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The Grenadines are a chain of small islands that lie on a line between the larger islands of Saint Vincent and Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. Nine are inhabited and open to the public (or ten, if the offshore island of Young Island is counted): Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Petit St Vincent, Palm Island and Mayreau, all in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, plus Petite Martinique and Carriacou in Grenada. Several additional privately-owned islands such as Calivigny are also inhabited. Notable uninhabited islands of the Grenadines include Petit Nevis, used by whalers, and Petit Mustique, which was the centre of a prominent real estate scam in the early 2000s.

Grenadine Islands
Geography
ArchipelagoLesser Antilles
Total islands32
Major islandsCarriacou, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent, and Palm Island.
Area86 km2 (33 sq mi)
Administration
Demographics
DemonymGrenadinese
Additional information
Time zone

Grenadines
Nickname(s): 
Grenadine
Population
 • Totalest. 20,880
 • Density194.2/km2 (503/sq mi)
The Grenadines

The northern two-thirds of the chain, including about 32 islands and cays, are part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The southern third of the chain belongs to the country of Grenada. Carriacou is the largest and most populous of the Grenadines (excluding Grenada).

Geographic boundariesEdit

They are divided between the island nations of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. They lie between the islands of Saint Vincent in the north and Grenada in the south. Neither Saint Vincent nor Grenada are Grenadine islands. The islands north of the Martinique Channel belong to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the islands south of the channel belong to Grenada.

Larger islands of the GrenadinesEdit

Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesEdit

The total population of the Grenadine islands within Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is estimated to be 10,234.[1] The following islands make up the Grenadines Parish:

Island Area Pop. Capital
Northern Grenadines
Bequia 18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi) 5,000 Port Elizabeth
Mustique 5.70 km2 (2.20 sq mi) 800 Lovell (private island)
Southern Grenadines
Union Island 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi) 2,700 Clifton
Canouan 7.60 km2 (2.93 sq mi) 1,200 Port Charlestown
Mayreau 1.20 km2 (300 acres) 280 Old Wall
Non-inhabited Grenadines
Palm Island 0.55 km2 (140 acres) Cactus Hill (private island)
Petit Saint Vincent 0.46 km2 (110 acres) Telescope Hill (private island)
Tobago Cays 0.25 km2 (62 acres) marine reserve
Isle à Quatre 1.52 km2 (380 acres)
Baliceaux 1.20 km2 (300 acres)
Bettowia 0.71 km2 (180 acres)
Petit Mustique 0.40 km2 (99 acres)
Petit Nevis 0.29 km2 (72 acres)
Petit Canouan 0.20 km2 (49 acres)
Savan 0.11 km2 (27 acres)

GrenadaEdit

Carriacou and Petite Martinique is a dependency of Grenada and has a population of 10,900 people. Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadine chain. These islands contains:

Island Area Pop. Capital
Carriacou 32.73 km2 (12.64 sq mi) 10,000 Hillsborough
Petite Martinique 2.37 km2 (590 acres) 900 North Village
Non-inhabited Islands
Ronde Island 8.1 km2 (2,000 acres)
Caille Island 1.62 km2 (400 acres)
Saline Island 0.11 km2 (27 acres)
Large Island 0.15 km2 (37 acres)
Frigate Island 0.09 km2 (22 acres)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "St Vincent and the Grenadines, Population and Housing Census Preliminary Report 2012". The Census Office, SVG Government. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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