St. Vincent & The Grenadines Travel Guide

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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 ET 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 Kingston, 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 ET Joshua Airport (SVD), but you can also opt to fly into the small airstrips found on Canouan (CIW), Bequia (BQU), Mustique (MQS), or Union Islands (UNI).

Taxi

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 ET Joshua Airport (SVD) to downtown Kingstown to cost roughly $30 XCD (about $12 USD).

Car

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 should drive on the left side of the road. Additionally, you'll need to present a valid driver's license as well as a temporary drivers' permit, 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. Temporary drivers' permits cost $65 XCD (about $24 USD). Recommended car agencies include Avis and Ben's Auto Rental (784-456-2907).

Ferry

The Bequia Express and Admiralty Transport offer round-trip service from St. Vincent to Bequia every day. One-way fares aboard the Bequia Express cost around $20 XCD (about $7.50 USD) to Bequia; round-trip tickets cost around $35 XCD (about $13 USD). Meanwhile, the Barracuda makes trips between St. Vincent, Bequia, Mayreau, and Union Island five times a week. Ferry schedules are flexible depending on season, so it's best to check timetables in advance. Consult the St. Vincent Port Authority website for an in-season schedule.

Bus

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 $1.50 XCD (roughly $0.35 USD) and $3 XCD (about $1 USD).

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