The gentle folds of mountainous St. Vincent are enveloped in the sort of green caused by regular tropical rains. Thick and lush, the interior slopes down to a dusting of silky sands, ranging from pale white to glittering black. The froth of warm Caribbean Sea washes the toes of frilly palms, a paradise that, but for the lack of pirate ships and treasure chests, might be found only in books. Even if you aren't looking for the pirate's life, St. Vincent has got the space to stash your person, spend your loot and have some good swashbuckling fun.
Cruise ships make port in Kingstown where visitors can find expected necessities, though to experience the island's charms make your stay in the urban center short. Whether you bus out of town or steer clear with a rental car, don't miss a stroll along the black sand beaches of the west coast. The road ends effectively at Richmond Beach, unless you're after exercise. From there, access waterfalls and nature hikes before wending your way back to Kingstown.
Follow jagged curves along the northeast coast as they wind past the crash of Atlantic swell. Make the trek from this side up to the edge of active volcano La Soufriere with the proper shoes and a guide for narrative. Lope back down to sea level for a cooling plunge under gushing cascades or soothing surf. Wander the botanic gardens or jump a boat to visit the famous Falls of Baleine, before you relax on your beach of choice.
Watch for spiny lobsters, pipefish, banded shrimp and the curious coils of brain coral while you glide through the turquoise seas around the many cays of St. Vincent. Rent snorkeling gear or get set to scuba dive with local operators.
You won't find buried bootleg rum on St.Vincent, but should you feel stranded, head out to one of the small islands and sandy cays that dot the waters south of St. Vincent.
St. Vincent is 24 miles south of St. Lucia as the seagull flies.