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Our Cover Artist – Peter Carr World traveller, sailor, carpenter and artist, Australian Peter Carr arrived in Bequia “by accident” in the late 70s. In the 35 years since his first sketches of Port Elizabeth, Peter has returned for extended stays, with a full palette of colours and supplies, to explore and record the beauty and vibrancy of Bequia life. Collected world-wide, his Bequia watercolours and oils lovingly record the timeless aspects of local life. Despite the changes, he continues to seek out, and paint, the places and traditional activities that have remained an important part of the island. His new book, “BEQUIA, A FEAST OF COLOR”, with 63 brilliant images and historical notes, is available in Bequia and online. Peter’s original watercolours and oils can be viewed at Mango Art Studio in Bequia. For further information contact Julie Lea at (784) 455-4677 or email: julieslea@yahoo.com Miller Publishing Co. Ltd. Edgehill, St. Thomas, BB22118, BARBADOS Tel: (246) 421-6700 e-mail: chrisw@millerpublishing.net www.insandoutsofsvg.com www.BarbadosBooks.com While every care has been taken in the compilation of information contained in this guide, such information is subject to change without notice. The publishers accept no responsibility for such changes.

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Contents

General 6 14 15 22 28 138

Calendar of Events Fast Facts Maps Chartering Property and Investment Accommodation Guide

St. Vincent 34 36 40 45 48 54 60

History Island Adventures Beaches and Anchorages Shopping and Services Restaurants and Nightlife Accommodation

Bequia 70 72 76 83 86 88 94 100 104

History Island Adventures Beaches and Anchorages Weddings Shopping and Services Restaurants and Nightlife Accommodation Villa Life

The Grenadines 110 112 116 120 122 126 136

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Mustique Canouan Tobago Cays Marine Park Mayreau Union Island Private Island Resorts


Christine Wilkie

Wilfred Dederer

Wilfred Dederer

Wilfred Dederer

2013 Calendar of Events

January

February

March

April

Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest 2013 (10th Anniversary) Thu. 24th to Sun. 27th. Schedule: Thu. 24th: Frangipani Hotel - starts at 9pm. Fri. 25th: Mustique Blues Festival in Bequia - 8:30pm at De Reef, Lower Bay. Sat. 26th: Jazz and Blues Jam by the Beach - 12:30pm at Bequia Beach Hotel. Sat. 26th: C’bean Clash 8:30pm at De Reef. Sun. 27th: Reggae, Rock & Blues on the Beach 12:30pm at De Reef. Check website for full lineup: www.begos.com/ bequiamusicfest/

Mustique Blues Festival continues until 6th Feb. Contact: Basil’s Bar at Tel: (784) 488-8407 www.basilsbar.com

32nd Annual Bequia Heineken Easter Regatta Thurs. 28th to Mon. 1st Apr. Contact: Bequia Sailing Club at Tel: (784) 457-3649

Sunshine School Auction Sunday, 17th February at Gingerbread Restaurant Viewing from 11.30am Auction starts 1pm. For more information contact principal, Camille Jacobs at (784) 457-3794 sunshine@vincysurf.com

Easterval Celebrations, Union Island Fri. 22nd to Mon. 1st Apr. Contact: Union Island Tourist Board Tel: (784) 458-8350. uniontourism@hotmail.com

Gospel Fest This programme is a series of concerts held around the island and in the Grenadines, sharing the talents of the church communities with the country. Contact: Ministry of Culture at Tel: (784) 451-2180 email: urban@vincysurf.com

The 18th Annual Mustique Blues Festival Wed. 23rd to Wed. 6th Feb. Each Sunday during the festival there is a Sunset Show at Basil’s Bar - great family fun! Contact: Basil’s Bar at Tel: (784) 488-8407 www.basilsbar.com Public Holiday New Year’s Day - Tue. 1st Full Moon Sun. 27th

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Primary Schools Performing Arts Festival Fri. 1st to Thu. 28th. A month long festival of song, dance, drama and poetry featuring the children of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Primary Schools stage short concerts to identify talented students. These students then represent the school at the Grand Days and the presentations can be seen on TV. For further info contact The Ministry of Culture, Tel: (784) 451-2180 email: urban@vincysurf.com Full Moon Mon. 25th

National Heroes & Heritage Month Fri. 1st to Sat. 30th. Internal celebrations in each school; a focus on local history; a Wreath Laying Ceremony to honour National Heroes, The Right Excellent Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer; and the community programmes celebrating heritage.

Lobster Season Closes 30th April Public Holidays Easter Monday - 1st Full Moon Thu. 25th

Public Holiday National Heroes Day Thu. 14th Good Friday - 29th Full Moon Wed. 27th

For weekly updates on “What’s On in St. Vincent” please check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Website at www.svghotels.com/whats-on

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Christine Wilkie

Kay Wilson

Kay Wilson

Wilfred Dederer

2013 Calendar of Events

May

June

July

August

Mayreau Regatta Wed. 1st to Sun. 5th.

Vincy Mas Celebrations Sun. 30th to Tue. 9th July Carnival preparations & Rural Carnival Shows (community organizations and schools will be organizing for the carnival activities and there will be presentation of the rural carnival shows). Vincy Mas festivities include King and Queen of the Bands, Junior Carnival, Miss SVG, Miss Carnival, Steel Band and Calypso competitions and Old Mas and Jouvert street parades. For further details contact the Carnival Development Corporation Office at Tel: (784) 457-2580 or email: cdcofsvg@vincysurf.com or visit the Vincy Mas website www.carnivalsvg.com/

Carnival Monday/J’ouvert Mon. 8th - an early morning street jump-up with a satirical twist. T-shirt bands participate in a great street jump-up in the afternoon and into the evening.

Emancipation Month

Canouan Regatta Thu. 16th to Mon. 20th. Boat races, sports and games, calypso competitions, street jump and beauty pageants. Contact: Mr. Carlos McLaurean, Commodore, Canouan Sailing Club at Tel: (784) 458-8197 African Liberation Day Celebrated with a March and Rally, and schools are invited to send representation to the event. Public Holidays Labour Day (May Day) Wed. 1st Whit Monday - 20th Full Moon Sat. 25th

Bequia Carnival End of June, date TBA. A delightfully informal and spontaneous event. Check with the Bequia Tourism Office Tel: (784) 458 3286 Full Moon Sun. 23rd

Emancipation Day Festivities Thu. 1st - Events to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

Breadfruit Festival Thu. 1st to Fri. 30th. Carnival Tuesday The month sees various Tue. 9th - Mardi Gras Mas food fair presentations in Bands parade on stage at different parts of the Carnival City (Victoria Park) country. These showcase a competing for the Band of variety of dishes that can the Year Award and then be made from breadfruit. on to the streets of There are also mini Kingstown. exhibitions which explain the potential uses of the Bequia Annual Fisherman’s plant, from lumber and Day Competition function as toys, to Sat. 13th - Contact: Bequia medicinal use. For further info contact the Ministry of Tourism Association, Tel: Culture at Tel: (784) 451(784) 458-3286 or email: bequiatourism@vincysurf.com 2180 or email: urban@vincysurf.com Canouan Carnival Public Holidays Contact: Mr. Carlos Emancipation Day - Thu. 1st McLaurean, Commodore, Canouan Sailing Club at Full Moon Tel: (784) 458-8197 Wed. 21st Public Holidays Mon. 8th - Carnival Monday Tue. 9th - Carnival Tuesday Full Moon Mon. 22nd

For weekly updates on “What’s On in St. Vincent” please check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Website at www.svghotels.com/whats-on

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2013 Calendar of Events

September

October

November

December

Dance Festival Month

Independence Month Celebrations Tue. 1st to Thu. 31st. 34th Anniversary of Independence - Various shows, rallies and other celebrations will occur across the country. There are internal school programmes and national programmes.

National Tourism Month

National Nine Mornings Christmas Festival Mon. 16th to Tue. 24th. This is a unique Vincentian tradition celebrated annually during the nine mornings before Christmas. Vincentians awake in the early morning hours, (usually 4am), and take part in activities including concerts, dances, bicycle riding and sea baths. In the rural areas, the final morning usually ends with a steel band ‘jump-up’. Contact the Ministry of Culture at Tel: (784) 4512180 or email urban@vincysurf.com

Dance Festival 2013 Sun. 1st to Mon. 30th Performance events of a competitive format. Community and School groups are all invited to participate. This is an opportunity for national presentation of the groups. For further info contact the Ministry of Culture at Tel: (784) 451-2180 or email: urban@vincysurf.com Lobster Season Opens Sun. 1st Full Moon Thu. 19th

Independence Cycling Competition Sat. 26th to Sun. 27th Public Holiday Independence Day Sun. 27th Independence Day Observed - Mon. 28th Full Moon Sat. 19th

Theatre Arts Festival Fri. 1st to Sat. 30th. This is an opportunity for community groups and schools to present dramatic work within a festival programme. For further info contact the Ministry of Culture, Tel: (784) 451-2180 email: urban@vincysurf.com Vincy Flavours Culinary Arts and Mixology Competitions & Exhibitions Contact: SVG Hotel & Tourism Association at Tel: (784) 458-4379 Email: svghotels@vincysurf.com Full Moon Sun. 17th

Public Holidays Christmas Day - Wed. 25th Boxing Day - Thu. 26th New Year’s Eve Fireworks Tue. 31st Midnight Fireworks Display over the Harbour in Port Elizabeth, Bequia. Full Moon Tue. 17th

For weekly updates on “What’s On in St. Vincent” please check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Website at www.svghotels.com/whats-on

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A Warm Welcome to St. Vincent & The Grenadines From the idyllic coastal scenery of the Tobago Cays to the spectacular volcanic landscape of the mainland, St. Vincent & the Grenadines proudly offers a truly remarkable diversity of natural beauty. Coupled with the charm and character of a region that has retained much of its traditional way of life, this qualifies these enchanting islands as a genuine ‘must-visit’ destination.

