Occupying some of the easternmost islands in the Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a gorgeous country of just over 100,000 people. Control of the islands passed between France and England between the 16th and 18th centuries. Great Britain ruled the country from 1763 until 1979, when it was granted independence.
Like many Caribbean nations, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ culture is a fascinating blend of colonial, native, and African slave roots. While English is the official language of the country, most residents speak a dialect known as Vincentian Creole. 66% of the population is of African ancestry, while 19% are considered to have “mixed” ethnic background. Architecture varies between French and British colonial styles, and live calypso and reggae music can be commonly heard in restaurants and on the streets.
Kingstown, the capital, largest city, and chief port, has a population of 25,000. A beautiful city whose history stretches back to 1722, Kingstown boasts one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world.
Kingstown: June 27 – July 7