Southern Grenadines

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The Southern Grenadines stretch in a south-westerly
direction from St. Vincent and are a haven for the visitor
wanting to have the ultimate peaceful vacation.
Fishing, sailing, swimming and snorkelling are at their
best in these enchanting islands, which have some of
the finest beaches and sailing waters in the world.
There are ferries travelling five days a week between
all of the island chain. Union has an airstrip for light
aircraft whilst Canouan accommodates larger aircraft.
CANOUAN’S main town, Charlestown, lies on one
of its longest beaches at Charlestown Bay. Very
popular for swimming and snorkelling, it claims some
of the best beaches in the Caribbean with ribbons
of powder-white sand, wide shallows and coral reefs.
The 900ft Mount Royal dominates this sparsely inhabited
tropical isle. Its beauty attracted Raffles to
build an exclusive 800 acre retreat of private landscaped
gardens, unobtrusive villas and the 18-hole
international golf course. There are four restaurants,
bars, tennis courts, swimming pool and a traditionally
sumptuous casino, looking out over the spectacular
coral reef which parallels the east coast of the island.
MAYREAU lies north-west of the Tobago Cays
and is one of the smaller Grenadines; just one and
quarter square miles, with a population of approximately
250 people. They mainly reside at Station Hill,
where you will find friendly bars and local restaurants.
A short walk will bring you to the lovely, aged, quaint
little stone Catholic Church, giving panoramic views
of the Tobago Cays. There is also the one and a
half mile famously sweeping beach of Salt Whistle
Bay.
PALM ISLAND is, not surprisingly, named after its
hundreds of swaying palm trees. A private island resort
with a very tranquil ambience, run by a top
hotel consortium, it offers an exceptional all-inclusive
hideaway. Its 130 acres are dotted with
beachfront stone cottages, open-air dining, swimming
pool, nature walks, and watersports as well as
exceptionally white sandy beaches.

PETIT ST. VINCENT, the southernmost Grenadine
island within the nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
is a privately owned, 113-acre elegant island resort set
on several rolling hills. White beaches, backed by manicured,
landscaped grounds, encompass the island. After
a 30 minute boat ride from Union, guests can enjoy the
ultimate in luxury and seclusion, in 22 well-appointed cottages
with private patios and seaside vistas as well as a
wide range of sporting and marine activities.
THE TOBAGO CAYS are numerous islets and
cays south-west of Canouan, guarded by some of
themost spectacular coral reefs in the world. The
famed Horseshoe Reef surrounds the four main, deserted
cays, dotted with the odd palm tree. You can
sail, snorkel and dive in translucent waters filled with a
kaleidoscope of colourful fish, or beachcomb on the
brilliant coral sands. This rare tropical paradise can
only be reached by boat. Declared a National Park
by the Government, everyone is urged to respect and
preserve the environment and waters of this unique
natural wonder.
UNION ISLAND is located at the southern end of
the Grenadine chain of islands. It features the highest
point in the Grenadines, with its 1,000ft Mount Taboi. Although
it has only about 3,000 inhabitants and is approximately
3 miles long, Union Island is the commercial
centre for the Southern Grenadines. With its busy airport
and shopping, it is a valuable resource for visiting yachts.
The main centre is the bustling village of Clifton, where
you will find small hotels including the recently renovated
and world famous Anchorage Yacht Club, boutiques,
supermarkets, a bank, pharmacy, and a wonderful openair,
brightly-coloured, fresh produce market. The main airport
serving the Southern Grenadines is here, as is the
harbour where most of the day charters pick up and
drop off guests. For long term charters and cruisers,
Union is the place to pick up provisions, dine in restaurants
and generally have fun. Don’t forget to try one of
the local rum concoctions and their famous lobster and
conch dishes.
Live lobsters can be purchased from local vendors
at Clifton Harbour. Please remember that lobster trapping is seasonal and prohibited between May
and September.
Once in Union Island, there are many things to do,
from relaxing, to more strenuous activities such as
climbing the mountain, hiking a nature trail or swimming
in the sea.
Chatham Bay, on the west side of the island, is
Union’s most beautiful yacht hideaway, with its pristine
and usually private beach. You can swim here in crystal
clear water from a fine white sand beach.
Union Island has a wonderful series of hiking trails.
You will discover many examples of flora native to the
island, as well as several historic artifacts. The 450ft
high 17th century, French constructed Fort Hill, located
on the north-east of the island, offers wonderful
panoramic views.
Usually performed in a festive manner, the Big
Drum dance is a special feature of Union Island. It is
derived from a mixture of the French and African traditions
and is performed in times of disaster and on
joyous occasions like the launching of vessels and
wedding festivals.

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