live on the main island St. Vincent. The people are friendly and
fond of life. They behalf themselves reservedly to tourists, but
helpful. In total there are living approximately 110.000 people
on the islands. Aout 25.000 of them in the capital Kingstown.
Because of the
small airport the tourism of these islands hasn´t the importance
like on the neighour islands St. Lucia and Barabados. Along the
southcoast, in the region around Villa, you will finf the most accomodations.
Fortunately that aren´t gigant hotels. Normally the hotels
or blocks of apartments are not bigger than three storeys.
is the most important part of the economy. Compared to the size
of the island the plantations, where bananas are plant for export,
are very big. They are shipped to Great Britain, where they mustn´t
concurrent with the cheap southamerican bananas. Beside banananas
other fruits and vegetable are grown for the internal consumption.
On the small
islands lying south of the main island, the Grenadine Islands, the
life is more leisurely than on the main island. The islands have
some very beautiful beaches. However, they are not as spectacular
than they are market sometimes. The Grenadines don't have a varied
vegetation like St. Vincent. Here you can swim, go for a walk, make
boat trips and simple relax.
belongs beside Dominica to
the greenest of the smaller Antilles, that we have seen until now.
Although you won´t find much real rain forest here too. In
return the main island has many forests, where the most people feel
like in a rain forest. Through some of the forests you can walk
on trails or forestry ways.
The most interesting animal, that you can see while walking, is
the St. Vincent parrot called "Vincie", a only there living
specie, like the name says. There are only a few hundred alive.
High over the
island sit the 1230 m volcano La Soufriere. After a 2,5 hour walk
you will reach a meagre plateau, with the crater in it's middle.
If it is not too much overcasted, you will have a fantastic view
on both sides of the island. From here you can also see a few neighbour
islands, if the view is okay.
A own means
of transport is completely superfluous on the islands. On St. Vincent
minibuses frequent into every village for small money. The frequency
is sufficient so that this is the ideal mean of transport for the
traveller. At the ride with these buses you learn a lot about the
population and the country. In Europe these minibuses would be allowed
to carry only 8 passengers. However, on St.Vincent there are sometimes
15 passengers inside.
island => less books. The small guide book from the Hayit publisher
in our opinion is the best one of the mentioned ones. But also from
this book you should not expect too much.
St. Vincent und die
Hayit Verlag, Köln, 142 Seiten
St. Lucia Urlaubshandbuch
mit St. Vincent und Grenada
Reise Know-How Verlag Peter Rump, Bielefeld, 50 pages about St. Vincent
St. Lucia, Grenada,
Unterwegs Verlag Manfred Klemann, Singen, 26 pages about St. Vincent
Sorry, we don´t
have information about english guide-books.
further links in the internet
There are some interesting
sites in the internet about the islands. Before we will publish
them, we first have to check them again.