Photo: The Tobago Cays are a cluster of five tiny, uninhabited islands, forming part of the 32 islands and cays that make up the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The shallow water of the lagoon surrounding the Cays inspires an ever-changing kaleidoscope of blues, greens and seemingly limitless shades of aquamarine, creating a truly picture perfect backdrop. Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


St. Vincent & the Grenadines Fast Facts

The Tobago Cays

ocated in the southern Caribbean Sea and forming part of the Windward Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines comprises some 32 islands and cays that extend 72 km (45 miles) to the southwest like a kite’s tail. The main islands include Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, The Tobago Cays Marine Park, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. St. Vincent is located at Latitude 13° 15’ N, Longitude 61° 12’ W and situated 160 km (100 miles) west of Barbados, 120 km (75 miles) north of Grenada and 40 km (24 miles) south of St. Lucia. St. Vincent is the largest of the more than 30 islands that comprise the nation, covering roughly 390 sq. km (150 sq. miles). The population is approx. 106,253. About 25% of the labour force work in agriculture, 10% in industry and over 50% in services, including tourism. Agricultural products include bananas, plantains, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices, citrus and mangos; a small number of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats are reared; and there is a small fishing sector. Industries include food processing, cement, furniture, clothing and starch.

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Climate & Geography St. Vincent has a mountainous interior with La Soufrière, an active volcano in the north, rising to 1,220 m (4,000 ft.) as its highest point. The island has a sheltered and indented coastline on the Leeward coast. St. Vincent is roughly 29 km (18 miles) long and 17.7 km (11 miles) wide and has an area of 344 sq. km (133 sq. miles), while the Grenadines comprise an additional 44 sq. km (17 square miles). Bequia covers 19 sq. km (7 sq. miles), Mustique is 5 sq. km (1.9 sq. miles), Canouan 7.5 sq. km (3 sq. miles) and Union Island is 8 sq. km (3 sq. miles). The yearly average daytime temperature is 27°C (81°F). The coolest months are between November and February. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and is represented on the island by a GovernorGeneral. Independence was achieved on October 27th, 1979. Parliament has 15 elected representatives and four senators who are appointed by the Prime Minister and two on the advice of the Opposition Leader. The parliamentary term of office is five years, although the Prime Minister may call elections at any time. The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes. There are 11 courts in three magisterial districts.


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St. Vincent & the Grenadines Fast Facts Clearance Procedures Visiting yachts arriving in the territorial waters of St. Vincent & The Grenadines must proceed directly to a designated port of entry to complete clearance formalities before stopping at any other anchorage. With Q flag hoisted, boats should dock or anchor in the port of entry and only the captain should go ashore taking along: • Three crew lists • Clearance from the previous port • Passports • Ship's papers. Boats must also clear out at one of the official ports before departing St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Private vessels must pay a Cruise Tax to enable unlimited stay in St. Vincent & The Grenadines waters, and charter boats must be in possession of a St. Vincent & The Grenadines Cruising License.

Airports & Departure Tax There are five airports in SVG with E.T. Joshua Airport in Kingstown being the largest. The four smaller domestic airports are located in Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. These airports are serviced by LIAT (St. Vincent and Canouan only), SVG Air GAA and Mustique Airways. The opening of the new international airport at Argyle in St. Vincent is scheduled for 2014. A departure tax of EC$40 is payable by all passengers leaving the country.

Seaport and Shipping Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

Kingstown has a natural deepwater harbour with a wharf to accommodate two oceangoing ships. There are regular services between St. Vincent and the major ports in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. A new container park at Kingstown and a new container port at Campden Park have been completed. Smiling faces of Vincentian school children

Immigration All arrivals into St. Vincent and the Grenadines must present a valid passport. Visas are required from nationals of the following countries: China, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria. A return or onward ticket is required of all visitors. Work permits are available from the Prime Minister’s office on Bay Street in Kingstown.

Official Ports of Entry St. Vincent: Kingstown, Chateaubelair and Wallilabou, Port Elizabeth in Bequia, Clifton Harbour in Union Island, Charlestown Bay in Canouan and Britannia Bay in Mustique. The ports in SVG are all operated by the SVG Port Authority. In case of emergency, call (784) 456-1830, or contact Johnny Ollivierre at (784) 494-9241.

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Education The Vincentian educational system is modelled on the British system. School is compulsory up to age 15 and government schools are free at the primary and secondary levels. Post secondary education is provided through polytechnics. All Saints Medical University is located in Belair and Trinity University School of Medicine is located in Ratho Mill. These Universities maintain affiliations with hospitals for clinical programmes in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

Electricity St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a reliable supply of electricity which is generally 220/240 volt, 50 cycle, except for Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island which have 110 volt, 60 cycle. The standard electrical plug has 3 rectangular pins so remember to pack an adapter.


St. Vincent & the Grenadines Fast Facts Water St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an abundant supply of potable water as the level of rainfall is high. While it is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in St. Vincent, it should be noted that in many of the Grenadine islands rain water is collected and stored in cisterns. For those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocery stores always have ample stocks, it’s also available at most restaurants.

Telecommunications St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a state of the art fibre optic digital telephone system. Internet, boatphone, cellular service, telex, telegraph and facsimile access are also available. The international area code is 1-784 followed by the local sevendigit number. Phonecards are available through outlets islandwide as are online “top-ups”. International Direct Dialing (IDD) service is available to most destinations in the world and international calls can be made using your credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, AT&T and Bell are accepted) by dialing the operator.

Clothing Public nudity is illegal in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and topless sunbathing is discouraged. Swimsuits must not be worn in towns, public streets or places of business. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions For your travelling convenience, we suggest you leave all camouflage prints at home. It is illegal to wear or import any form of camouflage clothing in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Money The currency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). The exchange rate is tied to the US dollar at a rate of $2.68. Major credit cards are widely accepted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

How to Get Here St. Vincent & the Grenadines is reached by air from North America and Europe through six major gateways – Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico and Trinidad, with daily connections to Union Island, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Caribbean Airlines, US Air, Jet Blue, Westjet, Condor, Gol Intelligent Airlines and Air Jamaica all provide excellent service to the gateways; while LIAT, SVG Air, Grenadine Air Alliance, Trans Island Air, Executive Air and Mustique Airways all provide a convenient connecting service from the gateways. Flight time to St. Vincent is approximately 35 minutes from Barbados; 30 minutes from Grenada; 45 minutes from Martinique; 20 minutes from St. Lucia; 2 hours 20 minutes from Puerto Rico. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an information desk in the Arrivals Section of Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados (Tel: 246-428-0961) open daily from approximately 1:00pm until the last flight to St. Vincent departs. Personnel are on hand to assist travellers in making connections to their final destinations.

Emergency Numbers & Medical Facilities Fire: 911 Police Emergency: 911 Police Kingstown: (784) 457-1211 Police Bequia: (784) 458-3350/457-3254 Police Canouan: (784) 458-8100 Police Union Island: (784) 458-8229

Medical Facilities Milton Cato Memorial Hospital Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 456-1185 Chatteaubelair Hospital Chatteaubelair, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 458-2228 Georgetown Hospital Georgetown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 458-6652 Levi Latham Health Centre Mesopotamia Valley, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 458-5245 Maryfield Hospital (Private) Gun Hill, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 457-7469/457-1300 Surgical Clinic (Private) Lower Dorsetshire Hill, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 457-2598 Variety Medical Complex Inc. (Private) Arnos Vale, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 456-6319 Port Elizabeth Hospital, Bequia Tel: (784) 458-3294 Union Island Health Centre Clifton, Union Island, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: (784) 458-8339

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines Fast Facts St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Offices St. Vincent Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture, P.O. Box 834, 2nd Fl., NIS Building, Upper Bay Street, Kingstown St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-457-1502 Fax: 784-451-2425 e-mail: tourism@vincysurf.com Facebook: ourtourism www.discoversvg.com St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tourism Authority, P.O. Box 834, 2nd Fl. NIS Complex, Upper Bay St., Kingstown St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-456-6222 Fax: 784-485-6020 e-mail: svgta@discoversvg.com www.discoversvg.com St. Vincent & The Grenadines Hotel & Tourism Association, Villa, P.O. Box 2125, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-458-4379 Fax: 784-456-4456 e-mail: svghotels@vincysurf.com www.svghotels.com

Barbados St. Vincent & The Grenadines Barbados Desk Grantley Adams Int’l Airport Barbados Tel: 246-428-0961

United States 801 Second Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10017 Toll free: 800-729-1726 Tel: 212-687-4981 Fax: 212-949-5946 e-mail: svgtony@aol.com

Canada 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 624 Toronto, ON, M1P 4X4 Toll free: 866-421-4452 Tel: 416-630-9292 Fax: 416-630-9291 e-mail: svgtourismtoronto@rogers.com

United Kingdom 10 Kensington Court London, W8 5DL England Tel: 207-937-6570 Fax: 207-937-3611 e-mail: svgtourismeurope@aol.com

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Getting Around By Taxi The government sets the rates for fares, but taxis are unmetered and you should always check the fare before setting off. Fares are raised for journeys late at night or early in the morning. The average fare from Indian Bay into Kingstown is approximately EC$30. Tipping is suggested at 10% of the fare. You can also hire taxis to take you to the island’s major attractions. Expect to spend EC$50 to EC$60 per hour for a car holding two to four passengers. Sam’s Taxi & Tours (784-456-4338) is one of the more popular choices for sightseeing and getting around in general. Their drivers are courteous and friendly and offer entertaining commentary as you explore the island.

By Car Driving in St. Vincent & the Grenadines is on the left. While initially driving on the narrow, twisting roads is a bit of an adventure, you will quickly begin to enjoy the challenge and start driving like a “Vincy”. There are limited road signs, but locals are usually quite happy to point you in the right direction. Remember to sound your horn as you make the sharp curves and turns. Sam’s Taxi & Tours (784-456-4338) offer a good selection of rental cars and jeeps. The majority of local companies will be happy to pick you up at your hotel or at the airport. Rent and Drive (784-457-5601 or rentanddrive@vincysurf.com) and David’s Auto Clinic (784-456-4026) in St. Vincent and Sunset Tours Moke & Jeep Rentals (784-458-3782) in Bequia offer similar rates and terms.

