A guidebook that's really helpful and practical for planning a trip to St. Vincent or any of the Grenadine islands, is St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of the Caribbean Sunseeker guides. It contains history, culture, accomodations, maps, and photos. Another great feature of the Sunseeker books is that they are waterproof, so if you're walking along one of St. Vincent's beaches, absorbed in a review of a gourmet cheese shop, and you don't see that huge wave rolling straight at you, it will be all right... the book, anyway.

A resourceful book for individuals as well as families traveling to St. Vincent is Adventure Guide to Grenada, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, by Cindy K. Brown, with detailed descriptions of restaurants, accomodations, and, as title suggests: adventures. The author's personal reflections and notes give you a sense of confidence in what you're reading.

Ellsworth Keane, now deceased, was one of St. Vincent's own. A jazz trumpet player and poet (which earned him the nickname "Shake," short for Shakespeare), he grew up on the island and published his first book of poetry before 1952. Another volume of Keane's poetry, Volcano Suite, was inspired by the eruption of St. Vincent's La Soufriere Volcano in 1979.

For the younger set,  Windward Islands, by Tamra Orr, will inform and intrigue as they prepare for a trip to St. Vincent.