St. Vincent has only recently begun to catch the eye of people seeking Caribbean tourism. Seafarers and yacht enthusiasts have known about the Caribbean islands for ages but the most people knew about the island were its appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Nowadays the vacation appeal of St. Vincent has begun to attract more and more foreigners to the British owned island.
The six parishes of Charlotte, Saint Patrick, Grenadines, Saint George, Saint Andrew and Saint David make up the six administrative divisions of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The economy is largely dependent on the production and export of banana although fishing is also highly prevalent. However, the recent boost in tourism from the appearances in a major motion picture franchise has also become an important contributor, spurring further development within the tourism industry and the construction sectors.
The Grenadines separate St. Vincent from neighboring Grenada and are a chain of over 500 islands carrying names depicting their small size like Petite Nevis, Petite Canouan, Petite Mustique in addition to other islands like Bequia and Mayreau. Due to their small size and relative lack of development, the Grenadines are explored more for their natural scenery, beaches and quiet waterfront picnic spots than anything else.
While there is plenty of nightlife, dining establishments, beaches, and other attractions to explore, St. Vincent is skewed more towards people who are seeking a relaxing, eye catching ambiance and want to sail across its clear waters through the forty mile Grenadines land masses. Several white sand beaches do exist in Kingstown located within St. Vincent but the most of the beachfront in and around St. Vincent tends to be that of black sand.
Residents of St. Vincent (also known as Vincentians) tend to be quite friendly with tourists. The customs and culture practiced by residents are a mix of British and Gallic with a small degree of classic West Indies traditions thrown in as well. Like other Caribbean islands, the official language is English but many people actually speak another Creole dialect called Vincentian Creole depending on the situation.
Music and festivals are integral in the culture of St. Vincent. Besides Carnival which is a major festive event held throughout the Caribbean, calypso, reggae, and a considerable amount of North American music genres factor heavily into the many celebrations held frequently on the island. Musical storytelling also remains a very popular tradition.
Living and business opportunities come in equal amounts when it comes to St Vincent real estate. Apartment complexes, villas, houses can be found right in St. Vincent or in one of the more secluded and remote islands of the Grenadines. Foreigners purchasing real estate must first obtain an Alien Land Holding License and hire a local attorney to take care of the license application however.
Kingstown in St. Vincent has a collection of oceanfront apartment property with nearly 6,800 square feet of living space that lies minutes from restaurants, attractions and the airport and come with six bedrooms and four bathrooms distributed within two floors. Ceramic tile floors, a study, large kitchen and dining areas, living rooms with hardwood floors, private balconies and a garage are among the features available.
The smaller neighboring Grenadines islands like Bequia also have beach house resort properties and villas with four bedrooms and bathrooms. As expected, these beach houses provide views of the ocean and offer about 4,000 to 5,000 square feet of living space. Resort properties also allow additional conveniences like a gym on top of existing property features such as balconies, patios, and large kitchens.
Rental property in St. Vincent is comprised largely of the same property available for purchase. Owners can rent out their villas and homes to vacationers when not in use so much like other Caribbean island property they maintain significant appeal with buyers looking for investment property opportunities.
The numerous islands around St. Vincent presents a large degree of vacant land for sale from small one acre ocean view locations less than ten minutes from the beaches to much larger oceanfront lots spanning over twenty acres near the hilltops with sunset views. The variety makes St. Vincent very popular with individuals and families who want to build a custom vacation or retirement home.
Petit St. Vincent Resort
The East Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Calling Code: (784)
Top Level Domain: (.vc)
Cable providers: The island has cable, wireless and Karib Cable.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a commonwealth of England. Its government is run by a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
Valid Travel Documents: Required Exit/Entry
Government Issued Photo ID: Required
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a tropical climate with little seasonal temperature variation. The rainy season is from May to November.
Tips when you get there
St. Vincent and the Grenadines doesn't have an airport that can handle overhaul fights, so unless you come by boat you'll probably be taking a prop plane into the island’s airport. If you're traveling by boat you can clear customs at the ports of Kingstown or Wallilabou Bay. St. Vincent is a relatively large Caribbean island but can be explored via taxi tour in a single day.
What to do
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a chain Caribbean islands that is growing in popularity. This island chain is one of the most southerly islands in the Caribbean, which provides it with slightly warmer weather. Carnivals and regattas keep the island festive year round while well preserved beaches and warm weather keeps beach-going constantly in demand.
A popular place to visit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the botanical gardens in New Montrose which display colorful flowers and exotic plants. Fort Charles, a prison fortress on St. Vincent, is a popular historical site to visit. And finally there is Indian Bay Beach, which is the most popular beach in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Festivals include the Nine Mornings Festival which occurs annually in December and celebrates Christmas with parades and contests over a week before the holiday arrives. Fisherman's Day and Vincy Mas Carnival are both in July. Fisherman's Day is a one-day fishing competition and Vincy Mas is a weeklong celebration during the Caribbean's Carnival.