St Vincent & the Grenadines - General Info
St. Vincent (Windward Is.)
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
East Caribbean dollar (EC$)
International Dialing Code for St Vincents the Grenadines is +1 784.
Mobile phone service is available in most areas of St Vincents as well as the Grenadines. The prepaid SIM card for St Vincent & the Grenadines is a practical option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid St Vincent & the Grenadines cell phone while you’re in the country at a better rate than you’d pay for a St Vincent & the Grenadines cell phone rental. It’s also a trouble-free ticket to using the same options that the residents of St Vincent & the Grenadines themselves use—the local St Vincent & the Grenadines cell phone system.
The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone is cheaper than the high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad. Also enjoy the benefit of SMS text messaging, voicemail, GPRS, a local cell phone number in St Vincent & the Grenadines, and FREE incoming calls.
Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/
Bequia Local Radio Net: VHF channel 68 every morning at 08:00
January 22: St Vincent & the Grenadines Day
Bequia Easter Regatta
Sport Fishing Competition
Fire - Dial 911
Police - Dial 911 or (784) 457-1211
Advice is to avoid overnighting in Chateaubelair. However, if you decide to
stop there anyway useful phone numbers are:
Police Emergency: 911 / 999
Coast Guard Operations: Tel: 457 4578 / 457 4554
Chateaubelair Police: Tel: 458-2229
Mayreau Harbor Patrol (MHP) is a non-governmental organisation and non-profit group, funded partly by Tobago Cays Marine Park and the four constables who work the patrols. MHP's main mission is to patrol the harbors of Mayreau and make it safe, especially at night. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. For more information contact MHP on telephone number 17844975322.
For any emergencies between Mayreau and the Tobago Cays telephone 17845302752/17844952380 or 17845278412.
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here
A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report
2013-2014 Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands: Martinique to Grenada
By Chris Doyle
Publisher: Cruising Publications (16th Edition, Nov 2012)
This guide features detailed sketch charts based on the author's own surveys, and aerial photos of most anchorages with clear and concise navigational information. Covers the islands from Martinique to Grenada, with dazzling scenic photography, unsurpassed onshore information, sections on exploring, provisioning, water sports, services, restaurants and photography. Information is linked to the author's website where you can download town maps, GPS waypoints from the sketch charts, and obtain links to local weather, news and more.
A Cruising Guide To The Windward Islands: Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Carriacou, Grenada, Barbados
By Stephen J. Pavlidis
Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Inc. (June 1, 2005)
With 80 sketch charts this is the most comprehensive guide covering The Windward Islands. The Windward Islands Guide contains GPS waypoints, approaches and routes, anchorages, dive sites, an extensive appendix, photos and a bibliography
Cruising Guide to the Caribbean: Including the North Coast of South America, Central America and Yucatan
By William Stone and Anne M. Hays
Publisher: Seafarer Books; 2nd Revised edition (30 Jun 1993)
Cruising Guide to the Eastern Caribbean: Martinique to Trinidad v. 3
By Donald Street
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd (September 1980)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm, Union, Psv : A Plural Country
By Dana Jinkins & Jill Brobrow
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 4th edition (October 1985)
Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here
Government website - good for news with a yearly calendar of events
Tourist Board Website - Yachting Information
Blog (2011) with an excellent guide to St. Vincent & the Grenadines
December 2014: Formalities updated. SailClear not in use here.
June 2014: Clearance fees updated by Cherry Sparkle, Chateaubelair Customs & Immigration.
December 2012: All links checked and latest clearance fees provided by Bart de Hondt of SY Maeva.
November 2012: Security updated following night time burglary in Bequia.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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