About Union Island

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Located just 40 miles south of St. Vincent, Union Island, the crossroad
of the Grenadines, is often called ‘Little Tahiti’ because of its high,
almost vertical peaks which, on a clear day, are visible from St. Vincent’s
capital, Kingstown. For yachtsmen, Clifton Harbour is the
main provisioning stop, and the place to obtain fuel, ice, water or internet
access. The main harbour has two small marinas, moorings, and a great
anchorage behind Newland’s Reef which is close to two interesting and
somewhat unique islands – Newland’s Island (unique as it has a population of
one) and Happy Island (unique because it was built by an enterprising
gentleman named Shanti. He spent a year dumping several boat-loads of
sand, conch shells, coconut and palm fronds into an area of water just inside
the reef thus creating his own island). The town of Clifton is a bustling
place by Grenadine standards and has a large number of great places to eat
at reasonable prices. There are several stores and water-front guest houses,
and the local people (the island has a population of around 2,500) are warm
and friendly. With a small airport and several local boat operators, Union is the perfect
place for a day cruise to the central Grenadines, being less than an hour
from the neighbouring islands of Mayreau, Petit St. Vincent and the
Tobago Cays, none of which can be accessed by air. There are regular
flights to Union not only from St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique and Canouan, but
also from Barbados.

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