St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel Guide


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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines islands comprise a Caribbean country located in the Windward Islands, at the south end of the Lesser Antilles. The country lies between the N. Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and between Grenada and St. Lucia, with the islands of Trinidad and Tobago situated to the south and Barbados approx. 100 miles west.

 

The population, known as Saint Vincentians or Vincentians, are mostly black with some E. Indians, Carib Amerindian, and others. The main religion is Anglican, with some Methodist, Catholic, Hindu and others. The languages spoken are English and French Patois.

 

St. Vincent was inhabited by Arawak and Ciboney Indians and then the Carib Indians prior to arrival of the Europeans. The island chain became a British colony in the 16 th century and there were disputes over ownership between the British and French in the 18 th century. It gained independence in 1979.

 

The main island of St. Vincent , is approx. 18 miles by 10 miles wide and has mountainous terrain with heavy forest areas. The volcano, Mt. Soufriere , dominates the landscape, being just over 4,000’ high. There is a bustling market which is a good place to pick up produce as well as souvenirs of local arts and crafts, a lovely cathedral, as well as an Anglican and Methodist church. On the western side of the island are the Botanical Gardens with many exotic and even rare species of flora, and an aviary. Another area of interest is Fort Charlotte , high above the town, with an interesting museum.

 

Located on the SW part of the island of St. Vincent is the capital city, Kingstown. It has a lot of old-world charm and British influence with cobbled streets, museums, and cricket. There are nice beaches and areas of good hiking NW in the Omo River valley. Ferries run from Kingstown to some of the smaller islands.

 

The islands remain a very popular destination for scuba divers with the beautiful coral reefs and variety of underwater terrain, teeming with life, providing for excellent dives. On St. Vincent , the bay at Chateaubetair has a deep reef and is a haven for snorkellers Mount Wayne on the leeward coast has a black sandy beach and is another popular spot for beach-goers. Blue Lagoon, on the SE coast has palm-fringed beaches plus there are lovely white sandy beaches at Villa Beach and Indian Bay . On the windward side of the island there are lovely black sand beaches, including Argyle Beach , but due to the surf they are not ideal for swimming.

 

The Grenadine islands are smaller and lie to the south of St. Vincent, including Mustique, Mayreau, Bequia, Balliceau, Canoua, Isle D’Quatre, Petit St. Vincent, Union Island, Palm and and krk Island. Bequia is the largest island of the Grenadines , situated just south of St. Vincent by approx. ten miles. It is famous for its fishing and boat-building. Bequia has great beaches for all water-sports, including diving and snorkelling. There are also some good spots for windsurfing.

Mustique is a tropical paradise, famous for its royal visitors and celebrities, with wonderful places for swimming, snorkelling and water sports. From the island of Mayreau it is possible to visit the Tobago Cays and wildlife reserves. The highest point of the islands is Mt. Rushmore on Union Island .

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a tropical paradise offering something for everyone with its beautiful landscapes and clear, warm blue waters. Sailing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, and all manner of water sports are always popular. You can hike the trails through rain forests, climb a volcano, take a jeep safari, go whale or dolphin watching, or swim in waterfalls, or just enjoy the beaches and relax. The Owia Salt Pond is a fascinating place to visit, which is a large pool set amongst the lava peaks.

 

The islands offer a variety of dining experiences, from beachside dining to gourmet. St. Vincent may not be the best place for those seeking a variety of nightlife but there are many places offering live entertainment with steel bands and other types of music. There is, however, more variety of nightclubs in Kingstown .

 

Climate / Weather
Tropical maritime with little seasonal temperature variation, typically from the mid 70s in winter to the mid 80s in summer. It is considered the sunniest of the E. Caribbean islands, with persistent NE trade winds. The humidity is generally low year round.

 



 

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