St. Vincent & the Grenadines is a nation of 32 islands located in the Lesser Antilles between St. Lucia (24 miles to the north) and Grenada (75 miles to the south).
The largest and northernmost island is St. Vincent (about 133 square miles) which has a forest-covered mountainous interior that is dominated by La Soufriere, a 4,000ft tall active volcano. On the south west coast is Kingstown, the nation’s capital.
The remaining Grenadines lie to the south of St. Vincent. The largest and most populated are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. Young Island is a small private island right off the coast of Kingstown, St. Vincent. Smaller inhabited islands include Mayreau, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. The Tobago Cays is a marine park located to the east of Mayreau and is a collection of five tiny islands, sheltered lagoons and coral reefs.
The average yearly temperature is 27° C. The coolest months are between November and February. During the rainy season, May through October, rain is frequent in the mountains of St. Vincent with the annual average rainfall being 380 cm inland and 200 cm on the coast.
TRAVEL HEALTH FOR THE GRENADINES
Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
THE GRENADINES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You will have to pay a departure tax (currently US$15) per person when leaving St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will need to ensure you have correct documentation for your holiday including a full passport valid for the minimum period beyond your planned return date. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Vincent. British citizens do not require a visa to enter St Vincent for a visit of up to 3 months. Overstaying without permission is an offence and paid employment is prohibited without a work permit.
THE GRENADINES TRAVEL MONEY
Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). It is also the official currency of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica, and St. Lucia. Notes are in denominations of EC$100, EC$50, EC$20, EC$10 and EC$5. Coins come in denominations of EC$1 and then 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. The US dollar is widely accepted throughout islands and the exchange rate is fixed at US$1 = EC$2.68. Exchange rates with other international currencies are variable.