The Grenadines

The Grenadines

Pirates of the Caribbean - St Vincent and the Grenadines

You don't need to be Blackbeard to follow the clues in Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' action-adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." The movie is a treasure map leading not to plundered booty or pieces of eight but pieces of the Caribbean lost to the modern world.

It's not only swashbuckling adventures that will come to life in this tale of swordplay starring Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. So, too, will the pristine reaches of the Windward Islands in scenes the filmmakers could only have shot in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines can feed their taste for adventure by visiting sites used in the movie and exploring some of the Caribbean's most protected bays.

St. Vincent, where the cast and crew were based, is the country's gateway. Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty brought the first breadfruit tree -- a small part of the West Indian menu at The Bounty restaurant, or Ocean Allegro, a favored hangout of Hollywood's pirates.

The spectacular Falls of Baleine on St. Vincent's northwest coast can't be reached by road, you and shipmates may come ashore by boat. A day trip can include lunch at Walillabou Bay, where the "Port Royal" set was built -- dock and building facade remain.

Young Island Resort was a hideaway for the cinematic adventurers and provides a convenient base for the leisure set. Explore the Grenadines using Friendship Bay Resort's spacious beachfront rooms as a platform for pursuing the romance of the sea.

Land ahoy on Bequia. Walk the plank off a dive boat to reach 35 dives sites. Hoist the Jolly Roger for secluded landfalls at Mayreau and Tobago Cays. Saltwhistle Bay is a pirate's cove with white sand beaches (maybe even buried treasure) while Petite Tabac, where the film's hero was marooned, invites visitors to reinvent the Golden Years of Pirating.

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