Tobago Cays boating, St. Vincent Travel Tips

Boating from St. Vincent to Tobago Cays; credit St. Vincent TB

St. Vincent Travel Tips

Facts

Official Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Telephone Code: 784, followed by a 7 digit number
Population: 107,000
Cruise Port City: Kingstown

Travel Tips

The island’s tropical climate averages 81 degrees. As a result, the dress code is always “island casual.” Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, though rainy season is May to October. Given the island’s tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.

English is the official language.

Passports are required for U.S. citizens.

Though a visa is not required to enter, a small Departure Tax is required by all visitors to the country for 24 hours or more.

Currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar with U.S. dollars and credit cards accepted by some establishments.

There is a 10% government tax at hotels and 15% VAT on item purchases.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines are on Atlantic Standard Time.

Get a local phone card for the best rates. There is cellular phone service throughout the islands provided by Digicel and LIME.

Banks are open from 8am-1pm (Monday-Thursday), 8am-12pm and 3pm-5pm (Friday). ATMs are not always available.

Most stores are open 8am-4pm (Monday-Friday) and some stores may close for lunch.

Drink bottled water when available. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion.

Electricity is different than in the U.S., so bring an adapter or prepare to buy one, if you plan to use your laptop.

If you rent a car, drive on the left.

The major Holidays in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are New Year’s Day, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Day, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Labour Day, Whit Monday, Emancipation Day, Independence Day, Christmas, and Boxing Day.

The crime rate in Kingstown, St. Vincent is less than most cities of 25,000 population, but visitors should use common sense when out and about. The crime is very low on the small Grenadine islands.

Snorkeling at a beach in St. Vincent

Snorkeling at a beach in St. Vincent; credit St. Vincent

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