By Bus Flamboyantly painted buses travel the principal roads of St. Vincent, linking the major towns and villages. The central departure point is the bus terminal at the New Kingstown Fish Market. Fares range from EC$1 to EC$6 (US.40¢ to US$2.20). Minibuses, which stop on demand rather than at bus stops, run frequently between Kingstown and the popular hotel areas of Indian Bay and Villa. The number of vans starting in Kingstown and running to Owia or Fancy in the north is limited. The best way is to take the early bus to Georgetown and try to catch one of the two vans running between Georgetown and Fancy (EC$10). To get to Richmond in the northwest take a bus to Barrouallie and seek onward transport from there. A day trip to Mesopotamia (Mespo) by bus (EC$2.50) is a worthwhile experience.

Driver Licences A temporary driving licence, costing EC$65 and valid for 6 months, can be obtained from the police station on Bay Street or the Licensing Authority on Halifax Street, with the presentation of a valid overseas drivers licence. Your car hire agent will assist you with getting a permit. If you have an International Driving Permit (EC$100) you must get it stamped at the central police station. Caricom nationals may drive with a valid Caricom drivers licence.

Safety Tips Centipede/Scorpion Bites - While not lethal, the severity and degree of discomfort depends on individual sensitivity. If there is any doubt, you should see a doctor, especially if a child has been bitten. Coconut Palms - Never leave a baby or a small child beneath a coconut palm because of the possibility of falling coconuts. Illegal Drugs - There are very severe penalties for possession of illegal drugs like Cannabis (weed or ganja) and cocaine – up to life imprisonment and yacht confiscation. Customs officials are well equipped and trained, so no attempts should be made to import or export even small quantities for “personal use.” Manchineel - Avoid contact with the fruit commonly known as Manchineel Apples, since they look and smell just like small apples, they are very poisonous and sap from the tree and fruit blisters the skin. If it is raining, be sure that the tree you are sheltering under is not a manchineel, as drops of rain falling off can still produce the same unpleasant effect. Sea Urchins - A black sea egg with long black spines. If the spines are protruding from your skin then you can try to carefully remove them, but if they are beneath the skin DO NOT try to “pick” them out as this could cause infection. If you leave them in your skin they will eventually dissolve. To be safe, soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic.

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Ferry Schedule St. Vincent/Southern Grenadines

Ferry Schedule St. Vincent/Bequia

A regular and efficient ferry service for freight and passengers operates between the Southern Grenadines and Kingstown, St. Vincent, with three St. Vincent based companies, MV Barracuda, MV Gem Star (see below).

A regular and efficient ferry service for freight, cars and passengers operates between Bequia and Kingstown, St. Vincent, with two companies, Admiralty Transport and Bequia Express. On Admiralty and Bequia Express sailing time from jetty to jetty is one hour – the return fare is EC$35 and One Way is EC$20.

Jaden Sun Fast Ferry Tel: (784) 451-2192 - www.jadeninc.com The new Jaden Sun Fast Ferry operates between St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau (according to demand) and Union Island – a fast, economical and comfortable way of getting around the Grenadines. See website for full ferry schedule and fares.

MV Barracuda Tel: (784) 455-9835 DEPART KINGSTOWN Mondays & Thursdays 11:30am Saturdays 11:30am

DEPART UNION Tuesdays & Fridays 6:30am Saturdays Approx. 4:30pm

MV Gem Star

Bequia Express Tel: (784) 457-3539 or 458-3472 bequiaexpress@vincysurf.com DEPART BEQUIA DEPART KINGSTOWN Monday to Friday Monday to Friday 6:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 1pm, 4:30pm 4pm, 6pm Saturdays Saturdays 6:30am, 9:15am, 4:30pm 8am, 11am, 6pm Sundays & Public Holidays Sundays & Public Holidays 7am, 4:30pm 8:30am, 6pm

Admiralty Transport

Tel: (784) 526-1158 or 593-6500 DEPART KINGSTOWN DEPART UNION Tuesdays & Fridays Wednesdays & Saturdays Noon 8:30am Once a month MV Gem Star goes to Carriacou on a Wednesday morning from Union Island and on the way back they pass back through Union Island and depart for Kingstown around 2pm. Call to check schedule.

Tel: (784) 458-3348 or admiraltrans@vincysurf.com DEPART BEQUIA DEPART KINGSTOWN Mondays to Fridays Mondays to Fridays 6:30am, 9am* & 2pm 7:45am*, 11:30am, 4:30pm Saturdays Saturdays 6:30am, 9:30am, 5pm 8:15am, 11:30pm, 7pm Sundays & Public Holidays Sundays & Public Holidays 7:30am, 5pm 9am, 7pm

Fares (One Way): Kingstown to Canouan (EC$40); Kingstown to Mayreau (EC$45); Kingstown to Union Island (EC$50); Kingstown to Carriacou (EC$50 - MV Gem Star only) Call to enquire for freight charges.

Please note, ferry schedules vary on public holidays. The times given above were correct at the time of printing, however, it is always advisable to call and check the schedules beforehand, especially if you are taking connecting flights from St. Vincent.

Times marked with an asterisk (*) are only available during the months December to April, July and August.

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Grenadine Air Alliance Trans Island Air • SVG Air • Mustique Airways SHARED CHARTER DEPARTURES BETWEEN BARBADOS AND ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 4th 2012 – 9th MARCH 2013 FROM: Mustique to Barbados Daily Flt # 803 at 11:00 Daily Flt # 807 at 14:50 FROM: Union Island to Barbados Daily Flt # 605 at 11:00 Daily Flt # 609 at 14:15 FROM: Bequia to Barbados Daily Flt #603 at 10:45 Daily Flt #607 at 14:00 FROM: Canouan to Barbados Daily Flt #605 at 10:45 Daily Flt #609 at 14:00 FROM: St. Vincent To Barbados Daily Flt #603 at 10:15 Daily Flt #605 at 10:15

FROM: Barbados to Mustique Daily Flt # 806 at 13:30 Daily Flt # 814 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Union Island Daily Flt # 608 at 13:00 Daily Flt # 616 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Bequia Daily Flt #606 at 13:00 Daily Flt #614 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Canouan Daily Flt #608 at 13:00 Daily Flt #616 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to St. Vincent Daily Flt #614 at 16:30 Daily Flt #616 at 16:30

SHARED CHARTER DEPARTURES BETWEEN BARBADOS AND ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES EFFECTIVE 10th MARCH 2013 – 2nd NOVEMBER 2013 FROM: Mustique to Barbados Daily Flt # 803 at 11:00 Daily Flt # 807 at 14:20 FROM: Union Island to Barbados Daily Flt # 605 at 10:45 Daily Flt # 609 at 13:45 FROM: Bequia to Barbados Daily Flt #603 at 10:15 Daily Flt #607 at 13:35 FROM: Canouan to Barbados Daily Flt #605 at 10:30 Daily Flt #609 at 13:35 FROM: St. Vincent To Barbados Daily Flt #603 at 10:00 Daily Flt #605 at 10:00

FROM: Barbados to Mustique Daily Flt # 806 at 13:30 Daily Flt # 814 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Union Island Daily Flt # 608 at 12:30 Daily Flt # 616 at 16:00 FROM: Barbados to Bequia Daily Flt #606 at 12:30 Daily Flt #614 at 16:00 FROM: Barbados to Canouan Daily Flt #608 at 12:30 Daily Flt #616 at 16:00 FROM: Barbados to St. Vincent Daily Flt #614 at 16:00 Daily Flt #616 at 16:00

SHARED CHARTER DEPARTURES BETWEEN ST. VINCENT and THE GRENADINE ISLANDS FROM: St. Vincent to Canouan Flt # 141 at 08:15 (Monday – Friday) Flt # 605 departs @ 10:00 (Saturday & Sunday)** FROM: Canouan to St. Vincent Flt. 411 departs @ 08:45 (Monday – Friday) Flt. 616 departs @ 17:00 (Daily)

FROM: St. Vincent to Union Island Flt # 151 departs @ 08:15 (Monday – Friday) Flt # 605 departs @ 10:00 (Saturday & Sunday)** FROM: Union Island to St. Vincent Flt # 511 departs @ 08:45 (Monday – Friday) Flt # 616 departs @ 17:00 (Daily)

** Flt # 605 on weekdays operates subject to bookings. Please call for information on this service.

PLEASE NOTE: The majority of the Grenadine Islands have unlit runways, which close at sunset. Connecting times with some of the International carriers are limited; also when international flights are delayed there is insufficient time for the transfer of checked luggage. Therefore, we recommend that passengers carry overnight essentials in their hand luggage. To assist handlers in identifying luggage and expediting its transfer, please tie brightly coloured ribbon on the handles of your suitcase. Christmas “Black Out” Period is effective 10th December 2012 through 15th January 2013 (inclusive). Easter “Black Out” Period is effective 24th March 2013 through 7th April 2013 (inclusive). No changes or cancellations are allowed, full penalties apply. For further information and reservations contact: Caribbean Tel: 784-457-5124 | Barbados Tel: 246-418-1654 St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5777 or 784-458-4380 | USA Tel: 315-507-8258 | UK Tel: 01 20 223 3875 e-mail: info@svgair.com | info@tia2000.com | info@mustique.com

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Please Volunteer or Donate to The Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “Don’t leave them to suffer,” commented a Fairhall Government School student after hearing a presentation by the VSPCA founder. Kiersten Anderson, a Peace Corps volunteer, along with a group of animal-loving Vincentians, formed and incorporated the VSPCA in August 2011. Though their goals seemed daunting, the words of this 11-year-old pushed them forward. Education was key, not only for the long-term benefits of changing generational thinking and attitudes towards the treatment and care of all animals, but also for the teaching of sterilization as a means of controlling the rampant stray population of companion animals. School and community outreach programmes started, as well as VSPCA-subsidized Open Clinic days, sponsored by veterinarian Dr. Colin Boyle, for pet owners who could not afford basic animal health care. Even without adequate means and facilities for rescue/rehabilitation and fostering/adoption, dedicated VSPCA members have nursed newborns into puppyhood, nurtured emaciated strays into adoptable companions. But so much more is needed. Volunteers, medical supplies, financial assistance for current programmes and future dreams – a mobile clinic to reach isolated villages and a holistic rehabilitation site, equipped with a clinic, staff, shelter, quarantine, adoption area and a peaceful home for those in need. With help, the VSPCA won’t leave them to suffer. Tel: (784) 532-9327 or e-mail: admin@vincentianspca.org www.vincentianspca.org Like us on Facebook: The Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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SVG Chartering

