St. VINCENT & THE GRANADINES

ISLAND FUN FACTS

Capital: Kingstown is the Capital of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Population: Approximately 130,000

Religion: Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Protestants

Language: English and French

Carnival: Carnival Monday is a day off for the public population. This holiday always falls in the month of July. Schools, businesses, and most institutions are closed

Currency: The known Currency in St. Vincent is the East Caribbean Dollar represented with the symbol EC$. Initially many Caribbean states transacted using the British West Indies dollar (BWI). When Caribbean Currency Agreement was established, the East Caribbean Dollar was launched through the Eastern Caribbean Currency Authority (ECCA) in 1965. British Guiana supported the agreement but then withdrew in 1966.

Side of Street Drive-On: In St. Vincent, the safe side of street drive is LEFT. You have to be 21 years of age for you to rent a car and be 18 years to start driving one. Driving is hands free, therefore no phones allowed while on the road. Licence is a must, and the average speed in urban centres is 32KPH (Kilometres Per Hour).

History:

Discovered in 1498, stayed under Spanish until 1627. In 1783 it was restored to Britain. Faced a number of disasters which include the first eruption of Soufriere volcano was recorded in 1812, floods in 1896, a hurricane in 1902 plus a second volcano eruption in 1902 which swept away 2000 inhabitants, a subsequent eruption happened in the 1970s.

After the world war II, all adults were granted the right to vote after facing restriction for very long. The right to vote initiated movement towards attainment of independence. Several proposals were presented around 1960s which led to adoption of some of grenadines islands by the UK by 1969, and this way the island became self-governing except on matters defense and foreign affairs.

Later, St. Vincent was granted the right to declare its freedom and it became fully independent in 1979. Since then, several political parties like the New Democratic Party (NDP) of 1992, United Labor Party which won in 2001, and the Non-Aligned Movement of 2003. The later party steered the removal of St. Vincent from the blacklist of countries by enacting money laundering interventions.

THINGS TO DO

Bequia is the best spot to enjoy live-music performance. several bars and restaurant should shows when the season hits its peak.

-Cricket is also a source of entertainment for most inhabitants of St. Vincent. On weekends you will notice charged F9crowds cheering On the game. -Festivities also create an extra platform for entertaining the residents of St. Vincent. Vincy Mas, regattas, and Nine Mornings are among the popular events which are highly honored in the region.

Cricket is the oldest and popular sport in the Caribbean. Most cricket matches games happen in the Arnos Vale Sports Complex situated at Arnos Vale. In the Capital, Kingstown, Victoria Park stadium is a Centre for several sports such as athletics and soccer. Other games that rock in St. Vincent include basketball, netball, cycling, and tennis. ‘Vincy Heat’ is the official title for its national soccer team.

The lifestyle of the residents is informal and relaxed with some West Indian +English influence. Vincentians are fun-loving and laid-back people.

Virtually everything you eat in St. Vincent & the Grenadines will have been grown or reared locally. The furthest many ingredients will travel is from a small farm on St. Vincent to a plate at a restaurant on the Grenadine islands. The fish will have been pulled out of the waters surrounding the island by a local fisherman and sold straight to the chef just a couple of hours before it is cooked. Be sure to sample the National Dish comprising fried Jackfish and roasted breadfruit; and wash it all down with a cool Hairoun Beer or a Sunset rum.

1. Turtle Sanctuary located on Park Bay. It is dominated by beautiful green turtles. This sanctuary serves a center for knowledge to many visitors.

2. Tobago Cay It is famously known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ which nests and serves as a feeding ground for sea turtles. Tobago Cay is also featured with mangroves and well structured coral reefs.

3. Botanic Garden It homes a good number of exotic and native plants plus breadfruit trees which originate from Captain Bligh.

