Caribbean Weekly: Island Hopping in the Grenadines
Although the main island is commonly featured as the destination du jour for those visiting the nation, there is plenty to see and do on the smaller islands. And with a total of five official airports dotted across the island chain, in addition to a pretty efficient inter-island ferry system, everybody has the ability to enjoy all that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer. Here are just a few of the islands that should be on all of our radars when we decide to pop over for a visit.
The largest of the Grenadines island group, apart from St.Vincent, Bequia is a popular yachting destination with a rich whaling history. It is one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed by the International Whaling Commission. Bequia has a variety of locally owned small hotels and inns, some high-end boutiques and modest guest houses. It also has lovely beaches and snorkeling spots.
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Palm Island, situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and only one mile from Union Island, is mainly accessible by boat from Union Island. Palm Island is the home of Palm Island resort and twenty private holiday villas. Five white sand beaches fringe the coast with excellent snorkeling just offshore in translucent turquoise water.
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Union Island is approximately three miles (4.8 kilometres) long and one mile (1.6 kilometres) wide. Capped by dramatic volcanic peaks, Union Island is the southern port of entry for St Vincent and the Grenadines and a gateway for tours to the nearby islands. The island has two main villages, Ashton and Clifton. Ashton is the launching point for hikes into the hills, while Clifton is home to most of the tourist facilities with shops, restaurants, a marina, and airport. A great base to pick up a mooring and explore the natural beauty of this region, Union is a paradise for yachting enthusiasts, scuba divers, hikers and sun worshipers.
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Accessible only by boat, Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines. It has some of the longest, prettiest stretches of beach in the nation. Salt Whistle Bay is a popular spot for yachts, offers an idyllic palm-fringed arc of white sand beach.
Petit Saint Vincent
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It is the southernmost island in Saint Vincent and Grenadines, The entire island operates as a luxury resort, with 22 one- and two-bedroom bluff cottages and luxury villas. PSV as it is locally known, belongs to the portfolio of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Tobago Cays are an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines and contain five small, uninhabited islands that are now the key feature of the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Protected by reefs, the beaches offer calm clear waters for swimming and snorkeling, while the surrounding coral gardens are rich in marine life.