A Quick Travel Guide to St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located in the southern part of the Caribbean. It is composed of 32 beautiful islands including Bequia, Mustique, Tobago Cays, Young Island, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Canouan and Mayreau.
St. Vincent is a captivating island packed with land and water activities, enchanting beaches and rain forests, and very friendly people. I mean really friendly people.
The place itself may not be popular especially to people living in Europe and Asia, but if you are into adventures, you will be in for a big surprise.
HOW TO GET THERE: We arrived at T. Joshua Airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from one of its major gateways, Trinidad and Tobago since we came from South America. Those who are coming from Europe or North America usually arrive via Barbados.
VISA: Visa-free for most countries. Good news for Filipino backpackers!
CURRENCY: Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC). Both US Dollars and EC are accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels, as well as most major credit cards. They don’t have any currency exchange booths, so we changed our money in the bank.
1 US = 2.60 EC.
ACCOMMODATION: We booked at the Beautiful Caribbean Mansion hosted by Mark James through Airbnb. It has 4 rooms (good for 6 people) for only 35 US per night. The house is huge as well as the rooms. It takes a 5 to 10-minute drive to the airport. Mark picked us up from the airport and brought us to some places for a very affordable rate. We had a great time with his family.
There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels with spectacular views of the beaches. Some are even nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Mosquito repellents should come in handy.
TRANSPORTATION: Taxi (around 20 EC) and mini bus (3 EC). The mini bus is usually full and crowded. Getting around St. Vincent is a new experience to us because the roads are really curvy and lofty. Going from one destination to another is like a rollercoaster ride. You need to brace yourself and just trust the driver.
St. Vincent also offers tours where you can explore the island in one day.
THINGS TO DO IN ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES:
1. Climb the 4, 000 ft La Soufrière Volcano
2. Explore the Pirates of the Caribben Film Set
3. Relax at the Buccament Bay Resort
4. Enjoy the view at Fort Charlotte
5. Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary
6. Discover Bequia Island
7. Botanical Garden
8. Dark View Falls
9. Owia Salt Pond
10. Boat tours to other islands
FOOD: The best food to try on the island is the local food. We tried the island curry and local roti at Vee Jay’s Restaurant, known as one of the oldest restaurants in Kingstown. It is located near the port area. The food and service were both great.
We also ate at Lola’s, one of the busiest cafes in Kingstown. They serve light meals from burgers to desserts.
If you like fine dining, you should definitely go to Basil’s Bar located below the famous Cobblestone Inn. The food is a little pricy, but it’s all worth.