St Vincent & the Grenadines - General Info
St. Vincent (Windward Is.)
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
East Caribbean dollar (EC$)
Effective 1 July 2015, the I cent and 2 cent EC coins will be withdrawn from circulation. The coins will no longer be valid either as consumers will not be able to conduct transactions using these coins. Persons can present the coins at any of the commercial banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to receive face value.
A price rounding system will be implemented within the ECCU countries for the settlement of cash transactions only, whereby the total payment, inclusive of duties, fees and taxes, will be rounded symmetrically to the nearest five cents. Non-cash payments using cheques, debit andcredit cards will not be impacted and therefore will not be rounded.
International Dialing Code for St Vincents the Grenadines is +1 784.
Digicel operate here and you can buy a pre-paid data bundle through them. You can then use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for the rest of the crew, also link by USB to your own PC. Cruisers report this is much more cost effective than any of the Wi-Fi services, and of course is available throughout the islands that Digicel serves.
Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising through the islands using Digicel should be aware that you cannot top up a sim from one island in another as used to be able to. So if for example you want to use your Grenada sim while cruising north you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/
Cruisers report that Digicel connection works fine nearly everywhere (3G) with only Isle de Ronde and Tyrrel Bay, Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union and Canouan getting 2G.
Remember to follow your Gb usage, or the money runs out quickly.
Bequia Local Radio Net: VHF channel 68 every morning at 08:00
Last updated April 2015.
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
A Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands 2015-16
By Chris Doyle
Publisher - Cruising Guide Publications - 17th edition
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: Sheridan House; Rev Rep edition (August 21, 1998)
This cruising guide covers the Caribbean basin from the Virgin Islands, to the popular Winwards and Leewards, to the yachting mecca of Venezuela and the island groups around South America's northern coast
Street's Cruising Guide to the Eastern Caribbean: Martinique to Trinidad
By Donald Street
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd (2Rev Ed edition July 1993)
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
April 2015: Added information to General/Money
January 2015: Weather links updated.
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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