1. Lower Bay Beach

2. Princess Margaret Beach

3. Salt Whistle Bay

4. Macaroni Beach

5. Mopion Beach

6. Lagoon Beach

7. Buccament Bay

8. Saline Bay, Mayreau

9. Petit Tabac

10. Mt. Wynne Beach

11. Indian Bay Beach

12. Cumberland Beach Recreation park

13. Ravine Beach

14. Cumberland Bay

15. Argyle Beach

16. richmond Beach

17. Big Sand Beach (at Belmont Bay)

Places to Stay

Bequia Beach Hotel Luxury Resort & Spa

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Young Island Resort

Keegan’s Beachside Hotel and Cottage

Getting There

Once you decided to visit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Islands, you can take a flight and get in via any of the airlines. You may also board a Cruise to access the chain of islands in this region.

To penetrate the islands, you can use the public means by either taking a Taxi or rent a car with hired driver. Remember to keep left while driving.

ISLAND FUN FACTS

Capital: Kingstown

Population: Occupied by over 6000 inhabitants.

Religion: Anglican 47%, Roman Catholic 13%, Methodist 28%, others are Hindu, Seventh Day Adventist, and Protestants.

Language: EThe people there speak English, French Patois, and Beckways

Carnival: It is an informal delightful yet spontaneous event which takes place in June as per the island’s cultural calendar.

Currency: The island uses Eastern Caribbean Dollar currency which is used throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Side of Street Drive-On: Driving is on the left hand side

History:

 Bequia means ‘Island of the clouds’ as per ancient Arawak. The title was inspired by the island’s volcanic mountains. It was also named ‘Becouya’.

Around 1700s,Bequia was occupied by European farmers, traders, and fishermen. 1800s saw the establishment of nine sugar plantations, but it shortly declines.

In the 18th century, Bequia existed under French . The Spanish and Dutch used the island to ferry supplies. The Arawaks from South America were the first Settlers in Bequia.

THINGS TO DO

1. Snorkeling on Bequia Beaches

2. Sailing on a Schooner

3. Turtle watching

4. Diving

5. Shopping on Bequia

1. Boat Sailing

2. Diving and Snorkeling

The Culture of the people in St. Vincent including Bequia is greatly rooted in the sea.

Breakfast may contain: Fruit Plate, Fried potatoes, plantain, Homemade bakes, Omelet, Pancakes Lunch and dinner in Bequia may include: Chicken caesar salad, Caribbean roti, fish and chips, naked chilly wings, plantation deck burger, fish pasta, fettucine

1. Firefly Plantation

2. Devil’s Table

3. The wall

4. Port Elizabeth

1. Lower Bay Beach

2. Princess Margaret Beach

3. Industry Bay

4. Ravine Beach

5. Anthneal’s Private Petite Museum

Places to Stay

Bequia Beach Hotel

Tropical Hideaway boutique Hotel

Sugarapple Inn Hotel

Sugar Reef Bequia

Getting There

To get to Bequia. You will get a flight into St. Vincent. Then access the island by ferry. The ride takes about 40 minutes.

While in Bequia you can explore the place with a local taxi or rent a jeep or any vehicle.

ISLAND FUN FACTS

Capital: Charlestown

Population: 12,000

Religion: Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, others include Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Protestant constitute 12%

Language: English, French Patois

Carnival: The most highlighted event is Canouan Regatta which happens between July and August. This festival is usually featured with sports, games, street jumps, beauty pageants, and calypso competitions.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (EXD)

Side of Street Drive-On: While touring Canouan, always drive on the left side of the road.

History:

The island was first dominated by Amerindians groups. Canouan is an Arawakan title for ‘Turtle’ or ‘Turtle Island’. In 1700s, West African slaves were driven to the sugar plantations by the French Settlers. Canoun was then taken by the British after the Anglo-french wars.

This led to several developments like construction of a number of ginneries, school, and church. Slave trade was phased out in 1830s, the island based its economic roots in boat building, fishing, and whaling.

In 2004, Raffles hotels and resorts acquired the northern part of the region, presently known as Canouan Resort.

THINGS TO DO

1. Sailing

2. Diving

3. Snorkeling

4. Swimming

5. Hiking

6. Golf

1. Diving

2. Snorkeling

3. Horseback riding

4. Swimming

5. Tennis

6. Golf

The Island sits on St.Vincent and the Grenadines. The surrounding is refreshing and serenly quiet. Featured with sparkling turquoise waters, white-powder sand, and mountainous landscape.

