St. Vincent, alternately a French and British colony since the early 1720s, gained its independence in 1979. And charming Kingstown, the capital, is a collection of narrow streets, arched stone doorways and colonial architecture waiting for you to explore. Don't miss visiting St. Mary's with its gothic elements and slim pillars. Also climb the 225 of Fort Duvernette for sweeping panoramic views of the south coast. If time on the beach is what you crave, head to the resort on Young Island to relax in the shade with a tropical drink.