St Vincent and the Grenadines General Information
History of the Islands
St Vincent has had an explosive past thanks both to its Carib history and the 3,000ft (950m) Soufriere volcano that dominates the island – but it looks forward to a peaceful future basking quietly in the sun.
This fertile and mountainous island was one of the last in the Caribbean to be colonized by Europeans. When they did move in, the Carib Indian inhabitants put up a fierce struggle to maintain their independence.
You can see evidence of the island’s earliest inhabitants in rock carvings at Layou. You can walk on a nature trail through the lush Buccament Valley to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest. The Trinity Falls, three falls dropping 100ft (30m) to a natural whirlpool, and the 60ft (18m) sheer Falls of Baleine are a must. And you can also take a restorative dip in the Owia Salt Pond.
Volcanic eruptions have deposited ash that acts as a superb fertilizer, making the island a riot of tropical vegetation. There are marvelous botanical gardens near the capital of Kingstown; high on a promontory above the town is Fort Charlotte, the island’s main defense, from which there are wonderful views.
Kingstown is also the jumping off point for The Grenadines, a string of 30 tiny islands spreading south along a 45-mile (72 km) arc. Some are well-developed but never crowded, others are little more than a lonely, unspoiled beach and a collection of houses. Together they all offer some of the best sailing in the world.
You can glide from island to island in an hour or so in trade winds of 10-25 knots, swimming ashore to a beach bar, watching giant sea turtles and bumping into visitors from all over the world for a drink at sunset.
Beautiful St Vincent has remained untouched by mass-tourism. On this 18 by 11-mile island (500 sq km), the hotels, restaurants, and bars retain the charm of a family setting.
- Capital: Kingstown, St Vincent
- Population: 112,000
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean $; US$1=EC$2.68; US$ widely accepted
- Official language: English
- Political status: independent nation, member of the Commonwealth
- Entry requirements: Passports Required for US and Canadian Citizens.
- Area: St. Vincent, 133 square miles (345 sq km). The Grenadines have an area of 17 square miles (44 sq km).
- Religion: mainly Anglican with some Catholic churches.
- Business: Banking hours are 8 am to 1 pm, Monday to Thursday, and also 3-5pm on Fridays. A bureau de change is open at the airport every day, except Sunday, until 5 pm. The main banks are Barclays Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Caribbean Banking Corp, St Vincent Co-operative Bank, National Commercial Bank of St Vincent and The Grenadines. Shops are open on weekdays, 8am-noon and 1pm-4pm, and on Saturday, 8am-noon. Credit cards are accepted in tourist centers.
- Electricity: 220 volts, 50 cycles.
- Telecommunications: the international dialing code for St Vincent is +1 784 followed by seven digits. On the islands, use the seven digits only.
- Time: GMT-4
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