St. Vincent and the Grenadines are situated between the Eastern Caribbean and the North Atlantic. This island nation is made up of 32 islands only nine of which are inhabited. These nine islands include Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Union Island, and Young Island. Situated approximately 100 miles from Barbados to the east and St. Lucia to the north, the smaller islands in this nation extend clear to Grenada. The largest city and capital, Kingston, is located on St. Vincent. There are 7 airports located in this country.
Mustique is a a very lavish and private island considered to be the perfect hideaway for the rich and famous. The Residence is the best room in the exclusive Cotton House and features its own pool and butler. Palm Island is another fashionable and expensive place to vacation with its very private beachfront lofts. The Trump International Golf Course is located on Canouan.
The nation has a British and French history. Today English and French are the languages that are spoken on the islands. The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the currency that is used on St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The economy is fueled by tourism and the harvest from banana plantations. Over sixty percent of the population earn their livelihood working on these farms.
The nation is openly opposed to homosexuality. Anyone who is found guilty of engaging in same sex activity can face up to 10 years in prison.
There are approximately 103,000 residents on the islands which lie within the hurricane belt and have seen extensive damage to their country from these storms over the year. The volcano last erupted in 1979 and caused severe damage both to the country and to its economy.
Known as a destination spot for weddings and honeymoons, these beautiful islands feature a rainforest on St. Vincent, an active volcano Soufriere, black sandy beaches in Buccament Bay and hidden waterfalls. Visitors to the cities of Black Point and Wallilabou may recognize some of the places that were filmed in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
There is much to see and do though one must travel the islands to see it all. There are black and gold and white sandy beaches, bus and boat island tours, cycling, hiking, and all sort of watersports including snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, swimming, and rowing. Sports fans can enjoy watching the cricket, soccer, basketball, netball, tennis and squash games that are held on the islands.
Some of the lush islands are home to private resorts while others are scarcely populated and remote. Kingston, the capital and largest city in the region, is located on St. Vincent. Known as the city of arches, if you were to count them, you would find 400 arches in the city of Kingston.
Popular tourist sites on the islands include Black Point Park, Fort Charlotte, the National Trust Museum, Petroglyph Park, Tobago Marine National Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Accommodations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines range from extreme luxury to the very inexpensive hostel. Somewhere in between are the B&B’s, guesthouses, and hotels. Note that some of the hostels enforce a two-day cancellation policy. Cheaper hotel accommodations may also fall under the hostel classification.
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