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 St Vincent & the Grenadines - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Electrical Supply

St. Vincent (Windward Is.)

Voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

East Caribbean dollar (EC$)

Communications

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.

Bequia Local Radio Net: VHF channel 68 every morning at 08:00

Transport

Water Taxis

Diplomatic Missions

Events

January 22: St Vincent & the Grenadines Day

Bequia Easter Regatta

Carnival

Sport Fishing Competition

Emergencies

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.

Publications

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)
ISBN:978-0-944428-94-8
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)
ISBN-13: 978-1892399182
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)
ISBN-13: 978-0924486579

Cruising Guide to the Eastern Caribbean: Martinique to Trinidad v. 3
By Donald Street
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd (September 1980)
ISBN-13: 978-0393032543

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)
ISBN-13: 978-0393033090

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
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
http://www.gov.vc

Tourist Board Website - Yachting Information
http://www.discoversvg.com/

Blog (2011) with an excellent guide to St. Vincent & the Grenadines
http://www.adventuringsouth.com/

Doyle's Guide to Sailors' hikes

Update History

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.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 12, 2013 09:57 AM

Re. Security : The notes warning about thefts in this part of the Caribbean and the suggestion that if you anchor in Tobago Cays you should be careful about keeping hatches open is so sad to me. My husband and I got married on Mayreau just over 7 years ago. We were on a 2 week bareboat trip with 7 friends and sailed to Bequia, Mayreau, Mustique, Tobago Cays and Union Island. Our own boat is in Antigua now and we were planning on re-creating the trip on our own boat and re-vsiting the great and beautiful places we anchored and experienced...now I don't think I want to take the chance...
Vikki O'Connor

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 06, 2013 04:07 PM

My parents are just back from a cruise in the Grenadines. They met friends that had been robbed at Chatham bay, Union after a drink at the famous big new Italian beach bar. When leaving the bar, they all felt sick, like they had been drugged (maybe GHB). All of the group (4 people) were then robbed by men, they took all their money, phones, etc.

They even do not remember how they came back to the boat, they woke up following morning. This seems an organized crime: drugged in the bar, robbers waiting outside.
Frédéric Dalle

rlee
rlee says:
Jan 20, 2014 01:28 AM

For yachts passing on the leeward side of St. Vincent I can recommend Cumberland bay as a safe and hospitable anchorage. The boat boys will come out and meet you guiding you in and taking your stern line to attach to a tree. I found Carlos particularly helpful and he also keeps an eye out for you he can be contacted in advance on 17844551199. Carlos will also take you round to clear customs and immigration at Chateaubelair in his dingy which speeds the process considerably. The beach bars could do with the support as they are struggling to get back into business after being devastated by the Christmas storm

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