The tropical treasures of St Vincent and the Grenadines are found near St Lucia and Grenada, part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea. This paradise of island destinations includes Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays, Union Island and Palm Island, each with their own unique character and magnificent beaches to discover. Thanks to its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere, this stunning destination is an idyllic venue for that perfect island wedding, or a romantic honeymoon retreat; images of a barefoot bride on a soft white beach or newly-weds on a starry night, with waves breaking gently in the background, come to mind…
St Vincent and the Grenadines has its own soccer league, as well as a national soccer team, so sports fans are suitably indulged. The varied topography lends itself well to an array of adventures, from sailing and diving to hiking and horse riding. There are also a few golf courses worth swinging a club at. Renowned for the Islands untouched beauty, natural landscapes, these picturesque islands boast powdery white sandy beaches and tropical rainforest. Unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way, these islands provide the perfect setting for relaxation and eco adventures. The island nation has a French and British colonial history; Carib Indians fought off European settlement on St Vincent until the 18th century, after which it was subjected to many years of colonial rule and slavery. On 27 October 1979, it finally became the last of the Windward Islands to gain independence.
Natural disasters have also hindered the island group's development, with serious volcanic eruptions and hurricanes recorded from as early as 1902; Hurricane Lenny caused extensive damage to the west coast in 1999. These have not, however, detracted from the beguiling setting and the restful sense of simplicity that washes lightly over sun-loving travellers.
Grenadines 220 volts and St Vincent 230 volts, 50Hz. Three square-pin plugs are standard.
English is the official language, but many of the locals speak Vincentian Creole.
While there are few health risks associated with travel to St Vincent and the Grenadines, recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis B, Yellow fever, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and Tetanus-diphtheria-polio. Travellers are recommended to be up to date with routine vaccinations and boosters. Dengue fever and Chikangunya virus are known in the region and travellers should avoid mosquito bites. There is a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission, Pregnant women are advised to postpone all non essential travel until after the pregnancy. Ensure food is properly prepared and cooked, avoid un-pasteurised milk and drink only boiled or bottled water. There are pharmacies, hospitals and evacuation facilities available if needed; ensure health insurance is comprehensive. Please contact the foreign office site for updated information. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-vincent-and-the-grenadines/health
A 10% service charge is added onto most restaurant bills, in which case no further tipping is necessary.