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Saint Vincent is the largest island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which comprises some 32 islands and cays - the main islands include Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, The Tobago Cays Marine Park, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent.

Saint Vincent is located at Latitude 13° 15’ N, Longitude 61° 12’ W in the Southern Caribbean Sea and forming part of the Windward Islands. It is situated 160km (100 miles) west of Barbados, 120km (75 miles) north of Grenada and 40km (24 miles) south of St. Lucia. St. Vincent is by far the largest of the 32 enchanting islands and cays covering roughly 72km (45 miles) out of a total of 390 sq. Km (150 sq. miles) that extend to the southwest like a kite’s tail. Saint Vincent comprises most of the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and its population is approximately 116,253. Kingstown is the capital and has an approximate population of 30,000. The rest of the population resides in the other five main towns of Layou, Barrouallie, Chateaubelair, Georgetown, and Calliaqua. About 25% of the labour force work in agriculture, 10% in industry and over 50% in services, including tourism.

Saint Vincent is referred to as “the Mainland” and is composed of partially submerged volcanic mountains, so it is blessed with mountainous and lush landscapes, tumbling waterfalls, verdant rainforests, volcanic-rich soil with unspoiled backdrops of brilliant flora, alluring crystal clear waters with magnificent coral reefs and an active volcano, called (La Soufrière). The most recent eruption was on "Black Friday" [which was also the Christian 'Good Friday' for that year], April 13, 1979. La Soufrière, which erupted violently in 1812 and 1902, stands at 4,048-foot-high. Therefore, the majority of the beaches on the mainland have black sand (more than 95%).

The Kalinago (or ‘Caribs’ as they were named by the Europeans) knew Saint Vincent as Hairouna: The Land of The Blessed. The territory was disputed between France and the United Kingdom in the 18th century, before being ceded to the British in 1783. It gained independence on October 27, 1979.

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By plane[edit]

St. Vincent & The Grenadines is reached by air from North America and Europe through six major gateways - Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico and Trinidad, - with daily connections to Union Island, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia.

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Caribbean Airlines, US Air, Jet Blue, Westjet, Condor, Gol Intelligent Airlines and Air Jamaica all provide excellent service to the gateways; while LIAT, SVG Air, Grenadine Air Alliance, Trans Island Air, Executive Air and Mustique Airways all provide a convenient connecting serivce from the gateways.

Flight time to St. Vincent is approximately 35 minutes from Barbados; 30 minutes from Grenada; 45 minutes from Martinique; 20 minutes from St. Lucia; 2 hours 20 minutes from Puerto Rico. St. Vincent & The Grenadines has an information desk in the Arrivals Section of the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados (Tel: (246) 428-0961) open daily from approximately 1 PM until the last flight to St. Vincent departs. Personnel are on hand to assist travellers in making connections to their final destination.

There are five airports in SVG with E.T. Joshua airport in Kingstown being the largest. Four smaller domestic airports are located in Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. These airports are serviced by LIAT, SVG Air and Mustique Airways. A departure tax of EC$40 is payable by all passengers leaving the country.

The opening of the new international airport in Argyle on Saint Vincent is scheduled for 2013 (Island time). Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, the progress is somewhat inhibited.

Immigration[edit]

All arrivals in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines must present a valid passport. Visas are required from nationals of the following countries: China, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria. A return or onward ticket is required of all visitors. Work permits are available from the Prime Minister's office on Bay Street in Kingstown.

Official Ports of Entry[edit]

On St. Vincent Island: Kingstown, Chateaubelair and Wallilabou. On Bequia Island: Port Elizabeth. On Union Island: Clifton Harbour. On Canouan Island: Charlestown Bay. On Mustique Island: Britannia Bay.

The ports in SVG are all operated by SVG Port Authority. In case of an emergency, call (784) 456-1830 or contact Johnny Ollivierre at (784) 494-9241.

Clearance Procedures[edit]

Visiting yachts arriving in the territorial waters of St. Vincent & The Grenadines must proceed directly to a designated port of entry to complete clearance formalities before stopping at any other anchorage. With Q flag hoisted, boats should dock or anchor in the port of entry and only the captain should go ashore taking along:

  • Three crew lists
  • Clearance from the previous port
  • Passports
  • Ship's papers

Boats must also clear out at one of the official ports before departing St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Private vessels must pay a Cruise Tax to enable unlimited stay in St. Vincent & The Grenadines waters, and charter boats must be in possession of a St. Vincent & The Grenadines Cruising License\

Beaches and Anchorages[edit]

LEEWARD COAST

Kingstown – Customs and immigration can be cleared at Kinsgtown Harbour between 8:30am and 4pm, there is a tie-up for yachts.

Chateaubelair – The bay here, with its 40-foot deep reef and array of brightly coloured fish, is a snorkeler’s dream. While usually a good anchorage, especially on the eastern half of the bay, northerly swells in the winter months can cause difficulties. Customs and immigration clearance is now available in Chateaubelair.

Buccament Bay – A well-protected, very calm bay with an excellent anchorage shelf in the eastern corner close to the beach. Exceptionally good snorkeling. The new Buccament Bay Resort is located here.

Cumberland Bay – The bay is very deep and those boats wishing to anchor will need to do so with a bow or stern rope to a palm tree.

Petit Byahaut – Four moorings are available at the resort at Byahaut. There is a small beach, diving and snorkelling are superb. At Dinosaur Head (face of Byahaut point) you will find a 120-foot wall covered in sponges, seafans and coral.

Troumakar Bay – This small well-protected bay, with room for only a handful of yachts, has some mooring posts on the beach. There is good snorkeling along the northern shore.

Wallilabou – This picturesque bay is a good diving spot and reliable line handlers are available to help secure yachts. Customs and immigration can be cleared between 4pm and 6pm (up to 7pm during the busier winter season).

SOUTH-EAST COAST

Blue Lagoon – Surrounded by palm trees, with a lovely beach, this area provides a very pleasant anchorage. Moorings are available at Barefoot Yacht Charters and Sunsail.

Young Island Cut – The anchorage here, lying in clear water, is a favourite with yachts people. Anchor with care, as the current sweeps both ways and the centre of the cut is 65 feet deep. Moorings are available, but stay clear of the sea bed close to Young Island itself.

Villa Beach and Indian Bay – There are two white sand beaches on mainland St. Vincent located on the southeast end of the island. They are divided by a small hilly projection and are easily accessible. Both beaches offer good snorkeling and provide lovely views of Young Island and some of the Grenadine islands to the south.

WINDWARD COAST

On the windward side of the island there are a number of beautiful black sand beaches. Especially popular is Argyle, a long beach onto which breakers crash furiously. Because of the strong under currents and high energy waves which are generated by the Atlantic Ocean, most of the windward beaches are not recommended for swimming.

Brighton Salt Pound – Brighton is a beautiful black sand beach and fascinating mangrove swamp. This site attracts many visitors and has grown into a popular recreational and entertainment spot.

Owia Salt Pound – The pond consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges – perfect for picnics and snorkelling, surrounded by mountains and the thunderous surf.

By Cruise Ship[edit]

Even large ships can dock at a modern pier close to downtown Kingstown. The pier is served by a nice semi-covered mall and open-air kiosks most offering local goods and souvenirs, and a vehicle area supporting buses and taxis.

