SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Capital | Kingstown
Population | 104,217 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 389 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Independence Day, 27 October (1979 – from the UK)
Currency | East Caribbean dollars (XCD)
Time Zone | UTC -4
Best Time to Visit | January to May
Connecting with the Culture | Trekking up St Vincent’s La Soufriere volcano and passing through banana estates and rainforests before reaching the scenic summit. Enjoying the beaches and reefs of Tobago Cays. Relaxing on the black-sand surf beaches of St. Vincent’s Atlantic coast. Hanging out with lizards after climbing Fort Duvernette.
Read | the history of St. Vincent’s Black Caribs in Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day by Peter Hulme and Neil Whitehead
Listen | reggae, calypso, and steel bands.
Watch | Pirates of the Caribbean, which was mostly shot at St. Vincent’s.
Eat | bul jol (roasted breadfruit and saltfish with tomatoes and onions)
Drink | locally distilled Captain Bligh Rum or the local lager, Hairoun
Characteristics | rock stars and royalty visit often, tropical island paradise, exclusive resorts, yachts, volcanoes.
Surprises | Mick Jagger lived on Mustique. The sweet, juicy St. Vincent orange is still ripe while still green.