Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known as St. Vincent, is an island county located in the Lesser Antilles Island arc, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea. Its capital and largest city is Kingstown, which also serves as its main port. The territory is comprised of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines – a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada, with most of the country lying within the Hurricane Belt. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a French and British colonial history and is now part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
What to see & do
Stroll around St. Vincent Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere. Relax and enjoy this paradise, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Go on a diving excursion with the help of Grenadines Dive; have a taste of delectable meals at the famous Basil’s, an open-air thatch-and-bamboo restaurant that extends out into Britannia Bay, which serves unexpected delicious delights such as the combination of banana pancakes and lobster; the French and Italian fusion restaurant The Aquarium serves tasty meals that you can enjoy best at this beautiful location – right on the waterfront, with one wall, which has a gigantic aquarium with all manner of fish including eels and small shark; the extremely popular seaside bar-restaurant, Frangipani Restaurant & Bar, which has tables under cover and out under trees, with live music available during the week; visit the fabled Tobago Cays, which offers world-class snorkelling and white sand beaches; and the historical and beautiful island of Canouan.
How to get around within Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Although the islands are relatively small in size, navigating around is rather difficult, with its mountainous landscape areas. The main highways run along the coasts so to get from one side to the other, driving around the whole of the island is imperative. St. Vincent’s public transportation is comprised of privately owned vans that act as a bus service. These vans have an "H" at the beginning of their licence plates, meaning they are "for hire". Getting around by boat is possible via companies including Windward Islands, TripSailor, and MaritimVs.
How to get there
If you are flying in, you are most likely to go through E.T. Joshua Airport, the largest airport in the nation. It is located just outside of the capital Kingstown. Most flights in and out are relatively local, and some are to and from nearby islands such as Canouan, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Saint Kitts. However, there’s a new international airport currently under construction and is estimated to be completed in 2015, at which time E.T. Joshua will cease operation. As of now, E.T. Joshua Airport is currently served by Conviasa, LIAT, and SVG Air, flying to Porlamar, Barbados, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Antigua, Grenada, Port of Spain, Saint Lucia-Vigie, and San Juan. Alternatively, you can also get in by boat, via any of the numerous docks and bays in the islands.
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