Seaport and Shipping[edit]

Kingstown has a natural deepwater harbour with the wharf to accomodate two oceangoing ships. There are regular services between St. Vincent and the major ports in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. A new container park at Kinsgtown and a new container port at Campden Park have been completed.

Clothing[edit]

Public nudity is illegal in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and topless sunbathing is strongly discouraged. Swimsuits must not be worn in towns, public streets or places of business. For your travelling convenience, we suggest you leave all camouflage prints at home. It is illegal to wear or import any form of camouflage clothing in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Money[edit]

The official currency in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), which is also used in several other islands in the region and is linked to the US dollar. The exchange rate will vary slightly depending on whether you convert them at a bank or business establishment such as a hotel or restaurant. The normal range is between about $2.60 and $2.68 EC to $1 US.

The rate for other currencies fluctuates daily, but in addition to the US dollar, the British Pound Sterling and the Canadian dollar are widely accepted. US and Canadian dollars and traveller’s cheques are generally accepted in hotels and most places of business and credit cards are usually accepted at most hotels, dive shops, some of the larger restaurants, business establishments and at some car rental companies.

There is 15% VAT that is added onto most retail items; this will already be included in the price. Most hotel rates have 10% VAT and 10% service charge added on top of them.

All of the major islands, except for Mayreau, have a bank and 24-hour ATMs (which usually accept international cards).

Electricity[edit]

St. Vincent & The Grenadines has a reliable supply of electricity which is generally 220/240 Volt, 50 cycle, except for Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island which have 110 volt, 60 cycle. The standard electrical plug has three rectangular pins so remember to pack an adapter.

Health[edit]

There are six public hospitals including Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (formely Kingstown General Hospital), and Mayfield Hospital, Lowmans and Bequia Casualty Hospital, Port Elizabeth and three privately owned hospitals.

Education[edit]

The Vincentian educational system is modeled after the British system. School is compulsory up to age 15 and Government schools are free at the primary and secondary levels.

Post secondary education is provided through polytechnics and Kingstown Medical College, a campus of St. George's University (Grenada), located near Kingstown. The University maintains affiliations with hospitals for clinical programmes in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

Getting Around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

The Government sets the rates for fares, but taxis are unmetered and you should always check the fare before setting off. Fares are raised for journeys late at night or early in the morning. The average fare from Indian Bay to Kingstown is approximately EC$25. Tipping is suggested at 10% of the fare. You can also hire taxis to take you to the island's major attractions. Expect to spend EC$40 to EC$50 per hour for a car holding 2 to 4 passengers. Sam's Taxi & Tours (Tel: (784) 456-4338) is one of the more popular choices for sightseeing and getting around in general. Their drivers are courteous, friendly and offer entertaining commentary as you explore the island.

By car[edit]

Driving in St. Vincent & The Grenadines is on the left. While initially driving on the sometimes extremely narrow, twisting roads is a bit of an adventure, you will quickly begin to enjoy the challenge and start driving like a "Vincy". Be careful as people tend to speed a lot, stop unexpectedly anywhere like in the middle of the road and seem to like hugging the central line. There are limited road signs, but locals are usually happy to point you in the right direction. If you get the "I'm not from around here" answer, you can choose to question more that same person (who is most likely from there anyways) or ask someone else. Remember to sound your horn as you make the sharp curves and turns. If someone behind you hunks twice at you, it is because they want to pass you. Simply roll down your window and wave them to move forward (if the way is clear, obviously). If someone coming in the opposite direction flashes their lights twice at you, it is because they want you to pass or make a turn where you are signaling your intention of going. Drinking and driving is not yet a criminal offense but eating while driving is one.

Avis has an office at the E.T. Joshua Airport Tel:(784)456-4389 and the majority of local companies will be happy to pick you up at your hotel or at the airport. You can also contact Rent and Drive Tel:(784)457-5601 or rentanddrive@vincysurf.com or David's Auto Clinic Tel:(784)456-4026 in St. Vincent. Sunset Tours Moke & Jeep Rentals in Bequia Tel:(784)458-3782 offer similar rates and terms.

By bus[edit]

Flamboyantly painted buses travel the principal roads of St. Vincent, linking the major towns and villages. The central bus terminal is at the New Kingstown Fish Market. Fares range from EC$1 to EC$6. Minibuses, which stop on demand rather than at bus stops, run frequently between Kingstown and the popular hotel areas of Indian Bay and Villa. The number of vans starting in Kingstown and running to Owia or Fancy in the north is limited. The best way is to take the early bus to Georgetown and try to catch one of the two vans running between Georgetown and Fancy EC$10. To get to Richmond in the northwest, take a bus to Barrouallie and seek onward transport from there. A day trip to Mesopotamia (Mespo) by bus EC$2.50 is a worthwhile experience.

Driver Licenses[edit]

A temporary driving license, costing EC$65 and valid for 6 months, can be obtained from the police station on Bay Street or the Licensing Authority on Halifax Street, with the presentation of a valid overseas drivers license. Your car hire agent will assist you with getting a permit. If you have an International Driving Permit (EC$100), you must get it stamped at the central police station. Caricom nationals may drive with a valid Caricom drivers license.

By Ferry[edit]

A regular and efficient ferry service for freight and passengers operates between the Southern Grenadines and Kingstown provided by St. Vincent based companies MV Barracuda and MV Gem Star. The new Jaden Sun Fast Ferry operates between St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau (as needed) and Union Island. To take a look at the schedule, go to http://jadeninc.com/ferry/schedule/

MV Barracuda, Tel: (784) 455-9835, departs from Kingstown on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 am. It then departs from Union Island on Tuesdays and Fridays at 06:30 am and on Saturdays at approximately 4:30 pm.

MV Gem Star, Tel: (784) 526-1158 or 593-6500, departs from Kingstown on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon. It then departs from Union Island on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 08:30 am.

Once a month MV Gem Star goes to Carriacou on a Wednesday morning from Union Island and on the way back they pass back through Union Island and depart for Kingstown around 2pm. Call to check schedule.

Fares (One Way): Kingstown to Canouan: EC$40; Kingstown to Mayreau: EC$45; Kingstown to Union Island: EC$50; Kingstown to Carriacou: EC$50 - MV Gem Star only; Call to enquire about freight charges.

Bequia Express, Tel: (784) 457-3539 or email bequiaexpress@vincysurf.com, departs from Bequia to Kingstown, Monday to Friday at 06:30 am, 08:30 am, 09:30 am, 1pm and 4:30pm; Saturdays at 06:30 am, 09:15 am and 4:30pm; Sundays and Public Holidays at 07:00 am and 4pm.

It then departs from Kingstown to Bequia, Monday to Friday at 08:00 am, 10:30 am, 1pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm; Saturdays at 8am, 11am and 6pm; Sundays and Public Holidays at 08:30am and 6pm.

Admiralty Transport, Tel: (784) 458-3348 or email admiraltrans@vincysurf.com, departs from Bequia to Kingstown, Mondays & Fridays at 06:30 am, 9am and 3:30pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Tursdays at 06:30am and 3pm; Saturdays at 06:30 am, 09:30 am and 4:00pm; Sundays and Public Holidays at 07:30 am and 4pm.

It then departs from Kingstown to Bequia, Mondays & Fridays at 07:45am, 10:30am and 4:30pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Tursdays at 10:30am and 4:30pm, Saturdays at 08:15am, 11:30am and 5pm; Sundays and Public Holidays at 09:00am and 5pm.

