There's no easier or more relaxing way to see St. Vincent than on this driving excursion through the bustling capital of Kingstown and the surrounding countryside.
Depart from the pier and begin with a drive through Kingstown, during which you'll learn about its tumultuous history. Known as the "City of Arches" because of the many volcanic stone archways throughout the downtown, Kingstown was first settled by the French. In the following decades, the island was ceded to the British, who built Fort Charlotte on a high bluff to protect Kingstown primarily from land attacks by the French and Caribs.
Many of the most prominent landmarks in town are churches, and you'll enjoy an exterior view of three of the most impressive ones, all of which were built in the first half of the 19th century. St. George's Anglican Church is known for its lovely stained-glass windows, one of which Queen Victoria donated. St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption was built in stages and its eclectic architecture reflects the many additions and renovations. Freed slaves help build the nearby Kingstown Methodist Church, an inviting, pastel-colored brick building.
Leaving Kingstown behind, you'll next drive along the island's windward side, admiring the dramatic scenery, which includes black-sand beaches, rocky bluffs and windswept coastal villages. Before returning to the pier, you'll stop briefly for a sip of refreshing coconut water and to taste the coconut meat or "jelly," which many of the islanders eat daily.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is mostly panoramic in nature. Wheelchair guests who can make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them may participate in the tour; however, there is no room for wheelchairs on the coach and they must remain at the terminal until the tour's return. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.