Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Now, I'm gonna admit, before visiting, I knew little to nothing about ST Vincent and the Grenadines. So, naturally, when I visited you guys got me drunk on what is essentially illegal rum so strong it could light up a barbecue. You also made me eat whale blubber and took a picture of me and a pirate hat. You vincey subscribers. I like you. I like you guys. Everybody. I'm your host. Barbs! We have reached the last and final brother of the Caribbean Triplets, the Saint countries we've done ST Kitts, We've done ST Lucia. And now the end is here. ST Vincent and the Grenadines. And huge thanks to the ST Vincent and Grenadines Tourism Authority and geography, Gordon, for hooking up an entire experience, showing me as much as you could in two days. This is a country that definitely has interesting people and backstory. If there was a Pan Caribbean party going on, you know Jamaica would obviously be the deejay. Barbados would be passing out the drinks. Little quiet. Dominica would be reading a book in the corner. But the really fun wouldn't start until crazy Uncle Vinnie pops in. He's got the best hookups and everybody wants to talk to him and his crew. Welcome to the cool uncle of the Caribbean Theory journal. Name of the country was high room, which means land of the Blessed See in the Caribbean. You're either in the single Main Island Club, the Double Island club, and then you get to ST Vincent and it's like, Oh, you gotta crew, maybe two islands and a few small rocks off your coast. That's Ah, that's cute. Well, say hello to my 32 sidekicks. Not Savannah. She's Vincent. That's the creepiest visual effect you've ever made on geography. Now, why would you make that? Well, you told me to be creative anyway, to the Globe. ST Vincent and the Grenadines Air located in the Caribbean, just at the southern tip of the Windward Island chain, which is part of the Lesser Antilles, which is basically all the small islands east of Puerto Rico. The country is made up of ST Vincent, the main island at about 88% of the land mass, where around 90% of the population lives. The remaining 12% is made up of the Grenadine Islands archipelago of smaller islands and islands shared between ST Vincent and Grenada, most of which, though 32 to be exact, belonged to ST Vincent, about 2/3 of the entire Grenadine Island chain. Eight of these islands are inhabited or partially inhabited. ST. Vincent's Grenadine Islands extend from what is considered to be the very first of the Grenadine Islands, Young Island only about 200 yards from ST Vincent's mainland, all the way south to the furthest island Petit Saint Vincent, which sets only about a mile away from petite Martinique, which is the northernmost island of Grenada's Grenadine Islands. The country is divided into six parishes, five on ST Vincent Island and the Grenadines. All within themselves make up the last and final parish. When you go to ST Vincent, everyone will say the island is shaped like a left hand, and the locations of towns and sites are always usually referred to being either on the windward side or the Atlantic coast or the Leeward Side being the Caribbean coast. The capital and largest city is found on the south leeward side Kingstown not to be confused with Kingston, which is Jamaica's capital, Kingstown, whereas the next largest towns are Georgetown in the north windward side and barley in the mid leeward side. The country has only one main international airport on ST Vincent Island Argyle International. From there, the country has four other regional and private airports. Back Way Mystique. Can I Wan? And Union Island back to ST Vincent, though The largest commercial harbour, of course, is in Kingstown, or luxury cruise lines, Doc, and you can catch fairies to the main inhabited Grenadine islands. However, the largest cargo shipping harbor is just a skip away in Camden Park Industrial Zone, there are two main highways. The Leeward Highway that ends in Walla Boo and the Windward Highway that ends roughly in new Sandy Bay Village. However, you can take a rougher local road all the way to the town of Fancy, the northernmost point of the country. From there, there are no roads that connect the entire uninhabited northwest quarter of the country between the two towns. The government has considered maybe building a road but too many variables at play, and if a potential volcanic eruption should occur, it is likely that this area would be in the path of destruction. And so that's about it all. You need to know about the social structure of ST Vincent and the Grenadines. Wait, you lied. I'm looking at the satellite view, and it looks like there's another airport on ST Vincent Island. You forgot about it? Yes, there is. But that one is not functional. That is the former E. T. Joshua International Airport that used to service the country. It was closed down because it was not large enough to accommodate the high demand for visitors and long haul commercial 7 37 airlines. Prior to that, getting into ST Vincent was much more limited. It was like, Well, yeah, we're typical lame tourists from the USA and Canada, and we want to go to ST Vincent. Oh, but alas, there are no direct flights to their small airport. We have to stop in like Barbados or ST Lucia for the first lay over Holy cow. These countries air amazing. Totally as my attention. Let's divert most of our time and money in these places since we're already here. Okay, that is it. I am literally going to demolish an entire town, build an international airport using half of my nation's GDP. What now they can take in the demand for trips up to 1.5 million passengers a year, four times more than E. T. Joshua. If you visit, make sure you visit at least one of the Grenadine islands. Keep in mind many of the Grenadine islands are either luxury resorts or privately owned, and access is limited to certain degree to outsiders. We don't have time to explain everything about every single island or key in the Grenadines. But if you want the incredibly condensed, rundown Beck way yes. Pronounced back way, it is the largest and most populated Grenadine island at about 6000 people. They even have their own flag that alludes to the whaling industry that they're famous for must eke the millionaire's island privately owned by the British Mystique Company. And it even has a small village for the citizens Can Awan, the billionaire's island privately owned by the Bahamian Cartel, one resort development company. This is where the stupidly rich people go to avoid the annoying millionaires. Union Island is like the place where the actual people from ST Vincent go to Gavin get away down to Earth five with people that celebrate their own festivals and traditions. My row, the smallest permanently inhabited island, the main town. Everyone lives and doesn't even have an official name is a small resort in Salt Whistle Bay, and my role is technically part of the Tobago Keys, which