St. Vincent is one of the islands that make up the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and is an incredible place to vacation or visit that is not too expensive or touristy. Some of the Grenadine islands like Mustique can be expensive but this is not the case with St. Vincent. English is the main language spoken here, and there are a number of hotels, restaurants, and attractions for visitors to enjoy.
The History of St. Vincent
St. Vincent was first populated by the Ciboney people and then the Arawak, both from South America. In the late 1400s the Carib people from South America conquered the Arawak. The colonization of St. Vincent was delayed because of the rugged landscape and mountainous terrain, but eventually a French colony was established. This colony was lost to the British within a year, and both countries went back and forth with possession of the colony.
While a colony remained on St. Vincent both the French and English found full colonization impossible until after the first Carib war, a war between the yellow Caribs who originated from South America initially and the Black Caribs who originated from African slaves, and whose ancestors arrived on the island after a shipwreck. In 1979 St. Vincent and the Grenadines became a fully independent nation.
Getting to St. Vincent
In order to reach St. Vincent visitors must arrive by plane or boat since it is an island. T. Joshua Airport is a short distance from the capital city of Kingstown. International flights arrive here, and it also allows flights from the various Grenadine islands to arrive and depart as well. Passengers will usually have to come through one of the major gateways, and these include Grenada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Martinique. Visitors may also arrive at St. Vincent by boat.
Visitors and residents alike will find plenty to see and do on St. Vincent. There are a number of exceptional diving spots to choose from. The sheer cliffs on the island continue under the sea, and there are plenty of tropical marine species for divers to enjoy. Black coral can be found in several spots as well. The Wall, New Guinea Reef, and Anchor Reef are some of the top diving spots on St. Vincent.
Shopping is another popular activity on St. Vincent, and there are many different stores to choose from. If you are in the market for antiques or household items then At Basil’s is a good choice. There are duty free shops, grocery markets, art galleries, and crafts shops to browse through.
On St. Vincent there are several transportation methods to choose from. There are bicycles which can be used to get around the island, and there are also public buses. Anyone who rides the buses should be prepared for crowded conditions and loud music, but many consider this a great way to enjoy the local culture. There are also taxis for hire and car rental companies where a vehicle can be rented.