The capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known simply as St. Vincent, is Kingstown. It is located on the Southwestern coast of St Vincent. It is not only the capital but also the main commercial center and chief port of the country. French settlers founded the settlement in 1722, but it is the British who gave it the name Kingstown after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 which made the country a British colony. Kingstown became the capital in 1979 when St. Vincent attained independence. Kingstown is sometimes known as the City of Arches.

The capital had a population of about 40,020 in 2014.

Kingstown has a lot to offer to sightseers, history enthusiasts, or even maritime enthusiasts. It is known as the City of Arches because it has preserved a lot of the architecture from the colonial era such as cobbled streets, arches, historic stone buildings and beautiful churches. For example, there is the St. George's Anglican Cathedral which was built in 1820. It has lovely stained glass windows, one of which has an angel in a red robe. There is also the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral which was built in 1823 in the Romanesque style and Fort Charlotte which was built on Berkshire Hill in 1806. It sheltered more than 600 soldiers and over 30 canons and currently offers a beautiful view of the capital and bay. St. Vincent Botanic Gardens, on the outskirts of the capital, have been around since 1765. Tourists can go on hikes to the top of the Soufriere Volcano which is an active volcano that last exploded in 1812. There are a lot of diving and snorkeling services on the island.

The island experiences a tropical rainforest climate. This kind of climate does not have a clear wet or dry season nor a summer or winter as it is just hot and humid all year round. September is usually the warmest month while March is the coldest. The wettest month is October.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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