St. Vincent & Grenadines
Key Country Facts
St. Vincent is renown for their banana production!
Mesopotama Valley, Mustique
Major exports: bananas, eddoes and dasheen, arrowroot starch, and tennis racquets
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a tropical wonderland! The capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Kingstown. There are approximately 102,350 people living here. The official language of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is English, with a large majority of the population also speaking French patois. The majority of Vincentians practices Protestantism. The time zone is the same as EST.
The main industries in St. Vincent are agriculture and tourism. Regarding agriculture, bananas used to be its primary exports and St. Vincent’s produce was known to be the finest on the planet. EU tariffs used to protect their imports into the European market, but after those expired, Central American countries flooded the market with much cheaper produce. As St. Vincent is mountainous all of its bananas must be hand-picked, dramatically increasing the labor costs versus its competitors.
Nevertheless, the country’s food basket is centered in the Mesopotama Valley a breathtaking vista atop the hills. I stayed at the Blue Lagoon Hotel, which was probably one the nicest hotels on the island. Regarding tourism, St. Vincent is not the place for tourists to visit—however the Grenadines is. Mustique is the place to go. Not going to write more because don’t want the secret to get out!