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St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines make up part of the Windward Islands and lie south of St Lucia. St Vincent, like all the Windwards, is volcanic and mountainous with luxuriant vegetation and black sand beaches. The Grenadines are equally lush.

Kingstown, capital of St Vincent, is a lively port and market town on the southern coast. The town contains 12 small blocks with a variety of shops and a busy dock area. Bequia island lies 14 km (9 miles) south of St Vincent and is the largest of the Grenadines. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world. Heading south, the next port of call is Mustique, a gem in the ocean taking up only 4.5 sq km (2 sq miles). Verdant hills roll into soft white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.

St Vincent is one of the few islands where good West Indian cuisine can almost always be enjoyed. Specialities include red snapper, kingfish, and souse (a sauce made from pigs' foot). Many evening events take place in hotels.

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