Kingstown is a lively port and market town on the southern coast of the island of St Vincent. Kingstown has 12 small blocks with a variety of shops and a busy dock area, which is the center of commerce for the islands. The Saturday morning market, comprising many stalls piled high with fresh fruit and vegetables, brings everyone to town.
The town’s churches date back to the early 18th century and are well worth visiting. Right outside of town is the old Fort Charlotte, which sits on a hill overlooking St. Vincent Bay.It was built in 1905, and offers great views of the surrounding area and an interesting small museum. The Botanical Gardens, just a short walk from the center of town are also well worth a visit.
St. Vincent is also known for its rain forests, waterfalls and extreme topography. Many hikes are available, as well as eco tourism adventures. St. Vincent also has some of the best SCUBA diving and photography in the world. Watersports are excellent on St Vincent.
Things to See & Do
* Fort Charlotte
* Saturday market
* St. Mary’s Cathedral
* Botanical Gardens
* Scuba diving and watersports
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Language – English
Land Area – 334 sq km
Population – 15,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 – 784
Port Location – Ships anchor off of St. Vincent’s main town of Kingstown and tender into the wharf. Kingstown is on top of the cliff that fronts the wharf area.
Transport Links – Travel to St Vincent & the Grenadines is via Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia or Trinidad & Tobago, and then onto St Vincents and the Grenadines by prop plane. ET Joshua airport (SVD) is 3km (2 miles) southeast of Kingstown.
Bus services run regularly throughout St Vincent. Small minibuses run a shared route-taxi service with a standard fare anywhere along the route. Public transport is cheap but crowded. Taxis are shared and charge standard rates. Car hire can be arranged through a number of national and international firms.