How much does it cost to explore St Vincent and the Grenadines?

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Have you ever wondered whether you could afford to visit the Caribbean? Below is our financial spend for our journey around St Vincent and the Grenadines recently. Check out what we did during the fourteen days we explored St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Travel Cost Assumptions

When reading this article, please keep the following in mind:

  • The costs are based upon a couple travelling together.
  • We are independent travellers, researching and organising our own itinerary using curated travel resources.
  • Our travel style is reasonably consistent wherever we go, which is great when you want to compare travel costs between countries:
    • Accommodation: We usually stay in self-catered accommodation - in our own room and (preferably) our own bathroom, though the kitchen may be shared.
    • Dining and Groceries: We have at least two meals a day at home. We like to eat out at cafes or restaurants every few days.
    • Transportation: Wherever possible, we travel by public transport.
    • Experiences: We pay for some tourist attractions or activities, but are selective as our funds are limited (just like everyone elses).
  • In addition to above expense categories, we also include in the overall daily costs (though only for the period we are in the country) our mail scanning and forwarding service, mobile phone plans and travel insurance.
  • Not considered are the costs for entry or exit transport into/out of the country.
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Accommodation

With regard to accommodation costs, St Vincent and the Grenadines has been our most expensive destination to date. It was even slightly more costly than the USA.

How to save money on accommodation

For accommodation, as with any other travel expenses, it’s worth shopping around. When we book accommodation somewhere, we tend to look across a number of booking platforms to find the best value for money option. Wherever you book, do make sure you read the fine print to make sure you compare apples with apples. For example, your stay may incur extra charges (like local tourist taxes or cleaning fees). Some booking platforms include them, while with others, you have to pay them to your host upon arrival.

Nightly rates are generally cheaper outside of peak season. If you can only travel in peak season, look for accommodation options that are a little further away from the main tourist attractions, yet have good connections by public transport.

We use and recommend the following booking platforms.

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Experiences

Our experiences and activities included downloading and watching Pirates of the Caribbean – a must-see given the number of scenes that were filmed here. We also did a day trip to Mayreau, the Tobago Cays and Palm Island in the Southern Grenadines (a must for anyone in the area) and hired a car for a day to explore St Vincent.

How to save money on experiences

Free activities or experiences

Many activities (and some of our most treasured experiences) are free or cost very little. On our journeys, we have

  • Visited many museums free of charge (including the Colosseum and Forum in Rome which are free on the first Sunday of the month)
  • Joined Al Green’s Baptist Church Service in Memphis (rather than pay the exorbitant entry fees at nearby Graceland)
  • Attended free guided walking tours around the world (you pay a tip at the end based on your budget and how much you liked the tour)
  • Did countless self-guided walks and used public transport to get to know a city
  • Hiked in the Andes in Ecuador and climbed volcanoes in the Caribbean
  • Swam and snorkelled at countless beaches, using tree shade rather than paying for parasols; and
  • Attended free performances and danced with locals in Cuba.

Just search for free activities in your destination and chances are someone has made a nice list for you already.

Paid Experiences

Paying for experiences or activities can add up quickly, especially if you're travelling as a family. Make use of family passes (if available). Look out for special deals and discount coupons. If you travel in a group, it may also pay to book a private tour and share the cost. Shop around - here are some of the service providers we have used and can recommend:

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Travel Costs Summary Table

CategoriesUSD per person per day
Communications0.07
Groceries5.84
Dining6.43
Leisure10.92
Accommodation35.54
Miscellaneous0.49
Finance0.11
Travel6.01
Total USD per person per day65.40

How much did it cost you to explore St Vincent and the Grenadines?

I wrote this St Vincent and the Grenadines travel costs guide based on our own peronal experiences. If you have explored St Vincent and the Grenadines as well and you have something to add about your travel costs, please feel free to contact  me. If you liked my travel cost saving tips and found them helpful, we would appreciate if you could share them with your friends and family via the Share buttons below. Even better, link to the page from your personal blog or social media platforms.

Author: <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulryken/" target="_blank">Paul Ryken</a>

Author: Paul Ryken

Paul Ryken is a goal setter, goal achiever, never tell him he can't do anything kinda guy..a grandfather, a husband, practising minimalist who makes sustainable, ethical purchasing decisions. His lives a values-based, quality over quantity lifestyle. For fitness and mental health, he runs six days a week and is on a mission to complete a marathon on every continent before the age of 60. As a digital nomad with carry-on luggage only, he chooses experiences over material items. He primarily writes about sports, travel finances and technology.