St Vincent & The Grenadines
St. Vincent & The Grenadines are some 32 islands and cays stretching south (about 48 miles) to the country of Grenada and making up part of the Windward Islands that lie south of St Lucia.
The big island of St. Vincent (volcanic in origin) has a rugged mountainous terrain, lush forests and many uncluttered beaches and inlets. The port city of Kingstown is a lively port and market town and is one of the most picturesque destinations in the Caribbean.
The Grenadines includes Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and Union, and a group of smaller (many unpopulated) islands. All are low-lying, ringed by coral reefs, and are famous for some of the best beaches and sailing conditions on the planet.
Things to See & Do
* Fort Charlotte
* La Soufriere, the main volcano on St Vincent
* Port Elizabeth waterfront area of Bequia
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Language – English
Land Area – 389 sq km
Population – 121,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 – 784
Port Location – Ships anchor off of St. Vincent's main town of Kingstown and tender into the wharf. Kingstown is on top of the cliff that fronts the wharf area. In Bequia and Mayreau (the two other islands in the Grenadines called on by ships, anchor and tender as well.
Transport Links – Travel to St Vincent & the Grenadines is via Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia or Trinidad & Tobago, and then onto St Vincents and the Grenadines by prop plane. ET Joshua airport (SVD) is 3km (2 miles) southeast of Kingstown.
Bus services run regularly throughout St Vincent. Small minibuses run a shared route-taxi service with a standard fare anywhere along the route. Public transport is cheap but crowded. Taxis are shared and charge standard rates. Car hire can be arranged through a number of national and international companies.