St Vincent and the Grenadines
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St Vincent & the Grenadines make up part of the Windward Islands and lie south of St Lucia. The highest point on St Vincent is the volcanic peak of La Soufrière (1,219m/4,000ft). The ‘tail’ of the comet of St Vincent (the Grenadines) is a string of islands and cays that splays south from Bequia (pronounced Beck-Way), Petit Nevis, Isle à Quatre and Pigeon Island to Battowia, Baliceaux, Mustique, Petit Mustique, Savan, Canouan, Petit Canouan, Mayreau and the Tobago Cays, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St Vincent.
The climate is tropical, with trade winds tempering the hottest months of June and July. The best time to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines is from December to April, when the nights are cooler and the days hot. The rainy season is from June, with rainfull heavy in the mountains and short, sharp bursts on the coast.
Aruba is basically dry and therefore has an abundance of cacti as well as the wind shaped Watapana (divi divi) trees, the highly medicinal aloe and the Flamboyant trees in bloom from June to August. The small but well kept gardens of Aruban homes also have a variety of tropical flowers and foliage.
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