Piracy has long been a part of the history of St. Vincent, with all kinds of freebooters and smugglers leaving their mark on the island. The Black Point site on the Atlantic coast was once a buccaneers' landmark, although its main interest lies in the tunnel carved through the volcanic rock in 1815, where ships carrying sugar cane were unloaded. The tunnel was built with the purposes of creating a link sheltered from the waves from the quay to the Grand Stable factory further north. The caves at the tunnel's entrance also provided a storage space for the sugar cane.
Far more recently, however, Black Point has returned to its pirate roots, serving as just one of the sets on the island for the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films (1 and 2). But that's not all! Several million dollars have also been invested in Wallilabou Bay on the Caribbean coast to recreate the set used to film the opening scene of the first installment in the franchise, 'The Curse of the Black Pearl'. Fort Charlotte, overlooking Kingstown, was another spot used during filming, as was Petit Tabac Island in the Tobago Cays.
This natural cave was turned into a tunnel to facilitate the transportation and storage of sugar cane.© Raphael Richard