5-20 Flight: Barbados (BGI) to St Vincent (SVD), LIAT
LIAT airlines (Dash-8), BGI airport SVD
Early wake the next morning for our taxi to the airport. The reception wasn't open yet for the hotel, good thing our stay was prepaid! As we were arriving at the Barbados airport, Dean and Scott showed up as well. They had spent the previous week in the Caribbean hitting all the independent countries; St. Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia and Barbados. We checked in for our flight, and still had over an hour to wait. We grabbed a quick breakfast before going through immigration. We didn't have to pay a departure tax here. Our flight to St. Vincent was about half full and only took 40 minutes. We arrived early, but took awhile at the airport to see if we could checkin our bags for our evening flight.
Pirates of the Caribbean set
It was too early, but the Customs area would let us store our bags for the day. I tried the ATM, first time failed but second time was a charm. We caught a taxi (EC25) into town, first checking at the ferry to find the sailing times to Bequia
(pronounced Beck-way). Sunday isn't the time to visit St. Vincent; everything is closed and the minibuses don't run so often. We had a good breakfast at the Cobblestone Inn, then hired a minibus for EC60 ($17) to take us up the west coast out to Wallibou (sp?) bay, where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean. It took about 40 minutes, over the winding roads. The film crew had left the film set mainly intact, but with time some of the fake stone/plywood was already falling apart. There was a huge pile of empty coke bottles lying around left by the film crew! We walked the plank (not nearly as adept as Johnny Depp) over to the peir then back.
Pirates of the Caribbean set
We walked back into town, about 20 minutes (quite warm at this point), and were enjoying an icy Sprite in a shop when suddenly these guys on motorcycles pull up and say that the Miss St. Vincent contestants are about to arrive. We go outside to have a look and this truck pulls up blasting music with a busload of beauty queens. They all come out and seeing us, rush over and say hello and ask how we are enjoying St. Vincent! What a neat experience! We then waited for over an hour for a minibus back to Kingstown
... again Sunday being a slow day. It was almost 3 PM by the time we arrived back in Kingstown, and we deciced not to try the east coast, spent awhile walking through town to a few churches; Kingstown not being very large. We then went to the ferry to see about Melissa's ticket. It was still over an hour, so we all had a beer. Soon the ferry arrived and Melissa and I had a long kiss goodbye; she was going to go to Bequia for a few days, then onto St. Lucia, while Dean, Scott and I went onto the Guianas. We hopped in a taxi back to the airport, but still had a few hrs wait before our flight. We were on the same flight, but I would be getting off in Grenada for 24 hrs while Dean and Scott went onto Trinidad. I would fly onto Trinidad the next evening.