Wilfred Dederer

A number of reputable yacht charter companies operate out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, so whether you opt for a bare boat, or a fully crewed yachting vacation, this is a prime jump-off spot.

solated beaches, romantic moonlit evenings, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, walks, hikes, island explorations, and island nightlife are but a handful of the possibilities available when you choose a sailing holiday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The crystal clear, azure waters, palm fringed beaches and constant Trade Winds are all guaranteed components of the perfect sailing holiday taking you through these majestic little islands. Five-star meals are prepared in the delectable flavour of the islands and served to you in a comfortable cockpit – morning, noon, and night. There are a number of reputable yacht charter companies operating out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They all offer starts in St. Vincent, so whether you opt for a bare boat, or a fully crewed vacation, St. Vincent is a prime jump-off spot. Starting here puts you on the doorstep of the Grenadines without the 65 mile sail (including a 5-hour open-water passage) from St. Lucia, or the 6 to 7 hour sail (often against the wind) from Grenada. The constant Trade Winds of between 10 and 25 knots create near perfect sailing conditions. Yacht charter companies like Sunsail and Barefoot in St. Vincent, Sail Relax Explore in Bequia and The Moorings in Canouan offer a remarkable variety of monohulls and catamarans ranging in size from 30 to 130 feet. They are known in these waters for their excellent service and knowledgeable crew. If you are a land-based holidaymaker, you can still enjoy a day out on the water exploring the surrounding islands. The Friendship Rose, based in Bequia, operates day charters to the

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Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and Mustique on their historic, Bequiabuilt sailing schooner. In the Southern Grenadines, Wind and Sea, Baraka Ocean Cruises, Chantours and Scaramouche all offer memorable day trips to the surrounding islands, including Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, Canouan, PSV and Palm Island. Some of them also offer private charters and over-night trips. Companies like the UK-based Grenadine Escape, and Barbados-based Chantours Caribbean have a wealth of experience sailing in the Caribbean. From sleek motor yachts to the most luxurious super yachts, they can arrange just about any yachting holiday anywhere in the Caribbean. SVG Air Private Charters for individuals, groups or families offer the convenience of no crowds, no queuing up and no waiting around. The amazing aerial views from the aircraft combined with the freedom to choose when and where you wish to go is unsurpassable. Seating from six to eighteen people, Twin Otters, Britten Norman Islanders, Citation CJ3s and Citation Bravos can fly you through (or to) the Grenadines and the short flight times enable you to make the most of your precious holiday days. A full range of services are available at reasonable rates to suit the needs of the individual, from private charters, shared charters, corporate flights and day trips to neighbouring islands, to medical evacuations and freight services. SVG Air and Canouan Resort have come together to offer the first Private Jet Service based in the Grenadines. SVG Air, the Grenadines Air Alliance and LIAT operate daily scheduled flights to and from St. Vincent & the Grenadine islands. The charter companies listed on the following pages will be happy to assist you in planning your ideal getaway.


Chartering Turquoise waters, powdery, white sand beaches and secluded island adventures are all guaranteed components of the perfect sailing holiday taking you through this majestic volcanic region.

Photo: Morpion, named one of the eight dream beaches of the Caribbean, is literally a dollop of sand surrounded by the crystaline, azure waters of the Southern Grenadines. The only way to reach Morpion is by boat and very often you can have it all to yourself. Photographer: Dan Christaldi


SVG Chartering Baraka Ocean Cruises • Day Sails • Multi-Day • Customized Charters Tel: 784-528-5169 e-mail: info@chartercaribbean.net www.chartercaribbean.net Feel like discovering the vibrant Grenadines in style? BARAKA is an outstanding and comfortable 47’ sailing catamaran offering professional, private, all-inclusive sailing charters. With Baraka, it’s all about having fun and relaxing while creating your own dynamic adventure! With their onboard transparent kayak, SUPs, snorkel gear, floating lounge chairs, kitesurf equipment and more … the hours of enjoyment are endless! With a wealth of local knowledge, Yann, the captain and owner will show you all the best that the Grenadines have to offer. For Kitesurf Expeditions check out: www.kitesurfcat.com

Grenadines à la Carte with Chantours Tel: (246) 432-5591 or (246) 231-1004 e-mail: reservations@chantours.com www.chantours.com www.warrenyachting.com

www.warrenyachting.com

Photo: Billy Black

Join the luxury 50’ catamaran, Byzance, for a day of superb sailing – limited numbers onboard ensure maximum enjoyment! Visit the magnificent Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Morpion.... Exceptional crew and exquisite cuisine with buffet lunch, open bar and afternoon tea served on board. On request, special lobster picnic lunches can be arranged in the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling equipment is also provided. Charters can commence from any of the Grenadine Islands. Overnight charters can also be arranged.

Wind and Sea Bougainvilla, Clifton Harbour, Union Island

Tel: 784-458-8344/8678 Cell: 784-493-3128 e-mail: windandsea@vincysurf.com www.grenadines-windandsea.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com Established in 1984 and located in the heart of Clifton Harbour at Bougainvilla Hotel in Union Island, Wind and Sea offers day charters sailing throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands. Guests can be collected from anywhere in SVG and taken to their choice of islands while being served drinks by the excellent staff. Lunch may be a buffet on board or on one of the islands. They are also port agents for several cruise ships in the Grenadines. Bougainvilla is a wonderful facility for yachtsmen, dock, water, ice, restaurant "The Aquarium" serving fresh seafood everyday. Free Wi-fi service.

Sail Relax Explore Tel: 784-495-0886/9 or 784-457-3888 e-mail: sailrelaxexplore@mac.com www.sailrelaxexplore.com Yacht Charter and Day Cruises … from unique local boats and speedboats to crewed luxury yachts. Specialising in Short Grenadines Charters and Speedboat Adventure Days with picnics, snorkeling and diving; flights can be arranged throughout the Grenadines. Choose from a selection of Bareboat or Crewed Yachts, Catamarans, Monohulls, Traditional Sailing Schooners and a range of Speedboats. This friendly team help get you out on the water – for a day or longer …

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SVG Chartering Grenadine Air Alliance • Trans Island Air • SVG Air • Mustique Airways Caribbean Tel: 784-457-5124 Barbados Tel: 246-418-1654 St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5777 or 458-4380 USA Tel: 315-507-8258 UK Tel: 0120-223-3875 e-mail: info@svgair.com info@tia2000.com or info@mustique.com The Grenadine Air Alliance operates a fleet of Twin Otter aircraft and provides daily shared charter services between the Grenadines and Barbados as well as within St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Private Charters are also available throughout the Caribbean.

Barefoot Yacht Charters Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-9526 Fax: 784-456-9238 e-mail: barebum@vincysurf.com www.barefootyachts.com Operated by a family that has been sailing the waters of the Grenadines for 7 generations, this is St. Vincent’s longestestablished yacht charter company. Providing highly personalised service, they offer a fleet of beautifully equipped 32 to 50-foot catamarans and monohulls at very affordable rates. Choose between a bareboat charter or a luxury crewed trip. Honeymoon charters can also be arranged. Facilities include luxury ocean-view suites, a Mediterranean restaurant and air-conditioned lounge bar and an Internet Café.

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SVG Chartering Sunsail Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4308 Fax: 784-456-8928 e-mail: sunsailsvg@vincysurf.com.com

www.sunsail.com

Sailing from St. Vincent has all the ingredients for the perfect vacation. Ideally positioned to discover the exquisite and unspoiled Grenadine Islands, you’ll enjoy exhilarating line-of-sight sailing in warm, steady winds. Sunsail offers a wide range of yachts from 30ft to 50ft which can be chartered bareboat or crewed. The Sunsail base, located at Blue Lagoon on the south shore of St. Vincent, also provides full marina services including shore power, water, fuel, shower and toilet facilities, garbage removal and ice. The professional team at Sunsail make this a true yachting haven in an absolutely heavenly setting!

The Moorings Toll free: 1-800-535-7289 Tel: 1-727-535-1446 St Lucia: 758-451-4357 Canouan: 784-482-0653 Grenada: 473-534-5162 www.moorings.com Experience a level of quality, service, and attention to detail that has made The Moorings the world’s leading charter sailing company for over 37 years. Their yachts are custom-designed by the world’s top manufacturers to meet their standards for comfort and ease of handling. Monohulls or catamarans from 36’ to 52’, all meticulously maintained, are available worldwide from over 30 exotic destinations. The Moorings base on Canouan is the perfect departure point, putting you right in the heart of the amazing Grenadines. And, the full service travel agency makes planning a breeze. It’s no wonder The Moorings is known for providing “The Best Sailing Vacations in the World!”

Ottley Hall Marina & Shipyard Ottley Hall, St. Vincent VHF 16, Tel: 784-457-2178 Fax: 784-456-1302 e-mail: ottleyhall@vincysurf.com www.ottleyhall.com For dry storage and repairs to your yacht or ship, Ottley Hall Marina and Shipyard offers all that you need. Dry docking facilities for boats up to 65m and 1,000-tonne. The marina has 22 berths for yachts from 22m – 65m and a 40-tonne travel lift. You can get your metalwork, sandblasting, painting and mechanical repairs done in one convenient package at the Ottley Hall Marina and Shipyard.

SVG Air (1990) Ltd. Tel: 784-457-5124 Fax: 784-457-5077 e-mail: info@svgair.com

www.svgair.com

SVG Air (1990) Ltd., based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has operated successfully for the past 21 years taking many a satisfied customer from one Caribbean country to another. Specializing in charters and shared charters, SVG Air offers a personalized service second to none. Their fleet of light twins and a business jet flown by highly professional pilots also offers an air ambulance service, a freight service and a handling service for any aircraft wishing to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Come fly with us!

