The natural wonders of St. Vincent can be seen at the Botanical Gardens, the oldest such gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Located to the east of the Leeward Highway heading north out of Kingstown, the gardens were founded in 1762 as a commercial breeding ground for plants brought from other parts of the world.These gardens were Captain Bligh's original destination when the mutiny on HMS Bounty delayed his first scheduled arrival. He eventually completed a second voyage and a descendant of one of the original breadfruit trees he brought thrives in today's garden. Unofficial guides are readily available and can give you a tour of the grounds (negotiate a fee before setting out - expect to pay between US$3 and US$5 per person). There is also a small aviary where you can see the rare St. Vincent parrot
Approximately 5 miles/8 kilometres northwest of Kingstown, the road up the Buccament River Valley to the Vermont Nature Trails veers east, off the main road. The nature trails are a network of well-posted loops through the 1,000 - 2,000 foot levels of Grand Bonhomme. The well-maintained paths pass through an evergreen forest and then on to a tropical rain forest. Towering ferns, 60-foot bamboo stands and hardwood forests 100 feet overhead are all standard fare on this extraordinary nature walk. Almost halfway up is a parrot-viewing area where, given the time and the patience, one may be rewarded by seeing the St. Vincent parrot in its natural habitat. Your chances are best between 4pm and dust.
Continuing north on the Leeward Highway for another 30 minutes brings you to the small whaling village of Barrouallie ("Bar-relly"). The shoreline is dotted with colourful whaling boats which are used primarily to catch blackfish, a species of small whale. A mere remnant of a once thriving industry during the19th century, the meager catch taken here in no way threatens any species of the water-born mammals.
Another 10-15 minutes north is Wallilabou ("Wally-la-boo"), which is situated on a picturesque bay. Wallilabou was made all the more famous recently when it was used as the location for Port Royal in the popular Disney movie, Pirates of the Caribbean-Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequel, Dead Man's Chest.
Farther north is the end of the highway at Chateaubelair and Richmond. Here hikers can climb the western trail to La Soufriere, the massive volcano that takes up the northern third of the island.
While this trail, which turns inland at the Wallilabou Dry River, is consider more scenic than the eastern trail which comes up from just north of Georgetown, on the windward side of the island, it is rougher and takes about three hours to reach the volcano crater. The more popular, three-and-a-half-mile trail on the eastern coast begins about one mile north of Georgetown, just above the Rabacca Dry River. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is needed to navigate the old plantaation road that takes hikers to the base of the 4,000-foot volcano. Guides and vehicles for either trails should be arranged with a reputable tour company.
Dark View Falls are two majestic falls, set in the forest-clad Richmond Valley on the northwest of the island. A natural bamboo bridge spans this tumbling river luring you to a unique setting of the two falls, in step formation. This is an uncommon feature for one site, with elevations of up to 229 feet.
One of St. Vincent's most popular northern attractions is virtually unapproachable by land. The Falls of Baleine can only be reached comfortably by boat, usually a day trip out of Kingstown.
Marriaqua (also known as Mesopotamia) Valley, the island's breadbasket. The road veers eastward at the small town of Mesopotamia where three rivers meet to form the Yamboo River, along whose banks slightly downriver are a couple of petroglyphs. The river and the road run parallel through the Yamboo Gorge, before the road turns slightly northward toward Peruvian Vale. Just north of Mesopotamia, on a secondary road, are the Montreal Gardens. While they're not as well known as the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the array of exotic flowers, spices and plants is no less impressive and definitely worth the short detour to get there.