St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Kingstown, St. Vincent
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Information
Language and Currency
What is St. Vincent and teh Grenadines Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is English and the currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however U.S. dollars are widely accepted as are major credit cards.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines make up 32 islands in the Windward islands. Stretching over 40 miles, it is the home of many private international residents and also to many residents that live on their sailboats. While only visited by smaller ships, St. Vincent is a quaint port that dates back to the 18th century. It is quiet, relaxed and very informal.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy almost perfect weather year around. It is usually between 75 to 85 degrees with the only wet season in the summer and fall hurricane season.
Ships anchor off of St. Vincent's main town of Kingstown and tender into the wharf. Kingstown is on top of the cliff that fronts the wharf area. In Bequia and Mayreau (the two other islands in the Grenadines called on by ships, see the Bequia review) ships anchor and tender as well.
There is not much shopping in St. Vincent of interest to visitors but the town is nice to wander through. See the Bequia review for about the only shopping in the Grenadines.
Not a heck of a lot.
If you are lucky enough to anchor in Kingstown on a Friday or Saturday be sure to visit the Kingstown Market where people form all over come to sell their spices, fruits, flowers and so on. It is a truly interesting experience and a great photo opportunity as well. The town's churches date back to the early 18th century and are well worth visiting. Right outside of town is the old Fort Charlotte, which sits on a hill overlooking St. Vincent Bay. and is well worth exploring. Built in 1905, the fort offers great views of the surrounding area and an interesting small museum. The Botanical Gardens, just a short walk from the center of town are also well worth a visit. One marvels at the density of vegetations as well as the diversity.
St. Vincent is also known for its fabulous rain forests, waterfalls and extreme topography. Many hikes are available, as well eco tourism adventures. La Soufriere, the main volcano on St. Vincent last erupted in 1979 and is available to visit after a stout hike up to its 4,000 ft elevation. The extreme topography of St. Vincent has also created some of the best SCUBA diving a photography in the world. Sharp drop-offs, unique sea life and easy access make St. Vincent one of the best dive areas in the world. All of the water sports (snorkeling, fishing, SCUBA diving, sailing and so on) are excellent in this area.
Island of Mayreau
Some ships also call on the island of Mayreau in the Genadines. Mayreau is more like a private island than a cultural experience. While it has been some time since I have visited Mayreau (Star Princess some 10 years ago) I understand the island has changed little. Look for the trail leading to the small village where the locals live. also, there is a small school on the hillside worth visiting if school is in session as it is very quaint.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a nature lover's paradise. all of the islands offer much in the way of excellent water sports, flora and fauna and a unique cultural experience.
None that I know of. How about you?