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St. Vincent / SVG

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles comprising the main island of St. Vincent and the outer islands of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit Saint Vincent Island, Union Island and the Tobago Cays, just to the east of Mayreau comprising many small islands formed in shallow waters over a submerged coral reef. The Tobago Cays (not to be confused with the island of Tobago several hundred miles south forming part of Trinidad and Tobago ) are designated as a wildlife reserve.

Its capital city is Kingstown in St. Vincent, which is also the main port for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whilst the countries main airport is located just over 5 miles from the capital and is due to shortly be replaced by a brand new international airport in 2013.

The country has a French and British colonial history and is a member state of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations and also the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

Mustique is approximately 3miles long x 1 1/2 miles wide and lays approx 12 miles from St. Vincent (12 miles). In 1958 the island became the property of Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner, who over a number of years was responsible for the gradual development of the island into a sophisticated nature reserve/resort island favoured by the aristocracy and celebrities, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, with many of the villas and other structures designed by the late British designer, Oliver Messel.
Canouan, which is just 5 square miles in size, is a crescent-shaped island surrounded by wide shallows and coral. making it a scuba diver's dream, is located about 25 miles from St. Vincent. The inhabitants of the island are mainly fisherman and small farmers, with an expanding tourism sector and several resorts.

Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, has an area of about 1.5 sq. miles and located about 35 miles from St. Vincent. Clifton and Ashton are the two principal towns, whilst the island is home to approximately 3,000 residents.

Union Island is approximately 3 miles long x 1 mile wide and lays about 40 miles from St. Vincent The island was formed by volcanic action and has a dramatic topography with the highest peak Mount Taboi rising to about 1,000 feet above sea level.

Palm Island lay just 400 yards offshore of Union Island, and is surrounded to the north, south and east by coral reefs. The western beach on Palm Island, Casvarina, is considered to be one of the best beaches in the Grenadines.

The 113 acre island of Petit St. Vincent lays about 5 miles offshore of Union Island. The island is a privately owned resort offering secluded luxury island style, one and two bedroom cottages, a spa and a range of sporting and marine activities.

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