Fortunate to be blessed with amazing waters and stunning beaches, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a one-of-a-kind getaway spot that everyone must see once in their lifetimes. Their coves are so spectacular that you will find it hard to believe that the place can actually exist. Their beautiful waters and university in marine life and wildlife will make you want to just keep discovering more and more. It is definitely a spot that every diver would love to see, and has wilderness that any adventurer or trekker would love to go through. It is an adventure unlike any other.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Interesting and Important Facts
- There are over 32 islands and cays that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines; of these, nine are inhabited.
- There are more than 400 arches to be found in Kingstown – “The City of Arches” – which is the capital of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
- There are five Airports in St Vincent & The Grenadines – E.T Joshua on St Vincent, J.F Mitchell on Bequia, as well as one each on Canouan, Union Island and Mustique.
- There is an active volcano on St Vincent (La Soufriere). The volcano rises to 4,048 feet. It is the largest of the 3 craters that are present at the summit of the volcano, the other 2, the Somma and the 1812 crater, both presently dormant.
- The oldest Botanic Gardens in the Western Hemisphere is located in St Vincent & The Grenadines, having been founded in 1765.
- Fort Charlotte is an historic fort with spectacular views overlooking Kingstown. It is located just to the west of Kingstown and perched at 600 feet overlooking the bay – a short drive from Kingstown.
- Mr. Landsown Guilding was best known for his works on the flora and fauna of St Vincent in particular and on the Caribbean in general.
- Some of the most fertile soil in the world can be found in the Mesopotamia Valley in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Often referred to as St Vincent’s breadbasket, this broad, fertile valley is brimming with farmlands growing root crops, fruits, vegetables and spices.
- There are approximately 105 accommodation establishments in St Vincent and the Grenadines with a room stock of just over 1700. These include guesthouses, hotels, apartments, villas and resorts.
- The seven Ports of Entry in the country are located in Wallilabou (yachts only), Kingstown, Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, Union Island and Chateaubelair.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Cool, Fun and Funny Facts
- St Vincent and the Grenadines is the only Caribbean country in which petroglyphs, recording our ancestors’ presence are found. These can be found in Yambou, Buccament, Layou and Barroullie.
- The movies filmed in St. Vincent & the Grenadines are White Squall, Pirates of the Caribbean I, II and III
- The airport destination code for St. Vincent & the Grenadines is ‘SVD’ (St. Vincent Diamond); because the first airport in St. Vincent was located at Diamond, on the south east coast of St. Vincent.
- There are at least 25 varieties of breadfruit in St. Vincent & the Grenadines such as Butterheart, Captain Bligh, Cocobread, Creole, Creole Black, Creole Common
- Two of the popular local drinks found in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are Hairoun beer and Sunset rum. Sunset rum is quite ludicrously potent rum from St. Vincent, Sunset Very Strong should never be taken neat, but heavily diluted with a mixer or as a float for cocktails.
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines is very popular for being a weddings and honeymoon paradise and has won the Best Honeymoon Island of The Year presented by Caribbean Travel World Awards in 2007 and again in 2008.
- The capital city of Kingstown is known to have at least 400 arches and is also referred to as the city of arches.
- The King’s Hill Reserve is considered as one of the oldest Forest Reserves in the west.
- It is common for women and men to have a number of children by different partners.
- Several musical groups do support themselves, although mainly by tours and record sales off the island.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Historical and Cultural Facts
- In 1793 Captain Bligh (of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame) brought 630 breadfruit plants to St Vincent. The sucker from one of those plants can be found in the Botanic Gardens.
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines became officially independent on October 2, 1979 and adopted their constitution on the same day while choosing to follow a democratic form of government.
- In 1813 the Byrea Hill Tunnel was cut through Mt. Young (1/4 mile from Georgetown) to facilitate communication with the north of the island.
- During its 2001 Field Survey, ‘REEF’ found 225 species of fish in the waters of St Vincent!
- The King’s Hill Reserve, established in 1791 is one of the oldest Forest Reserves in the Western Hemisphere. With an elevation of 600 feet, it provides a habitat for protected wildlife, and a home for more than 26 identified species of tropical trees and shrubs.
- The Carnegie Building (Old Public Library) in Kingstown was named after the American philanthropist who donated £2000 for the building, which was built in 1909.
- Fort Duvernette was vested in the SVG National Trust in 1971. The Fort is a cultural heritage site with a unique ecosystem. It is a roosting site for frigate, tropicbirds and many other birds. It is also rich in fauna such as lizards, iguanas and butterflies.
- Generosity is the main feature of Vincentian conduct. Vincentians give of themselves and their resources to an extraordinary degree.
- Among the majority of the population, the tendency is to marry later in life, usually after a couple has had several children together.
- Men and women work together on many activities, but typically men do the farming, women do the gardening, and men work at sea. Traditionally, only women sell produce in the market square; only men sell fish. Women are paid less than men at service jobs.