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About SVG

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is nation renowned for its tranquil and stunning archipelago of 32 islands and cays. This serene island-nation is located in the Caribbean Sea, and is just 137 km away from its neighbor Grenada; both of which are close to South America. It is an island rich in culture, with warm and friendly people: The industrious farmers tending to their lands, the local fishermen reeling in their fresh, daily catches, and even the ordinary working people who are out and about in the bustling city of Kingstown.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the perfect natural paradise, offering endless opportunities for eco-tourists and just about anyone interested in seeing what Mother Nature has to offer. Come and explore our stunning waterfalls, remarkable dive sites, lush green landscapes, rewarding hiking trails, our unique Botanical Gardens, or one of our pearly white or black volcanic sand beaches. We’re sure they’ll take your breath away.

St. Vincent is the ideal location to rest and concentrate on learning English and/or Spanish at Modern Language School, while also interacting with locals and foreigners who reside on the island. What better way to learn about other cultures? Also, we can assist you in organizing a fun and adventurous excursion to one of the many tourist sites that St. Vincent has to offer. Imagine yourself relaxing on one of the pristine beaches in the Grenadines, or going on an adventure, hiking up the nation’s volcano La Soufriere. We can guarantee you will love it here! All of this will be possible when you join one of our language courses. Learn more about St. Vincent by visiting www.discoversvg.com

Facts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Language -- English is the official language

Currency -- The official currency of St. Vincent is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), pegged at EC$2.67 per U.S. dollar (EC$1 = 37¢). Most restaurants, shops, and hotels will accept payment in U.S. dollars or traveler's checks.

Banks -- Most banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 2pm; and Friday from either 8am to 5pm. Most banks have ATMs.

Documents -- Citizens from other countries should have a passport and a return or ongoing airplane ticket.

Electricity -- Electricity is 220-volt AC (50 cycles), so if you're traveling with U.S. appliances, you'll need an adapter and a transformer.

Taxes Service Charges -- The government imposes an airport departure tax of $16 per person. A 10% government occupancy tax is charged for all hotel accommodations. Hotels and restaurants almost always add a 10% to 15% service charge.

Time -- Both St. Vincent and the Grenadines operate on Atlantic Standard Time year-round.

Water -- Although drinking water from the pipe is common in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it is recommended to stick to bottled water or boil the water.

Weather -- The climate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is pleasantly cooled by the trade winds year-round. The tropical temperature is in the 78°F-to-82°F (26°C-28°C) range. The rainy season is July to October.

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

Safety tips: St. Vincent and its neighboring islands of the Grenadines are quite safe. Even in Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent, chances are slim you'll encounter serious crime. However, take the usual precautions of personal security awareness:

  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery and never leave valuables unguarded.
  • Take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season
  • Only use licensed taxis. Taxis aren’t metered but standard taxi fares exist for most destinations. Agree the fare in local currency with the driver before you set off. You can often pay in US dollars as well as EC dollars.
  • Public transport is available and cheaper, although minibus drivers might drive above the speed limit.

Swimming -- Take great care at all times when swimming as currents can be strong and not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags. You should monitor all beaches carefully and obey any local warnings.

Emergencies -- In an emergency, dial tel. 999 or 911.

Hospitals and clinics -- There is one hospital on St. Vincent in Kingstown: Milton Cato Memorial General Hospital (tel. 784/456-1185), Hospital Road, and several private clinics.