The archipelago nation of 32 islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an island for everybody. With SCUBA diving opportunities, sugar-white sandy beaches, mountains to climb, tropical forests to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunity. Part of the British Commonwealth, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is relatively easy to get to, has bustling towns, as also has a party or festival livening up the local communities. Whether you plan to spend your vacation completely immersing yourself in a new culture, or relaxing and hiding away from the rest of the world, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will have exactly what you’re looking for.
Old Hegg ,Turtle Sanctuary, Tobago Cay Mount Royal, La Soufrière, Fort Charlotte, Falls of Baleine, Botanic Gardens St. Vincent, Wallilabou Heritage Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Montreal Gardens.
Orton “Brother” King found the sea turtle hatchery back in 1995, and he since then laid his life to cautiously transfer Hawksbill turtle hatchlings into the nearby waters.
The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located on Park Bay, a little further to the plus a fountain of educational experience. To feed your eyes with the irresistible sight of green turtles in the wild, one of the best places to visit is the Tobago Cays.
Tobago Cays is Known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. Marine Park comprises five picture-perfect, uninhabited islands surrounded by a clear lagoon.
Here, you’ll come across sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, scattered mangroves, and well-structured coral reef in St. Vincent. Cool off by enjoying a swim with the resident turtles, snorkel around the long Horseshoe Reef, or simply relax on a magnificent white-sand beach.
Botanic Gardens St. Vincent
This Garden was established around 1765 by General Robert Melville , and it claims to be the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
With an informative guide by your side, you will receive enlightenment on native and exotic plants growing here, including a breadfruit tree coming from Captain Bligh brought to St. Vincent in 1793.
In the aviary, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the famous and colorful St. Vincent parrot—the island’s national bird.
For those who would like to spend their vacation in one place, there are several airlines that offer relatively easy access to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Chances are, you will have to take a connecting flight. However, American Airlines offers some of the most flight options to this stunning archipelago, or at least a connecting flight with a local partner airline, like LIAT.
If you’d rather spend your vacation letting someone else handle the traveling, then why not board a cruise to St. Vincent and the Grenadines? While there are a limited selection of cruises to St. Vincent, you are sure to enjoy the leisurely way of life as you dock at this stunning island chain.
For those who like to move like the locals, there is a public bus system that will take you around the cities and along the major hotspots. If you’d rather move about on your own time, you can instead hail a taxi or hire a driver.
For those who aren’t afraid of driving on the “wrong” side of the road, you can rent a car. By renting a car, easily get to some of the more remote areas of the island, but because it is a British Commonwealth nation, be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.
While the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are relatively small, the island cannot host some of the larger animal life that some other Caribbean islands may host. However, you’re likely to see some tropical reptiles, like iguanas and lizards.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a birders delight. With more than 150 species of birds found on the islands of the archipelago, chances are you will see a new bird everywhere you turn. Keep your eye on the sky and your camera ready, because who knows what you might see.
When you take to the waters around the islands, you’ll be delighted in the rich biodiversity in the waters. With tropical fish, various turtles, and dolphins and whales, there is always some friendly creature playing in the waves or darting underneath the boats.
Joseph Chatoyer – (Unknown – 1795) this local Carib chief is known for leading a revolt against the British Empire at the start of British occupation. This act, while it ultimately failed, worked to show the natives of St. Vincent that they still had power and a voice. This revolt also inspired other native populations, under various European regimes, to stand up against the colonizers.
Bequia Maritime Museum – Being an archipelago nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a long, proud history of boat building and sailing. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular museums is the Maritime Museum. You can learn all about the maritime history of the islands, the rise and fall of the whaling industry, and learn about various boat building techniques used throughout history.
Corona Virus Update as at August 31st, 2020
General Restrictions: SVG is welcoming travelers with mandatory quarantine of 14 days regardless of country of origin. 72 hours prior permission is required for operations to ensure all requirements are met. Airport operational hours are 1200Z-2200Z but can be extended to 0000Z (note, this extension is 500 Eastern Caribbean Dollars).
Travelers from High risk countries such as Brazil and USA will be screened differently than travelers from Low risk countries.
Passenger Restrictions: It is mandatory for all arriving passengers to be self-quarantined at their expense either at a private home, villa or hotel for 14 days and passport will be ceased for those said days. Quarantine cannot be done on private yacht.
Please be informed that authorization from the Ministry of Health is required for arrival of non-nationals and an approval cannot be granted for the flight until received.
All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and will be placed under a mandatory 24-hour self-quarantine.
Persons arriving with a negative antibody test (where the test was done in the last five days) and test negative in the COVID-19 test taken on arrival, do not need to further quarantine
Persons who test positive for the COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, regardless of approved documentation, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, will not be tested for COVID-19, provided they have been in the CARICOM bubble for at least 14 days
Travelers whose country of origin is one in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
VINCYCOVID online application process and/or visit –www.health.gov.vc and submit the application to the following address: email@example.com
Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel)
No COVID-19 laboratory test.
Non- CARICOM Bubble: Travelers from countries of origin not in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
VINCYCOVID online application process and/or
Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel) ,
PCR Testing on arrival
Court-Ordered, 24-hour quarantine (Await results in home or hotel).
Crew Restrictions: Overnight rest for crew may be granted based on their travelling distance. It is a case by case situation which would be determined by the MOH. Once they disembark at TVSA they must be self-quarantined at their expense also.
Tech Stop Details: Tech stops with passengers are allowed with no disembarkation. Catering is unavailable.
The biggest eco-tourism draw to St. Vincent and the Grenadines revolves around the marine life and wilderness. With some truly amazing aquatic species, ranging from tropical fish to turtles to dolphins to whales, you are sure to see some unique animals as you snorkel and dive among the reefs.
For those feeling truly adventurous, head out to some of the local shipwrecks that met their watery fate thanks to the powerful reefs. No matter where your marine adventures take you, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen!
For those who would rather stay on dry land, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have several mountains and large hills. Those looking to stretch their legs can push themselves and hike up the various mountains and look-outs for a stunning view of the islands of this beautiful nation. Some popular hikes are up Soufrière and into the crater, to the waterfalls of Baleine, and throughout Wallaibou Heritage Park.
Life on the islands can be difficult, with cost of living being higher than many other countries. Luckily enough, there are organizations like Food for the Poor that work to make sure that everyone has food, personal hygiene items, medical supplies, and that students have school supplies. You can donate to help them make the lives of local Vincentians easier.
Another charity group that works hard to insure everybody has a bright future is The Mustique Charitable Trusts. This conglomeration works to provide children and young adults with educational opportunities to further their futures. The MCT also works to adapt the local communities to become more sustainable in this uncertain world of climate change.
National Dish: Roasted Breadfruit and Fried Jackfish
Motto: “Pax et Justitia” – “Peace and Justice”
The National Flag: The tricolor flag is blue on the left third, yellow in the slightly larger middle third, and green on the right third. There are also three green diamonds in the middle, in a V-formation. The blue symbolizes the sky, the yellow the sun, and the green the vegetation. The three diamonds represent the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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