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Travel Tips

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Palm Island bookings with arrival dates from December 1, 2015 onward will be routed through St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). This new service from St. Lucia to Union Island will be available every day except Wednesdays.
All booking made before August 17th, 2015 via Barbados will be honored.

Things You Need to Know When Traveling to The Grenadines

Passport Requirements

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Passports are required. We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport validity date of at least six months past the date of departure from the island and check specific country of origin requirements. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport please visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the HM Passport Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.

Airlines

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The primary carriers into The Grenadines pass through St. Lucia. British Air and Virgin Atlantic operate service from London, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United operates service from many US destinations. In Canada, WestJet and Air Canada operate regular scheduled flights.

More regional services and connecting flights are from a variety of departure points and include:

  • LIAT provide scheduled services from other Caribbean islands
  • Grenadine air alliance operates 6 days a week between St. Lucia and Union Island. (Wednesday service is currently unavailable)

Departure Tax

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There is a departure tax of EC$50-US$19. Departure Tax is payable at the Union Island airport prior to departure.

Immigration

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All visitors must have valid passports. All visitors must also have a return or ongoing ticket. Visas are not required.

Banking

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The following banks operate in St. Vincent & The Grenadines:

  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Barclays Bank PLC
  • First Caribbean International Bank Ltd.
  • Caribbean Banking Corporation Ltd
  • Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Other Financial Institutions:

  • First St. Vincent Bank
  • St. Vincent Co-operative Bank

Capital City

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Kingstown, located on the southwest coast of St. Vincent, is the seat of government and main commercial centre.

Clothing

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Light informal clothing is appropriate. Visitors should not wear swimsuits or mini shorts in the streets or stores. Bring long pants and hiking shoes if you intend to hike.

Palm Island Dress Code

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In the restaurants, shoes must be worn and bathing suits covered. After 6:30 p.m., men wear shirts with collars, either long or short sleeves (no T-shirts or tank tops) and long pants, stylish jeans or tailored Bermuda-length shorts (no sport shorts, Capri or ¾ pants); and women wear dresses, skirts, long pants or stylish jeans, culottes or tailored Bermuda-length shorts (no “short shorts” or cutoffs).”

Credit Cards

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Major credit cards are generally accepted by resorts and car rental companies.

Please be advised that AMEX Not Accepted for Local Payments at Palm Island Resort. Due to ongoing issues with American Express credit card processing, please advised that, until further notice, American Express credit cards cannot be used to pay local charges and incidentals at the hotel. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are welcomed.

Currency

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The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) is linked to the US Dollar. One US Dollar is worth about EC$2.70.

Customs Regulations

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Small quantities of alcohol and tobacco are duty free, as are personal effects and tools of profession, trade or employment. Other items are dutiable or restricted.

Driving

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Visitors need a local driver's permit (available for a fee of EC$75 - about US$28). Please contact our reception for assistance.

Electricity

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Voltage is 110 volts, 50 Cycles. Most hotels have dual voltage shaver outlets. The outlets are US standard. The hotel can provide adapters for UK/European plugs.

Government (Democratically Elected)

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On October 27, 1979 St. Vincent & The Grenadines gained independence from Britain. The government is democratically elected. The Crown is represented by an appointed Governor General.

Language

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English is the official language.

Marriage licenses

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Non-nationals wishing to be married here must be resident for at least 3 days before a marriage ceremony can take place. A special license is required from the Ministry of Justice or from the Registrar's Office, both located on St. Vincent. Due to our remote location it is only on a Monday clients can visit the Legal Affairs office and return to Palm Island on the same day.

Population

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St. Vincent and The Grenadines has a population of approximately 112,000 (January 1998). African, East Indian, Portuguese, Carib and European heritages are present.

Telecommunications

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The Grenadines have a modern, fully digital telephone system. The international area code is 784.

Time Zone

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The Grenadines are in the Atlantic Standard Time zone - the same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 4 hours behind GMT.

Water

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The tap water is safe to drink and frequently monitored to surpass International conforming standards for consumption. Bottled water is available at an additional cost. We encourage our guests to take advantage of our good tasting water and ask them to remember that everything on an island requires the shipping and transport onto the island, and off of the island. Only the sun, sand and seas are natural to the island, and Palm Island is conscience of its environmental responsibility.