Thursday, February 10, 2005


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is not a place specifically oriented toward tourism, but the Vincentians appreciate that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a beautiful place and they welcome people who want to visit their islands.

But there are no big all-inclusive resorts. The area that most resembles a resort area is around Indian Bay and Villa beach. There are beaches that are convenient for swimming, even for little children, and there are a number of small hotels on or walking distance from the beach.

After we had visited St. Vincent for the first time we were so enthusiastic that I couldn't help writing about it. I made a website was built up with additions and corrections and patches. It had a kind of funky charm, but St. Vincent deserves something more coherent. There is a version on the web at [], but I decided to put together more material and make this book.

We love St. Vincent because it isn't a tourism-oriented island--aside from being beautiful it is full of real people doing real things, most of whom don't pay the slightest attention to us. Why would we want to attract tourists?

The economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines depends on agriculture, mostly bananas. The corporate giants Dole and Chiquita grow bananas on flat land in Central America using machinery and cheap labor . Caribbean bananas are grown on mountainsides and are hand-tended, so they taste better but leave more money in the producing country's economy. The US figures that profits for US corporations that exploit former colonial labor markets is more important than the economies of independent Caribbean countries like Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The result is that the economies of several caribbean countries will be devastated to make it more profitable for Dole and Chiquita to exploit mainland central american labor. That means that St. Vincent has to take the tourist market more seriously