To take a look at the above mentioned companies' schedules, please visit: http://www.svgpa.com/page/FerrySchedule

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Sightseeing

Take time to explore St. Vincent, it is a surprisingly beautiful island with some dramatic scenery – both coastal and interior. You will no doubt discover why the Caribs named it ‘’Hairoun’’ which means Home of The Blessed. Sam’s Taxi and HazECO Tours both offer first class guided tours of the island. http://www.samtaxiandtours.com/ and http://www.hazecotours.com/

From St. Vincent, Bequia and the Southern Grenadine islands can now be easily reached by ferry. The Jaden Sun is the new fast ferry which now provides a comfortable, fast and inexpensive way to see some of the other islands while visiting St. Vincent. Occasionally, during ferry crossings, a school of dolphin will leap and twirl to the delight of passengers. Six types of dolphins are found in Vincentian waters, including Spinner, Spotted, Fraser and Bottlenose. Whales, such as Orcas and Pilot, can also be observed. For those interested in a day of dolphin and whale watching, outings can be arranged through several operators, including Hal Daize of Sea Breeze Nature Tours and Earl and Kim Halbich of Fantasea Tours who also offer coastal cruises and day trips to the Grenadine islands.


Sea Breeze Nature Tours offers any of their tours with any combination, just ask for Hal or Beverley. They are located in Arnos Vales, in St. Vincent. They can be reached at Tel: (784) 458-4969; Mobile: (784) 492-4139. You can visit their website at http://www.seabreezenaturetours.com/ For bookings, cancelations and general information: seabreezetours@vincysurf.com


Fantasea Tours offers 8 Sea Tours and 5 Island Tours and arrange private charters that will meet your every need (just ask for Earl or Kim Halbich). They are located at Villa Beach, in Kingstown (St. Vincent) and can be reached at Tel: (784) 457-4477; After Hours: (784) 457-5555; Fax: (784) 457-5577. You can visit their website at http://www.fantaseatours.com/ For bookings, cancelations and general information: info@fantaseatours.com


The Botanical Gardens

Located on 20 acres of land on the outskirts of the capital, Kingstown, the Botanical Gardens are the oldest is the Western Hemisphere. Among the wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs is a breadfruit tree from the original plant brought by Captain Bligh (of The Bounty fame) in 1793. Conservation of rare species of plants has been practiced since the Gardens were founded in 1765. Other conservation works involve the endangered St. Vincent Parrot (Amazonia Guildingii), our national bird. Facilities offered here are washrooms, a small performance area and gazebos.


Montreal Gardens

Located in the mountains above the Mesopotamia Valley, the Montreal Garden estate is blessed with fertile volcanic soil and frequent rainfall. You will find an array of exotic flower species and plants interspersed with green foliage in an environment that is cool, misty and quiet. The Gardens are open to the public during the weekdays from 09:00 am until 4:00 pm between the months of December and August. The small entrance fee of EC$10 per person is charged and only EC$5 for children under 12 years of age. It is closed on weekends and bank holidays.


Wallilabou Heritage Park

This park is located on the leeward (west) coast of St. Vincent, near Wallilabou Bay and the site of the Film Pirates of the Caribbean. It is also close to the centre of Barrouallie, a fishing village known for its harvesting of Black Fish, and Cumberland Bay, one of the best known anchorages on the island. Facilities here included parking, gazebo, benches, visitor centre, restaurant, bar, and pedestrian bridge. The restaurant offers delicious local dishes, iced cold beers and marvellous view on the bay.


Dark View Falls

The major attraction at Dark View Falls is its two waterfalls. A twin fall experience is uncommon for one site. The geology and hydrology giving existence to the waterfalls and the vegetation are also part of the heritage’s site. Lava and pyroclastic flows produced the rock formation and sustains the cascading water. A natural bamboo bridge spans the tumbling river, luring you to the two majestic falls. Facilities include washrooms, a gazebo, viewing platform, changing rooms, pedestrian bridges, two pools and a small refreshment vending stall.


Trinity Falls

This waterfall is set in a deep volcanic canyon about two hours drive from Kingstown along the Leeward coast to Richmond. The 40-foot waterfall descends in three cascades into two circular pools, the second used for swimming. The Falls are said to be the most beautiful in St. Vincent.


Falls of Baleine

The Falls of Baleine are among St. Vincent’s finest natural wonders. A single stage fall - the sparkling waters plunge about 60 feet into a rock-enclosed fresh pool, perfect for swimming. A footpath and bridge have been added along with a landing platform. Additionally, five moorings have been installed to facilitate easy anchorage for boats in the bay.


Black Point Park

Black Point Park is home to the unique Jasper Tunnel. This tunnel is about 300 feet long and links Grand Sable with Byera Bay. The tunnel was ordered built by the British and constructed by slave labour around 1815 to provide an access route for sugar exports. The black sand beach area is thickly vegetated with coconuts trees, and is one of the most popular recreational sites on the island. Facilities here include a children’s play area, gazebos, washrooms, barbecue pits and a playing field.


Fort Charlotte

Completed in 1806, Fort Charlotte is on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, providing a magnificent view across Kingstown and down the Grenadines. There are interesting paintings of the Black Caribs’ history by Linsday Prescott in what used to be the officer’s quarters in the fort. The fort is only a few minutes’ drive from Kingstown, or approximately 30 minutes walk for the energetic. Fort Charlotte is being restored as an historic site.


Layou Petroglyph Park

The Layou Petroglyph Park is a cultural landmark that has several attractions. These include an Amerindian Petroglyph, Rutland River and the natural vegetation. The site is pre-Columbian in origin of unknown age. The Layou Petroglyph most likely dates to between 300AD and 600AD. Facilities include a visitor’s centre and gazebos.


Belmont Lookout

This lookout provides users with the opportunity to view one of St. Vincent’s most productive and picturesque landscapes, the Mesopotamia Valley. From its heights, users can view the scenery in all its beauty before descending into the valley. There is a viewing platform, washrooms and interpretive signage.


Mesopotamia Valley

The panoramic view offered by the Mesopotamia Valley is probably unsurpassed in the Caribbean. The richly fertile valley, often referred to as the ‘bread basket’ of St. Vincent, is thickly planted with bananas, nutmeg, cocoa, coconut, breadfruit and many root crops. Mountain ridges rise all around Grand Bonhomme dominating at 3,193 feet. Rivers and streams come together at Mesopotamia to tumble down to the sea over the rocks of the Yambou Gorge.


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Owia Salt Pound

The Owia Salt Pound is located on the northeastern coast of St. Vincent close to the Carib village of Owia. The two-hour drive runs along the scenic coastline. This unusual gift of nature consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges. The pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash into this barrier and then gently cascade into the pool. Surrounded by mountains and the thunderous surf, the area is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming and snorkeling (beware of the numerous sea urchins). Facilities here include gazebos, bar, shower and washrooms, children’s play area, craft centre and fire pits.


