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water-lillyNestled in the Caribbean archipelago that stretches from the southern tip of Florida to the South American mainland are the Islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also a part of the Windward Islands, which is a grouping of islands in the Lesser Antilles. Untouched by the cruelty of over industrialization and other factors that degrade the environment of many countries, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a haven for sea fearers and people who love a clean environment and beautiful beaches.

These islands are called "The Gem of the Antilles" and everyone who visits these shores is always in agreement. There are over one hundred islands, islets, and cays, of which the largest island is St. Vincent, on which the capital city of Kingstown is located. St. Vincent is a volcanic island, and its active volcano -- The La Soufriere which last erupted in 1979, has the largest crater-lake in the world.

The world famous Botanical Garden,which is the oldest in the Eastern Caribbean islands, is a must-see for many visitors to these islands.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also known for its lush green vegetation and magnificent sceneries, tropical flowers, and palm trees that sway in the gentle breezes reflect the beauty that creates the warmth in the people St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The islands of the Grenadines are pearls that adorn the Caribbean Sea, and many are almost completely surrounded with white sand beaches. The calm waters of the Caribbean sea rushes gently onto the western shores of these islands, while the mighty Atlantic sea drives huge foaming swells, that are so loved by surfers, who visit these shores.

The people of The Grenadines enjoy sailing, and are ship-builders whose livelihood are closely related to marine activities. Several times during the year there are regattas in various islands that bring literally hundreds of ships of all size and types to the turquoise waters of this area. Scuba diving, surfing, and snorkeling are other activities that the numerous tourists to these shores enjoy; especially since the clear, clean water of that bathe the beaches offer great visibility, and a huge variety of tropical fishes and coral reefs that inhabit the water. The island of Bequia is the largest in the Grenadines.

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