Please note that there is an EC$100 (approx US$37) departure tax, per person, when leaving St Vincent and the Grenadines. This tax is per person. There are no ATM’s at the airport and they do not accept credit cards or give change. Try to have local currency of the correct amount ready in your passport.
In an emergency, dial 999 or 911.
There are a number of public and private hospitals, as well as numerous health centres/clinics throughout the country. Facilities include: Bequia:
The Port Elizabeth Hospital (Tel: 458-3294)
The Kingstown General Hospital (Tel: 456-1955),
Chateaubelair Hospital (Tel: 458-2228),
Georgetown Health Centre (Tel: 458-6652) and
The Maryfield Hospital (private) (Tel: 457-8991) in Kingstown
The Canouan Health Centre (Tel: 458-8305)
The Union Island Health Centre (Tel: 458-8339)
A small clinic in Station Hill
Clinic across from the airport (Tel: 488-8000)
A public Dental Clinic (Tel: 456-1185)
Medical facilities are limited, however, and serious cases may require air evacuation to another island. The nearest hyperbaric chamber is located in Barbados. Doctors and medical facilities often require immediate payment. Your home medical program may not provide payment for medical services outside your home country. Obtaining adequate medical/travel insurance, including air ambulance coverage and consulting a physician or travel medicine specialist six to eight weeks prior to your trip to determine health risks and necessary vaccinations is recommended.
There are a number of pharmacies, including:
Normal hours: Tel: 451-2448
After-hours: Tel: 528-5408
Located in Bemtick Square on Hospital Road, Kingstown
Open Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 8:30am–4pm and Sun 9am–12 noon
Normal hours: Tel: 457-0212
After-hours: Tel 494-1621
Located on Arnos Vale Main Road, Kingstown
Normal hours: Tel: 451-1477
Located in Georgetown
Do not touch manchineel trees or stand under them when it’s raining.
Their poisonous white sap contains an acid that severely burns skin and their fruit, which resembles small apples, is poisonous. Some manchineel trees are located on the beach near De Reef Restaurant on Bequia and at Richmond Bay on Union Island.
When swimming be cautious of strong currents and undertow, especially around Trinity Falls, Warriacou and Mount Wynne.
Too many clothes — most people bring far too many clothes. Casual, warm weather, clothes, shorts, sports clothing, swimsuits and a couple of nicer outfits for going to a restaurant are all you need. Dress is resort casual. Still, it is generally unacceptable to wear bathing suits, short shorts and short tank tops in public, although we do sometimes see some unusual wear from the cruise ship visitors wandering around the harbour. Men should wear shirts in public. Casually elegant is appropriate for evening outings. You may want to bring a light sweater/jacket for evenings if you feel the cold. The weather every day is reliably warm all year round: it’s in the 26–28°C / 78–82°F range almost all the time.
Towels. We provide bath, pool and beach towels.
Camouflage apparel — it is an offence, even for children, to wear camouflage clothing.
Drugs — the Government of St Vincent & the Grenadines is very strict about this. There are harsh penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs.
We think that we live in paradise and have everything that you need, but in this modern world we see many people relaxing by the pool or on the beach with a computer on their lap! So here are a few ideas, in no particular order, that may or may not apply to you.
Medicines, pills & potions that you may need.
Sunscreens and lotions, including after sun sprays, bug repellents etc.
Sunglasses and hat
Personal toiletries, shampoo, soaps, lotions etc. We provide basic supplies but feel free to bring your own favorites.>
Items for your child or baby including nappies, toys, special foods etc.
Laptop computer and cables — wireless and Ethernet connections available
Camera and video camera
Music: iPods, CD’s etc
DVD’s — all region player available
Playstation, Xbox, games etc. and the wires to hook it to the television
Electrical plug converters to either the 220v UK style or the 110v US style (Spring House is wired for both systems)
Books — we have a small library. Take a book, leave a book
Tennis or badminton racquets and related equipment — a few available but you may wish your own
Special foods — if you can’t live without wasabi flavoured nuts or some other special or favorite food while you are here, then consider bringing it with you.
Money — The local currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollars but US Dollars are also widely accepted. Local banks will change almost any currency and have machines that you can use to withdraw funds using your debit or credit cards. Many restaurants and shops accept MasterCard and Visa although smaller shops, markets and tour operators may prefer cash.
The weather is reliably warm all year round: it’s in the 78°F to 82°F (26–28°C) range. Winter months (January to June) tend to be drier and summer months (July to October) have showers. Hurricanes are rare. See our Climate page for more information and today’s weather, or check out St Vincent & the Grenadines Meteorological Service or The Weather Underground.
Although they primarily service the yacht trade, water taxis are a popular method of quickly getting around the harbor or to a nearby beach. They are small, brightly coloured boats with an outboard engine. Be sure to agree the price first and make arrangements in advance to be picked up so they will be there when you are ready to return. All water taxis stand by on VHF Channel 68.
Citizens of the USA, Canada and the UK can spend up to 6 months in Bequia (St Vincent & The Grenadines) with a valid passport. All other visitors must present a valid passport and a visa. All visitors must present an on-going or return ticket.
Visitors to the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines may bring up to one quart of wine and spirits, 50 cigars and 200 cigarettes into the country without paying duty.
The islands are on Atlantic Standard Time year round, which is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer the time is the same as on the east coast of North America and during the winter the time is one hour ahead. All this said, leave your watch at home because you are on vacation!