ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
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Barefoot Yacht Charters
Elite Island Yacht
By far the best way to see the Grenadines is from the deck of a yacht. Chartering is really the only way to take in several islands on one honeymoon. Local operators offer either bareboat or crewed boats.
This truly local market is almost devoid of made-for-cruise-passenger tchotchkes, though there are a few good arts-and-crafts stalls, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. We recommend stocking up on fresh tropical fruit, which can be hard to find on the outer islands.
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Founded in 1762, this, believe it or not, is the oldest botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere. The centerpiece is a descendant of the breadfruit tree brought by Captain Bligh on his post-mutiny voyage (the HMS Bounty had been heading here). Stop by the aviary of spectacular, and endangered, St. Vincent parrots.
THE DOCTOR CECIL CYRUS MUSEUM
Upon retiring in 2002, local physician-hero Dr. Cyrus, OBE, founded this museum of pathology to show the "clinical gold mine of cases of great diversity and grossness" he'd collected over 40 years in the form of morbid specimens and photographs. Trust us, you'll be talking about it all week.
Explore St. Vincent's amazing, lush landscape, which is almost primeval in some spots. If your time's limited, pick the Falls of Baleine (a swim in the pool is memorable) or a challenging hike to the dormant volcano La Soufrière.
One-stop shopping for, well, shopping, as well as eating and world-class "liming." This tiny fishing village, the private island's hub, has a general store, a French bakery, the purple-pink Treasure Boutiques, and, of course, Basil's Bar and Boutique.
MUSTIQUE BLUES FESTIVAL
Basil's Bar and Restaurant
For more than ten years, Mustique has been at the epicenter of the blues universe from the last week in January through the first week in February. The Festival started with a bet, and now attracts hordes—very discreet and refined hordes, that is. Proceeds go to the Educational Foundation founded by Basil Charles to help local children.