of the local community who have developed steep trails that climb through lush greenery to Parnassus and Mt. Olympus, where the extra effort is rewarded with some truly spectacular views of the entire Grenadines. Turtle watching expeditions provide another enjoyable option. Water taxis are a popular mode of transport and are available in Clifton Harbour. For a reliable and efficient service call Jude James: (784) 526-6891.
and cocktails and excellent swimming and snorkeling. Their convenient 5-minute shuttle from Clifton runs constantly from morning until night. With 10 luxurious rooms David’s Beach Hotel has recently opened here, offering a good all-inclusive experience as a new option for visitors. Sun, sea and beach lovers might prefer the tranquillity of Chatham Bay, which is much less crowded with boats than Clifton Harbour, and offers excellent snorkeling in crystal clear, teal coloured water, beautiful sunsets and seasonal flocks of Pelicans. Several small beach huts serve local food and cold drinks. The best way to get there is by boat, though a 4-wheel drive vehicle can make the trip. Union Island has a network of well-paved roads and a 1-hour taxi tour can give visitors a good overview of the island, with stops at the island’s second town, Ashton, and the small fishing centre of Campbell. While passing through the various communities, visitors often witness traditional practices such as making gravel by hand at the stone quarry or slow burning wood to make charcoal for cooking. There is also the chance of spotting indigenous animals like iguanas, donkeys, agouti and wild goats. Off-road, Union Island’s interesting scenery offers good conditions for hiking, with the most popular hike being from Clifton over to Chatham Bay. The fitter and more adventurous hikers can join members
WiFi is available at JT Pro Beach Bar on Kite Beach, Anchorage Yacht Club, Captain Gourmet, The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar at Bougainvilla, Snack Shack and Sparrow’s Beach Club. Erika’s Marine provides wireless Internet and the use of their computers, marine services such as laundry, travel arrangements, customs clearance and a good book exchange service. Information and assistance can be obtained from Erika’s Marine Services in Clifton Harbour at (784) 485-8335 or the Tourism Bureau in Clifton Tel: (784) 458-8350 open Mon. to Fri. 9am - 4pm (Lunch 12noon - 1pm) or Tobago Cays Marine Park office in Clifton Tel: (784) 485-8191 open Mon. to Fri. 8am - 4pm. Ferry services operate to and from St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau with the MV Gem Star and Barracuda. Clifton is the southern port of entry for customs clearance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Customs is located by the main wharf in Clifton Harbour (open Mon. to Fri. 8:30am - 4pm) Tel: (784) 485-8294, and at the Airport (open daily from 7am - 6pm) Tel: (784) 458-8360. Immigration service for yachtsmen is now also offered in the Union Island Tourist Information Office Mon. to Fri. 9am - 4pm (closed for lunch 12 noon 1pm). The immigration office is also at the airport. The Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines is open Mon. to Thu. 8am - 2pm and Fri. 8am - 5pm. There is a 24-hr ATM machine. Medical Services - Union Island Health Centre, Clifton Hill, Clifton (784) 458-8339; Harvey’s Pharmacy, located on Back Street in Clifton is available for medications and more (784) 458-8596. Pharmacy hours are Mon. to Sat. 9am - 7pm (closed from 1pm - 4pm). Manicures, Pedicures, Massage and Reflexology Sparrow’s Beach Club has a small spa. Phone (784) 458-8195. Complimentary shuttle - Tel: (784) 454-1888. Top left: Campbell and Ashton on Union Island’s west coast Photo: Kitesurfgrenadines.com
The jetty at Bougainvilla
Photo courtesy Jean-Marc Troillard
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