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SVG Chartering

Discover the islands in style on a Sunsail yacht. What better way to explore the beauty of St Vincent and the Grenadines than on a yacht? Experience the exhilaration of sailing in the warm waters and winds of the Caribbean. If you don’t have sailing experience, we can provide a skipper to sail the yacht and guide you to the best locations. Yachts range from 30ft to 50ft and charter rates start from $250USD per day. To book your charter, call: 784 458 4308 Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent, West Indies e-mail: sunsailsvg@vincysurf.com

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Property & Investment

Wilfred Dederer

Now under construction, the unique Baie de Sucre beachfront villa resort on the beautiful island of Bequia, is set to become one of the most sought after addresses in the Caribbean.

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t. Vincent and the Grenadines remains one of the most dramatically beautiful and refreshingly under-developed regions to be found anywhere in the world. From St. Vincent in the north to Union Island in the south, this diverse group of islands can offer a truly breathtaking range of stunning land and seascape scenery, as well as an enviably relaxed and healthy lifestyle. Some of the most attractive real estate investment opportunities to be found anywhere in the Caribbean are currently available in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Long renowned for its stunning natural beauty, the business infrastructure of this spectacular region has now developed to a point where international investors can enjoy the security of operating within a well-regulated legal and financial jurisdiction, while still benefitting from the traditional comfort and charm of a tropical island home.

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The economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is gradually undergoing a very positive transformation. In addition to the ongoing development of the international business sector, the tourism product throughout the islands has improved considerably, thus generating a general trend of steady growth. Indeed, in these times of major global economic challenges and financial uncertainty, many investors are of the opinion that this area is a good emerging market for purchasing real estate and investing in the local economy. Prior to purchasing real estate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, anybody who is not a national of the country must first apply to the Government for an Aliens Land-holding Licence. Since it is not possible to legally own real estate without this licence, this procedure is absolutely essential and must be undertaken through an attorney-at-law. It is worth noting that once the application has been submitted by the attorney for due consideration by the office of the Prime Minister, the process can take between three to six months. Ask your real estate agent to provide you with full details about the Aliens Land-holding Licence and other legal requirements.


Property & Investment St. Vincent and the Grenadines now qualifies as an authentic emerging market for international business and property investment. With a good supply of prime real estate locations throughout the islands and prices that remain lower than those of already developed neighbours such as Barbados and St. Lucia, investing in property in St. Vincent and the Grenadines currently represents good value for money.

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Property & Investment

St. Vincent as an Offshore Financial Centre St. Vincent as a low tax jurisdiction is not new. During 1976 the first laws for international companies were passed before the country became fully independent. This was undertaken in conjunction with Swiss based lawyers who registered the St. Vincent Trust Service in Zurich, Switzerland and the Government established the St. Vincent Trust Authority in Kingstown. During 1976 when offshore laws were already in place before independence (1979) it was a very small sector until 1993, when the Jeeves Group acquired the St. Vincent Trust Service. New legislation in 1996 and further revisions thereafter led to the rate of new registrations increasing remarkably. This rapid development was only hindered by the turbulences caused by the blacklisting of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, along with 44 other jurisdictions considered by the FATF – Financial Action Task Force - to be inadequate in counter money laundering legislation. Appropriate legislation and supervision was agreed, which led to SVG being removed from the blacklist in 2003. The 2008 global financial crisis led to the G20 Meeting in London 2009. The G20 was formed in 1999 and in 2009 replaced the G8 as the most important forum for wealthy nations. Membership is drawn from the top 32 economies worldwide but does not include Switzerland listed as the 19th largest. It was typical of the G20 when their deliberations at the infamous G20 meeting in April 2010 resulted in the Grey List being invented. There was no mention of the US states such as Delaware and Wyoming where regulation is paltry compared to the other countries listed e.g. St. Vincent, Liechtenstein etc., and minimal monitoring of beneficial ownership if at all. China threatened not to attend if Hong Kong or Macau were disadvantaged. The subject is complex for the UK with its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories where Bermuda during 2008 wrote 30% of £5.4 billion of the premium of Lloyds London. The Crown Dependencies alone provided net financing to the UK banks of $332.5 billion in the second quarter of 2009. It is easier to preach water and drink wine in such a position. When considering the enormous sums of money involved you do not have to be clairvoyant to realise why the OECD tends to concentrate on smaller jurisdictions rather than invoke the anger of their political masters in the G20, who struggle if not fail to live up to their own standards. It equally shows St. Vincent’s miniscule importance in the larger scale of geopolitics and economics. St. Vincent was placed on the Grey List and faced the arduous task of attaining at least 12 acceptable TIEA Tax Information Agreements by March 2010. Due to an excellent team effort by the Government, led by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the authorities, led by Ms. Sharda Bollers of IFSA and the private sector, well over 20 TIEA’s were signed and St. Vincent was moved to the White List by the OECD on March 24th 2010. An additional hindrance to the development of the sector was the fact that until recently banking facilities in St. Vincent could not compete with equivalent financial services centres. The local SVG banks were either not interested or had other

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By Bryan Jeeves CMG OBE Chairman - Jeeves Group and President of the St. Vincent Trust Service

Kingstown, the main financial and business centre.

arrangements abroad for supplying services to companies formed under the various international companies acts. Thanks to a move by the Government of St. Vincent to sell a larger holding in the National Commercial Bank (NCB) to the East Caribbean Financial Holding Group (ECFH) during October 2010, this will change. ECFH was formed in Saint Lucia by the merger of the largest commercial bank and the sole development bank. The ECFH Group has extensive experience in the international services sector and importantly has the necessary network of correspondent banks to service clients worldwide. Until this happened, the financial services sector largest provider, the St. Vincent Trust Service, was dependent on European banks to service their clients. This will be advantageous for the financial services sector and will offer know-how and services sadly lacking beforehand. The Peer Review Group (PRG) examination has been successfully concluded. The OECD, specifically the “Global Forum on Transparency & Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes”, appointed the Global Forum (GF) to supervise implementation of Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA). The work of the Global Forum is guided by a Steering Group (15 members) and a Peer Review Group (30 members). The Global Forum sends questionnaires to the targeted jurisdictions to determine if the Tax Information Exchange Agreements entered into are being implemented. The Peer Review Group’s terms of reference are divided into three broad categories, namely: a) availability of Information, b) appropriate access to information and c) existence of exchanging information mechanisms. The whole procedure is very comprehensive and time consuming but thanks to careful preparation by IFSA headed up by the very capable Sharda Bollers, St. Vincent & the Grenadines has fulfilled expectations. SVG must and will move with the times. The Government can only provide the infrastructure and legislation required. It is for the private sector to design new innovative compliant products. The private sector can only do this if they have the assurance of the full support and response by the Government, which is demonstrably the case in St. Vincent. The industry is also facing the future with a range of new compliant products, using amongst other things the three fields that remain unchallenged, namely the last will and testament or letter of wishes, insurance products and investment programmes. All these vehicles can be structured in a compliant manner and can be effectively used for asset protection and estate management. Tax incentives in any form will apply to citizens and foreign residents equally avoiding any “ring-fencing” claims by the OECD. The financial services sector is confident that the Government of SVG will not only provide full support but will respond to the demands of 2013 and beyond.


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Property & Investment Baie de Sucre The most exciting development in the Eastern Caribbean this year is the launch of the brand new Baie de Sucre Beach Resort on the island of Bequia, in the heart of the Grenadines. Bequia is a perfect kind of Caribbean island: it is blessed with all the natural beauty of a peaceful tropical paradise but can still offer a superior quality lifestyle. And that rare harmony between tranquillity and luxury is the raison d’etre of Baie de Sucre. Baie de Sucre is poised to become one of the most exclusive and sumptuous boutique beach resorts in the entire Caribbean, offering the ultimate in 5-star accommodation and hospitality services. Comprising just 39 one and two-bedroom Beach Cottages, 6 Beach Villas and a very select number of four or five-bedroom Ridge and Ridge Top Villas, Baie de Sucre is big enough to offer a broad range of superb facilities, but intimate enough to retain a sense of belonging. In addition to a stunning beach with glorious conditions for swimming, a unique Island Restaurant and Bar, a wellappointed Spa, a Tennis Centre and a Kids Club, the resort has its own marina with excellent facilities for yachting, fishing and water-sports. The Grenadines is one of the best places in the world to enjoy sailing and Baie de Sucre is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding waters or enjoying day-trips to nearby islands such as Mustique, the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Union Island and Petit St. Vincent. Or even Canouan to play golf! The hillside positioning of the resort has facilitated an interesting variety of home locations: from glorious beachfront bliss all the way up to breathtaking ridge-top views across the

Grenadines. The villas feature fabulous infinity-edged pools, expansive verandahs, lots of open space and all the elegance of stylish indoor-outdoor living. The first of the magnificent Ridge Top Villas has already been completed and is available for viewing. This superb home really has to be experienced to be appreciated. In keeping with the extraordinary beauty of the elevated vantage point, these villas have been designed and equipped to match the best in the world. To better accommodate the particular needs of a discerning clientele, bespoke design and build packages are available for properties ranging in price from US$5 - $20 million. From the perspective of a more modest financial commitment, it is worth noting that the Beach Cottages represent an attractive, tax-compliant, investment opportunity. With prices starting at US$400,000 and the average daily room rate expected to be around US$500, the forecast income promises to be healthy. The purchase process for Baie de Sucre has been made as simple and cost effective as possible and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has provided a number of attractive concessions and incentives to help reduce purchasing costs. The developers of Baie de Sucre are well known and respected in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and beyond. Locally based Kelly Glass operates several very successful businesses in the region, specialising in construction and telecommunications; while Jonathon Milne is an award-winning international developer based in the United Kingdom. Together they make a very solid team and both men are fully committed to the long-term success of Baie de Sucre. Please contact Baie de Sucre to arrange a private viewing or to arrange an invitation to the resort’s New Year’s Eve Party.

