Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Etymology

The island now known as Saint Vincent was originally named Youloumain by the native Island Caribs who called themselves Kalina/Carina (“l” and “r” being pronounced the same in their language). The Caribs aggressively prevented European settlement on Saint Vincent until 1719. Prior to this, formerly enslaved Africans, who had either been shipwrecked or who had escaped from Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada and sought refuge in mainland Saint Vincent, intermarried with the Caribs and became known as Black Caribs or Garifuna. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Signature Restaurant and Event Centre – The Leading Restaurant, Lounge And Event Centre With An Unmatched Experience For The Individual, Group and Family. There’s Something For Everyone! [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Center – Richmond Vale Nature and Hiking Center is run by the Vincentian Non Profit Richmond Vale Academy. (No. 147 of 2002) The Academy invites students from around the world to study and take action against Global Warming and Global Poverty. St. Vincent and The Grenadines is one of the poorer nations in the Caribbean and is the island nation is vulnerable to Climate Change. [richmond vale hiking]

Sailor’s Wilderness Tours – Sailor’s Wilderness Tours was re-established in 1994, and from then on, we are moving from strength to strength. The company is run by its founder Trevor ‘Sailor’ Bailey and a team of professionals. We have many years of experience in the Travel and the Tourism Industry. [sailors wilderness tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bequia – Perched at the northernmost tip of the Grenadines’ chain of islands, Bequia beckons to beachcombers and seafarers with its golden sands, calm aquamarine waves, and relaxed atmosphere. When you tire of lounging along powdery shorelines, head to Port Elizabeth, Bequia’s quaint, seaside town located in the central part of the island to pick up some souvenirs and a bite to eat. During Easter, sailors flock to the Port Elizabeth’s scenic waterfront facing the west to catch the Easter Regatta, a four-day event filled with lively boat races, delectable food, and lots of dancing. [us news travel]

Botanic Gardens – St. Vincent’s lush 20-acre park holds a reputation as the longest standing botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere, with roots dating back to 1765. Inside, you’ll encounter a broad collection of tropical flora and fauna, from flamboyant mahogany and breadfruit trees to exuberant parrots. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the garden’s versatile array of natural spices—such as cinnamon and nutmeg—hanging from centuries-old tree limbs. [us news travel]

Canouan – Travelers are almost always impressed by tiny Canouan, which measures a mere three and a half miles long and a quarter-mile wide. World-class spas, luxurious resorts, and breathtaking coral reefs are just some of this isolated island’s draws. Though recent visitors do concede Canouan isn’t the most accessible island of the Grenadines’ chain, travelers say its unforgettable ambiance and scenery merits the long trek to get there. [us news travel]

Hiking – If you’re itching to explore, St. Vincent offers numerous picturesque trails. Thrill-seekers will get a kick out of trekking up the imposing La Soufrière volcano, but they should note the climb requires endurance, appropriate attire, and the company of a licensed tour guide. As one VirtualTourist user puts it, “The Soufrière volcano is the king of climbs and not for the faint of heart. [travel]

Kingstown – Before you set sail for the remote isles of the Grenadines, take some time to explore Kingstown, St. Vincent’s colorful capital city located along the island’s southern coast. Punctuated by cobbled streets, rolling hills, and a bustling harbor, Kingstown lures travelers with its arresting scenery and its vibrant market area. [us news travel]

Macaroni Beach – If you came to Mustique (the Grenadines’ exclusive retreat just 18 miles southeast of St. Vincent) to sprawl across blindingly white sand or sit beneath a rustic palm hut facing turquoise waters, head straight to Macaroni Beach. This isolated strip of sand along the island’s eastern shoreline makes an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and surfers. [us news travel]

Mayreau – Picture it: Tall palms swaying in the breeze, azure waters lapping at the sands of Saltwhistle Bay, and the aroma of savory lobster wafting through the air. This is Mayreau, the compact mile-and-a-half-long cay located west of the Tobago Cays. This quiet island is home to a small hilly village with arresting seaside views, and no airport at all—but then again, its isolation is part of its charm. You’ll likely stop here on an excursion to one of the nearby dive sites. [us news travel]

Mustique – An upscale hideaway known for its pristine sands, cerulean waters, and lavish cottages, Mustique came into the spotlight after Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, the late Princess Margaret decided to live here—and it hasn’t stepped out since. This exclusive isle has been the highly coveted (yet unpretentious) playground of the rich and famous for decades. Tommy Hilfiger, Mick Jagger, and Paul Newman are all among Mustique’s A-list residents. [us news travel]

Saltwhistle Bay Beach – When it comes to finding the perfect place to lay your towel, it’s hard to compete with Saltwhistle Bay’s powdery sands. Comprised of a pure white shoreline shaded by palm and grape trees and fringed by aquamarine waves, Saltwhistle Bay Beach draws boaters and sun-worshipers alike to its sandy oasis. [us news travel]

