ST. VINCENT'S LEEWARD COAST
Dramatic waterfalls, Amerindian petroglyphs, and even Pirates of the Caribbean – all to be discovered on St. Vincent’s leeward side. Explore beautiful bays, sail into natural anchorages, scuba dive pristine reefs and dramatic caves. Encounter delightful fishing villages, eat the delicious catch of the day, or take a relaxing boat trip.
Buccament Bay is one such haven with a black sand beach, coconut palms and calm seas for swimming. It is a quiet retreat with its luxury beach resort by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts to cater to your every whim.
Layou Petroglyph Park
A short distance to the north of Buccament Bay is the settlement of Layou. It is a pretty village with dwelling houses, stone churches, a small beach and crescent-shaped bay, and it is home to the Layou Petroglyph Park. Surrounding the village is a backdrop of stunning rockscapes and vertiginous ridges.
Several Amerindian sites have been uncovered in St. Vincent but their meaning of the carvings remains uncertain. One thing we do know is that they represent some of the most intriguing reminders of the island’s original settlers.
Mt. Wynne & Barrouallie
To the north of Layou is Mt Wynne which has two lovely black sand beaches. We still fondly recall Queen Elizabeth II bathing here in the late 1960s and the southern stretch of sand is named after her.
Barrouallie is a quaint fishing town that is perched above a small bay. Famous for its tradition of whaling, the fishermen of Barrouallie still catch ‘black fish’ (pilot whales) using open wooden sailboats and hand-thrown harpoons. The whale meat is usually dried or steamed before being eaten.
Just to the north of Barrouallie is Wallilabou Bay, a port of entry for visiting yachts, and the location where the opening scenes of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl were filmed.
It is a picturesque anchorage for sailors – not forgetting Captain Jack Sparrow who infamously set foot on the jetty here just as his small boat sank beneath the waves. The three pirates he sees hanging as he approaches were hanging at the natural rock arch at the entrance to the bay. Though the hanging men have been removed, thank goodness, much of the film set remains and is a real treat for fans of the movie series.
The Wallilabou Heritage Park, located nearby, has a cascading waterfall and small pool that is a lovely location for a bathe and a picnic. The site opens from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Cumberland Bay is a picturesque, protected cove. Marine and provisioning services are being developed and upgraded to establish this pretty natural harbour as a popular and functional anchorage for sailing enthusiasts.
The Cumberland Beach Recreation Park is the oldest tourism site on the western (Leeward) side of St. Vincent. It was one of the sites developed by the Tourism Development Project. Facilities include a recreation center, welcome center, parking, washrooms/changing rooms, footbridge, gazebos and jetty/dock.
The coastal route that passes through the settlements of Westwood, Coulls Hill and Troumaka is a spectacle of dramatic scenery that is sure to keep you talking about it for some time afterwards. The narrow road climbs sharply up and then down the vertiginous coast offering fantastic views as well as many heart-stopping moments! The road arrives in the fishing village of Chateaubelair (a port of entry for those arriving by yacht) and ends at Richmond Beach a little further to the north. Richmond Beach is a beautiful black sand beach.
Falls of Baleine
At the very northern tip of the leeward coast, masked by steep cliffs and volcanic coastal formations, is the Falls of Baleine. This 60 foot waterfall tumbles into a rock-lined pool. Difficult to reach, especially in heavy swells, the Falls of Baleine is a unique natural attraction. It is usually visited by Boat Tour, but can also be accessed by a long and exposed coastal trail from the settlement of Fancy.
Users of this site please note that the St. Vincent & the Grenadines National Parks Rivers & Beaches Authority has declared the Falls of Baleine closed, until further notice.