St. Vincent Port is more formally known as the St. Vincent and Grenadines Port, which is located in Kingstown in the main island of St. Vincent. The Island is rich in French and British culture; having been part of the major colonies of France and Great Britain during colonial times.
Cruise and cargo ships anchor their boats off the coast of Kingstown and at the island wharf. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the Lesser Antilles chain. St. Vincent is particularly considered a trading area and less of a tourist destination for cruise ships, although it boasts of Caribbean warm weather that is perfect for outdoor beach activities. The island was first called among the colonizers as “Hairouna,” which was, a name given to it by local Carib Indians. The Port is a main gateway for local and international traders coming to the region.
Local markets are very abundant on the island; one of which is the Kingstown market that offers bountiful local produce and native products. Kingstown market is best visited during Friday and Saturdays as local vendors from all over the Grenadines Islands flock to sell the goods to tourist and locals alike. St. Vincent has cobblestone streets that are lined with vendors and shops selling spices, native delicacies and culturally designed handicraft products that are great for souvenirs.
You should check of the Voyager Duty Free Store. You will have a wide variety of choices in books, watches, silver and gold jewelries and batik designed clothes at the Edwin D. Layne & Sons Department Store. C.K. Greaves Supermarket is found in the Upper Bay Street of the Island and is perfect for grocery and local provisions for you and your family.
Things to See
St. Vincent Port will give you access to one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the Western Hemisphere. It houses a wide variety of rare and endangered plants and flowers. This is part of a plan to protect sacred plants that are found in the rainforest and mountains. The rainforest and waterfalls offer unique sights and are great for nature hikes and mountain treks. Eco adventures for whale, dolphin and turtle watching are additional things to see and do. Whales such as the humpback whale, sperm whale and pilot whale are seen regularly in the waters off St. Vincent’s beaches. Both African and Carib slaves labored in the creation of the tunnel.
Restaurants and Bars
Local bars and restaurants are mostly located in the Villa and Indian Bay Strip. Bars that are famous for night time parties and entertainment are the Emotions Restaurant and Bar and the Attic (which are both found in Kingstown proper). Most restaurants however are more in tune with dining rather than the nightlife parties that are seen on many other islands.
The Villa waterfront area is a booming place that serves local dishes and cuisines. The Beachcombers Restaurant and Bar is a perfect place for affordable dining of local cuisines. Every first Friday in the village of Barrrouallie, they celebrate a fish festival; locals and tourists flock to have a taste of the local ‘black fish.’
St. Vincent Port may seem at times to be a simple and unknown place but in reality it is a place that is full of wondrous natural reserves and mountains. If you ever do happen by the island, the choices for your activities are numerous.