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St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines are a collection of some 32 islands in the lower Windward Islands between St Lucia and Grenada. St Vincent itself is 18 miles long and 11 miles wide and is the largest of this archipelago. There is sparse development here, little nightlife and virtually no "resort" atmosphere. Of course, that is precisely why the people who come, buy vacation homes or retire here choose St Vincent and the Grenadines. This island chain is largely protected with wildlife trusts and some uninhabited islands like the Tobago Cays, making eco-tourism, scuba diving and snorkeling excellent.

map of St Vincent

These islands are fairly difficult to get to as there is little air traffic into St Vincent's aiport (SVD) and additional flights and/or ferries are required to get to St Vincent or any of the Grenadines compared to many Caribbean destinations. Connecting flights are few and come into SVD only through San Juan, Barbados, Martinique, Grenada, Trinidad or St Lucia, making travel also more expensive. St Vincent is fairly agricultural in appearance and is home to 110,000 of the archipelago's 119,000 inhabitants. There are not many beaches on Vincent, those that exist are mostly black sand ones. La Soufriere, an active volcano, is also located on Vincent and is a significant tourist draw (a multi-hour hike rewarded with a look into the 1-mile wide crater at 4,000' above sea level), not unlike Pelee or the Soufriere Hills volcano on other islands.

Though US dollars are accepted most everywhere, the Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency and change will likely be given in EC dollars. English is the official language.

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