This tour offers a scenic drive to historical, cultural and horticultural attractions.
Fort Charlotte - a former British garrison which was completed in 1806 and was named Fort Charlotte in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George 111, the reigning monarch of England at that time.
At the completion of the main structure, the land surrounding the fort was tapered down to make approach to it almost impossible. A drawbridge served as additional protection for the fort from attacks. It was the chief defense of the island.
Standing over 600 feet above sea level the fort is now being used as a signal station and offers a panoramic view of the northern Grenadines, the Capital Kingstown and its environs.
Botanic Gardens - Established in 1765 the oldest in the western hemisphere. Within these 20 acres of land the main purpose was the studying of plants imported from foreign lands with a view to growing them. Many exotic plants were imported, including the importation from Tahiti six varieties of the Otaheiti breadfruit transported by Captain William Bligh the ship H.M.S Providence in 1793. A sucker from one of that first shipment is still growing in the Botanic Gardens. Our National Bird - the Amazona Guildingii can be viewed.
The last leg of the tour continues with a scenic drive of the countryside. As you past through the village of Mesopotamia Valley commonly known as the Food Basket. Because of its rich and fertile soil root crops and fruit trees are grown there, including banana which is part of our mainstay of St. Vincent's economy.
It is refreshment time, here you can cool down a you savour one of our local rum punch or fruit punch at a beach bar before rejoining your ship.
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