Getting Around St. Vincent & The Grenadines
The best way to get around St. Vincent & The Grenadines is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful on St. Vincent and the bigger islands, and fares are reasonable for short trips. Taking a cab is probably the easiest way to get to your hotel from St. Vincent's E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD), located a few miles southeast of Kingstown. Renting your own set of wheels on St. Vincent, Bequia and Mustique is also an option, but it's not recommended as roads can be somewhat tough to navigate. Buses are another popular means of getting around St. Vincent, Bequia and Union Island; however, they tend to be overcrowded and cramped. To get to the Grenadines, head to St. Vincent's central harbor in Kingstown, where numerous ferry companies shuttle passengers between St. Vincent and the islands daily.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines has five major airports. Most visitors fly into E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD), but you can also opt to fly into the small airstrips found on Canouan (CIW), Bequia (BQU), Mustique (MQS) or Union Island (UNI).
Taxis are available on more populated islands like St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique and Union Islands, as well as some of the smaller isles. Taxis are not metered, so negotiate a price before hitting the road. Expect the fare from E.T. Joshua Airport to downtown Kingstown to cost roughly EC$30 (about $11).
St. Vincent & The Grenadines' twisting roads are tricky to navigate due to potholes, steep turns and aggressive drivers. If you're up for a roadside adventure, keep in mind you need to drive on the left side of the road. Additionally, you'll need to present a valid driver's license as well as a temporary local license, which you can pick up from at the police station on Bay Street in Kingstown or at the Revenue Office located in Port Elizabeth, Bequia. A temporary license costs EC$100 (about $40). Recommended car agencies include Avis and Ben's Auto Rental.
The Bequia Express offers daily round-trip service to Bequia from St. Vincent. Fares for adults cost EC$25 (about $10) and fares for kids cost between EC$15 and EC$20 (about $5 to $7). For boat service to the surrounding islands, you'll want to check with your accommodations. Your hotel may recommend chartering a boat – the most convenient option for island-hopping.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of renting a car, you'll find buses provide an easy and affordable way of getting around St. Vincent. But be prepared for slow speeds and crowded conditions. Buses depart from New Kingstown Fish Market along the waterfront. Fares cost between EC$1.50 (roughly $0.35) and EC$3 (about $1).
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