St Vincent and the Grenadines (or SVG for short) is nothing short of a paradise. This chain of islands, 32 in total, is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea and is one of the few Caribbean countries still uncluttered by tourism. Picture white sand beaches, clear blue seas and not a single soul to spoil the sound of the ocean lapping the shore.
The main island St Vincent is home to the capital Kingstown, as well as the main hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our accommodation is also on this island, just outside the capital on the south coast. There is plenty to do on the mainland, from climbing an active volcano to visiting the botanic gardens.
The smaller islands that make up the Grenadines range in size, and many are uninhabited. Bequia is the largest, and also the closet, and is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. We highly recommend a weekend break here staying in one of the beach hotels. The island has some wonderful places to eat and drink, as well as a turtle sanctuary.
If you want to know more about this beautiful country then get in touch with our team, they have all either lived there, currently live there or took their own elective there!
St Vincent Fact File
Population: 109,643 (2016)
Area: 389 square kilometers (150 square miles)
Official Language: English.
Weather: St. Vincent enjoys a pleasant tropical climate. Temperatures avergaes from 27°Cto 24°C.
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (USD is accepted almost everywhere)
Life Expectancy: 72
GDP per Capita: U.S. $2,900
Literacy Percent: 96
Water: We recommend drinking bottled water.
Time Zone: St. Vincent & The Grenadines is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). There are no daylight savings time changes.
Country dialing code: +1
There are so many amazing things to see and do while you are in St Vincent. We want to make sure you have an elective to remember, so our team have picked some of the best things to do in SVG.
Swimming with Turtles in the Tobago Cays
Without a doubt our teams favorite trip in St Vincent. The Cays are five small islands ringed with coral reefs, and offer some of the Caribbean’s best diving and snorkeling. It is also home to a nuumber of sea turtles who didn't mind the occassions swimming parter.
Climb an Active Volcano
La Soufrière towers over the island of St Vincent, and standing at 1,234 meters above sea level, it is St. Vincent's highest point. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit, a beautiful rainforest walk with watefalls and stunning views out over the island.
The second largest island in SVG, Bequia is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. With stunning white beaches and clear blue seas, this island is perfect for a weekend away. There are plenty of waterside bars and restaurants, as well as a turtle sanctuary.
The Owia Salt Ponds
The Owia Salt Pond is a unique and beautiful ocean fed bathing pool, perched at the northern tip of the windward side of St Vincent. Volcanic rock formations surround the pool and reef fish and coral formations add colour and life to the pool.
Dark View Falls
Dark View Falls consists of two spectacular waterfalls, one above the other, which cascade down high cliff faces and plunge into natural pools. It is only a short hike to reach the falls, but you have the chance to cross the Richmond River bamboo bridge.
This cruise is included in all of our elective packages, and is a wonderful way for us to welcome you to St Vincent. Enjoy drinks with the other students out on the water, while you watch a stunning Caribbean sunset.
Explore the Botanic Gardens
Established in 1765, the delightful St. Vincent Botanical Gardens are the oldest in the West Indies. The gardens encompass 20 acres of indigenous and exotic tropical plants and trees. It is also home to a exotic bird sanctuary.
Visit Union Island
One of the southern most points of St Vincent, Union is a beautiful island just 3 miles by 1 mile. It has long been a popular spot for yachts to stop, the island has a number of lovely beach bars and resturants. It is a great spot for windsurfing.
Climb up to Fort Duvernette
Built in the 1790s, Fort Duvernette, also known as rock fort, towers over Calliaqua and Indian Bay. Sat atop a 190ft volcanic plug the only way to reach the fort is by boat. Once you reach the summit you are offered panoramic views of the south coast.