Grenadines Port is located in the Grenadines Islands and has been in existence since the 18th century. Forty miles from the port is, St. Vincent, an island of many international residents where many other residents live aboard their sailboats. The ships anchor at St. Vincent’s main town of Kingstown where the weather is usually between 75 to 85 F. There are docking areas for small boats that go to and from islands.
The port provides a friendly and warm atmosphere and is a pleasant and interesting place to visit. There are boats offered for renters who want to visit the public islands. The port lets visitors glimpse at a luxurious Caribbean lifestyle from the cruise ship or when wandering along the local streets.
You will find a small number of shops. The Bequia and Mayreau islands have wooden carvings, unique native drawings, paintings and souvenirs. The other shops in the area offer mostly artisan products. The small shops create portraits for tourists as well. You may also want to wander along the quay because this is where some of the best shopping stores for local handicrafts are located.
Additional stores may be found at Port Elisabeth which includes international brand name clothing and perfumes. Port Elisabeth’s Front Street has a collection of souvenir shops, yacht docks and restaurants on Belmont Walkway. There is also a small market which sells fresh produce, spices and even souvenirs. The items that can be found include jewelry, jams, t-shirts and other trinkets.
Things to Do
The Rain Forests on St. Vincent are worth a visit. Eco tourism tours are also available and there are many local rental companies who can offer transportation assistance. It is best to visit the Kingstown Market on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours of the city’s churches and older buildings are also available. The Botanical Garden which is just a ten-minute walk from the center town is another best place to visit. Beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports are available.
Across Garden Boutique you will find St. Mary’s Church. It is painted pale blue and pristine white with wooden pews and tall doors allowing the salty sea breeze to be felt inside. There are two striking paintings that hung on either sides of the altar, St. Vincent and Our Lady of the Seas by John Constable in 1953. The Bequia Bookshop is another interesting place to visit for Caribbean literature, maps and prints.
Restaurants and Bars
Delicious foods are offered by stands and vendors along the wharf and at St. Vincent’s walkways. If you want to have a taste of outstanding and well-prepared seafood, you can go to Maria’s French Terrace which is one of French favorites and local cuisine. Fine dining is offered at Port Sammo Restaurant and Bar. Local seafood dishes are worth a try including lobster, tuna and steak at the waterfront. Try their chicken barbeque and you will know why this is a favorite dining place of many tourists.