is a Marine park uninhabited but totally popular for some of the best diving spots. All of Palm Island was leased for $1 a year by an American couple as long as they agreed to build a resort to employ the locals. Petite ST Vincent to southernmost Island is privately owned by the U. S Freedom Resorts Company. It has 22 Balinese inspired luxury cottage is a toga and ballast. So are uninhabited, dry, shrubby islands that holds a dark, an important historical place in the nation's history. And petite Mystique has a funny story about a dude that got caught in a real estate fraud scam. Then you have the smaller, empty islands with pretty much nothing on them. And so, yeah, that's just about it. For all the Grenadine Island clusters, if you decide to visit, here are some of the top spikes you might want to consider checking out these fourths man made Happy Island. There are 18 Petric left sites most famous ones, probably being in Connery and Lay You, Wall of Who? Heritage Park or in Show Biotechnology Centre, Iron Man Statue, Kingstown Market, Black Point Recreational Park and Tunnel, while the Blue Bay is basically where Port Royal from Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. And you can also see the hanging arch there as well. Moby on Island, which has just a single thatched umbrella on it and probably the top side of the entire country. The botanical Gardens with over 500 species of plants. And that's the thing about ST Vincent and the Grenadines. They bank a lot of their tourism on nature, and they take conservation pretty seriously. Let's discuss more of that in When you enter ST Vincent, you'll notice that the country is noticeably greener and lush compared to more commercialized, bustling Caribbean nations. I mean, they're tourism motto is ST Vincent, the Caribbean you're looking for, and it's no wonder. I mean not far from the airport, you have the most pristine black volcanic sand beaches. First of all, the country sits on the Antillean Arc volcanic ridge that essentially created all of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean. This means that the main island of ST Vincent is also volcanic, with the tallest peak, Sue Frey, being a strata volcano that last erupted in 1979 the Year of Independence. Oddly enough, the country has no main natural inland bodies of water. But the largest thing close to one would probably be the crater lake in Sioux phrase called Era. From there, a small mountain spine runs along the island north to South, which collects enough water to create a wide network of streams and small rivers, including the longest one that empties into the Atlantic. The culinary river just south of the river, lies the Mesopotamia Valley, known as the breadbasket of the country. This is where the heaviest concentration of agriculture can be found mostly in fruits and root vegetables. When we go to the South to the Grenadines, though, you start to see a slight contrast because of their size, topography and location. The Grenadine Islands do not have any permanent streams or bodies of fresh water and are generally drier than ST Vincent Cat die and shrubs are more commonly seen growing in these areas as well. Nonetheless, the convergence of cooler, rougher Atlantic jet streams mixed with the warmer, calmer Caribbean air fronts causes the underwater biosphere to mix elements of both seas and flourish in a myriad of unique colorful reefs and marine wildlife hot spots. Yeah, basically, if you want a rain forest, stay on ST Vincent. If you want snorkeling, go to the Grenadines. And if you want to just chill it a cafe try some of that really interesting see musty that they make. Oh, actually, I just found out that that stuff is actually an aphrodisiac. So maybe if you're feeling freaky, I drink that stuff. Well, you know me with drinks. All I need is my triple shot of espresso break, which means no one comes in for this second. There is a little bit of one of these, you know, and I blacked out to worry about getting your hair lines all straight. Now, Miss tensions have always been an industrious people, But essentially it comes down to three industries that drive the country's economy. Seasonal agriculture, tourism and construction Service is agriculture makes up about 7% of the GDP, and today ST Vincent and the Grenadines is the leading producer of Beirut and a root flower on Earth. Funny enough as it has been decriminalized, ST Vincent is also known widely throughout the cannabis world for having some of the highest grade marijuana, the world known as been seaweed or N C. Ganja. What did you Why'd you cut to me? Am I supposed to say something, huh? Speaking of which, one problem many of the Grenadine islands face is the demand for fresh water supply other than the luxury islands like mystique in Kenya, one from a desalinization plants for a consistent water source. Most island communities in the Grenadines rely entirely within rainwater collection for fresh water and solar heaters installed on their roofs for hot water. Once that reservoir runs out, there's only two options. Uh, well, I'm done. The wells are all dry. It's not raining much. I'm all out of fresh water. Sorry to hear that, buddy. What do I do? Well, you could celebrate the Maroon Festival or the bigger islands can't either sell you water bottles, or they can ferry a water truck over to restock your supply for a fee. So to sustain our country's outskirt areas, you make the residents pay for their own supplies when they need it. Yeah, pretty much. It's not an uncommon practice. We should hang out sometime anyway. A long time ago, Willing was a more prevalent industry, especially on Back way Island. And today they still practice hunting whales and a man and regulated by the International Whaling Commission. Now we really need to hang out sometime. This is part of the town of barley became famous for their black fish dish. Yeah, whales. They can be found here it is her animal correspondent, Caleb Gary Harlow, whatever he's calling himself these days off the coasts, Clearwater's give life to reefs teeming with moray eels. Angel fish be recouped sea turtles. There's even a really cool to nor sanctuary on Big Way Island Inland, though the wildlife is mostly concentrated or in bids and reptiles and infect a new species of gecko with devious looking. Redeye's was discovered on Union Island in 23 years and five otherwise, the national animal is the Amazon, a gorgon ing and commonly known gilding, commonly known as the Vinson Shin Vincey parent. There are only about 500 left in the wild, but fortunately, breeding programs have helped revive the little guy and you could even say some of them at the Botanical Gardens in Kingston. Thank you, Gary. So as we come to a close this segment and you know what the deal is, it's time to discuss Boat in Saint Vincent. The breadfruit is probably the most important source of nourishment. Is even a common saying in ST Vincent. Don't cut down my breadfruit, Drake.