St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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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.

Population: 103,220 people
Area: 389 km2
Highest point: 1,234 m
Coastline: 84 km
Life expectancy: 74.62 years
GDP per capita: $12,000
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  • Casino Casino
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  • Golf course Golf course
  • Green space Green space
  • Harbor Harbor
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  • Medical Medical
  • Monument Monument
  • Museum Museum
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About St. Vincent and the Grenadines

History

While the English were the first to lay claim to St. Vincent in 1627, the French would be the first European settlers on the island when they established their first colony at Barrouallie on the Leeward side of St. Vincent shortly before 1700. Carib Indians aggressively prevented European settlement on St. Vincent until the 18th century. African slaves, whether shipwrecked or escaped from St. Lucia or Grenada and seeking refuge in St. Vincent, intermarried with the Caribs. St. Vincent was ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Paris in 1763), restored to French rule in 1779 and regained by the British under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783.

Slavery was abolished in 1834; the resulting labour shortages on the plantations attracted Portuguese immigrants in the 1840s and east Indians in the 1860s. From 1763 until independence, St. Vincent passed through various stages of colonial status under the British and it was granted associate statehood status on October 27, 1969, giving it complete control over its internal affairs. Following a referendum in 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the last of the Windward Islands to gain full independence.

Natural disasters have plagued the country throughout the 20th century. In 1902, Soufrière volcano erupted, killing 2,000 people. Much farmland was damaged, and the economy deteriorated. In April 1979, La Soufriere erupted again. Although no one was killed, thousands had to be evacuated, and there was extensive agricultural damage. In 1980 and 1987, hurricanes devastated banana and coconut plantations; 1998 and 1999 also saw very active Hurricane seasons, with hurricane Lenny in 1999 causing extensive damage to the west coast of the island.

Climate

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

Activities

  • Carnival in early July a.k.a. Vincy Mas (much music and drinking)
  • Eat pork or chicken at a roadside barbecue 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

Food

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

Drinks

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.

Shopping

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.

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Kingstown is the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located on the island of Saint Vincent.

Interesting places:

  • Kingstown Market
  • St. George\'s Anglican Cathedral
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Fort Charlotte
  • La Soufriere Volcano
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The Grenadines are the dozen or so small islands (and countless islets) to the south of the larger island of Saint Vincent in the aptly named Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The southernmost Grenadine islands (not covered here) are part of the nation of Grenada.

Interesting places:

  • Mysore Bay beach
  • Mount Royal
  • Trump International Golf Club
  • South Glossy Bay Beach
  • Mahault beach
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Points of Interest in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Tobago Cays Marine Park in the Grenadines.
  • Sites where the movies The Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed.

Kingstown Market - Kingstown

Tobago Cays - Mayreau Island

Mysore Bay beach - Canouan Island

St. George\'s Anglican Cathedral - Kingstown

Botanical Gardens - Kingstown

Fort Charlotte - Kingstown

Mount Royal - Canouan Island

La Soufriere Volcano - Kingstown

Trump International Golf Club - Canouan Island

South Glossy Bay Beach - Canouan Island

Argyle Beach - Kingstown

Mahault beach - Canouan Island

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