St. Vincent

Quick Facts

Map of St Vincent

Population: 106,253 (2001 census)
Capital: Kingstown
Area: 389 square kilometers (150 square miles)
Official Language: English
Religion: Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, other Protestant
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (USD is accepted almost everywhere as long as it is no bigger than a $100USD bill)
Locally Found Agriculture: Bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papayas, starfruit, avocados, peppers, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, eddoes, dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch, sugarcane, and spices; cattle; fish
Life Expectancy: 72
GDP per Capita: U.S. $2,900
Literacy Percent: 96

  • There are over 32 islands and cays that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines; of these, nine are inhabited.
  • SVG has the oldest Botanic Gardens in the Western Hemisphere is located in St Vincent & The Grenadines, founded in 1765.
  • There are gold, black and white sand beaches in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

About St. Vincent

St. Vincent is the largest island in the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and part of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.

The island’s scenery is dominated by La Soufriere, a 4,000ft tall active volcano. Steep tree clad hills fall to dramatic black sand beaches and the mountainous island terrain is carved by rivers, rapids and waterfalls. St. Vincent has protected the waters off its coast since 1979, and as a result boasts some the finest snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. You can experience reef diving, wall diving, drift diving, wreck diving and even cave diving.

With its tranquil lifestyle, welcoming community and natural beauty, St. Vincent is the quintessential island paradise. The new Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent school is surrounded by beaches, scenic hiking trails and tropical gardens, so when you take a break from your medical school studies you can find adventures on your doorstep. To find out more about the island visit the St. Vincent and the Grenadines tourism authority website: http://www.discoversvg.com/index.php/en

Language in St. Vincent
English is the official language in St. Vincent. Most Vincentians also speak Vincentian Creole, which combines elements of French, Antillean Creole, Spanish and Portuguese.

Weather in St. Vincent
St. Vincent enjoys a pleasant tropical climate. Temperatures are fairly constant year round with a daily high temperature of around 85°F while the nightly low is around 76°F. Steady trade winds create great conditions for windsurfing and sailing. The dry season runs from January to May


Public Holidays

Holiday                                                    Celebrated                           Observed

New Year’s Day January 1 Thursday January 1
National Hero’s Day  March 14  Monday March 16
Good Friday  April 3  Friday April 3
Easter Monday  April 6  Monday April 6
Labour Day  May 1 Friday May 1
Whit Monday  May 25  Monday May 25
Carnival Monday  July 6  Monday July 6
Carnival Tuesday  July 7  Tuesday July 7
Emancipation Day  August 3  Monday August 3
Independence Day  October 27  Tuesday October 27
Christmas Day  December 25  Friday December 25
Boxing Day  December 26  Monday December 28