St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies
photo by Serabi

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation in the Caribbean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. It shares the southernmost Grenadines Islands with the independent island nation of Grenada.


Bananas and other agricultural products remain the staple of this lower-middle income country's economy. Although tourism and other services have been growing moderately in recent years, the government has been ineffective at introducing new industries. Unemployment remains high, and economic growth hinges upon seasonal variations in the agricultural and tourism sectors.


Tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November).


Volcanic, mountainous. Highest point: Soufriere volcano (St Vincent) 1,234 m


Tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November).


  • Saint Vincent - the largest island, the majority of the territory

  • Grenadines - an archipelago of 32 islands and cays, to the south


  • Kingstown - the capital

  • Barrouallie

  • Chateaubelair

  • Georgetown

Getting there

By plane

The largest airport is E.T. Joshua Airport just outside of the capital of Kingstown. Most flights in and out are relatively local, mostly flying to nearby islands such as Canouan, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Saint Kitts. A new international airport is under construction and is estimated to be completed in 2011, at which time E.T. Joshua will cease operation.

By boat

The islands have many docks and bays, including two large enough to accommodate a cruise ship. Despite this, very few cruises stop in the country and the vast majority of travelers come to the country by airplane.

Traveling around

The Island is relatively small, but the mountainous landscape makes it difficult to get around the island. The main highways run along the coasts and as such it is necessary to drive around the whole of the island to get from one side to the other. In terms of public transportation the island is served by a large number of privately owned vans that act as a bus service. These vans have an "H" at the beginning of their license plates, meaning they are "for hire." Cost to ride is EC$1. Many of them have graphics on the front. Driving is on the left.

By boat

- Windward Islands, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all crewed charter (no bareboat available) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Operating from 8 international offices (USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Monaco).

- Marinas and Cruising Logs in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Things to do

  • Carnival in early July a.k.a. Vincy Mas (much music and drinking)

  • Eat pork or chicken at a roadside barbeque on Friday or Saturday night

  • Enjoy the view from Fort Charlotte

  • Visit Montreal Gardens

  • Hike the Vermont Nature Trail

  • Visit the Botanical Gardens

  • Climb La Soufriere Volcano (not an easy climb!)

  • Swim in the Tobago Cays

  • Visit the Arawak Rock Carvings

  • Black Point Tunnel

  • Hike up to and enjoy the view from Fort Duvernette


Surfside Restaurant - between Calliaqua and Ratho Mill (turn at Sunsail)


In Kingstown, the water is safe to drink, but be a bit careful at some other locations. The water quality can vary depending upon the season of the year and how the water (often rain water) is collected. Bitter Lemon is a popular soda. Hairoun is a popular locally produced beer. Adventurous drinkers will want to try Black Wine.


Many tourists arrive in the Grenadines, stay at a resort, and never get the opportunity to interact with the citizens. If you want to get a taste of the true culture, consider a guest house or apartment in Kingstown. Fort View Guest House in Edinboro is a good choice. It is within walking distance of downtown Kingstown.


Ju-C Cola & Hairoun Beer

The official currency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). The exchange rate is US$1 = EC$2.67. A helpful hint: When using US dollars, multiply the price you see by .4 and you will get change back. Most merchants accept both paper U.S. and all forms of E.C. currency. U.S. coins are not accepted, as the central bank does not accept them as currency.



The main language on the islands is English. As a former British colony, British spellings are more common than American spellings.

Stay healthy

The US government suggests that hepatitis A and B shots be given to anyone traveling in the Caribbean, however there are no major health risks in the country.


Hurricanes are an annual risk. The La Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is occasionally active, but a sophisticated advance warning system is in place and resulted in zero casualties in its latest eruption in 1979.

St. Vincent uses the North American style of calling codes, where all local numbers are seven digits. The area code for the islands is 784, which makes all international numbers for Saint Vincent in the form of 1-784-XXX-XXXX

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A Webb
A Webb

on Sep 09,2011

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when last was this page on SVG was updated. I note you do not mention the many new completed project and those that are still being done. I conclude this page have not been update in years because of one of your t statement where you say "the government has been ineffective at introducing new industries". St vincent is growing very fast.. soon it will have have a 9000 ft runwat that can take a B747-400 in about 2013 and one of the Grenadines Islands have a runway now that is about 5,800 ft. and the newest internation hotel is now operating there. check out the web link. SVG is a Destination with-in a destination with 32 islands including cays you just can go wrong here.

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English, French patois - East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area389 sq km
Governmentparliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
Population116,394 (July 2002 est.)
ReligionAnglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, Hindu Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant
TimezoneUTC -4