Well DefinitelyMe there may be areas of both large islands you did not see or experience with your one day visit.
I have traveled and sailed throughout these islands since the late 70's and have quite a different perspective. There is a lot of needless sensationalism surrounding both of these lovely islands. For some reason some on this forum fear specifically St. Vincent. Especially because there was a murder there years ago, I believe in Cumberland Bay, which is quite picturesque and full of pleasant people. From what I learned it was a drug deal gone bad but honestly that was speculation on the people who spoke about it.
The boat boys are harmless but sometimes annoying, yet trying to make a living the only way they can.
I remember a letter addressed to the Caribbean Compass
some time ago that was written by a German woman whose husband died of a heart attack while anchored in Cumberland Bay. After her husband was taken off the boat she in her bereavement decided to stay with the boat until friends arrived. Every morning some of the families of the local boat boys would come by and leave fresh fruit and vegetables on her boat never wanting anything in return. They would again return later in the day and ask if she needed anything. This went on daily until she left. She went on to say that the kindness and concern shown to her was overwhelming and she would remember those kind souls for the rest of her life.
There is evil everywhere and I have learned that if you use the same street smarts that you would in any large city then you will certainly lesson the chances of any potential suffering. If you choose only to experience "safe environments" then there is a lot of life missed.
But having said that it is really up to the individual in what they are willing to risk. I am not trying to convince anyone to go there, my ONLY motivation is to show there may be differing perspectives. At the very least these poor people deserve that.