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling – Once you’ve marveled at the Grenadines’ magnificent scenery above the surface, it’s time to take the plunge below sea level. After all, St. Vincent doesn’t hold the renowned title of “Critter Capital of the Caribbean” for nothing. Some of the area’s notable underwater creatures include manta rays, squid, frogfish, and reef sharks. [us news travel]

The Grenadines Estate Golf Club – Golf enthusiasts can’t help falling in love with St. Vincent & The Grenadines’ gorgeous fairways. For stunning scenery, take your irons to the wind-protected championship Grenadines Estate Golf Club on Canouan.This challenging 18-hole course boasts jaw-dropping cliff-side views from Mount Royal. [us news travel]

Tobago Cays – This cluster of small, uninhabited isles perched at the east end of Mayreau boasts some of Grenadine’s finest underwater sites. The remote cays’ calm, clear waters teem with bright coral reefs and exotic marine life. In 2006, the area was named a wildlife reserve to maintain its natural setting. As a result, yachts are not allowed to drop anchor here, so you’ll feel like you’ve discovered untouched Caribbean waters. [us news travel]

Wallilabou Bay – Pirates of the Caribbean fans looking to retrace Captain Jack Sparrow’s footsteps from the opening scenes of “The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003) should head straight to Wallilabou Bay. Leftover film sets preside over Waillilabou Bay today, allowing visitors to explore the filming location of the first part of the series. Once you’ve snapped pictures of the sites’ cannons and docks, you can sunbathe, swim, or grab some grub at the Wallilaou Anchorage, a popular hotel and restaurant located on the bay. [us news travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Bequia Easter Regatta – This five-day boat race takes place over Easter on the island of Bequia. It attracts many international professional and amateur sailors who compete in the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island. It is quite a spectacle to watch, and the final day sees huge celebrations going into the night. [iexplore]

Independence Day – This is held on October 27 every year to celebrate the formation of St Vincent and the Grenadines as a sovereign nation in 1979. Many people are proud of this and use the public holiday to celebrate in public at community events. [iexplore]

Mustique Blues Festival – This St Vincent festival is the brainchild of London blues singer Dana Gillespie, and has been running since 1996. It is held over two weeks in January and February on the island of Mustique, although it does visit the island of Bequia for one night in the middle of festival. Since its inception it has been growing in popularity, and is a great place to hear some blues and roots music. [iexplore]

National Dance Festival – Many performances are held during the month of September to showcase traditional and other dance styles. Shows are put on by schools, community groups and professional dance companies. You can expect to see modern, traditional, creative folk and ballroom dances. [iexplore]

Nine Days Festival – As the name may suggest, this festival is held over nine mornings, in the run-up to Christmas Day. It reflects an indigenous culture mixed with Christianity, and is unique to St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will be reminded exactly of where you are as you are woken to the uplifting sounds of traditional steel pan music played at pre-dawn street concerts. Later in the day fêtes and fairs are held in towns and villages around the islands. [iexplore]

Vincy Mas – This is a typical Caribbean festival filled with parades and pageants, and dancing and music at street parties. It is held over two weeks at the end of June, and the beginning of July annually, and is St Vincent’s most well-known festival. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car, you’ll find buses provide an easy and affordable way of getting around St. Vincent. But be prepared for slow speeds and crowded conditions. Buses depart from New Kingstown Fish Market along the waterfront. Fares cost between $1.50 XCD (roughly $0.35 USD) and $3 XCD (about $1 USD). [us news travel]

Car – St. Vincent & The Grenadines’ twisting roads are tricky to navigate due to potholes, steep turns, and aggressive drivers. If you’re up for a roadside adventure, keep in mind you should drive on the left side of the road. Additionally, you’ll need to present a valid driver’s license as well as a temporary drivers’ permit, which you can pick up from at the police station on Bay Street in Kingstown or at the Revenue Office located in Port Elizabeth, Bequia. Temporary drivers’ permits cost $65 XCD (about $24 USD). Recommended car agencies include Avis and Ben’s Auto Rental (784-456-2907). [us news travel]

Ferry – The Bequia Express and Admiralty Transport offer round-trip service from St. Vincent to Bequia every day. One-way fares aboard the Bequia Express cost around $20 XCD (about $7.50 USD) to Bequia; round-trip tickets cost around $35 XCD (about $13 USD). Meanwhile, the Barracuda makes trips between St. Vincent, Bequia, Mayreau, and Union Island five times a week. [us news travel]

Taxi – Taxis are available on more populated islands like St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, and Union Islands, as well as some of the smaller isles. Taxis are not metered, so negotiate a price before hitting the road. Expect the fare from ET Joshua Airport (SVD) to downtown Kingstown to cost roughly $30 XCD (about $12 USD). [us news travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

SVG Teachers’ Union – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) is a professional body of teachers. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

ExpatPost- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – ExpatPost brings you the stories, adventures & photos of those who live and work abroad. Like for updates on the St. Vincent & Grenadines expat community! [facebook]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

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Resources

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