La Soufrière Cross Country Trail

La Soufrière shares with Mount St. Helen (USA) the fame of being one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. It rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour to La Soufrière takes you along the picturesque windward (eastern) coast, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. You travel along steep volcanic ridges verdant with bamboo and tropical trees. This is a day’s journey for energetic hikers who should leave early in the morning, as the ascent to the crater is about 3.5 miles long. The expedition can continue down the west side trail and terminate 10 to 12 miles later in Chateaubelair on the leeward (west) side. There are gazebos, washrooms, a site office and parking at Bamboo Range on the eastern side of the volcano.


Vermont Nature Trail

The Vermont Nature Trail starts near the top of Buccament Valley and leads through tropical rainforest. There is a chance of seeing or hearing the St. Vincent Parrot and the Whistling Warbler, both unique to St. Vincent and strictly protected nationally and internationally. This is the habitat for the House Wren, the common Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush, the Crested Hummingbird; Red capped Green Tanager, Green Heron and several other interesting species.


Cumberland Nature Trail

The Cumberland Nature Trail passes through the Cumberland Valley, traversing a variety of forest vegetation and farmlands. At the initial section, the trail runs next to a wooden water pipe that transports water to a hydro-electricity power plant located in the Cumberland Valley. Its biggest attractions are, however, the rainforest and the opportunity for bird and other wildlife watching. Facilities here include a lookout, washrooms, ticket booth and shelter at the exit.


Cumberland Beach & Recreational Park

Lying about 8 miles south of the northern tip of St. Vincent is the beautiful Cumberland Beach and Recreational Park. It provides a protected anchorage with a view of palm lined slopes up the valley towards Morne Garu Central Mountain. There is a restaurant ashore which offers local dishes and freshly caught lobsters. Facilities on the other side of the river’s mouth include a lighted jetty, a restaurant and office, washrooms, laundry area, showers, vending kiosks, a site worker during the day and a security guard during the night.


Youroumei Heritage Village

The Youroumei Heritage Village is located close to the windward (eastern) main road. It is made up of a complex of historical buildings at Orange Hill Estate. The building converted into a museum is called Old Sugar Mill. It is a one-storey structure with approximately 2,640 sq. Ft./245 sq. Meters of floor space.


Roman Catholic Cathedral

The original Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Vincent was built in 1823, enlarged in 1877 and 1891, and then renovated in the early 1940s by Dom Charles Verbeke. There are several styles of architecture involved, the dominant being Romanesque. The interior of the cathedral is richly ornamented.


St. George’s Anglican Cathedral

Architects Buisseret and Clarke, speaking of St. George Cathedral, said: ‘’The nave and at least the lower stages of the tower date from 1820 and the galleried interior is a charming example of late Georgian architecture.” These are some beautiful stained glass windows, three on the east, by well-known English stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe and a large one on the south made of Munich glass.


The Cathedral of the Assumption

The Cathedral of the Assumption, built in 1823, is an extraordinary structure and gothic in style. It displays a unique combination of architectural styles such as Moorish, Romanesque, and Georgian. This mixture of architectural designs is attributed to various expansion and renovation works which occurred during the late 1800s and early 1940s.

Diving[edit]

St. Vincent & The Grenadines has 32 beautiful islands, and hundreds of pristine scuba diving and snorkelling sites to explore. Each island has something different to offer with unique and diverse marine life, stunning topography and untouched coral reefs. The perfect Caribbean destination for experienced divers, underwater photographers, or beginners wishing to become certified. Throughout the islands, experience safe and professional dive resorts are there to make your vacation one to remember. A myriad of underwater species exist side-by-side in this diverse collection of Caribbean islands. Long snout seahorses sway gently on the coral, schools of blue Creole wrasse and yellow-stripped French grunts swarm across the reef. Peer inside a recess to find shy lobsters, pertinent crabs and fearless shrimp defending their territory. Barracuda stare as curious divers swim past searching the seabed for rare critters and beautifully sculpted crustaceans. Flounders and stingrays bury themselves in white sand, hoping they aren’t noticed by the eagle eyes of the dive guides. Sleepy nurse sharks retire beneath dramatic boulder corals and the tiniest of pygmy filefish quiver amongst the camouflage of soft corals. Incandescent azure blue sponges are the makeshift home to frogfish, while sergeant majors guard vivid purple egg patches from the cheeky reef butterfly fish. With year-round good visibility, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will spark the interest of even the most avid snorkelers and divers. Exciting underwater adventures guaranteed!


For further information on diving in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, contact the following dive operators based throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines:

Bequia Dive Adventures: adventures@vincysurf.com Tel: (784) 458-3826

Canouan Dive Center: info@canouandivecenter.com Tel: (784) 528-8030

Dive Bequia: cathy@divebequia.com Tel: (784) 495-9929 or (784) 458-3504

Dive St. Vincent: bill2s@divestvincent.com Tel: (784) 457-4928 or (784) 457-4714

Grenadines Dive: gdive@grenadinesdive.com Tel: (784) 458-8138

Indigo Dive, St. Vincent: info@indigodives.com Tel: (784) 493-9494

Mustique Watersports: watersports@mustique.vc Tel: (784) 488-8486


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The Vincy Experience.

You are always guaranteed fresh ingredients when dining out in St. Vincent. Market fresh fruit and vegetables, along with fresh-off-the-boat seafood specialities are the order of the day! St. Vincent sports an eclectic range of dining options – you’ll find everything from the modest roadside rum shops to delightful cafés and wine bars, from seaside to countryside, from casual to elegant, from quiet romance to lively entertainment, from quick snack to lavish buffet, from tasty local fare cuisine with international flair, St. Vincent offers quite a diverse selection of restaurant from which to choose, including fast food chains like Subway, KFC and even Pizza Hut.

Along the Villa and Indian Bay strip is a delightful amalgam of local and international restaurants. A number of hotels feature live weekly entertainment with local street bands and string bands. You would be wise to check with the venue before hand for up-to-date information. You can also check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association’s weekly What’s On calendar at [www.svghotels.com/whatson] - an excellent source of up-to-date information on local event and activities.

Do not miss out on trying the typical dishes including callaloo (a spinach-like vegetable and savoury pumpkin soup); salt fish and rotis (curried vegetables, potatoes and meat wrapped in a flour tortilla) are a national passion (although simple and light snacks) and are on offer everywhere. Instead of French Fries, when given the option, we strongly recommend breadfruit.


BASIL’S BAR & RESTAURANT Cobblestone Inn, Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-2713, Website: http://www.basilsbar.com/

Visitors to St. Vincent are invited to visit Basil’s Bar, located in Kingstown, in a lovely old 18th century building known as ‘’Cobblestone’’. Here you can enjoy delightful cocktails in an air conditioned comfort – the staff is most welcoming and the meals are among the best of the island. Full catering services are now offered for private functions. Open Monday through Saturday, 08:00am until 10:30pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And now open every Sunday from 3:30pm to 10:30pm. Monday – Friday Basil’s features an excellent luncheon buffet. Wi-Fi available.


BEACHCOMBERS RESTAURANT & BAR Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4283, Fax: (784) 458-4385, Email: beachcombers@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.beachcombershotel.com/

Beachcombers Hotel’s open-air beachfront restaurant, bar and pool deck is set in lush exotic gardens with a full À La Carte Menu featuring West Indian and international flavours. Serving the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruits, they are open every day from 7:15am until last orders at 9:30pm. Royals, Ministers, Presidents, Business persons, sports personalities and leisure seekers alike make Beachcombers Hotel, Bar & Restaurant their home away from home – hope you will do the same.


