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St Vincent &
the Grenadines
Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes an emotive response with visions of
exotic, idyllic island life. And the fantasy rings true. Imagine an island chain buried deep
within the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; white sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.
Thirty-two islands dot the seascape, all vying to one-up each other in terms of tranquility. St Vincent is the largest in the group, home to the capital, Kingstown. This lively town is
a throwback to colonial times with cobblestone streets and locals rushing about.

ST VINCENT &
THE GRENADINES

Once you get off the big island and into the Grenadines, everything changes. Gone is
the traffic, the hustle and the pavement. All you’re left with is a smattering of tiny islands
waiting to be explored. Beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl
and the desire to go home vanishes.
You’ll find unassuming budget hideaways, where you can escape from the world and
(almost) live like a king on the income of a pauper. Or you can spend time on the island of
Mustique where renting a house for the week will cost more than buying a luxury car.
These islands have enchanted sailors for centuries, and continue to do so. Whether you
have your own vessel or are happy to hitch a ride, the island-hopping opportunities are
irresistible. These islands were once the realm of real pirates but now they are the stomping grounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean. St Vincent and the Grenadines have jumped
into the limelight thanks to Hollywood and they’re not looking back.
FAST FACTS
„ Area 150 sq miles
„ Capital Kingstown
„ Country code

%784

„ Departure tax EC$40
„ Famous for Deserted islands, yachting, Pirates of the Caribbean – and real pirates, too.
„ Language English, French patois (increas-

ingly rare)
„ Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);

EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
„ Official name St Vincent and the

Grenadines
„ People Vincentians (formal), Vincys

(colloquial)
„ Phrase Check it? (Do you follow me?)
„ Population 118,000
„ Visa No visa required; see p672

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ST VINCENT &
THE GRENADINES
Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes an emotive response with visions of
exotic, idyllic island life. And the fantasy rings true. Imagine an island chain buried deep
within the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; white sand beaches on de-
serted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.
Thirty-two islands dot the seascape, all vying to one-up each other in terms of tranquil-
ity. St Vincent is the largest in the group, home to the capital, Kingstown. This lively town is
a throwback to colonial times with cobblestone streets and locals rushing about.
Once you get off the big island and into the Grenadines, everything changes. Gone is
the traffic, the hustle and the pavement. All you’re left with is a smattering of tiny islands
waiting to be explored. Beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl
and the desire to go home vanishes.
You’ll find unassuming budget hideaways, where you can escape from the world and
(almost) live like a king on the income of a pauper. Or you can spend time on the island of
Mustique where renting a house for the week will cost more than buying a luxury car.
These islands have enchanted sailors for centuries, and continue to do so. Whether you
have your own vessel or are happy to hitch a ride, the island-hopping opportunities are
irresistible. These islands were once the realm of real pirates but now they are the stomp-
ing grounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean. St Vincent and the Grenadines have jumped
into the limelight thanks to Hollywood and they’re not looking back.
St Vincent &
the Grenadines
© Lonely Planet Publications
FAST FACTS
Area 150 sq miles
Capital Kingstown
Country code
%
784
Departure tax EC$40
Famous for Deserted islands, yachting, Pirates of the Caribbean – and real pirates, too.
Language English, French patois (increas-
ingly rare)
Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);
EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
Official name St Vincent and the
Grenadines
People Vincentians (formal), Vincys
(colloquial)
Phrase Check it? (Do you follow me?)
Population 118,000
Visa No visa required; see p672
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