Surface area : 389.0 km2
Population : 118149 inhabitants
You cannot visit the archipelago without indulging in a little shopping. As a souvenir, you could bring back small handcrafted knick-knacks: wooden sculptures, fabric dolls, etc. Shops are open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 13:00 pm to 16:00 pm Monday to Friday, and from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday.
The local cuisine is Creole. Fish, poultry and spices often compose the dishes served here, accompanied by exotic vegetables such as Caribbean cabbage, sweet potato and dasheen (tuber served as a puree)... Large baskets of fruit overflowing with guavas, coconuts, bananas and even mangos replace cakes. Prestigious hotels in the Grenadines also serve international cuisine. Making yourself a great mixture of grilled fish and lobster is a "must".
The best idea is to hire a catamaran, with or without a crew, and sail from one island to the next. Many sailing boats leave from Martinique (anticipate around 20 hrs of sailing to reach the archipelago). Plan a day of sailing to Tobago Cays, a string of small islands with a coral reef: one of the most beautiful places in the Lesser Antilles. In Saint Vincent, climbing the Soufrière volcano is undertaken with a guide (the volcano is still active) and you need to wake up early if you want to enjoy a cloudless view: ideally you should get to the summit before 11:30 am.
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