BLACK PEARL RESTAURANT & BAR, located at SunSail, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-9868.

Chef Tim, a Vincentian who has studied most of his life in England, welcomes you in this nice restaurant located on the upper level waterfront at SunSail Marina. Do not be fooled by its more simplistic looks. There are so many delicious options on the menu to choose from, the choice is difficult. Your palate will be in heaven. The menu offers delectable cuisine that will take you around the world, from French Ratatouille to Moroccan Coucous Royal to Israel, passing through local favourites. Absolutely exquisite, prices are reasonable, portions are generous and the service is amazing. A hidden jewel yours to discover and enjoy.


BOUNTY, Egmont Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-1776,

In the redbrick Troutman Building in the center of Kingstown, you'll find the extremely affordable, quick, tasty lunch Bounty serving the local workers. Fill up on pastries, rotis (Caribbean burrito), sandwiches, homemade soups, pastas, quiche, baked seasoned fish, fried rice with vegetables and pizza. A tasty collection of juices includes passion fruit. There is a small art gallery and gift shop offering local crafts and paintings by local artists for sale. Monday until Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday: 7:30am - 1:30pm


CAFÉ SOLEIL Grenville/Halifax Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-1660 or (784) 533-1879 Email: cafesoleillife@eloisegonsalves.com Website: http://www.cafesoleillife.com/

The newest experience to hit the 784! A welcome and refreshing addtition to downtown Kingstown, with its cool, trendy interior and irresistible menu, Café Soleil has already become a popular distraction for locals and visitors alike. Serving a scrumptious range of healthy choices using garden-grown herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, home-baked Panini, breads and cakes, along with an endless selection of goodies to satisfy all your sweet cravings... from gelatos, sorbets and frozen yogurts, to muffins, brownies, cookies and smoothies. Low fat and sugar-free options are also available.


CARIBBEAN FLAVOUR C.F.F. Main street, Calliaqua, St.Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-1002.

Caribbean Flavour is by far one of the most popular restaurants in St. Vincent. The restaurant is located on the outskirts of the main city, in Calliaqua (right next door to the very famous Villa Beach area), directly opposite the Calliaqua Football Playing Field. The restaurant has been highly rated by many as having some of the best food in the island. Try their Jerk Chicken plate or Curry Goat served with plantin, breadfruit, mixed vegetables, rice & peas and potatoes salad and wash it down with a Mauby, Pineapple, Carrot or Seamoss juice. You can enjoy whatever menu you will choose on site or to go.


DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Barefoot Yacht Charters, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-8999 Website: http://www.eatdrinkdrift.com/

Driftwood offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean flare. The menu integrates Italian style pizzas, salads, pastas & grilled entrées with local flavours like breadfruit, callaloo & jerk. Restaurant amenities include bother an air-conditioned lounge and an outdoor dining terrace with panoramic views of Blue Lagoon. Menu prices range from EC$15.00 to EC$75.00 and a complete bar service is available.


FLOW WINE BAR, James Street, Allen Building, Kingstown, St. Vincent

Rise above the bustling of Kingstown and Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen provides an elegant, sensual, yet casual experience. The ambience is warm, contemporary with wood accents, flickering candles and an eclectic choice of music. Conceived as an exciting urban destination, it offers a contemporary cuisine to appeal to any appétit. It also specialises in wine and imported beers. Free Wi-Fi .

On the rooftop of Flow, our addition called FLYT ROOFTOP is the perfect hideaway to meet with friends or have a quiet chat. Flyt offers views of Kingstown, surrounding hills and the skies with comfortable seating and a rooftop garden feel to complete the experience.


FRENCH VERANDAH Mariners Hotel, Villa Bay, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 453-1111 and (784) 457-4000 or Fax: (784) 457-4333 http://www.marinershotel.com/

Idyllically located directly on the water at Mariners Hotel, French Verandah offers a pricier menu with a fusion of Caribbean flavours. Their wine cellar provides just the right selection to embrace your dining experience (except the house wine), while the friendly service and charming seaside setting make this restaurant a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. The enchanting decor makes you quickly forget your weak drink. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


GRAND VIEW GRILL Indian Bay, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-5487, Fax: (784) 457-4174, VHF 68 Email: grandview@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.grandviewhotel.com/

Located on Indian Bay Beach, specialising in grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and burgers, mouth-watering pizzas, pastas and baguettes sandwiches and desserts to die for! On Fridays, our authentic Jamaican jerk makes us the real hot spot! A great place to meet old friends and make new ones while sipping a special seaside cocktail. Wi-Fi available. Open daily from 2pm. Closed on Mondays. Major credit cards accepted.


LIMIN’ PUB, Villa Beach, South Coast, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4227

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this classic bar complete with a 1980's ambience does a great burger at lunchtime and offers great pub food. Dinner menu serves an eclectic selection including six pages from hors d’oeuvres, soups, fish, seafood, meats (more exotic choices like ht ehouse Specialties rabbit, pigeon, duckling and mountain goat), pasta, pizzas, desserts, exotic coffees and cigars. A few more selections: Pâté Maison (Creamy rich pâté with garlic and cognac on hot buttered toast); Blackened tuna steak in paprika, coriander and black cumin with local herbs; Grilled pork medallions in a port and ginger sauce with mushrooms. Drinks and cocktails are listed separately. The English owner/chef runs the bar like a pub. Daiquiris, Piña coladas (made with coconut ice cream) and punches pepper the cocktail list. The signature drink is the Lime Sensation, a blend of lime squash, rum, Malibu, cranberry juice, pineapple and grenadine.


MAC'S SNACKS Downtown Kingstown, St. Vincent. Tel: (784) 457-2479 or 457-1162

Stop by Mac's Snacks in town for some friendly conversation and "fast food" Mac and Judy style! It is one of the best fast food in town. Don't miss out on their rotis and a nice cold beer.


PARADISE RESTAURANT & SPA Paradise Beach Hotel, Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-4795 Email: info@paradisesvg.com Website: http://www.paradisesvg.com/

Located at Paradise Beach Hotel on lovely Villa Beach, this charming restaurant sits at the water’s edge. Enjoy the casual, relaxed atmosphere while their chef serves up a delightful choice of local cuisine with and international flair. They have an excellent pumpkin soup and delicious callaloo soup. Sunset cocktails have become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss Grillin’ with the Captain on Friday Nights, featuring their signature steak or fresh grilled lobster. There is a full service spa on the premises, making it easy to enjoy n afternoon of pampering along with a delicious lunch or evening meal. Conference Facilities and Wedding packages available.


SAPODILLA ROOM Grenadine House, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-1800, Fax: (784) 458-1333, Email: stay@grenadinehouse.com Website: http://www.grenadinehouse.com/

The Sapodilla Room is considered one the furthermost fine dining venues in St. Vincent. Fine linens and table-wares are set in the elegant, 18th Century room where the Chef and his team propose revealing compositions fusing Caribbean and Continental cuisines. An eclectic wine cellar perfectly complements the adventurous menu. The adjoining West Indies Bar provides a relaxed setting for aperifitis and after dinner spirits, with its gallery of black and white movie stills as a backdrop. A private dining room is available for up to 12 persons.


