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A Caribbean escape that will warm your heart...

Situated between St Lucia and Grenada, St Vincent boasts uncluttered beaches, rugged mountains and lush forests.

 

Culture and history

The islanders play out their lives to a soundtrack of calypso music, a blend of African and French styles developed as a form of social commentary.

You may well come across locals as they boat-build: artisans construct wooden scale models of traditional schooners fitted with sails and rigging. They’re lovely items but not easy to get home undamaged

Fishing is vital to the livelihood of the St Vincentians and bananas are the island’s most valuable export commodity.

Incidentally, you may (or may not!) have heard of an American musician who performs under the name St Vincent, although she took her moniker not from the Caribbean island but from the hospital in New York in which Welsh poet Dylan Thomas spent his final hours.

Somewhat shockingly, St Vincent still retains the death penalty for aggravated murder and treason.

Flight time

There are no direct flights from the UK to St Vincent but connections are available from San Juan, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia which means a journey time of approximately ten hours.

Currency

Dollar -

The currency on St Vincent is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$).

All major credit and debit cards are accepted but if you plan on taking travellers cheques, make sure they are in US dollars to avoid additional exchange rate charges.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport with you on holiday. You do not need a visa to enter St Vincent.

Phrases

French Creole is far removed from the French we’re familiar with. Here are a few words to get you started.

bozu – good morning

boswe – good evening

mesi – thank you

sa ka fete – how are you?

ki bel pei – what a lovely country

ole talk – chit chat

saga boy – a well-dressed man

wum – rum

Timezone

St Vincent is four hours behind GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220/240V (50Hz). Several different socket styles are used, of which the most common is the standard British plug.

We recommend you bring a multi-use adaptor.

Language

English -

English is the most commonly spoken language on St Vincent, although some French patois is also heard.

Tipping

A 10% service charge will usually be added to your bill. Tips are expect only when the service is above and beyond the call of duty.

Taxi drivers and tour guides expect 10%.

Climate

St Vincent has a tropical climate, with the hottest period between December and April when temperatures average 28 ºC.

The rainy season tends to occur around June.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

Around 109,000 people live on St Vincent, around the same number of people that reside in the North Yorkshire town of Scarborough.

St Vincent measures 389 square kilometers, which equates to about one-an-a-half times the size of the Isle of Wight.

Smoking

Smoking is restricted in all enclosed public places.



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