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St Vincent and the Grenadines Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

389 sq km (150 sq miles).

Population

103,220 (2013).

Population density

265 per sq km.

Capital

Kingstown.

Government

Constitutional monarachy. Gained independence from the UK in 1979.

Head of state

Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Frederick Ballantyne since 2002.

Head of government

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves since March 2001.

Electricity

220/240 volts AC, 50Hz (except Petit St Vincent and Palm Island which use 110 volts AC, 60Hz). British-style plugs with three square pins are used.

St Vincent, like all the Windward Islands, is a staggering vista of contrasts where lush mountain peaks sit alongside striking volcanic black-sand beaches. The Grenadines are equally stunning, with secluded coves, spectacular coral reefs, rainforest hiking and superb sailing conditions being among the main tourist attractions.

With 32 islands to choose from there are plenty of white-sand expanses and crystal-clear waters in which to find some solitude and tranquility. Those looking for more activity should head to the capital of Kingstown on St Vincent, with its colonial architecture and buzzing vibe.

The smaller islands that make up the Grenadines offer a quieter pace of life, whether it's on the budget-kind island of Bequia to the luxurious hideaways of Mustique. The best way to experience the stunning islands is to hop between them by boat, discovering remote coves that were once the stomping ground of pirates and are now the setting for the swash-buckling antics of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 21 October 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is no British High Commission in St Vincent and the Grenadines. If you need consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Barbados.

The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November.

Over 15,000 British nationals visited St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2013.

Most visits are trouble-free, but there have been incidents of crime including murder, robbery and assault.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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