St Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Guide

St Vincent FlagCarib Indians aggressively prevented European settlement on St. Vincent and African slaves, both shipwrecked and escapees from St. Lucia and Grenada, were allowed to intermarried with the Caribs. Even though the French settled Barrouallie in 1719, the British captured the island in 1754, the French returned in 1779, and the British regained control in 1783, it was not until 1797 that there was peace with the Carib Indians and Black Caribs, as the escaped slaves were known. Even then it only came with a peace treaty.

St Vincent’s history has been affected by violently erupted in 1718, 1812, 1902, 1971, and 1979 of La Soufrière volcano. The eruption of 1902 was the most deadly, killing 1,680 people in the Carib Indian village. This wiped them out on St Vincent leaving the only surviving Carib Indian settlement in the entire Caribbean on Dominica.

Helpful Info
Population – 109,600
Money – shares the Eastern Caribbean dollar with 5 other countries and 2 British islands (fixed at US$1 = EC$2.70)
Language – English
Religion – 88% Christian
When to go – Dec-June is most popular. Summer is nice also, but a little hotter and more humid. Hurricanes most active Aug-Oct.
World Heritage Sites – 0 – None
Country formed – Independence from United Kingdom on 27 Oct 1979

The Grenadine Islands are a chain of small islands spread over 40 miles or so just south of St Vincent. Interestingly they have always been split with the north 2/3 administered by St Vincent and the southern 1/3 by Grenada.

Slavery was abolished in 1834 and St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence on 27 October 1979, and was the last of the Windward Islands to do so. In 2009, voters were asked if they wanted to replace Queen Elizabeth II with a President and 55% said no.

My Visit

I first sailed through St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2018 and have returned several times with guest and by myself.

Likes, Dislikes, and Recommendations

The Grenadines are a wonderful group of islands. I describe them as the “Little BVI” with a “Little Bahamas” thrown in. Just like the BVI, they are fantastic for charters, but with WAY less crowds. The Tobago Cays are as perfect as everyone says they are plus I loved the islands of Bequia (whaling history), Canouan, Mayreau, and Union.

On St Vincent hiking up 4000 feet to the rim of La Soufrière volcano and peering down into the crate with the lake in it is not to be missed.

Below you will be able to get even more helpful hints by reading my St Vincent & The Grenadines blogs and soon I will have a travel video or two for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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