If you’re heading off on honeymoon or moving here to work, take a look at these fun facts about St. Vincent and the Grenadines to boost your local knowledge!
1. St Vincent is actually an archipelago.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a small archipelago of around 32 islands and cays in the south of the Caribbean Sea.
2. Much of the territory is uninhabited.
Despite there being 32 islands, only 9 are inhabited.
3. It has plenty of neighbors!
Its nearest neighbors are St Lucia and Dominica to the north, Barbados to the east, and Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela to the south.
4. Set sail for sunny climes!
Set your boat for the coordinates 13.1667° N, 61.2333° W to find yourself on the beautiful sandy shores of St Vincent and the Grenadines!
5. There are plenty of peaks here.
The terrain here is volcanic and mountainous, with stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
6. It’s just bigger than a city.
The total land area of St Vincent and the Grenadines is 150 square miles (389 square kilometers)……that’s around 1.5 times the size of Birmingham.
7. It’s pretty sparse compared to most cities!
St Vincent and the Grenadines’ population was 110,947 in 2020…that’s around 10% of the population of Birmingham!
8. What do the residents here call themselves?
Residents here are known as Vincentians. Colloquially they are known as Vincies.
9. What’s the capital of St Vincent?
The capital is Kingstown which had a population of 27,000 in 2014.
10. Arcs of triumph!
Collectively, the buildings in Kingstown are known to have around 400 arches, gaining it the nickname ‘City of Arches’.
11. It’s hot all year here – but sometimes rainy.
Saint Vincentians enjoy a tropical climate with little seasonal temperature variation. There is a rainy season from May to November.
12. What do people speak in St Vincent and the Grenadines?
The official languages of St Vincent and the Grenadines are English and French Patois.
13. Make sure to change up that money!
Before you go, exchange your spending money for East Caribbean Dollars, the official currency here, to purchase a few delicious rum cocktails to sip on the beach!
14. Captain Jack Sparrow set sail here.
Did you know, many of the scenes in the first three ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films were filmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines?
15. That’s a life well lived!
St Vincentians have an average life span of 75 years.
16. Keep in touch in the tropics!
Want to call family or friends in St Vincent and the Grenadines? You’ll need to use the international dialing code +1784.
17. The industry here is really varied!
Its industry consists of food processing, furniture, clothing, cement and starch.
St Vincent and the Grenadines also exports bananas, dasheen/taro (a tropical asian plant), eddoes (a tropical vegetable), arrowroot starch and tennis rackets.
FAQs about St Vincent and The Grenadines
Is St Vincent a part of the UK?
No - it’s been independent as a nation since 1979, and was also once part of France.
What is St Vincent known for?
St Vincent is famous for its incredible landscapes - it has amazing volcanic scenery extending all around!
Is St Vincent a poor country?
Unfortunately, yes, poverty is fairly high in the country, with education levels also being fairly low.
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