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St Vincent Around St. Vincent Leeward Coast

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.

Along St. Vincent’s leeward coast, winding roads curve around the steep cliff sides, slipping down into valleys and then sharply up to rocky bluffs. The views are wonderful, both inland to forest covered mountain ridges and deep river gorges, and also seaward to where the blue waters of the Caribbean lap gently into numerous sheltered coves and secluded anchorages.

 

Buccament Bay

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.Layou Petroglyph

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.

To reach Layou Petroglyph Park, look out for a signpost along a road to the north of the village. Follow the signs to the reception building and then a short trail down towards the river. The petroglyphs are on a large boulder at the foot of the trail. The site opens from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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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.

 

Wallilabou

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 Wallilabou Bayfilmed.

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.
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Cumberland Bay

Cumberland Bay is a picturesque, protected cove. Marine and proCumberland Bayvisioning 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 site opens from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
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Cumberland Trail

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Located in the upper Cumberland Valley, the mountain trail was once used by villagers as part of linking to the upper Vermont Valley. The area was popular for the movement of animals, and was a “Mourning” ground for the Spiritual Baptists Religion. The Forestry Department acquired some lands from farmers in the 1960’s and this assisted significantly in maintaining the trail. The reforestation involved the planting of trees like Caribbean Pine and Blue Mahoe. The Cumberland Trail is also one of the habitats for the St. Vincent Parrot (Amazonia Guildingii).





Description of Site


The Cumberland Nature Trail is rested in the Cumberland Valley, traversing a variety of Forest Vegetation and Farm lands. At the initial section, the trail runs next to a wooden water pipe transporting water to a hydro-electricity power plant located in the Cumberland Valley.

From its head at Grove, the trail winds its way eastwards for 1Km before veering to the south for another km. This 2-Km section of the trail actually mimics the curves and contours of the wooden pipe that conducts water from the Youngman's Valley to three (3) hydro-electricity generating units located at several points along the Cumberland River with the last one sited at lower Cumberland. Hydro-electricity generation and transmission is therefore an interesting element of the trail.

Its biggest attractions are however the rain forest and the opportunity for bird-watching both endemic species and other wildlife. The trail is between one and a half and two hours hiking. The site opens from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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Facilities at Cumberland Nature Trail
Trail
Washrooms
Ticket Booth
Lookout Point
Exit Shelter

Length:
Approximately 2.5 miles

At a relatively moderate pace the trail takes approximately 2hours to complete.

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 BaleineFalls 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.