When I was invited to go liming in St Vincent and the Grenadines I was at first confused. Why would I want to travel to the Caribbean to pick limes, I mused.
But when I discovered that liming means “any activity dedicated to relaxation, provided that it has no explicit purpose beyond itself”, I told them to sign me up.
I’ll be focusing on luxury liming – all the ways to lime in style – for the next few weeks here on LiveShareTravel. And from April 24 I’ll be Liming Live on a number of the 32 islands that make up this Caribbean haven. What’s more, there’s a way you could lime for yourself – read on for details of an exciting competition.
La Soufrière is an active volcano – I hope it’s liming on the day of my visit
Luxury liming in the Caribbean
Liming may sound like rather a lot of lounging around, but as I’m on a mission to unearth the best liming hotspots, it won’t all be lazy days on the beach (I’ve got to give you something to look at other than photos of my toes sinking into the sand).
I’ll be hitting the islands’ great boutique hotels such as Young Island Resort, Bequia Beach Hotel, Sugar Reef Bequia, Palm Island Resort, and the larger, but ultra luxurious Buccament Bay Resort. I’ll also visit the best beaches and sites of outstanding natural beauty, tasty restaurants and cool cocktail bars.
The first day starts with a climb of La Soufrière volcano – not exactly what I call liming, but I’m told the views are not to be missed and it should set me up for a much-needed rest that afternoon. As La Soufrière is an active volcano I just hope it’s liming on the day of my visit.
As we continue to discover St Vincent and the Grenadines I’ll take in the delights of Owia Salt Pond, the waterfall at Dark View Falls, great snorkeling and dive sites and botanical gardens.
And, all in the interests of research you understand, I’ll be trying the local cocktails. In fact I’ll be putting the islands’ signature cocktails to the test in a quest to find the best cocktail and cocktail bar in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
I won’t be liming alone – after all, liming was made for good company. I’ll be exploring the islands with Nellie and Alberto of Wildjunket Magazine, Graham of Global Grasshopper and Matt of Places To Go For Luxury.
There’s also a couple of events where you can join us and get in the mood for liming. On April 18 we’ll be talking about the best books for the beach on Twitter’s #TravelBookChat from 7.30pm GMT. Then as we arrive in St Vincent and the Grenadines we’ll be co-hosting #PinupLive on Pinterest, from 7.30pm Eastern Time on April 24. Hope you can lime along.
Now for your chance to go liming in luxury
Young Island Resort is a 35-acre private island just off St Vincent, with white sand beaches, chaise lounges and hammocks hanging from thatched roofs to welcome limers. Click here to join the Liming Appreciation Society and win this luxury liming break.
How do you like to lime? Do you read a good book on the beach or sip cocktails under the shade of an umbrella? Share your favourite ways to lime with us below.