Experience the Grenadines! (Quick facts on the Grenadines)
Experience the Grenadines!
The Island Nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, is one of the best sailing destinations on earth. You have to experience the Grenadines to believe it! The Grenadines are home to a steady trade wind breeze and breathtakingly beautiful anchorages. The island chain is made up of 32 islands complete with soft white sand beaches, Caribbean crystal blue waters and vibrant sea life. These islands are some of the least developed in the Caribbean. The local people are warm and friendly in their own uniquely Vincentian way. Each island has its own personality. Come explore the REAL Caribbean the way it was meant to be experienced – on a sailing yacht.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located between St. Lucia and Grenada.
The largest and most northern of the islands is St. Vincent. The forest covered, mountainous interior is dominated by the active volcano La Soufriere. On the southwest coast is the capitol, Kingstown.
The Grenadines lie to the south of St. Vincent. The largest and most populated of the islands are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. The smaller inhabited islands include Mayreau, Palm Island and Petite St. Vincent. Young Island is a small private island just off the southern coast of St. Vincent. The Tobago Cays marine park is located just to the east of Mayreau. It includes a collection of five tiny islands and several coral reefs.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines enjoys a tropical climate with an average temperature of 81° F (27°C). The high humidity can make it feel even warmer, though the trade winds provide a comfortable breeze year round. These islands are on the southern edge of the hurricane belt and there is a risk of hurricanes between the months of July and November though major storms generally pass well to the north of the Grenadines.
The official language of the Grenadines is English, though it’s quite common to hear an English-based Vincentian Patois spoken by many Vincentians. It is a little tricky to pick up at first, but once you get the hang of it, it isn’t so hard to understand!
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). The EC is also the official currency of Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Montserrat. The US dollar is also widely accepted, though avoid large bills. The exchange rate is fixed to the US dollar at 1 USD = 2.68 EC$.
I think it was Jimmy Buffett who once said “It’s more fun to spend money with fish and birds on it than it is to spend money with dead presidents on it!”
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -4). The Grenadines do not observe daylight savings time. That puts us one hour ahead of the East Coast of North America, except during daylight savings time – then we are the same as Eastern Standard Time.
Due to our proximity to the equator, the sun comes up about 6am every morning and sets about 6pm every evening. That’s why we don’t have much use for daylight savings time.
The most important thing to remember about time in the Caribbean is that it always moves slower than anywhere else in the world – relax yourself accordingly!
Entry and Exit Requirements
Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must have a passport valid for the duration of their stay and a return ticket. Visitors are normally granted a four week ‘tourist visa’ by Immigration. This visa can be extended if you plan to stay beyond the four week limit.