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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Visas: Visas are not required. Citizens of the USA, Canada and the UK can visit with proof of citizenship in the form of a birth certificate or voter's registration card, accompanied by an official photo ID. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. A return or onward ticket is required of all visitors.
Health risks: Sunburn, Diarrhoea, Intestinal Worms
Time: GMT/UTC -4
Electricity: 220-240V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Imperial

When to Go to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

The temperature on balmy St Vincent hardly changes. The average daily high varies about 1°F from January to July. Rainfall is a different matter. July is the wettest month, when there's measurable rainfall an average of 26 days, while April, the driest month, averages six days of rain. January to May are the driest months and thus the best time to go, but they're also the peak tourist season. Generally, the Grenadines tend to be drier than St Vincent.

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Events

St Vincent's carnival, called Vincy Mas, is the main cultural event of the year. Usually held during the first two weeks of July, it features a 12-day run of calypso and steel band music, colourful costume parades and lots of dancing. Most of the action is centred in Kingstown. On Bequia, there's a major regatta over the Easter weekend. A Christmas celebration called Nine Mornings starts on 15 December and features parades through the streets of Kingstown, bicycle races, string band serenades and carolling. May Day is also Fisherman's Day on St Vincent, which comes at the end of a week's worth of contests when the island's fishermen catch as many fish and mend as many nets as they can.

Public Holidays
1 January - New Year's Day
22 January - St Vincent & the Grenadines Day
Easter Holidays - Good Friday, Easter Monday
First Monday in May - Labour Day
Eighth Monday after Easter - Whit Monday
Second Monday in July - Caricom Day
Mid-July - Carnival Tuesday
First Monday in August - August Monday
27 October - Independence Day
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day

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