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St. Vincent Abounding in natural beauty, steeped in history and rich in cultural heritage, St. Vincent is still relatively untouched by mass tourism and remains a wonderful place to "get away from it all" and soak up some true Caribbean culture. Photo: Indian Bay with Dove Island lying just offshore. The cross is the burial place of one of St. Vincent’s first entrepreneurs, Mr. Sylvester Gonsalves De Freitas who, it is said, was buried in a standing position in the cross so that he could continue to overlook the Indian Bay Estate where he owned several properties. Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


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An old photograph of the Kingstown Careenage and Fish Market. The boats in the foreground were used to transport goods to and from cargo vessels anchored further out in the bay.

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he multi-island country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a land of many contrasts. Comprising 32 enchanting islands and cays, St. Vincent, referred to as “the mainland”, is mountainous and lush, with tumbling waterfalls, verdant rainforests, magnificent coral reefs... and an active volcano.

A Brief History

The Kalinago (or “Caribs” as they were named by the Europeans), knew St. Vincent as Hairoun - Land of the Blessed. The island may first have been inhabited by a group of Amerindians, sometimes known as the Ciboney, whose economy would have depended both on marine resources and on foods gathered or hunted from the land. Evidence of these “Archaic” or pre-ceramic people is strongest in islands such as Antigua, Trinidad and Martinique, but much further research is needed to establish the true extent of the earliest occupation of St. Vincent. Another indigenous group of Amerindians, who entered the Caribbean island chain from the northern regions of South America, formed a second wave of migration into the islands beginning around 500BC. Highly skilled navigators, mariners, pottery makers, weavers and basket makers, these early Caribbean people introduced agriculture into the islands, mainly

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in the form of cassava – their staple crop. Archaeological evidence indicates that these people established settlements in St. Vincent from around 150AD onwards. Over the next 1,200 years, they engaged in trading and exchange with other groups in other islands up and down the Antillean chain, bringing subtle changes to the population structure and its culture. A final migration from South America brought the Island Caribs into the region, arriving in St. Vincent around 1450AD – less than 50 years before the Europeans were to first set foot in the Caribbean. The pre-existing Amerindians were overrun by the Caribs (although much of their culture, language and skills were absorbed and endured in a modified form) and a new chapter in Vincentian history began. More warlike than their predecessors – or perhaps simply more threatened – the Caribs vigorously defended their homeland against any attempts at foreign occupation. Their valiant resistance throughout the 17th century prevented St. Vincent from being taken and colonized until long after most other Caribbean islands had well-established European settlements. In the first half of that same century, there were some new arrivals on the island. Africans – both survivors of shipwrecked Dutch and Spanish slave ships and, later, escapees from British plantations in Barbados – slowly began to be absorbed into St. Vincent’s existing Carib population, adopting much of their language and their culture. Referred to as “Black Caribs” to distinguish them from the original “Yellow Caribs”, the progeny of this unique group in St. Vincent became the foundation of the


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Garifuna (which means “cassava-eating people”) who today populate Belize and Honduras. Despite sustained resistance, both the British and the French pursued their attempts to settle the tantalizingly fertile island into the early 18th century. Although each was deeply mistrusted by both the Black and the Yellow Caribs, it was the French who became St. Vincent’s first European settlers, permitted by the Caribs to establish small holdings and settlements on the Leeward side in the early 1700’s. Meanwhile the European nations continued to be at war. The 1748 Treaty of Aix-laChapelle officially ended the War of the Austrian Succession and included the proviso that St. Vincent remain officially “neutral.” The 1763 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Seven Years War, saw France ceding the “neutral” island of St. Vincent to the British, together with Grenada and the Grenadine islands. During the period 1772-1773 (referred to as the First Carib War), the Caribs engaged in guerrilla-like warfare and destroyed plantations by setting them on fire. With Carib aid, the French forcibly seized the island in 1779, but restored it to Britain in 1783, under the Treaty of Versailles. In 1795, the Caribs began the two years of conflict known as the Second Carib War. With the aid of French rebels from Martinique, the Caribs, led by their two main chiefs Chatoyer and Duvalle, plotted the removal of the British by systematically attacking the British settlers and their establishments and engaging the British militia. Chief Chatoyer was killed in battle on March 14th 1795. Proclaimed a national hero in 2002, a monument in Chatoyer’s honour can be seen at the site of the battle in Dorsetshire Hill. Although shocked by Chatoyer’s death and the loss of much of their French support, the Caribs fought on. Battles continued throughout St. Vincent over the next year, with both sides bearing heavy losses. Finally, after a night of arduous fighting at Vigie, the Caribs approached the British with a flag of truce on June 10th, 1796. During the next four months, nearly 5,000 Black Caribs were exiled to the tiny island of Baliceaux off the coast of Bequia. In March 1797, those who survived the ordeal of exile – and almost half did not – were loaded onto a convoy of eight vessels and transported to the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. The few remaining Yellow Caribs in St. Vincent scattered to the north of the island near Sandy Bay, where their descendants can still be found today. The island’s plantation economy, based on enslaved labour, flourished in the early 19th century with sugar, cotton, coffee and cocoa its main cash crops. After the emancipation of slaves in 1834, indentured labourers from Portugal and the East Indies were brought in to rectify the

The ancient petroglyphs (Carib Rock Art) of St. Vincent, of which there are 18 recorded sites in SVG, are currently on UNESCO’s “tentative list” for nomination to World Heritage. In the early 20th century, Thomas Huckerby, an intrepid archaeological surveyor and British missionary, first revealed St. Vincent’s petroglyphs to the outside world. In his 1914 American Anthropologist article: Petroglyphs Of St. Vincent, British West Indies, Huckerby commented: ‘Throughout the West Indies archipelago, there is nothing of greater archaeological importance than the St. Vincent petroglyphs’.

labour shortage. In 1871, St. Vincent became a part of the British colony of the Windward Islands. By the latter half of the 19th century the sugar trade had slumped and a lasting depression ensued, made worse by a devastating eruption of La Soufrière in 1902 which destroyed the northern half of the island and killed over 2,000 people. In 1925, a Legislative Council was inaugurated but it was not until 1951 that universal adult suffrage was introduced. St. Vincent & the Grenadines belonged to the Windward Islands Federation until 1959 and the West Indies Federation between 1958 and 1962. Britain granted internal self-government to the island in 1969 and as a British Associated State, Vincentians were responsible for their internal affairs while Great Britain handled foreign affairs and defence. On October 27, 1979, St. Vincent achieved full Independence within the Commonwealth from Britain, with Robert Milton Cato as the new nation’s first Prime Minister. The New Democratic Party (NDP) formed a majority government with James Mitchell as Prime Minister in 1984. Politically, the island remained under the leadership of Sir James Mitchell until March 2001 when the Unity Labour Party (ULP), led by Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, won 12 of the 15 parliamentary seats. St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to be a stable democratic society welcoming visitors from around the world.

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Laverne Gibson-Velox Bank Manager, Mum, Super Cook It is truly a joy chatting with the gregarious Laverne Gibson-Velox. Behind that serious “ Bank Manager” demeanour lurks a mischief-filled Vincy to the core – mother, radio broadcaster, super duper culinary genius, daughter of the soil who has blazed an unlikely trail, to become the first female appointed manager of a Bank in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

From Dauphnie to Montrose How did the girl, born in Dauphnie (“that was country 50 years ago”) chart this course to success? To hear her tell it, the journey was equal parts luck, timing, determination and “practical horse sense”. At age two, Laverne Gibson was requested by her cousins, the Williams Family, and sent by her father, the Butcher, to live with them in New Montrose. One of many children, including a brother who was born after the death of her father, she laughingly describes him as a man who “shared himself with many”. Laverne remembers Montrose as the absolute best place in the world to grow up. “I have very fond memories of living in New Montrose…my mouth don’t hold water to say that.

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In Montrose you were everything, cricketer, footballer, table tennis player and raider of all fruit trees.” Laverne laughingly remembers being part of a crew who pulled Mrs. Hamlet’s guava tree over the wall relieving it of every fruit, green or ripe, it didn’t matter. “Everyone knew everyone else, and if you did anything down the road that was licks worthy, trust me, the news got home before you did and the licks were waiting.” (Licks of course, referring to spanking–spare the rod, spoil the child)…Montrose is the epitome of the “it takes a village to raise a child experience.” School vacations were spent walking over “Monkey Hill” to Ottley Hall to bathe in the sea every day. A self described “tomboy” she remembers her mother lamenting that she would not be able to keep her home clean because she rebelled against learning the finer “female duties” preferring the outdoors to household pursuits. That sporting background saw her enter the Girls’ High School (GHS) and play as Goal Shoot on the netball team, her staff house team, the Joggers Netball Team and today, she is a Mentor at her Alma Mater.

What a Wonderful Cook she is This writer considers Laverne to be a super cook, especially after enjoying her calalloo soup, her ham and cakes, the memories alone make my mouth water. According to her, growing up in Montrose, her home was the headquarters where


all the children and other family members congregated. She is therefore only used to cooking for many people. She learnt to cook “big and plenty”. That is where the practice came from. Breakfast led to supper and then lunch preparation. Communal cooking as a group involved 15 breadfruits roasting in a bonfire and roasted saltfish, or pig tail and rice, where the method was “put man put, until it tasted good.” After attending the Kingstown Preparatory School, she credits her cookery education at alma mater Girls’ High School with adding flair, finesse and method to her culinary pursuits. She says she is constantly learning, and if the fudge that she perfected two years ago, and the roti she learned from the Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook is any indication, the best is yet to come. Her Christmas Black Cake is requested all over the world. Her recipe came out of a need. Her father banned her from bringing her fruits for Mum to do the Christmas cakes one year, and after her trial and error period, today, she bakes them by the tens and twenties in one season. Her family and friends place orders with such frequency that she often has to make it out of season! No longer averse to housework, her home is very tastefully decorated and she keeps herself current by taking in Food Network and HGTV. She says, “my children think I’m a neat freak!” (A far cry from the warnings she received as a child that her home would be a mess!”)

