St Vincent and the Grenadines
A Necklace of little Gems


St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles Island arc, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean. The country is also known as SVG.


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St Vincent Island

St Vincent Island


Its 389 Sq. Km territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from St Vincent Island to Grenada.

To the north of St Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east Barbados. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a densely populated country with approximately 120,000 inhabitants. Its capital is Kingstown, also its main port.

 



The Harbor of Kingstown the capital of SVG

The Harbor of Kingstown the capital of SVG


Look at the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines from space and you’ll see the big island as a kite floating in the sky and the little sisters the Grenadine Islands as the kite's tail.

The islands are of volcanic origin and the vegetation is thick and lush forests cover the islands. It hosts a spectacular flora and fauna and unspoiled landscapes surrounded by awe inspiring turquoise waters.


Renowned Botanical Garden on the Island of St Vincent

Renowned Botanical Garden on the Island of St Vincent


Things to do in St Vincent Island

St Vincent is one of the few places of earth where you may find black beaches on one side and white beaches on the other.

Whale lovers will be enchanted with Barrouallie, a fascinating whaling village and Wallilabou another fishing village with spectacular views of the Bay.

Fort Charlotte, a British fort dating from 1806, the Kingstown Methodist Church, and St Mary’s Cathedral of the Assumption, dating from the nineteenth century, are also worth a visit.

An important visit for those nature lovers should be the two botanical gardens on the island, the Montreal Gardens and the Botanical Garden in Kingstown, which is the oldest of its kind in this part of the world.


St Vincent and the Grenadines

Baleine Falls in St Vincent

Baleine Falls in St Vincent


Hiking in SVG

Hiking is one of many attractions on the island. Like hike to the top of the Volcano La Soufriere.  It takes about four hours, but it’s worth the effort. One more attraction is the sixty feet high Baleine Falls and swimming at the bottom of the falls.

The capital city of Kingstown is by itself an attraction with many churches and archaeology museums showing the vast history of the islands since they were inhabited by the Arawaks Indians.

A trip to the Arawaks Rock Carving and the Black Point tunnel is also a great experience.


Palm Island is one of the Grenadines

Palm Island is one of the Grenadines


Grenadine Islands


When we talk about St Vincent we must include some of the Grenadines because as one country they are inseparable. As a matter of fact, many tourist arrive into the big islands just as a stop on their way to some of the smaller ones.

You may take a ferry from Saint Vincent Island to the neighboring islands. Go swimming in the most beautiful beaches.

Good food and quality surroundings in exquisite boutique hotels and resort properties will be the main focus of your holiday in SVG, some of the architecture is inspired by the famous Oliver Messell who designed many other villas on Mustique and Barbados.


Private Island Resort of Petit St Vincent in the Grenadines

Private Island Resort of Petit St Vincent in the Grenadines


The main Grenadine Islands are

  • Bequia
  • Petit Nevis
  • Isle à Quatre
  • Bettowia
  • Baliceaux
  • Mustique
  • Petit Mustique
  • Savan
  • Petit Canouan
  • Canouan
  • Mayreau
  • Tobago Cays
  • Union Island
  • Petit Saint Vincent
  • Palm Island

The most important Grenadines are:


Bequia

This is the largest of the Islands with a population of 5,000 people. This is a beautiful island somewhat hilly and with a great variety of plants, nut trees, fruits and flowering bushes. It features a few white sand beaches.






Mustique

This is a privately-owned island surrounded by bays and coves and miles of powdered white sand beaches. About 800 people live in Mustique, mostly catering to the visitors. The island has remained not commercialized and the whole island is a conservation area.





Canouan

It is a quiet and peaceful small island south of St Vincent. At some points the island is so narrow, that you can walk from one side to the other in minutes. Its great attraction is the spectacular beaches of white sand with some corals ideal for good snorkeling.





Mayreau

This is a very small island of more than a mile long which is commonly visited by small sailing cruises or yachts while traveling through the cays. The beaches are incredibly beautiful, with white sands and crystal-clear waters.





St Vincent and the Grenadines Flag

St Vincent and the Grenadines Flag Description


Three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green; the gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern.



Map of St Vincent and the Grenadines

Map of St Vincent and the Grenadines


St Vincent and the Grenadines is an archipelago with the big island of St Vincent and the smaller Grenadines. They are located in the Southern Caribbean, south of St Lucia and north of Grenada.




For more information visit St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Website



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