St. Vincent and the Grenadines Interesting Facts
Despite having a name seemingly akin to a rock band circa 1995, St Vincent and The Grenadines is a nation that has certain gravitas amongst the Eastern Caribbean. A part of the Windward Island delegation, St. Vincent shares a similar history with most of those islands, however SVG features quite a few characteristics that helps it to stand alone as, not only a tourist destination, but as a regional landmark for all to enjoy. So this week, Buzzebly will take a closer look at St. Vincent and The Grenadines and seek reveal all that makes the land of peace and justice.
Over 32 islands and cays
There are over 32 islands and cays that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines; of these, nine are inhabited. Including the mainland St. Vincent and the Grenadines islands: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent and Palm Island.
25 Varieties Of Breadfruit
There are at least 25 varieties of breadfruit in St. Vincent & the Grenadines such as Butterheart, Captain Bligh, Cocobread, Creole, Creole Black, Creole Common.
Pirates of the Caribbean
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a back drop perfect for shooting feature length films. Some of the Hollywood big budget films done on location on the islands are White Squall, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines became officially independent on October 2, 1979 and adopted their constitution on the same day while choosing to follow a democratic form of government.
Amazing Scuba Diving
During its 2001 Field Survey, ‘REEF’ found 225 species of fish in the waters of St Vincent which is also home to some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean
Hairoun beer and Sunset rum
Two of the popular local drinks found in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are Hairoun beer and Sunset rum. Sunset rum is quite ludicrously potent rum from St. Vincent, Sunset Very Strong should never be taken neat, but heavily diluted with a mixer or as a float for cocktails.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is the only Caribbean country in which petroglyphs, recording our ancestors’ presence are found. These can be found in Yambou, Buccament, Layou and Barroullie. Several Amerindian sites have been uncovered in St. Vincent but their meaning of the carvings remains uncertain. They seem to represent some of the most intriguing reminders of the island’s original settlers.
Oldest Forest Reserves
The Kings Hill Reserve, established in 1791 is one of the oldest Forest Reserves in the Western Hemisphere. With an elevation of 600 feet, it provides a habitat for protected wildlife, and a home for more than 26 identified species of tropical trees and shrubs.
There is an active volcano on St Vincent (La Soufriere). The volcano rises to 4,048 feet. It is the largest of the 3 craters that are present at the summit of the volcano, the other 2, the Somma and the 1812 crater, both presently dormant.