Laverne the Banker/Broadcaster “I graduated GHS in 1979, a year of upheaval and Independence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I went on to the St. Vincent Grammar School for A’levels and completed one year, then decided that it wasn’t making sense.” She thought that to leave and find a job was far more practical. Wistfully she advises that her one regret is not attending University. Laverne joined the St. Vincent Co-operative Bank on March 9, 1981. The bank was known then as Ford Bank or “Penny Bank” and Laverne knew that her work ethic had to be exemplary. She started at the counter, became a teller and worked her way up the ranks. She approached work with zeal and purpose in an effort to make herself “viable”. But, five years later, she resigned and went to work at her “dream job,” broadcasting. That lasted all of two years, and during that time she continued doing things gratis for the bank. “I loved the bank,” she explains candidly, and returned to it two years later.

The Mother and Wife As the story goes, while still a student of Mrs. Elsa Velox at the GHS, Laverne boldly declared to her future mother-in-law that she liked her eldest son. Mrs. Velox declared him too old for her and that was that! At age 25 they met, at age 28 they wed and two children and 22 years later, Mr and Mrs Paul Velox are devoted parents, who according to Laverne, balance having a University student son and Community College Daughter, no fulltime home help and stressful jobs, with evening chats to “set the world right.” She admits to maybe possibly smothering her children, living vicariously through them, loving them unconditionally and affording them the opportunities for higher education and travel opportunities to broaden their horizons.

Laverne’s famous Christmas Black Cake

Call her Manager If you walk into the St. Vincent Co-operative bank today, newly rebranded with the prominent “penny” always in view, more than 2,000 new junior savers have been added, along with ATM cards and the professional, sleek look of the employees is surpassed only by their smiles and the pep in their step. There’s something really cool about the Co-op bank and I’m willing to bet that Mrs. Laverne Gibson-Velox is responsible for that. She was sure to let me know that she “works with a great team that understands the importance of customer service and who derive much joy from assisting people in realizing their simplest or greatest dreams.” After all, as Manager she oversaw the changes which built on a family foundation and brought the bank into the social network and Internet age with a bang! Her touch can be seen in the artwork, uniforms, online presence, sharp publications, and even their great colour scheme. It can also be seen in her tough as nails demeanor, sitting at the left of the Chairman of the Board as the first female Manager of this indigenous “Family owned” bank. From Administrative Assistant and Loans Officer she became qualified by experience. She learnt banking by doing it, and when the Manager Mr. Kenneth Forde was nearing retirement, he suggested to the board that they look for a Manager from within its ranks, and her application was accepted. The first time a customer told her she was doing a man’s job, she wondered whether to be offended or amused. Competence is gender neutral and Laverne’s competence is undeniable. “I cut through the fluff and get the work done.” I came into this job with my integrity intact, and I intend to leave with it intact.” At the end of it all she credits her success to firm lifelong friendships, forged during her school days, her deep emotional connection with her husband and children and her great relationship with big brother, Terry the butcher, and her faith in God. Laverne Gibson-Velox is a leader, a mother, an inspiration. And boy, can she cook!

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St. Vincent Island Adventures

Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

The “Cannonball Tree” (Couroupita guianensis) is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. It bears very large, distinctive flowers that form large bunches measuring up to 9-ft. in length. The trees can grow up to 80-ft. in height and can be found in St. Vincent’s fascinating Botanical Gardens – the oldest such gardens in the western hemisphere.

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t. Vincent is blessed with verdant mountain landscapes, volcanic-rich soil with unspoiled backdrops of brilliant flora, and alluring crystal clear waters which beckon diving enthusiasts from around the world. Add to this the easy accessibility of the idyllic islands and deserted cays of the Grenadines, and the entire country emerges as a prime ecoplayground.

Diving

St. Vincent & the Grenadines offer a smorgasbord of diving adventures, with hundreds of dive sites and year-round good visibility. Abundant reef-life, normally found at 80-ft. in most dive destinations around the world, flourishes here at depths of only 25-ft., with an extraordinary variety of “critters” and tropical reef fish such as angelfish, sargeant majors and peacock flounder–it is little wonder that St. Vincent has become known as “the critter capital of the Caribbean”. In St. Vincent, Indigo Dive and Dive St. Vincent specialize in creating tailor-made dives for the beginner and experienced diver alike–they know where all the best dive sites are located. The shallow-water reefs surrounding almost every island also make snorkeling an exciting adventure. If land activities are more to your liking, contact Sam’s Taxi &

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Tours or HazECO – their exciting and informative tours are the perfect way to get “off-the-beaten-track” and discover the “real” St. Vincent. Guides are always recommended for the various hiking excursions, especially for Trinity Falls (temporarily closed at time of writing), the Vermont Nature Trail and La Soufriére volcano – HazECO can provide knowledgeable and experienced guides who know these areas well.

Whale & Dolphin Watching There are about 80 species of marine mammals in the world. Interestingly, about 20 or so species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines year round. Only the Humpback whales are seasonal (January through April). Among the whales that you might see when whale watching here are: Short finned pilot, Sperm, Melon headed, Pygmy sperm, dwarf sperm, Humpback, Sei, Bryde’s and Fin. Many of the whale watching tours also include dolphin watching and there are numerous dolphin species in the area: Fraser’s, Atlantic Spotted, Pantropical Spotted, Spinner, Clymene, Common, Russo’s, Rough Toothed and Bottlenose. For visitors interested in a day of dolphin and whale watching, outings can be arranged through Hal and Beverly Daize of Sea Breeze Nature Tours, or Earl and Kim Halbich of Fantasea Tours who also offer coastal cruises and day trips to the Tobago Cays.


Island Adventures Mainland St. Vincent is an island of verdant landscapes, tumbling waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. From the volcanic peak of La Soufriére, to the lush rain-forested interior and the fascinating underwater gardens that surround this pristine archipelago – all of it just waiting to be explored. Photo: Longsnout Seahorses grow to about seven inches long. Males are often bright orange and the females yellow. As with other seahorses, when longsnout seahorses mate, the female deposits her eggs into a special pouch on the male’s belly. The pouch seals shut while he nurtures the developing eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the pouch opens and the male goes into labor—giving birth to his tiny young. Photographer: Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive


St. Vincent Island Adventures

Exploring St. Vincent

Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

Take time to explore St. Vincent, it is a stunningly beautiful island with some dramatic scenery – both along the coast and the interior. You will no doubt discover why the Caribs named it “Hairoun” which means “home of the blessed”. From St. Vincent, Bequia and the Southern Grenadine islands can be easily reached by ferry. The Jaden Sun is the new fast ferry which now provides a comfortable, fast and inexpensive way to see some of the other islands while visiting St. Vincent. Occasionally, during ferry crossings, a school of dolphins will leap and twirl to the delight of passengers. Dolphins at play in the waters off the coast

Fort Charlotte Completed in 1806, Fort Charlotte is on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, providing a magnificent view across Kingstown and down the Grenadines. There are interesting paintings of the Black Caribs’ history by Lindsay Prescott in what used to be the officers’ quarters in the fort. The fort is only a few minutes’ drive from Kingstown, or approximately 30 minutes walk for the energetic. Fort Charlotte is being restored as an historic site.

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Roman Catholic Cathedral View from Fort Charlotte

The original Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Vincent was built in 1823, enlarged in 1877 and 1891, and then renovated in the early 1940s by Dom Charles Verbeke. There are several styles of architecture involved, the dominant being Romanesque. The interior of the cathedral is richly ornamented.

St. George’s Anglican Cathedral

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Architects Buisseret and Clarke, speaking of St. George’s Cathedral, said: “The nave and at least the lower stages of the tower date from 1820 and the galleried interior is a charming example of late Georgian architecture.” There are some beautiful stained glass windows, three on the east, by well-known English stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe and a large one on the south made of Munich glass.

The Botanical Gardens The Botanical Gardens

Located on 20 acres of land on the outskirts of the capital, Kingstown, the Botanical Gardens are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Among the wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs is a breadfruit tree from the original plant brought by Captain Bligh (of The Bounty fame) in 1793. Conservation of rare species of plants has been practiced since the Gardens were founded in 1765. Other conservation works involve the endangered St. Vincent Parrot (Amazonia Guildingii), our national bird. Facilities offered here are washrooms, a small performance area and gazebos.

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Layou Petroglyph Park

The village of Layou

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The Layou Petroglyph Park is a cultural landmark that has several attractions. These include an Amerindian Petroglyph, Rutland River, and the natural vegetation. The site is preColumbian in origin of unknown age. The Layou petroglyph most likely dates to between 300AD and 600AD. Facilities include a visitor’s centre and gazebos.


St. Vincent Island Adventures Vermont Nature Trail The Vermont Nature Trail starts near the top of Buccament Valley and leads through tropical rainforest. There is a chance of seeing or hearing the St. Vincent Parrot and the Whistling Warbler, both unique to St. Vincent and strictly protected nationally and internationally. This is the habitat for the House Wren, the common Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush, the Crested Hummingbird, Redcapped Green Tanager, Green Heron and several other interesting species.

Wallilabou Heritage Park Wilfred Dederer

This park is located on the leeward (west) coast of St. Vincent, near to Wallilabou Bay and the site of the film Pirates of the Caribbean. It is also close to the centre of Barrouallie, a fishing village known for its harvesting of Black Fish, and Cumberland Bay, one of the best known anchorages on the island. Facilities here include parking, gazebo, benches, visitor centre, restaurant and bar and pedestrian bridge.

Wallilabou Heritage Park

Cumberland Nature Trail

Cumberland Beach & Recreation Park

Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

The Cumberland Nature Trail passes through the Cumberland Valley, traversing a variety of forest vegetation and farmlands. At the initial section, the trail runs next to a wooden water pipe that transports water to a hydro-electric power plant located in the Cumberland Valley. Its biggest attractions are, however, the rainforest and the opportunity for bird and other wildlife watching. Facilities here include a lookout, washrooms, ticket booth and shelter at the exit. Cumberland Beach and Recreation Park

Lying about eight miles south of the northern tip of St. Vincent is the beautiful Cumberland Beach and Recreation Park. It provides a protected anchorage with a view of palm-lined slopes up the valley towards Morne Garu Central Mountain. There is a restaurant ashore which offers local dishes and freshly caught lobsters. Facilities on the other side of the river’s mouth include a lighted jetty, a restaurant and office, washrooms, laundry area, showers, vending kiosks, a site worker during the day and security guard at night.