SUBWAY Corner of St. James/Long Lane, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-8900, Fax: (784) 456-8700, Email: subway@gmail.com

Visit the healthy quick serve restaurant option in SVG!! Enjoy an extensive menu while dining in a customer friendly atmosphere. Choose from a wide selection of Subway’s famous subs, fresh and healthy salads, freshly baked cookies and sensational breakfast options. Be sure to stop in for a quick and healthy bite – Eat Fresh!!!


SUNSET SHORES Villa, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4411 or Fax: (784) 457-4800, Website: http://www.sunsetshores.com/

Sunset Shore Restaurant is situated on beautiful Villa Beach, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. There is a daily chef’s special along with an extensive À La Carte Menu, and wine list featuring imported steaks, freshly caught fish, chicken entrées, lobster and shrimp. Crisp salads and perfectly prepared vegetables are always available as well as pastas and vegetarian dishes. Saturday night barbecue and Sunday Lunch from noon to 3:00pm. Credit cards accepted.


WILKIE’S Grand View Beach Hotel, Villa Point, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4811, Fax: (784) 457-4174, Email: Grandview@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.grandviewhotel.com/

Wilkie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening À La Carte Menu that changes daily is served from 6:30pm and features fresh seafood and poultry entrées, as well as the best imported steak, all served with an exotic blend of local vegetables and crisp salads. Entrées range in price from EC$50 to $80. Wilkie’s offers yummy desserts and a small, well-selected wine list. Major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are preferred, particularly in season.


YOUNG ISLAND Tel: (784) 458-4826 Fax: (784) 457-4567 Email: frontdesk@youngisland.com Website: http://www.youngisland.com/

Young Island is a 35-acre island where a Carib chef once resided and as the story goes, gave it up to Sir William Young for a white horse. Little did he know that his island would in years become Young Island Resort, a tropical garden. You’ll soon find that life is casual; dress is informal but no shorts or T-Shirts for dinner please. The only thing for you to do is make decisions at each meal of what you would like from the menu. Food is exquisite and there are six delicious breads to choose from.

Drink[edit][add listing]

ATTIC, Melville Street, (Cover charge of EC$15) open from 5pm until late.

A chilled 2nd floor club in an old stone building, the Attic has live jazz a few nights a week and sometimes soca bands on Saturdays.


BASIL’S BAR & RESTAURANT, Cobblestone Inn, Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-2713, Website: http://www.basilsbar.com/

Visitors to St. Vincent are invited to visit Basil’s Bar, located in Kingstown, in a lovely old 18th century building known as ‘’Cobblestone’’. Here you can enjoy delightful cocktails in an air conditioned comfort – the staff is most welcoming and the meals are among the best of the island. Full catering services are now offered for private functions. Open Monday through Saturday, 08:00am until 10:30pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And now open every Sunday from 3:30pm to 10:30pm. Monday – Friday Basil’s features an excellent luncheon buffet. Wi-Fi available.


BEACHCOMBERS RESTAURANT & BAR, Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4283, Fax: (784) 458-4385, Email: beachcombers@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.beachcombershotel.com/

Beachcombers Hotel’s open-air beachfront restaurant, bar and pool deck is set in lush exotic gardens with a full À La Carte Menu featuring West Indian and international flavours. Serving the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruits, they are open every day from 7:15am until last orders at 9:30pm. Royals, Ministers, Presidents, Business persons, sports personalities and leisure seekers alike make Beachcombers Hotel, Bar & Restaurant their home away from home – hope you will do the same.


BOUNTY, Egmont Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-1776, from EC$10.

Cruise upstairs to this cool little find. Rotis, macaroni and cheese and other popular favourites are on the menu while enjoying nice views of the town from the window side tables. There is also a decent selection of souvenirs for sale.


D'LIME, Upper Bay Street, open from 5pm until late.

Looking for a cold beer on a hot day? Want to chat to some locals about Vincy life or a place to take a load off during the weekly jump-up? D’Lime’s got you covered. Right on the main strip in the heart of town, this beer hall, rum shack and meeting place is a Kingstown classic.


DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Barefoot Yacht Charters, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-8999 Website: http://www.eatdrinkdrift.com/

Driftwood offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean flare. The menu integrates Italian style pizzas, salads, pastas & grilled entrées with local flavours like breadfruit, callaloo & jerk. Restaurant amenities include bother an air-conditioned lounge and an outdoor dining terrace with panoramic views of Blue Lagoon. Menu prices range from EC$15.00 to EC$75.00 and a complete bar service is available.


FLOW WINE BAR, James Street, Allen Building, Kingstown, St. Vincent

Rise above the bustling of Kingstown and Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen provides an elegant, sensual, yet casual experience. The ambience is warm, contemporary with wood accents, flickering candles and an eclectic choice of music. Conceived as an exciting urban destination, it offers a contemporary cuisine to appeal to any appétit. It also specialises in wine and imported beers. Free Wi-Fi .

On the rooftop of Flow, our addition called FLYT ROOFTOP is the perfect hideaway to meet with friends or have a quiet chat. Flyt offers views of Kingstown, surrounding hills and the skies with comfortable seating and a rooftop garden feel to complete the experience.


FRENCH VERANDAH, Mariners Hotel, Villa Bay, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 453-1111 and (784) 457-4000 or Fax: (784) 457-4333 http://www.marinershotel.com/

Idyllically located directly on the water at Mariners Hotel, French Verandah has a wine cellar that provides just the right selection to embrace your dining experience. The full bar offers any drink you like (but a little bit on the weak side) with a friendly service and charming seaside setting make this restaurant a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


GRAND VIEW GRILL, Indian Bay, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-5487, Fax: (784) 457-4174, VHF 68 Email: grandview@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.grandviewhotel.com/

Located on Indian Bay Beach, specialising in grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and burgers, mouth-watering pizzas, pastas and baguettes sandwiches and desserts to die for! On Fridays, our authentic Jamaican jerk makes us the real hot spot! A great place to meet old friends and make new ones while sipping a special seaside cocktail. Wi-Fi available. Open daily from 2pm. Closed on Mondays. Major credit cards accepted.


LIMIN’ PUB, Villa Beach, South Coast, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4227

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this classic bar complete with a 1980's ambience does a great burger at lunchtime and offers great pub food. Dinner menu serves an eclectic selection including six pages from hors d’oeuvres, soups, fish, seafood, meats (more exotic choices like ht ehouse Specialties rabbit, pigeon, duckling and mountain goat), pasta, pizzas, desserts, exotic coffees and cigars. A few more selections: Pâté Maison (Creamy rich pâté with garlic and cognac on hot buttered toast); Blackened tuna steak in paprika, coriander and black cumin with local herbs; Grilled pork medallions in a port and ginger sauce with mushrooms. Drinks and cocktails are listed separately. The English owner/chef runs the bar like a pub. Daiquiris, Piña coladas (made with coconut ice cream) and punches pepper the cocktail list. The signature drink is the Lime Sensation, a blend of lime squash, rum, Malibu, cranberry juice, pineapple and grenadine.


PARADISE RESTAURANT & SPA, Paradise Beach Hotel, Villa Beach, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 457-4795 Email: info@paradisesvg.com Website: http://www.paradisesvg.com/

Located at Paradise Beach Hotel on lovely Villa Beach, this charming restaurant sits at the water’s edge. Enjoy the casual, relaxed atmosphere while their chef serves up a delightful choice of local cuisine with and international flair. Sunset cocktails have become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss Grillin’ with the Captain on Friday Nights, featuring their signature steak or fresh grilled lobster. There is a full service spa on the premises, making it easy to enjoy an afternoon of pampering along with a delicious lunch or evening meal. Conference Facilities and Wedding packages available.


