Petit St Vincent
Introduction to Peiti St Vincent
Amid untouched nature and surrounded by warm, crystal-clear, turquoise water, one senses that the island is one?s own. This truly is the Caribbean you've dreamed of all your life.
Hoist a yellow flag outside you cottage for service, a red for ?do not disturb', Petit St Vincent allows you to hide yourself away from the rest of the world. Over its varied landscape 22 delightful private cottages are scattered - some on hillsides, some set into the sides of cliffs, some right on the beach. Each cottage is beautifully appointed and in a secluded setting, close to the beach. Most guests however, choose to make use of the resort?s beautiful bar and dining room for at least some of their meals. Some dine each night in the privacy or their own island home.
PSV's warm waters are perfect for snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, and fishing. The island has steady breezes that are perfect for sailing, and the dock house offers Hobie Cats, Sunfish, windsurfers, glass bottom kayaks and ocean kayaks at no additional cost.
A hike to the summit is not to be missed. The path winds through untouched tropical jungle and past banyan and rubber trees with local orchids nestling on the branches. At the top, the views of the surrounding islands and ocean are magnificent; there is a sense of utter tranquility.
There is a lovely lighted tennis court surrounded by fragrant flowers and bushes, where guests can play during the cooler hours of the day.
Massages and facials can be arranged. Yoga sessions take place in the open-air yoga pavilion near Conch Bay or in the privacy of your own cottage. Scuba diving instruction and equipment rental can be arranged.
Petit Saint Vincent Hotels
Petit St. Vincent Private Island
Access to Islands
Just a short flight away, stunning anchorages everywhere. Find out more about access to the islands here...
Banks-- Most banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to either 1 or 3pm, and Friday from either 8am to 5pm or 8am to 1pm and 3 to 5pm. There is a bank with ATMs nearby on Union Island.
Currency-- The official currency of St. Vincent is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), pegged at about $2.70 per U.S. dollar (EC$1 = US37¢). Unless otherwise specified, rates in this chapter are quoted in U.S. dollars. Most restaurants, shops, and hotels will accept payment in U.S. dollars or traveler's checks.
Documents-- British, Canadian, and U.S. citizens should have a passport and a return or ongoing airplane ticket. A birth certificate with a raised seal is often accepted with a photo ID, but we always recommend traveling with your passport overseas.
Electricity-- Electricity is 220-volt AC (50 cycles), so if you're traveling with U.S. appliances, you'll need an adapter and a transformer. Some hotels have transformers, but it's best to bring your own.
Emergencies-- In an emergency, dial tel. 999 or 911.
Hospitals-- There is one hospital on St. Vincent in Kingstown: Milton Cato Memorial General Hospital (tel. 784/456-1185), Hospital Road.
Language-- English is the official language.
Liquor Laws-- Liquor can be sold on any day of the week. It's legal to have an open container on the beach as long as you don't get rowdy or litter.
Pharmacies-- On St. Vincent, try The People's Pharmacy, Greenville Street, Kingstown (tel. 784/456-1170), open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm. There are a few other drugstores in Kingstown as well.
Post Office-- The General Post Office, on Halifax Street in Kingstown (tel. 784/456-1111), is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:15pm and Saturday from 8 to 11:30am. There are smaller post offices in 56 districts throughout the country, including offices on the Grenadine islands of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and Union Island.
Safety-- St. Vincent and its neighboring islands of The Grenadines are quite safe. Even in Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent, chances are you'll encounter little serious crime. However, take the usual precautions and never leave valuables unguarded.
Taxes & Service Charges-- The government imposes an airport departure tax of EC$41 (US$15) per person. A 10% government occupancy tax is charged for all hotel accommodations. Hotels and restaurants almost always add a 10% to 15% service charge. Ask whether or not it's included in the initial hotel rates you're quoted. If it's not already added at a restaurant, tip at that rate.
Telephone-- To call St. Vincent from the United States, dial 1, then 784 (the area code for St. Vincent) and the local seven-digit number. Once on St. Vincent, you can access AT&T Direct at tel. 800/225-5288. To reach MCI, dial tel. 800/888-8000.
Time-- Both St. Vincent and The Grenadines operate on Atlantic Standard Time year-round: When it's 6am on St. Vincent, it's 5am in New York. During daylight saving time in the United States, St. Vincent keeps the same time as the U.S. East Coast.
Water-- In St. Vincent and The Grenadines, stick to bottled water.
Weather-- The climate of St. Vincent and The Grenadines is pleasantly cooled by the trade winds year-round. The tropical temperature is in the 78°F to 82°F (26°C-28°C) range. The rainy season is July to October.