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Island Insider | Kevisha Greaves, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Kevisha Greaves Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Located in the southeastern Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation consisting of the main island of Saint Vincent and a chain of small islands called the Grenadines. With sugary white sand beaches, jungle-covered volcanic hills, and intimate boutique resorts, it’s the perfect island escape.

The island nation is an incredibly scenic spot to catch some of the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup action. Five of the matches will take place at the Arnos Vale Stadium next to the ocean. The stadium can hold up to 18,000 spectators in the open-air stands.

In between matches, you’ll find plenty to delight all ages in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, from fresh cuisine featuring bold flavors to exhilarating outdoor activities and spectacular natural beauty.

(For even more insight into Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, check out our Ultimate Destination Guide for the Cricket World Cup 2024)

Kevisha Greaves Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Kevisha Greaves, lifestyle expert in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, speaks to Anjali Datwani, Founder of Urban Journey

Kevisha Greaves shares everything she loves about her home, hidden gems, what she’s most excited about this year’s Cricket World Cup, and more!

With Saint Vincent and the Grenadines being a host venue for the Cricket World Cup, how do you think this event will impact the island’s atmosphere?

Kevisha Greaves Cricket World Cup 2024

Kevisha Greaves

Cricket has always been a huge deal for Vincentians. Patrons turn out every year in their numbers to support players and indulge in the excitement surrounding the game. With St.Vincent and the Grenadines being a host of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, it simply means our beautiful island gets to showcase its unwavering love for the sport. Our overall festive societies and dynamic people will surely fill the air with intense excitement and thrill. Additionally, when visitors are exposed to our vibrant culture and warm hospitality the buzz on the island will not go unnoticed.

What makes Saint Vincent and the Grenadines special to you personally?

St. Vincent is the motherland and the sister isles of the Grenadines are like my siblings. The unique culture and distinctive aura of each island hold a special place in my heart. I simply can not mention one thing I admire most about the islands as my cup overflows with love and appreciation for all they have to offer. We have lush green mountains with beautiful rivers that gently flow downstream to our picturesque beaches. How can I forget our mouthwatering food that goes so well with our flavorful local fruit juices? The magnificent waterfalls and our marine life are also at the top of my list. The scenery and breathtaking views never fail to captivate me. I truly believe S.V.G is ‘the land of the blessed’ as we are indeed blessed to experience and enjoy a blissful paradise free of charge.

What’s your favorite festival on the island and why?

Let’s talk about festivals and celebrations. Our carnival dubbed ‘Vincy Mas’ is undoubtedly my favorite festival on the island. It takes us on a trip through history and unpacks our celebratory traditions and cultures that were passed down from our forefathers. During the carnival season, the island comes alive with melodious music and vibrant costumes on display. While the capital city Kingstown may be the center of attraction for festivities, the carnival season consists of at least eight individual events which we refer to as ‘Rural Carnival’. As the name suggests, these events span across the island in rural areas and communities. Let’s not forget the sister isles of the Grenadines, they too have their own carnival celebrations on each island and these events all happen in the final weeks leading up to the grand finale of Vincy Mas. For party lovers like myself, this is the perfect time of year to rave nonstop. There’s no doubt that we have the “Hottest Carnival in the Caribbean”.

Can you share your top five favorite restaurants?

As it relates to food, you can always consider me to indulge. Personally, S.V.G. is ranked highly on my list of favorite places to eat. Choosing five of my favorite restaurants on the island is a challenging task as the island is filled with a variety of amazing food outlets. However, in no particular order, I would settle on Gate 3 Restaurant and Bar which is ironically located at the newly decommissioned airport. Flow Wine Bar, Flowt, and Bungalow are also a personal favorite. These three restaurants are located in different areas on the mainland but are a part of one business operation. Another restaurant to note is 4 Flights Up. This restaurant has a wide range of delicious meal offers that are usually set at unbeatable prices.

From the Grenadines, Shenanigans is also one of my preferred places to eat. It is located on the island of Canouan and has a menu with many interesting options. Last but not least, Mac’s Pizza and Kitchen. This spot is also located in the Grenadines on the island of Bequia. It is the perfect stop for pizza lovers who visit the island for its well-known refreshing and healing atmosphere. Honorable mention goes to Pirates Pub for its amazing local cuisine. This restaurant does not serve the typical meat options most people are used to. As locals we often consume what we refer to as ‘wild meat’ and this is the perfect stop for people with taste buds for the extraordinary.

The perfect one and two-day itineraries for visitors to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Another notable option for visitors will be to tour mainland St. Vincent. Take a stop at one of our many beautiful beaches and waterfalls for a soothing nature bath. Dark View Falls located on the Leeward side of the island is one of our main waterfalls as it is easily accessible. A surprise awaits you.

