Fact File for The Grenadines
The Grenadines are a stunning archipelago featuring remote coves, beautiful coral reefs, lush rainforests for hiking and premium sailing conditions. The islands offer a laidback and quiet pace of life and are perfect to hop between them by boat.
COORDINATES: 12º44N, 61º21W (Bequia)
CAPITAL: Port Elizabeth, Bequia
WEATHER: Tropical climate moderated by trade winds. Hottest and most humid months between June and September when temperatures reach 30C (86F). Weather is more comfortable between December and May with soft breezes.
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: December-April
AIRPORTS: E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD) near Kingstown
CURRENCY: East Caribbean dollar (XCD); USD accepted in all hotels and some shops. Major credit cards should be widely accepted in major establishments.
ELECTRICITY: 110/230 V, 50 Hz
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 14 Mar - National Heroes Day
- Mar/Apr - Good Friday, Easter Monday
- 1 May - Labor Day
- 1st Mon in Jul - Carnival Monday, Carnival Tuesday
- 1 Aug - Emancipation Day
- 27 Oct - Independence Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- 26 Dec - Boxing Day
MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Bequia Marina and Port Elizabeth (Bequia); Dovers and Grand Bay (Mustique); Canouan; Union Island
Princess Margaret Beach, Moonhole and Lower Bay (Bequia);
Saltwhiste and Saline (Mayreau);
Lagoo, Gelliceau and Endeavour Bay (Mustique);
CULTURAL: The locals are very fun-loving and cheerful people and their island lifestyle is a blend of British and West Indian influences. All visitors feel very welcome and casual wear is widely acceptable. Bathing suits and revealing clothing should be confined to the beach. It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing in the country.
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