The Island is a hidden gem of natural resources and one of Caribbean’s secret treasure. Being one of the numerous Islands in the Grenadines, the people have strong connection to the sea.

Canouan is a multi-ethnic region that boasts strong unity and take pride in its rich resources. Their way of life has heavily borrowed from their colonizers Portuguese, French, British, and the Caribs.

1. Vegan Sriracha Meatballs with Noodles

2. Pistachio and Raspberry Tart

3. Garlic-Fennel Porchetta Cracklins

4. Grilled Polenta Squares with Chive Cream

5. Sandwiches

1. Canoun Resort

2. Mount Royal

3. Carenage Bay

4. Rameau Bay

1. Canoun Resort

2. Godahl Bay Beach

3. Windward Bay

4. Friendship Bay

5. Charlestown Bay

6. South Glossy Beach

Places to Stay

Charlestown Bay

Friendship Bay

South Glossy Bay

Tamarind Beach Hotel

Getting There

You can access Air connections in Puerto Rico, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Trinidad. There are also direct flights to Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, Union Island and St. Vincent.

There is also ferry service. MV Baracuda which sails between St. Vincent and Union thrice a week with stopovers in Canouan, Mayreau, and Bequia. While in Union, you can get a boat to Carriacou, then catch a ferry to Grenada. Kingstown has operational Ports and Harbors.

ISLAND FUN FACTS

Capital: Kingstown

Population: 12,000

Religion: Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, others include Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Protestant constitute 12%

Language: English, French Patois

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (EXD)

Side of Street Drive-On: While touring Canouan, always drive on the left side of the road.

History:

It is a privately owned island and is part of the Grenadines. South Americans are the first inhabitants of this land as from 2500BC, then followed by the Arawaks betweeen 250 BC and 1000AD, who were later subdued by the Caribs.

There are still traces of the Caribs, there tools are still in existence. Later, European Sugarcane planters overthrew the Caribs, where they expanded their plantations in abundance by exploiting slaves from Africa.

The Grenadines was then ruled by the British taking over from France in 1763. They built three forts. Years later, a third Lord Glenconner, is a tenant who bought Mustique when it was still underdeveloped.

The island was dotted with wild goats and cattle. It had no electricity, running water, or road network. Glenconner improved the island with major developments. In 1960, his close friend Princess Margaret tied a knot with Lord Snowden, and the tenant offered her a piece of land as a wedding gift.

After a while, the marriage crumbled, and the princess came to Mustique as a scapeland from the clutches of royalty.

THINGS TO DO

1. Sailing

2. Diving

3. Snorkeling

4. Swimming

5. Hiking

6. Golf

1. Diving

2. Snorkeling

3. Horseback riding

4. Swimming

5. Tennis

6. Golf

Mustique stems from a French word ‘moustique’ which means mosquito. Initially, the island was dotted with wild goats and cattle. It had no electricity, running water, or road network. Glenconner improved the island with major developments.

1. Vegan Sriracha Meatballs with Noodles

2. Pistachio and Raspberry Tart

3. Garlic-Fennel Porchetta Cracklins

4. Grilled Polenta Squares with Chive Cream

5. Sandwiches

1. Canoun Resort

2. Mount Royal

3. Carenage Bay

4. Rameau Bay

1. Canoun Resort

2. Godahl Bay Beach

3. Windward Bay

4. Friendship Bay

5. Charlestown Bay

6. South Glossy Beach

Places to Stay

Former Cotton House (Now a Hotel/Resort)

Firefly

Pelican Beaches Villas

Les Jolies Eaux

Getting There

At Mustique Airways you have a choice for either shared or private charter flight from st.Lucia, Barbados and St.Vincent. You can also have day trips to the island via ferry from St.Vincent. Another way to get to Mustique is by way of a private Yatch or Charter. The popular anchorage is Britannia Bay.