Caribbean Cruise Ship Destinations

The islands of the Caribbean are located in a region southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.

Tropical Weather

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Eastern Pacific

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St. Vincent Weather

Need to know

Personal Safety

Petty street crime occurs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. From time to time, property has been stolen from yachts anchored in the Grenadines. Valuables left unattended on beaches are vulnerable to theft.

Persons interested in nature walks or hikes in the northern areas of St. Vincent should arrange in advance with a local tour operator for a guide; these areas are isolated, and police presence is limited.

Medical Services

Medical facilities are limited.  The main hospital is Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (784) 456-1185). There is a hospital in the capital, Kingstown, but serious medical problems may require evacuation to another island or the United States.

Milton Cato Memorial Hospital is the main trauma facility in St. Vincent, operating on a 24-hour schedule.

Ambulance service in St. Vincent is quick and response in the emergency room is immediate. Ambulance crews are allowed to perform CPR and basic life support services. 

There are no private hospitals.

There is no hyperbaric chamber; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island. The closest hyperbaric chamber is located in Barbados.

Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and the hospital often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Fire: 911

Police: (784) 457-1211/911 

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Getting around  

Vehicles travel on the left side of the road. Roads are narrow, and generally poorly paved, with steep inclines throughout the islands. Taxis and buses are relatively safe, but buses are often overcrowded.

Vans are generally overcrowded and frequently travel at high rates of speed. Night driving is discouraged in mountainous areas because the roads are not well marked; there are few, if any, guardrails, and roads are steep and winding.

Taxis are un-metered - make sure to negotiate your fare before you leave.

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Area Events

Bequia Music Festival

Annual event taking place in January. The island of Bequia in the Grenadines presents its annual music festival featuring a program of Jazz, Reggae and Blues. Bequia Music Festival Website.

Vincy Mas Carnival

Annual event taking place in July/Aug in Kingstown - A week of celebrations.

Independence Day Celebrations 

Annual event taking place in October
Colorful parade through the streets of Kingstown celebrates St. Vincent's status as an independent nation in 1979 after a long and turbulent history.

Nine Mornings Festival 

Annual event takes place in December in Kingstown
Every year from Dec 16 until Christmas Day, folks leap out of bed before dawn to parade through Kingstown in seasonal attire for the nine mornings before Christmas.

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St. Vincent

staff photo of st vincent taken from cruise ship

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Saint Vincent is about 150 sq. mi and consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines. The country has a French and British colonial history.

Most Vincentians are the descendants of African slaves brought to the island to work on plantations. There also are a few white descendants of English colonists, as well as some East Indians, Carib Indians, and a sizable minority of mixed race.

The country's official language is English, but a French patois may be heard on some of the Grenadine Islands.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.

In April of 1979, Mount Soufriere erupted and Hurricane Allen hit the next year in 1980. Both events seriously damaged the nation's economy, particularly the banana crop. Since the 1990's, the country has been on the rebound.

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Good to Know

Port of Entry

Kingstown is overlooked by Fort Charlotte on Berkshire Hill, just west of town.

map of kingstown st vincent

Average Temperatures

Water: 83º Summer - 78º Winter

Air: 86º Summer - 80º Winter

Time Zone

AST (GMT/UTC -4.5)

Map Coordinates

13°15′N 61°12′W

st vincent and the grenadines map

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Things to do and see

Shopping

Most store are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday.

Trinity Falls

40 ft. waterfall set in a deep volcanic canyon. About a 2 hour drive from Kingston. 

Fort Charlotte

Sits high atop a 660 ft. ridge north of the city. Great panoramic views of Kingstown and the Grenadines.

La Soufriere

A Massive (over 4,000 ft. high) active volcano on the northern side of St. Vincent.

Botanic Gardens

Established in 1763 to propagate spices and medicinal plants. The magnificent Botanic Gardens offer an attractive, alluring and peaceful retreat and are currently one of the most visited sites in St Vincent & the Grenadines. An historic landmark of major national, regional and global significance, the Botanic Gardens occupies approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) about one mile outside Kingstown along the Leeward Highway.

Tobago Cays National Marine Park

The Tobago Cays were declared a marine park in December 1997. The Tobago Cays are an archipelago comprising five small uninhabited islands. 

Bequia

The island is 7 square miles and the main population areas are Port Elizabeth and Paget Farm. The main port Admiralty Bay, a large natural harbor, and the "town" Port Elizabeth are situated on the west coast.  Beach and dive spots

Convenient travel to Bequia is by local ferry departing daily from the main port in Kingstown, St. Vincent to Port Elizabeth, Bequia. The passage between Kingstown and Port Elizabeth is a nine-mile (14 km) trip taking approximately one hour.

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Beaches

Argyle

Black sand beach located on the windward (eastern) side of the island. Not a good swimming beach due to rough waters.

Black Point

Black sand beach located on the windward (eastern) side of the island. Not a good swimming beach due to rough waters. 

Canouan in the Grenandines

White sand beach great for swimming. Good for snorkeling too. 

Bequia

Princess Margaret Beach is next to Port Elizabeth and is situated inside Admiralty Bay.

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Snorkel and Dive Spots

On the main island of St. Vincent the leeward coastline is full of great dive sites, just a short boat ride away from the Dive Centers. Here are just a few of the top dives:

The Bat Cave

An exhilarating dive into an underwater fissure and is on the wish list of most visiting divers.

Anchor Reef

Voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the world, is a spectacular wall dive with swim-throughs and a lovely coral reef formation.

Layou Wall

An excellent wall dive and a drift over the formations of Rock Fort.

Capital Wrecks

The site of three shipwrecks all in recreational dive depths, but best suited to experienced divers.

Bequia

Explore an array of gently sloping reefs with hawksbill turtles and eagle rays. The shallow waters are home to seahorses, pipefish and bat fish, amongst others.

Mustique

Sloping reefs and coral expanse offer you glimpses of shy spotted drums and banded coral shrimp among other fascinating fish and critters.

Mayreau Gardens

Expansive coral reef formation and a great drift dive. Crinoids, garden eels and flamingo tongues are common here. Also off Mayreau is Puruni, the wreck of a 1918 British gun ship that is lying in only 40 feet of water, great for beginners as well as advanced wreck divers.

Tobago Cays

Horseshoe Reef surrounds and protects four of the five Tobago Cays and makes for great diving, whether on the protected and shallow inside, or along the deeper and more dramatic drop-off on the outside.

Mopion Reef

Located just off Petit St. Vincent, can be a good place to see sharks. Nearby is Mopion, a picture-perfect desert island.

Source: DiscoverSVG

 

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