GRENADINES IN BREEF
• CHIEF TOWN
• TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
Independent state, member of the Commonwealth with a democratic parliamentary government.
E .T. Joshua Airport, Saint Vincent (SVD)
Canouan Airport, Canouan (CIW)
Union Island Airport, Union Island (UNI)
J.F. Mitchell Airport BEQUIA (BQU)
Mustique International Airport (MQS)
• FLIGHTS AND TICKET COSTS
10 hours from Europe, with stopover in other islands (Martinique/St. Lucia/Barbados/Grenada)
Cost of the flight: from 650 to 1200€ depending on the time of the year and booking in advance guarantees better tariffs.
• DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR ACCESSING THE ISLANDS
Passport and return flight or a continuation of travels.
No vaccinations are necessary.
• CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$ o XCD).
All main credit cards are accepted.
• HEALTH AND SAFTEY
There is a hospital at St. Vincent and a medical service at Bequia, Mustiques, Union. For more important needs or emergencies it is best to consider a transfer to Martinique.
No vaccinations are necessary but keep into consideration the basic rules for every trip: don’t drink the tap water and wash with care fruit and veg.
• WHAT ARE THE GRENADINE ISLANDS LIKE?
Paradise on earth can be translated into 3 letters: SVG, literally an abbreviation of St. Vincent and Grenadines....a handful of islands thrown into the turquoise waters of the Small Antilles. 125 little islands and atolls make up Windward Islands and only 7 are inhabited. A paradise for sailors because of the down winds from north to south. But not only, the relaxing holiday, the fun holiday and the healthy sea life the islands offer will result as unforgettable. There are numerous options to holiday at the Grenadines, every island has its character and the archipelago can satisfy everyone from the most sophisticated 5 star holiday maker to the backpacker.
• WHAT ARE THE BEACHES LIKE?
Paradise like, white sandy beaches at the Grenadines and black sandy beaches at St.Vincent.
• WHAT NOT TO MISS
BBQ lobster on a deserted beach;
Snorkling with sea turtles;
The movie set of Pirates of the Caribbean at Wallyalabu Bay at St. Vincent;
The very long beach at Salt Whistle Bay at Mayerau;
A day at Tobago Cays;
The breathtaking panorama from Fort Hill at Union Island.
• TYPES OF TOURISM
Sailing tourists (sailboats and catamarans), independant travellers, 5star on some islands, honeymooners and weddings.
• TYPES OF ACCOMODATION
There is a vast selection of accommodation from hotels and luxurious resorts to guest homes for who have a limited budget. Some islands are private and accommodate luxurious resorts.
• ACCOMODATION COSTS
Starting from 40$€ per day for 2 persons.
• ACTIVITIES ON THE GRENADINES
Water sports: surfers, kite surf, kayak, catamaran or sail boat excursions, fishing, diving, snorkelling, whale and dolphin watching, horseback riding, excursions in the forest, bird watching.
• RESTAURANTS AND COSTS
Local Creole Cooking, fish, lobsters and fruit.
There are numerous restaurants run by Europeans, you will find Italian and French food along with Creole.
5 star hotels are to be found at Canouan, Mustique, Palm Island and Petit Saint Vincent.
• RENTING A CAR
You need a local driving licence (issued on the island) or an international driving licence.
Be careful, you must keep the left as in the UK!
On the Island of Saint Vincent it is very easy to share a taxi. On the other islands there are mostly touristic taxies available to take guided tours to the islands.
• CONNECTIONS WITH SURROUNDING ISLANDS
Domestic flights between St.Vincent and the Grenadines (Canouan, Bequia, Mistique, Union Island) Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados.
Aero taxi and private aeroplanes.
A ferry service connects the island to the archipelago.
A guide totally dedicated to the Grenadine Islands, a paradise like archipelago, in the heart of the Small Antilles. Grenadinesonline.it exists thanks to those people who know every corner of the islands as if they were their homeland. Tourists are of 2 kinds here at the Grenadines, the sailor or the island bound, both will find all the information they need regarding the trip, the accommodation, transfers and if necessary a tailor made cruise.