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General Information

Beyond the everyday travellers and the usual destinations
    Go just a little bit further to find one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean
        Discover this peaceful nation of 32 enchanting islands and cays. In the Eastern Caribbean 
            and little farther south, find your place, tucked away from the hustle.

 

 

 

Here you’ll find
A land of contrasts where luxury is uniquely measured in a life that is simple, natural and elegant. 

 

The unspoiled Caribbean
True to our traditions of fishing, sailing and boat building yet a secret getaway for jetsetters and discerning home owners the world over.  

A Grenadine Playground 
For sailing, snorkelling, fishing and diving - among the best in the world

Great natural beauty
Tumbling waterfalls, verdant rainforests, magnificent coral reefs, golden sand beaches, spectacular sunsets – and friendly people that welcome you.

32 Islands and Cays

A labyrinth of crystal waters, sandy beaches and natural yacht anchorages
 

9 Inhabited Islands 

Uniquely vibrant with brilliant personalities and amenities of their own
 

4 Inter Island Airports

Jet ready and easy to enter 
 

1 International Airport

Direct flights to mainland St. Vincent from the US and Canada

Climate
Perfect. We enjoy a tropical climate with the hottest and most humid months between June and September when temperatures reach an average high of 30°C (86°F). We are out of the hurricane zone, however, we do experience tropical storms that keep it green and lush in the rainy season (July – November). 

Language & Population
English is the official language, though a Vincentian dialect is also widely spoken. You may find it a little tricky to understand at first, but once attuned, you'll probably be speaking it as well as the rest of us!  The population of St. Vincent & The Grenadines is approximately 110,000.

Government & Law
St. Vincent & The Grenadines is an independent parliamentary democracy and member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Our parliamentary and legislative systems are derived from the British model with 15 elected representatives, 4 senators and a prime minister. Queen Elizabeth II is represented by a Governor General. Visit the Government website at www.gov.vc.

Economy
A strong agricultural base remains, however, the economy is increasingly dependent on the tourism sector which is now the nation’s primary source of overseas exchange.

Tax Advantage
A low annual property tax of 0.08%.  No inheritance tax. No capital gains tax.
There is a VAT tax of 16% on goods and services. 

Purchasing Property
There are no restrictions on foreign nationals purchasing real estate in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The purchase process takes up to 3 months 
Standard Fees are approximately 16% of the sale price.  
Mortgage funding is available via several local banks.

 

Currency

Our official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). It is also the official currency of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica, and St. Lucia. Notes are in denominations of EC$100, EC$50, EC$20, EC$10 and EC$5. Coins come in denominations of EC$1 and then 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. The US dollar is widely accepted throughout our islands and the exchange rate is fixed at US$1 = EC$2.68. Exchange rates with other international currencies are variable.

 

Driving

Driving in St. Vincent & the Grenadines is on the left. Visitors are required to purchase a temporary licence for EC$100 and must be able to produce a domestic driving licence.

 

Electricity

The small private islands of Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent have 110V 60Hz electricity supplies and use a US style 2 pin system. All other islands have 220/240V 50Hz supplies and use a UK style 3 pin system.

 

Time Zone

St. Vincent & The Grenadines is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). There are no daylight savings time changes.

 

Clothing

Public nudity is illegal in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and topless sunbathing is discouraged. Swimsuits must not be worn in towns, public streets or places of business. It is illegal to wear camouflage clothing in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

 

Water

The water is safe to drink. Bottled water is also available.

 

Telephone Code

The international telephone code for St. Vincent & the Grenadines is +1 784 followed by a 7 digit number. From Europe dial 001 784 plus the 7 digit number.

 

Cellular Service

There is extensive cellular service throughout the islands, provided by Digicel and LIME (formerly Cable & Wireless).

 

Entry & Exit Requirements

Visitors to St. Vincent & The Grenadines must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. Visas are required from nationals of The Dominican Republic, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The People's Republic of China, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria.


All visitors, with the exception of Caricom residents, are normally granted a four week stay by Immigration. To further extend this duration, visitors need to seek approval from the Immigration Department, along with payment of an extension fee of EC$25 per person.

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