SAPODILLA ROOM, Grenadine House, Kingstown, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-1800, Fax: (784) 458-1333, Email: stay@grenadinehouse.com Website: http://www.grenadinehouse.com/

The Sapodilla Room is considered one the furthermost fine dining venues in St. Vincent. Fine linens and table-wares are set in the elegant, 18th Century room where the Chef and his team propose revealing compositions fusing Caribbean and Continental cuisines. An eclectic wine cellar perfectly complements the adventurous menu. The adjoining West Indies Bar provides a relaxed setting for aperifitis and after dinner spirits, with its gallery of black and white movie stills as a backdrop. A private dining room is available for up to 12 persons.


SUNSET SHORES, Villa, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 458-4411 or Fax: (784) 457-4800 Website: http://www.sunsetshores.com/

Sunset Shore Restaurant is situated on beautiful Villa Beach, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. There is a daily chef’s special along with an extensive À La Carte Menu, and wine list featuring imported steaks, freshly caught fish, chicken entrées, lobster and shrimp. Crisp salads and perfectly prepared vegetables are always available as well as pastas and vegetarian dishes. Saturday night barbecue and Sunday Lunch from noon to 3:00pm. Credit cards accepted.


WILKIE’S, Grand View Beach Hotel, Villa Point, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 458-4811, Fax: (784) 457-4174, Email: Grandview@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.grandviewhotel.com/

Wilkie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening À La Carte Menu that changes daily is served from 6:30pm and features fresh seafood and poultry entrées, as well as the best imported steak, all served with an exotic blend of local vegetables and crisp salads. Entrées range in price from EC$50 to $80. Wilkie’s offers yummy desserts and a small, well-selected wine list. Major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are preferred, particularly in season.


X-CAPE, Villa, St. Vincent. From EC$15.

Head upstairs to take in the view and stay for a great local meal. The rotis are excellent; the bamboo furniture, hardwood floors and the sea breeze make X-Cape a perfect island setting in Villa.

Shopping & Services[edit]

LOCAL MARKET

The city of Kingstown consists of twelve small blocks that are easy to walk and perfect for browsing. Like many Caribbean capitals, much of the colour and bustle of the island can be found in the Market Square at the corner of Bay and Bedford Streets. This is especially true on Fridays and Saturdays when the vendors bring in the loads of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish.


DEPARTMENT STORES

Shops and stores range from simple to sophisticated, selling local crafts, books, cameras, binoculars, watches, crystal and bone china, gold and silver jewelry, sea island cotton and batik. Edwin D. Layne & Sons is a sizeable department store on Bay Street and Middle Street where you will find everything from clothing and fabric, to building materials and electrical supplies. The voyager (on Halifax Street) is one of only a few duty-free in town.

While hours of business vary from store to store, they generally open from 8am until noon, 1pm until 4 pm on weekdays and half day on Saturdays.


BANKING SERVICES

Banks normally open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 2pm, although some banks now remain open until 3pm. Fridays from 8am to 2pm and most banks re-open from 3pm until 5pm. Hours are generally extended during Christmas, Easter and Carnival and may be affected by local holidays. ATM machines are available at the Bank of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, RBTT Bank, Scotiabank and FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Kingstown is the main financial and business centre where you will find the head offices of local, regional and international companies. There is an established offshore banking industry on the island and companies such as the St. Vincent & The Grenadines Offshore Finance Authority can provide you with essential information for the setting up of companies and trusts.


SUPERMARKETS

If you are in need of provisions, C.K. Greaves Supermarket on Upper Bay Street is convenient and has probably the widest selection of products in town. They also operate Sunrise Market (opposite the airport). Check with them about their delivery service to the docks.

At C.K. Greaves Supermarket, they are proud to provide a variety of imported and local brands. There are numerous food and grocery items to meet your family’s needs and tastes. Visit C.K. Greaves Supermarket where ‘’We’ve got more of what you’re looking for’’.

C.K. Greaves Supermarket, Tel: (784) 457-1071 Kingstown and Arnos Vale Fax: (784) 456-2679 – Kingstown Fax: (784) 458-4602 – Arnos Vale, Email: ckgreaves@vincysurf.com

Opening Hours:

Kingstown: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm; Fri 8am-7pm and Sat 7am-7pm

Arnos Vale: Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-9pm; Sat 7am-8pm and Sun 8am-11am


SUPER J IGA ARNOS VALE SUPERMARKET located on the Main Street, in Arnos Vale. Tel: (784) 457-2981

Fax: (784) 456-2673, Website: http://www.superjsupermarkets.com/stvincent/

Super J IGA Arnos Vale, located just 5 minutes drive from the E.T. Joshua Airport, offers convenient shopping in a modern, comfortable setting with excellent parking facilities. Our warm and friendly team members are available to serve you, and we provide a variety of services to meet your needs, including our Deli, which provides delicious lunches daily; ATM services; mobile phone top-ups, lottery and bill payments. As value we offer competitive pricing, convenience, great customer service, quality brands and our IGA private label. Our focus is on the Customer and so we constantly look for ways to reward loyalty. At Super J Stores we offer MONEY SAVING WEEKLY SPECIALS, monthly brand and seasonal promotions and give you points every time you shop with our Points Plus Loyalty card. These loyalty points can be redeemed for groceries or vouchers at Super J or Sav-A-Lot stores on the island. We know that good service is important to you. As such we invest heavily in customer service training for all our staff and have dedicated customer service desks at all our stores. Through our frequent surveys we are able to better gauge and respond to customer needs. We look forward to serving the needs your need and that of your family.


Ferries to Bequia and Southern Grenadines load and off-load at the Grenadines Wharf, located at the southern end of Bay Street. The adjacent Cruise Ship Complex has docking facilities for yachts as well as large passengers’ ships. Gourmet Food operates a supermarket/café there, as well as a supermarket in Calliaqua. The well-stocked supermarket, originally from Sweden, offers a variety of high quality frozen, deli, dry and canned food products fand wines rom all over the world. Also available is an impressive selection of wines and fruit juices. All products can be bought retail or wholesale, and discounts can be obtained when purchasing whole cases. Call for product prices and expert food advice. They also deliver free on a daily basis to the Grenadines ferries and place services. Here you will also find a number of shops carrying a range of local art and craft.

Gourmet Food, Calliaqua, St. Vincent, Tel: (784) 456-2987, Email: gourmetfood@vincysurf.com http://www.gourmetfoodsvg.com/


CAFÉ

If you are in need of a cool respite after a busy day of shopping in Kingstown, be sure to stop by the recently opened Café Soleil on Halifax Street where you can try their delicious gelatos, sorbets and frozen yogurts in many tropical flavours. They also serve some great salads and Panini!


INTERNET ACCESS

Ferry Terminal (US$2/hr) A great way to kill some time while wiating for the ferry is to catch up with your loved ones back home. Good computers and connection are provided.


Office Essentials, located at Bonadie Plaza on Upper Middle Street, Tel: (784) 457-2235, Email: oel@caribsurf.com (EC$5.75/hr) also provides an Interner service.


