A Travellerspoint blog

Pirates of the Caribbean!

This hotel truly is full-service. The owners care. When they asked me yesterday how my day was and I mentioned the lack of tours, they got me hooked up with a tour guide for today, which I was very pleased with. I had the option of touring the west side or the east side. Unlike most of the other islands, which all have 'round island roads, the road in St. Vincent has an end. If you start towards the middle, you can't reasonably go both east and west in the same day. So, I chose west. The first site was Fort Charlotte, but I chose to skip it. I've seen enough British forts and cannons recently. Next, we went to a site where there are some rock carvings left behind by some of the original natives of the island. They were not painted in, so they looked a lot more natural. However, the shapes were still plenty easy to see. Also at the sight, we saw some traveler's palms. On a previous tour, somebody has told me that they were called that because they always faced the same direction and could be used as a compass. On this tour, the guide showed me that they actually contain pure water. If you're ever lost in the jungle, you can poke a hole in one and drink from it. Then, we went to a bunch of Pirates of the Caribbean sites at Walliabou. At one, they have an area that was used in the movie and the actual pier that was used. The walls of the movie-building-turned-restaurant are filled with pictures of the filming and the stars. There are props from the movie and memorabilia scattered about. The guide told me that a hurricane wiped out a lot of what was left from the movie, but that somebody bought the place and is going to restore it again. Either way, if you're a Pirates fan, you'll enjoy it. Next, we passed a bunch of small villages with gorgeous views on the way to some falls. There are apparently 3 different waterfalls right near each other, two of which (Dark View and Clear View) are usually accessible. There is a rickety little bamboo bridge over a creek that you have to cross to get there, but that was part of the fun. There weren't a lot of people there, which was nice, but the water was very cold, which was not so much. I went into the waterfall for a bit, got the requisite proof of my “polar bear plunge” and left. We had lunch as a nice beachfront restaurant, which seems like it's the only choice out here. Despite being a monopoly, the food was tasty and reasonably priced. I was excited to try Okra Punch, a local drink that actually tastes a lot like seamoss. I assume it's somewhat healthy because there's okra in there, but who knows since I couldn't really taste the okra and it wasn't slimey. The way back was the same way we went, but we weren't stopping so it went a bit faster. Since my flight wasn't until much later, I had an opportunity to go kill some time on the beach. By the hotel is a small section of black sand beach that I had all to myself. I chilled and read for quite a while before I decided it was time to get cleaned up and get to the airport. Surprisingly, the airport restaurant was not only cheap, but they had some of the best rotis that I've had all trip.

Bamboo Bridge

Bamboo Bridge


Waterfall

Waterfall


little village

little village


Rock Carvings

Rock Carvings


Pirates House

Pirates House

Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in St Vincent/The Grenadines

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint