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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Climate & Weather
The climate is tropical, with a dry period between December and May, which is the best time to visit the country.
26.8°C - 80.3°F
Kingstown, updated 00:09 GMT
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Map
What to do in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent is the largest of the islands, and you will discover its capital, Kingstown, with its cathedrals and markets, its botanical garden, Fort Charlotte perched on a height. Do not miss an excursion in the forest of the island to the gigantic bamboos (20 meters high) and the tree ferns, where you may see the parrot of Saint-Vincent, blue, yellow and green, very protected species. By boat, you can also reach the Falls of Whale, 18 meters high, waterfall dropping into pools where you can bathe.
Among the Grenadines, Bequia is the most important island, and one can only admire its idyllic landscapes, bays with transparent waters, green hills, turtle sanctuary, the small town of Port Elizabeth with its museum of Whale hunting, and its absolutely sumptuous beaches. Windsurfers will travel east to Friendship Bay to enjoy their favorite sport.
Do not miss the ascent to the Soufriere, 1219 meters above sea level, to do early in the morning with a guide for a better view of the superb panorama.
There are also several marine reserves where you can dive to discover corals, seahorses and gorgonians, for example at Coral Bay or Bottle Reef, the most amazing spot being New Guinea Reef with its black corals.
Another magical place, Tobago Cays, consists of six desert islands where you will admire turquoise waters and teeming turtles.
To visit also, the island Canouan, with its golf and its barrier of coral; Union Island, the most steep; Petit-Saint-Vincent, luxurious end of the world; Mayreau Island, a private estate belonging to a local family, with a fairly authentic atmosphere, a charming church and beautiful beaches; The Moustique Island, where luxury and pleasure are combined.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines : The basics
For EU nationals, only a valid passport and a return ticket are required to enter the territory.
The current currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC $ or XCD).
To reach the archipelago, there is no direct flight from Europe because no airport can receive a large carrier. The only international airport is Arnos Vale, in Saint-Vincent. CESSNAs connect the Grenadines and Saint Vincent, as well as boats traveling between the islands at very modest prices. One can also borrow minibuses and taxis, and rent a car for about 400 € per week.
For your accommodation, pensions are the cheapest solution, with a rather basic comfort but the possibility of making contacts with the inhabitants (40 € per night approximately). The hotels, mostly modern and comfortable, are often expensive. Renting a house or apartment for several for a few days proves to be the most interesting (from 50 €).
The budget for food is lower: expect about € 7 for a full course in an average restaurant, and much less if you buy in the street stalls of the accras or a burger.
Health: It is necessary to protect oneself effectively against mosquitoes because of the cases of dengue and chikungunya. Better also beware of centipedes, as well as jellyfish and sea urchins during bathing. Do not shelter under manchineillers, very toxic trees.
Security: the potential dangers are due to the small delinquency in town, so you must avoid certain places at night, or even some isolated beaches. In nature, it is the strong currents of the eastern coast that present the only danger.
Shopping: you can bring wood carvings, baskets and hats in basketry, woven carpets.