For adventure lovers, our majestic volcano anticipates your presence. A daring hike up the steep slopes of this beast is guaranteed to drain your energy. However, the view at the top is captivating and worth the hassle. With clean crisp air and the soothing breeze that caresses your skin, you are bound to become one with nature. Be sure to pack a bottle of our locally brewed and bottled non-alcoholic Hairoun Soft or our refreshing Mountain Top bottled water.

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Can you share some lesser-known spots or activities that you believe every visitor should experience and not found in the guidebooks?

Image source: Adventure Island SVG

Many parts of the island remain untouched by the human population. There are hidden gems across the island that are unknown to most and are perfect for an intimate gathering with loved ones. Adventure Island SVG provides exclusive tours of these hidden gems. They offer services like kayaking, hikes, snorkeling, and even horseback riding to places on the island that are not so popular. Additionally, they prepare delicious meals from our local cuisine and serve them in utensils that are naturally made. They also offer fresh local fruits as a light snack. Whether you travel in small or large groups, Adventure Island SVG is guaranteed to provide an authentic feel of “island life”. You can find them on Instagram @adventureislandsvg

What are your favorite local dishes and where can we find them?

Pelau is my favorite locally prepared meal. It is typically made with rice, lentils, and the chef’s choice of meat (usually chicken). With a unique flavor and aroma, it is hard to enjoy another meal just as much. What I absolutely love about Pelau is the fact that different cooks usually customize it and add their twist. My mom (and others) would add salted pigtail and different types of salad that come together to make the meal even more appetizing.

Lesser known attractions visitors and locals need to experience

St.Vincent is known to be the home of the largest petroglyph in the Lesser Antilles. Petroglyphs are historical rock carvings created by using a stone chisel and hammerstone. Usually overlooked by locals, the park is a hidden gem and holds a lot of value, especially to archaeologists and researchers. Two of our main parks are located in Layou and Barraouallie, communities fixed on the Leeward side of the island.

Can you suggest any unique ways for visitors to immerse themselves in the local community and culture?

A unique way that visitors can immerse themselves in our community and culture is to participate in our Nine Mornings festival. Usually held nine days leading up to Christmas, it is a celebration that is unique to St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Patrons usually gather at a specified location during the wee hours of the morning to engage in the festivities. The atmosphere is usually filled with the cheer and joy that radiates during the Christmas season. Traditional games, local food, a range of competitions, music, dance, acting, and so much more are typically on display during the hours of 3:00 am to about 8:00 am. As our local saying goes “Rain come, sun shine..” people turn up for Nine mornings in their numbers.

What are some outdoor activities or adventures that showcase the island’s natural beauty?

Boating is a must-try activity in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Speed boats, yachts, and catamarans are chartered for excursions to explore the Grenadine islands and the coasts of the mainland. In fact, Falls of Balleine one of our majestic waterfalls, is mainly accessible by boat. Take a dive off your vessel and swim among our marine life in crystal clear waters. Take a tour of the Tobago Cays, home to turtles, sting rays, and many aquatic creatures. Make a stop at Mopion Island, an island so small that its only occupant is an umbrella. Boating is one of the easiest ways to explore the beauty of our waters and our marine life.

Are there any hidden gems in terms of accommodations, such as boutique hotels or eco-friendly resorts?

Most hotels and accommodations are well-known throughout the island. In my opinion, one accommodation that can be considered a hidden gem is Ijeoma House. Discreetly tucked away on the island of Bequia. Peaceful, quiet, and private with breathtaking views and sounds of the nearby ocean crashing against the sea shore. It is the perfect place for an intimate getaway.

Lastly, what advice would you give to travelers looking to discover the authentic Saint Vincent and the Grenadines beyond the typical tourist experience?

Visitors who need a raw and authentic experience of St. Vincent and the Grenadines should take a stroll through the streets of the capital city, Kingstown. Also known as “the city of arches” and “the city of cobblestone” because of its architecture, Kingstown highlights the everyday lives of most Vincentians. The streets are dressed with vendors, selling items from arts and crafts, clothes, or home supplies to food from trucks or vans. Being a part of the hustle and bustle of the city naturally awakens the need for one to move with haste.

Another great way to get an authentic experience is to indulge in the nightlife of the weekends. A visit to one of our local bars or village shops will do the trick. You may be lucky to stumble upon a pool table or men patiently waiting for their hand at Domino. A grill with meat or a pot of bubbling callaloo soup is also guaranteed to be by the roadside. This is typically how Vincentians unwind after a hard week at work and there’s no doubt that they will greet you with open arms.

(For even more insight into Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, check out our Ultimate Destination Guide for the Cricket World Cup 2024)

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