Charter Yacht Vacations in the Grenadines
The Grenadines Culture and History
The alluring sounds of Caribbean music are prominent in the Grenadines. Steel pan bands are the major music played here. Also popular is calypso, reggae and soca. Cricket and soccer are also close to the hearts of the people. The Vincentians are a fun loving and easy going people. Carnival ( or ‘Vincy Mas’) takes place in June and is a celebration of both past and present.
The indigenous peoples of St Vincent and the Grenadines were the Caribs. The British Empire had a stronghold in the region by 1719. Despite the French capturing St Vincent twice the British regained control. The native Caribs resisted British control from 1783-1796. It was one of the last places in the Caribbean to be settled by European colonies. It claimed independence in 1979.
St Vincent is the chief island of the chain and is mountainous and well forested. The Grenadines, a chain of 31 islands and cays, extend for 60 miles between St Vincent and Grenada. The island chain consist of rich vegetation, waterfalls, calm turquoise seas and uninhabited islands and cays. The average yearly temperature is 81 degrees. The rainy season is May – October with average rainfall of 80 inches on the coast.