The sea off the Caribbean coast of St. Vincent is much calmer than that of the eastern coast because it is protected from the swell coming in from the Atlantic. In fact, the moorings at Chateaubelair, Cumberland Bay, Barrouallie, Layou, and Buccament Bay are particularly popular. Having said that, the coastline on this part of the island is even steeper than on the Atlantic coast and the road running along it from one bay to the next boasts some particularly hair-raising turns. It does, of course, compensate for this in part with some truly spectacular panoramic views.
The beaches tucked away in the bays peppering the coastline consist primarily of dark sand, though you will find a few natural white sandy beaches south of Kingstown: Greathead Bay, Calliaqua Bay, and Young Island. The dark sandy beach at Buccament Bay, meanwhile, has been covered in imported white sand.
Most of the island's hotels line the long bay of Calliaqua, which faces Young Island on the other side.© Raphael Richard
The Caribbean coast has beautiful white sandy beaches while the Atlantic coast is a little more hilly.© Raphael Richard
Don't miss visiting Wallilabou Bay beach, which was used as a background in the Pirates of the Caribbean film.© Raphael Richard