. Vincent, you are sure to enjoy the leisurely way of life as you dock at this stunning island chain.

GETTING AROUND

For those who like to move like the locals, there is a public bus system that will take you around the cities and along the major hotspots. If you’d rather move about on your own time, you can instead hail a taxi or hire a driver.

For those who aren’t afraid of driving on the “wrong” side of the road, you can rent a car. By renting a car, easily get to some of the more remote areas of the island, but because it is a British Commonwealth nation, be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.

WILDLIFE/NATURE

While the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are relatively small, the island cannot host some of the larger animal life that some other Caribbean islands may host. However, you’re likely to see some tropical reptiles, like iguanas and lizards.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a birders delight. With more than 150 species of birds found on the islands of the archipelago, chances are you will see a new bird everywhere you turn. Keep your eye on the sky and your camera ready, because who knows what you might see.

When you take to the waters around the islands, you’ll be delighted in the rich biodiversity in the waters. With tropical fish, various turtles, and dolphins and whales, there is always some friendly creature playing in the waves or darting underneath the boats.

NATIONAL HEROES/MUSEUMS

Joseph Chatoyer – (Unknown – 1795) this local Carib chief is known for leading a revolt against the British Empire at the start of British occupation. This act, while it ultimately failed, worked to show the natives of St. Vincent that they still had power and a voice. This revolt also inspired other native populations, under various European regimes, to stand up against the colonizers.

Bequia Maritime Museum – Being an archipelago nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a long, proud history of boat building and sailing. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular museums is the Maritime Museum. You can learn all about the maritime history of the islands, the rise and fall of the whaling industry, and learn about various boat building techniques used throughout history.

TOURISM UPDATES

Corona Virus Update as at August 31st, 2020

General Restrictions: SVG is welcoming travelers with mandatory quarantine of 14 days regardless of country of origin. 72 hours prior permission is required for operations to ensure all requirements are met. Airport operational hours are 1200Z-2200Z but can be extended to 0000Z (note, this extension is 500 Eastern Caribbean Dollars).

Travelers from High risk countries such as Brazil and USA will be screened differently than travelers from Low risk countries.

Passenger Restrictions: It is mandatory for all arriving passengers to be self-quarantined at their expense either at a private home, villa or hotel for 14 days and passport will be ceased for those said days. Quarantine cannot be done on private yacht.

Please be informed that authorization from the Ministry of Health is required for arrival of non-nationals and an approval cannot be granted for the flight until received.

  • All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and will be placed under a mandatory 24-hour self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving with a negative antibody test (where the test was done in the last five days) and test negative in the COVID-19 test taken on arrival, do not need to further quarantine
  • Persons who test positive for the COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, regardless of approved documentation, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, will not be tested for COVID-19, provided they have been in the CARICOM bubble for at least 14 days
  • Travelers whose country of origin is one in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or visit –www.health.gov.vc and submit the application to the following address: [email protected]
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel)
  • No COVID-19 laboratory test.

Non- CARICOM Bubble: Travelers from countries of origin not in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel) ,
  • PCR Testing on arrival
  • Court-Ordered, 24-hour quarantine (Await results in home or hotel).

Crew Restrictions: Overnight rest for crew may be granted based on their travelling distance. It is a case by case situation which would be determined by the MOH. Once they disembark at TVSA they must be self-quarantined at their expense also.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops with passengers are allowed with no disembarkation. Catering is unavailable.

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ECO-TOURISM

The biggest eco-tourism draw to St. Vincent and the Grenadines revolves around the marine life and wilderness. With some truly amazing aquatic species, ranging from tropical fish to turtles to dolphins to whales, you are sure to see some unique animals as you snorkel and dive among the reefs.

For those feeling truly adventurous, head out to some of the local shipwrecks that met their watery fate thanks to the powerful reefs. No matter where your marine adventures take you, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen!

For those who would rather stay on dry land, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have several mountains and large hills. Those looking to stretch their legs can push themselves and hike up the various mountains and look-outs for a stunning view of the islands of this beautiful nation. Some popular hikes are up Soufrière and into the crater, to the waterfalls of Baleine, and throughout Wallaibou Heritage Park.

DONATE

Life on the islands can be difficult, with cost of living being higher than many other countries. Luckily enough, there are organizations like Food for the Poor that work to make sure that everyone has food, personal hygiene items, medical supplies, and that students have school supplies. You can donate to help them make the lives of local Vincentians easier.

Another charity group that works hard to insure everybody has a bright future is The Mustique Charitable Trusts. This conglomeration works to provide children and young adults with educational opportunities to further their futures. The MCT also works to adapt the local communities to become more sustainable in this uncertain world of climate change.

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