St. Vincent is an independent Caribbean island that is part of a chain with the Grenadines. Mount Soufrierere is an active volcano that dominates the landscape of the island. This island is full of opportunities for active travelers, as well as for those of you who like to see the historic sites. St. Vincent isn’t the place to go if you want miles and miles of white sand beaches, but there are plenty of things to do on this island. St. Vincent is more budget friendly than most of the other “Saints” found throughout the
Caribbean. It is a popular place for yachts, but sailing is the big draw in the area.
English is the official language of St. Vincent.
The official currency of St. Vincent is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. To find out about the conversion rates, visit our currency converter.
Guesthouse rooms are available in the $40 to $50 USD per night range.
Food and Drinks
You can find anything from beachside bars and take out pizza to moderately priced restaurants up to finer dining establishments on the island.
St. Vincent Blues Festival (March)
Bequia’s Easter Regatta (April)
Fisherman’s Month (May)
Vincy Mas or Carnival (end of June to July)
Getting There & Around
There are no direct flights from the U.S., Canada or Europe to St. Vincent. Instead, you have to connect through one of the Caribbean gateway counties of Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico or Trinidad.
Ferries are available to Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island.
Taxis are available around the island, and car rentals are possible. Buses connect Kingstown with the major towns on the island, and minibuses are available in Kingstown for local travel.
Electricity on St. Vincent is generally 220/240 volt, 50 cycle, except for Petit St. Vincent which has 110 volt, 60 cycle. Most hotels have 110 volt shaver outlets in which you can use your U.S. made appliances. Be sure to check with your hotel before you leave.
Things to Do
Beaches are found around the island, with black sand being dominant on the windward coast and white sand found in the Southeast. There are several cultural and historical attractions to keep you busy, including the Kingstown market, several churches and cathedrals, botanical gardens, Fort Charlotte and Fort Duvernette. Active travelers can take guided hikes on the island, climb Mount Soufrierere, swim in waterfalls or take a jeep safari tour. Water activities are well represented with sailing, snorkeling & diving, whale and dolphin watching, A visit to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where Hawksbill turtles are saved, can be a rewarding experience. Take an afternoon to visit the Owia Salt Pond. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean can visit several of the film’s locations on St. Vincent, including Wallilabou Bay, Falls of Baleine and Kingstown.