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St Vincent and The Grenadines Information
St. Vincent Overview
Shaped like a string of pearls made up of 32 islands and cays, it’s no wonder that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is known as a stunning jewel in the Caribbean. From its lush tropical rainforest, bright coral reefs and peaceful turquoise lagoons, St. Vincent is a natural beauty known for yachting, scuba diving, snorkeling and most of all: sailing. Thanks to its calm, clear waters and near-perfect weather, leisure sailors from all over the world flock to St. Vincent to enjoy its charming harbors. But that doesn’t mean you have to know your starboard from your port to enjoy St. Vincent. Anyone who just wants to get away from it all will be drawn to the island’s secluded luxury resorts, which are often located on private islands. You can spend your day out on an eco-adventure enjoying nature or just stay by the ocean relaxing on one of the islands’ numerous white-sand beaches. One thing’s for sure – if you’re looking for a truly unforgettable Caribbean vacation with gorgeous sights you won’t forget, St. Vincent’s a gem you can’t ignore.
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Yo-ho-ho, a Pirate’s Life for Thee!
Located 90 miles west of Barbados, St. Vincent is part of 32 islands and cays otherwise known as “the Jewels of the Caribbean.” With lush green rainforests, deserted coves and beautiful beaches, St. Vincent has attracted the attention of some of the most harrowing pirates to sail the 7 seas.
In fact, St. Vincent’s Wallilabou Bay was used as the fictional location for Port Royal in the Disney film, “The Pirates of the Caribbean—Curse of the Black Pearl” and the successful sequel, “Dead Man’s Chest.”
No matter what flag you’ll fly under, there’s plenty of booty to find in St. Vincent.
Don’t Blow Your Top for Beachside Fun
St. Vincent’s origin stems from a number of volcanic eruptions that occurred throughout history. Sound scary? Don’t go blowing your top just yet! These historic events created the beautiful beaches and shores that you’ll find at St. Vincent today! With sand ranging in color from golden brown to black, you can enjoy all the benefits of St. Vincent’s molten past during your next beach vacation.
If you want to do some sight-seeing, head over to the windward coast near Argyle, where you’ll find beautiful rolling surf breaks that spill onto an expansive black-sand beach. While the area is quite beautiful, it isn’t recommended for swimming. Instead, head over to India Bay for powdery, white-sand and all the swimming you could ever ask for. No matter where you spend your time, St. Vincent’s beautiful beaches are worth melting for!
Dive Into the Critter Capital of the Caribbean
Shallow reef diving, wreck diving and even cave diving are just a few of the many exciting underwater experiences you can have in St. Vincent. The clear, calm and warm waters surrounding the island are home to an amazing underwater world that you can take in while snorkeling or diving.
A couple of great places to dive are The Bat Cave, a challenging cave dive on the wish list of many visiting divers, or Anchor Reef, voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the world. Dive sites are never crowded and visibility is usually excellent. You’ll see hard and soft corals, sponges, sea fans and a wealth of vibrant reef fish. For snorkeling, head to the turquoise waters of Tobago Cays where you can float among the hawksbill turtles and check out the octopus and queen angel fish off of Horseshoe Reef. St. Vincent’s tourism board lovingly refers to St. Vincent as the “Critter Capital of the Caribbean” because of its warm ocean waters teeming with colorful wildlife. Now you can experience it yourself!
Lose Yourself in the Cloud
While Saint Vincent is famous for its beauty and seclusion, many visitors flock to Bequia, or the “island of the cloud,” to experience the island’s bustling culture and marine traditions.
With beautiful rolling hills, lush green grass and numerous golden-sand beaches, Bequia is one of the island’s most beautiful and popular destinations. Located 9 miles south of St. Vincent’s southwestern shore, Bequia is a central hub for boatbuilding, whaling, fishing and sailing.
No matter how long you stay in Bequia, no trip is complete without passing through the ferry docks at Port Elizabeth, where you’ll find handmade souvenirs, restaurants and waterfront bars. If you are looking to relax and get a dose of culture, Bequia is the place to do it.
Sail into Paradise in St. Vincent
With calm waters, steady breezes and great spots to lay anchor, St. Vincent is a sailor’s paradise. On any given day, you’ll see a number of sailing yachts docked near the shores of Bequia and plenty of ships ready to sail you around St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Yachting is also very popular here. With natural anchorages and protected cays, you can easily hop aboard your own private yacht or charter yacht and take to the sea! The tranquil blue seas are the perfect place to relax, explore and enjoy all the Caribbean has to offer.
So, if you find yourself wanting to set sail, there are a number of operators on the island waiting to let you stretch your sea legs. What are you waiting for? Set sail for paradise!
St. Vincent Quick Facts
The official language is English.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from St. Vincent.
Drink only bottled water.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
The peak travel season extends from mid-December through mid-April.