POLICE STATION

For Emergencies, please dial 999. The Police Station is located on Upper Bay Street & Hillsborough Street


TOURIST INFORMATION

The Tourist Office, Tel: (784) 457-1502, is located at the Cruise Ship Terminal and is open from Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until noon & from 1:00pm until 4:15pm. You can also visit http://www.svgtourism.com/ for more information.


TRAVEL ANGENCIES

Fantasea Tours is a one-stop shop for all travel needs; inboud, outbound and all around. It offers 8 Sea Tours and 5 Island Tours and arrange private charters that will meet your every need (just ask for Earl or Kim Halbich). They are located at Villa Beach, in Kingstown (St. Vincent) and can be reached at Tel: (784) 457-4477; After Hours: (784) 457-5555; Fax: (784) 457-5577. You can visit their website at http://www.fantaseatours.com/ For bookings, cancelations and general information: info@fantaseatours.com


DISTILLERY

St. Vincent Distillers Ltd. P.O. Box 112, Kinsgtown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Tel: 784-458-621, Fax: 784-457-6361, Email: svdl@vincysurf.com http://www.sunsetrum.com/

Created by skilled craftsmen, these fine spirits, whose roots originated in the sugar cane regions of St. Vincent, eventually found a home at the Mt. Bentick Estastes in the early 1900’s. Here, nestled amid lush agricultural country, abundant in pure mountain water, generations of blend masters have carefully reproduced these distinctive rums: forged time in oaken barrels and sought after by true connoisseurs.


LIQUOR STORE

GONSALVES LIQUORS LTD, Corner or Middle & Melville Streets, Kingstown, St. Vincent. Tel: (784) 457-1881 Fax: (784) 456-2645 Email: gonliq@vincysurf.com Website: http://www.gonsalvesliquors.com/company.php

DUTY FREE SHOP, located at the E.T. Joshua Airport in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tel: (784)456-6424

The Company operates a wholesale/retail liquor outlet situated on Melville Street, Kingstown and the sole duty free liquor outlet at the E. T. Joshua Airport, the main air port of entry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Gonsalves Liquors Ltd. trades only in alcoholic spirits, wines and liquors. It is, in fact, the only commercial entity of this sort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


LIBRARY

Also on Halifax Street, opposite the post office, is the old library building which was donated by the famous American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The new library has moved to Lower Long Lane and the lovely Carnegie Building is now shared by the St. Vincent National Trust and the Alliance Française.


FURNITURE

At Basil’s, located in Villa, St. Vincent (across from Young Island), Tel: (784) 456-2602, Email: basils@vincysurf.com http://www.basilsbar.com/

At Basil’s was opened to share owner Basil Charles’ sense of style and home, with friends and visitors from far and near. The store features pieces from Bali, India and Africa. Anything you choose albeit stone, wood or fabric, can be crafted and shipped anywhere in the world. If you are looking for something extraordinary, there is a good chance you will find it At Basil’s. Major credit cards accepted.

Stay safe[edit]

Because of the strong under currents and high energy waves which are generated by the Atlantic Ocean, most of the windward beaches are not recommended for swimming.


Sea Urchins - A black sea egg with long black spines. If the spines are protruding from your skin, then you can try to carefully remove them but if they are beneath the skin, DO NOT try to 'pick' them out as this could cause infection. If you leave them in your skin, they will eventually dissolve. To be safe, soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic.


Centipede/Scorpion Bites - While not lethal, the severity and degree of discomfort depends on individual sensitivity. If there is any doubt, you should see a doctor, especially if a child has been bitten.


Coconut Palms - Never leave a baby or a small child beneath a coconut palm because of the possibility of falling coconuts.


Illegal Drugs - There are very severe penalties for possession of illegal drugs like Cannabis (weed or ganja) and cocaine - up to life imprisonment and yacht confiscation. Customs officials are well equipped and trained, so no attempts should be made to import or export even small quantities for "personal use".


Manchineel - Avoid contact with the fruit commonly known as Manchineel Apples, since they look and smell just like small apples. They are very poisonous and sap from the tree and fruit blisters the skin. If it is raining, be sure that the tree you are sheltering under is not a manchineel, as drops of rain falling off can still produce the same unpleasant effect.

Get out[edit]

SOV SVG RESTAURANT LOUNGE NIGHT CLUB, located in Calliqua (St. Vincent) is the newest and only one of its kind.

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS[edit]

The Carnival, called Vincy’s Mas, is the event of the year. Kicking off with an official launching in May, carnival celebrations stretch all the way through to July, culminating in the world famous street parties of J’Ouvert and Mardi Gras. Enjoy a spectacular celebration of music, colour, heritage and life. Join in traditional street parties, watch fantastic calypso and steel pan performances, costume parades and much more. The St. Vincent Carnival is a wonderful time to visit this premier Caribbean destination.

In between there are a whole host of wonderfully entertaining events such as the Miss SVG competition, the Soca Monarch Competition, Miss Carival, the Junior Pan Fest and so much more. Band of The Year is a much sought after prize by those competing and partying during the Mardi Gras Parade of Bands, a fabulously colourful bonanza of costumes, music and dance.

This year’s Vincy Mas ‘The Hottest Carnival In The Caribbean’ takes place from June 28th until July 9th 2013. For more information, please visit http://discoversvg.com/index.php/en/whattodo/festivals-a-events/carnival or http://www.carnivalsvg.com/ You can also look at VINCY MAS 2013 on Facebook.


JANUARY 2013:


- New Year's Day is a Public Holiday.


- Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest 2013 (10th Anniversary). From Thursday the 24th until Sunday the 27th.


- The 18th Annual Mustique Blues Festival From Wednesday the 23rd of January until Wednesday the 6th of February. Each Sunday during the festival, there is a Sunset Show at Basil's Bar.


FEBRUARY 2013:


- The 18th Annual Mustique Blues Festival continues until February 6th, 2013. For more information, please contact Basil's Bar at (784) 488-8407


- Sunshine School Auction Sunday the 17th of February, 2013, at Gingerbread Restaurant. Viewing from 11h30 am. Auction starts at 1:00 PM For more information, please contact school principal Camille Jacobs at (784) 457-3794


- Primary School Performing Arts Festival. From the 1st until the 28th of February, a month long festival of song, dance, drama and poetry featuring the children of St. Vincent and The Grenadines


MARCH 2013:

- 32nd Annual Bequia Heineken Easter Regatta. From Thursday the 28th of March until Monday the 1st of April, 2013.


- Easterval Celebrations, Union Island. From Friday the 22nd of March until Monday the 1st of April, 2013. Contact Union Island Tourist Board at (784) 458-8350


- National Heroes & Heritage Month From Friday the 1st of March until Saturday the 30th of March, 2013. Internal celebrations in each school; a focus on local history; a Wreath Laying Ceremony to honour National Heroes, The Right Excellence Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer; and the community programmes celebrating heritage.


- National Heroes Day is a Public Holiday on Thursday, March 14th, 2013.


- Good Friday is a Public Holiday on Friday March 29th, 2013.


APRIL 2013:

- Easter Monday is a Public Holiday on Monday April 1st, 2013.


- Gospel Fest. This programme is a series of concerts held around the island and in the Grenadines, sharing the talents of the Church Communities with the country. For more information, please contact The Ministry of Culture at (784) 451-2180 or email at urban@vincysurf.com

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