ST. VINCENT'S WINDWARD COAST
Discover places of natural and cultural heritage along St. Vincent’s dramatic windward side. From tunnels built by slaves to Carib villages, salt water bathing pools, black sand beaches and arrowroot plantations, there is something of interest around every corner.
Black Point Tunnel
Also known as Jasper Rock Tunnel, it was constructed around 1815 using slave labour. A marvel of engineering for its time, the 360 feet long tunnel was drilled to enable easier transport of sugar from the mills of Grand Sable Estate to the wharf at Byreau.
A walk through the tunnel is like taking a trip back in time. Black Point itself was also used as a film location for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl.
The tunnel is 20 miles from Kingstown and driving time is about one hour. The site opens from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Continuing northwards the road passes through Georgetown, the largest settlement on St Vincent’s east coast, before arriving at the Rabacca Dry River bridge. Usually dry, the river has been known to flood without warning and then simply dry up once again. The settlements around Sandy Bay are where descendants of St Vincent’s Carib population have traditionally lived. Beyond Sandy Bay and Point Village is Owia Bay. On the northern tip of this very pretty cove is Owia Salt Pond.
Owia Salt Pond
Continuously refreshed by waves cascading over the volcanic rock formations that surround the pools, it feels as if you are bathing in an aquarium. Reef fish and even coral formations add colour and life to what is a unique, peaceful and very special natural phenomenon.
The Owia Salt Pond is located on the North Eastern Coast of St. Vincent in the village of Owia which is home to some of the indigenous people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – the Black Caribs. The salt water pond is sheltered from the sea by the numerous volcanic boulders which surround it.
The two hour drive from Kingstown along the Eastern Coast takes you to this recreation site which occupies a fairly extensive area of well maintained grounds which leads down to the sea where the salt pond is situated. Traditionally, it has been used as a therapeutic bathing pond.
Owia Salt Pond is a unique coastal feature of geological and oceanographic interest. Coastal rocks offer a partial enclosure from the Atlantic Ocean waves and swells, creating a "pool" of protected water used for bathing. This pool is called the Owia Salt Pond and a major attraction of the sites.
Rawacou Recreation ParkA major recreational site of national importance, the dominant features of the Rawacou Recreational Park are two beaches separated by a rocky headland with a man-made pool. A dune system associated with the beaches provides protection at the shoreline against the high energy waves of Rawacou Bay.
Coconut trees and sea grapes provide a distinct tropical look and feel to the beach, while dune vegetation in some areas helps to maintain the balance and resilience of the beach.