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I am a recent visitor to St. Vincent, and after being hyped to see what this country had to offer, I ended up finding myself starving for more and also begging to leave. The SVG mainland has so much more to be desired and a lot more that can be improved.
I can start with the current airport (E.T. Joshua), on arrival, the room looks bleak, lacks a duty-free and also any form of ambiance that seems welcoming. Yes, persons can argue that it’s an old building and a newer, better airport is on its way, but a little renovation can go a long way. The check-in area is another story altogether. How can one expect a large amount of tourist to fit on two wooden benches in a lobby that is not air conditioned? It feels like this was purposefully done to create a need for the new airport, which I hope addresses such things.
The roads and obstacle courses are another thing I seriously had to ponder about as fear of wrecking my rental was constantly on my mind. There were more potholes than roads, excluding the Windward side of the island, which seemed better kept. The Leeward Highway rehabilitation project had me a little worried as the roads, in fact are now narrower and bumpier than before. The fact that tourists travel this particular road to access the Buccament Bay Resort isn’t most comforting to think about, as the road may feel like riding rough waters in an old ship.
In Kingstown, the scenery is also that of disappointment. Vendors crowd the sidewalks forcing you to walk in the narrow streets, buildings look dilapidated, stores lack variety or a proper shopping experience and the language barrier is strong. Asking for directions was quite a task as persons with their thick dialect left me confused and further lost. As a country striving for a high visitor count in the coming months why is there not a shopping mall, more reputable restaurant chains or even a nightclub or nightlife at least? The biggest shocker was a closed KFC.
I found myself in bed at 9 p.m. almost every night during my stay, bored and watching my friend, the TV. Other forms of entertainment seemed useless as all the radio stations play basically the same music (no form of variety whatsoever). I must admit the high-speed Internet by that Flow company made my stay a lot more bearable.
In closing, this country has a lot of room for improvement. Listening to some of the locals, I can hear the desperation in some of their voices for change or at least more. I hope by my next visit that someone takes some initiative to upgrade the country to a tourism hub that persons long to be, rather than long to leave.
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