About St Vincent
The islands nation of St Vincent (and the Grenadines) is a grouping of cays and islands located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The largest and main island, St Vincent is south of St Lucia. St Vincent is where the government offices and the main city/capital is located. The Grenadines refers to a small grouping of islands namely: Bequia, Young Island, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Islands, Tobago Cays, Palm Islands and Petit St Vincent.
Collectively, St Vincent and the Grenadines have an estimated population of 110,000 inhabitants. St Vincent is a former British colony which gained full independence in 1979. The official language is English.
St Vincent has a stable economy and political system. The economy of St Vincent relies mostly on tourism. The islands once was a one crop economy depending on the export of agricultural produce, notably bananas. Supporting the economy are banking and offshore financial services. the financial services sector offers a number of services which includes the offshore company incorporation, offshore trust registration and offshore banking services. There are several international bank branches in St Vincent.
Access to St Vincent will be made much easier with the completion of St Vincent’s first international airport. Today, smaller airlines provide airlift into and out of the island, with regular ferry and boat services to neighboring islands. Entry into the islands can be gained by sea and air. International flights from Europe, Canada and the United States make daily stops in the neighboring islands of Barbados, St Lucia and Martinique. Connecting flights from these islands can take visitors to St Vincent, Canouan, Bequia, Union Island and Mustique. Cruise ships make daily stops on the islands of Bequia, Tobago Cays, Mayreau and St Vincent. Inter island travel between the Grenadines is made possible by a number of ferry services which connect the smaller islands with the mainland St Vincent. Air travel is also available for inter islands travel within St Vincent and the Grenadines.
There are numerous activities for visitors in St Vincent and the Grenadines. With many beaches and beach resorts, the water sports activities are very popular on the islands. It is said by many that the St Vincent beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. Though not densely populated, the calm waters of the Caribbean sea, tropical climate, beaching, sunbathing and picnics are frequent activities on St Vincent.
Well-liked activities are diving, snorkeling, yachting, parasailing, whale and turtle watching and jet skiing. The Bequia Easter Regatta is one of the most anticipated sailing events in the Caribbean drawing thousands of visitors and participants each year to St Vincent. This event has been around for 30 years. Other activities to be enjoyed include hikes along beautiful forested trails.
Once in St Vincent and the Grenadines there are many choices of accommodations from private islands to guesthouses. The islands of Petit St Vincent and Palm Island are private islands which has some of the best resorts to be found in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Sprinkled about the other islands are beach hotels and villas. Many homes are also available for rent for short term purposes. Most hotels and resort in St Vincent have programs which are geared towards the family.