Dark View Falls Wilfred Dederer

The major attraction at Dark View Falls is its two waterfalls. A twin fall experience is uncommon for one site. The geology and hydrology giving existence to the falls and the vegetation are also part of the site’s heritage. Lava and pyroclastic flows produced the rock formation and sustains the cascading water. A natural bamboo bridge spans the tumbling river, luring you to the two majestic falls. Facilities include washrooms, a gazebo, viewing platform, changing rooms, pedestrian bridges, two pools and a small refreshment and vending stall.

Dark View Falls

Soufriére Cross Country Trail Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

La Soufriére shares with Mount St. Helen (USA) the fame of being one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. It rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour to La Soufriére takes you along the picturesque windward (eastern) coast, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. You travel along steep volcanic ridges verdant with bamboo and tropical trees. This is a day’s journey for energetic hikers, who should leave early in the morning, as the ascent to the crater is about 3.5

The trail to La Soufriére Volcano

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St. Vincent Island Adventures miles long. The expedition can continue down the west side trail and terminate 10 to 12 miles later in Chateaubelair on the leeward (west) side. There are gazebos, washrooms, a site office and parking at Bamboo Range on the eastern side of the volcano.

Belmont Lookout Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

This lookout provides visitors with the opportunity to view one of St. Vincent’s most productive and picturesque landscapes, the Mesopotamia Valley. From its heights users can view the scenery in all its beauty before descending into the valley. There is a viewing platform, washrooms and interpretive signage.

Mesopotamia Valley Montreal Gardens

The panoramic view offered by the Mesopotamia Valley is probably unsurpassed in the Caribbean. The richly fertile valley, often referred to as the “bread basket” of St. Vincent, is thickly planted with bananas, nutmeg, cocoa, coconut, breadfruit and many root crops. Mountain ridges rise all around, Grand Bonhomme dominating at 3,193 feet. Rivers and streams come together at Mesopotamia to tumble down to the sea over the rocks of the Yambou Gorge.

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Montreal Gardens

The Jasper Tunnel at Black Point Park

Located in the mountains above the Mesopotamia Valley, the Montreal Gardens estate is blessed with fertile volcanic soil and frequent rainfall. You will find an array of exotic flower species and plants interspersed with green foliage in an environment that is cool, misty and quiet. The Gardens are open to the public and a small entrance fee is charged.

Black Point Park

Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

Black Point Park is home to the unique Jasper Tunnel. This tunnel is about 300 feet long and links Grand Sable with Byera Bay. The tunnel was ordered built by the British and constructed by slave labour around 1815 to provide an access route for sugar exports. The black sand beach area is thickly vegetated with coconut trees, and is one of the most popular recreation sites on the island. Facilities here include a children’s play area, gazebos, washrooms, barbecue pits and a playing field.

Youroumei Heritage Village Youroumei Heritage Village

The Orange Hill Estate is home to the Youroumei Heritage Village, located close to the Windward (eastern) Highway. It is made up of a complex of historical buildings of the colonial period, mainly ruins of sugar plantation houses and facilities. There is a museum within the Old Sugar Mill that contains some of the implements and items from that historic time.

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Owia Salt Pond

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The Owia Salt Pond, located on the northeastern coast of St. Vincent is close to the Carib village of Owia. The 2-hour drive runs along the scenic coastline. This unusual gift of nature consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges. The pounding waves of the Atlantic crash into this barrier and then gently cascade into the pool. Surrounded by mountains and the thunderous surf, the area is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming and snorkeling. Facilities include gazebos, bar, shower and washrooms, children’s play area, craft centre and fire pits.


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Wilfred Dederer

The sandy white beaches along the Indian Bay and Villa coastline provide lovely views of Young Island and some of the Grenadine islands to the south – there is good snorkeling along this stretch and a selection of wonderful seaside restaurants.

Beaches and Anchorages Leeward Coast

South Coast

Kingstown - Customs and Immigration can be cleared at Kingstown Harbour between 8:30am and 4pm; there is a tie-up for yachts. Chateaubelair - The bay here, with its 40-foot deep reef and array of brightly coloured fish, is a snorkeler’s dream. While usually a good anchorage, especially on the eastern half of the bay, the northerly swells in the winter months can cause difficulties. Customs and Immigration clearance is now available in Chateaubelair. Buccament Bay - A well-protected, very calm bay with an excellent anchorage shelf in the eastern corner close to the beach. Exceptionally good snorkeling. The new Buccament Bay Resort is located here. Cumberland Bay - The bay is very deep and those boats wishing to anchor will need to do so with a bow or stern rope to a palm tree. Petit Byahaut - Four moorings are available at the resort at Petit Byahaut. There is a small beach, diving and snorkeling are superb. At Dinosaur Head (face of Byahaut point) you will find a 120-foot wall covered in sponges, seafans and coral. Troumakar Bay - This small well-protected bay, with room for only a handful of yachts, has some mooring posts on the beach. There is good snorkeling along the northern shore. Wallilabou - This picturesque bay is a good diving spot and reliable line handlers are available to help secure yachts. Customs and Immigration can be cleared here between 4pm and 6pm (up to 7pm during the busier winter season).

Blue Lagoon - Surrounded by palm trees, with a lovely beach, this area provides a very pleasant anchorage. Moorings are available at Barefoot Yacht Charters and Sunsail. Villa Beach and Indian Bay - There are two white sand beaches on mainland St. Vincent located on the south coast of the island. They are divided by a small hilly projection and are easily accessible. Both beaches offer good snorkeling and provide lovely views of Young Island and some of the Grenadine islands to the south. Young Island Cut - The anchorage here, lying in clear water, is a favourite with yachtspeople. Anchor with care, as the current sweeps both ways and the centre of the cut is 65 feet deep. Moorings are available, but stay clear of the sea bed close to Young Island itself.

Windward Coast On the windward side of the island there are a number of beautiful black sand beaches. Especially popular is Argyle, a long beach onto which breakers crash furiously. Brighton Salt Pond – Brighton is a beautiful black sand beach and fascinating mangrove swamp. This site attracts many visitors and has grown into a popular recreational and entertainment spot. Owia Salt Pond – The pond consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges - perfect for picnics and snorkeling. Surrounded by mountains and thunderous surf. Because of the strong under currents, most of the east coast beaches are not recommended for swimming.

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St. Vincent Island Adventures Kapici Concierge Services Arnos Vale Rd, Suite KD24, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-430-1934/ 784-496-6450 e-mail: info@kapiciconcierge.com www.kapiciconcierge.com Kapici Concierge Services is the premier concierge service provider in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Their representatives are dedicated to providing tailored and all-inclusive services ranging from accommodations, flights, airport transfers, customs/immigration clearance, tours, pick-ups and drop-offs to local spas, restaurants, bars and shopping centres. Rental of luxury villas and yacht services are efficiently and seamlessly arranged through their extensive network of local providers. Kapici Concierge Services provide comprehensive and detailed information, assistance and guidance to ensure an effortless vacation.

Pioneers of Whale and Dolphin Watching in St. Vincent & The Grenadines!

Sea Breeze Nature Tours Hal & Beverly Daize, Arnos Vale P.O., St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4969 or mobile: 784-492-4139 e-mail: seabreezetours@vincysurf.com www.seabreezenaturetours.com While in SVG enjoy a coastal eco-cruise with SEA BREEZE NATURE TOURS. See live marine entertainment from leaping dolphins to the tail of a whale diving. Over 20 years ago, Sea Breeze Nature Tours pioneered whale and dolphin watching on the island and, with the experience they gained, were the first tour operator to I.D. these graceful, gentle cetaceans on each tour. Listen to these mammals chattering on a hydrophone. Glimpse turtles, flying-fish and the omnipresent aviary. Visit the ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ film set with snorkeling at the beach. Fishing charters available.

Sam’s Taxi Tours Limited

• St. Vincent • Bequia • Mustique • Canouan • Union Is. Tel: 784-456-4338 Cell: 784-528-2240 Fax: 784-456-4233 samtaxiandtours.com e-mail: sam-taxi-tours@vincysurf.com An award winning company with over 30 years of experience, offering a wide range of services: Tours, Transfers, Agency Yacht Services. From the Leeward to the Windward Coast and down to the Grenadines. You can hike nature trails, dare to climb the volcanic mountain, discover breathtaking panoramic views, swim in our pristine waters and falls with our competent guides. Sam also provides Berth Reservations, Clearance Formalities, Bunkering, Provisioning, Mooring and Office Facilities. STTL believes “an informed traveller is a happy traveller”

Scaramouche • Day Tours • Birthdays • Grenadines Weddings Tel/Fax: 784-458-8418 Cell: 784-455-1362 e-mail: scaramouche@vincysurf.com Magnificent, local Island Schooner (used in Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) takes you under sail through the heart of the Grenadines…Mayreau, the Tobago Cays and other island gems. Impossibly romantic weddings, on deck or on the beach. Choice of tasty menus. Enchanting experiences, tailor-made for your dream event. Corporate functions, film shoots...you name it! Or join them for one of their memorable day-trips out of Union Island; breakfast, lunch, drinks all day – www.scaramouchegrenadines.com for more.

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Fantasea Tours Villa Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4477/5555 Fax: 784-457-5577 e-mail: fantasea@vincysurf.com www.fantaseatours.com An experience to the islands none can beat! A fully qualified Captain, Earl Halbich has been cruising the islands for over 20 years. Their fleet of luxury power boats includes 60-ft. party catamaran, 42ft cruiser, 38-ft. & 28-ft. Bowens. Their excursions are personalised and informative with the comfort and safety of their guests always in mind. Cruise to the Falls of Baleine, the Grenadine Islands, Sunset Cruises, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Land Tours, Private Charters & Celebration Cruises. Unlimited drinks, snorkeling equipment and lots of fun complimentary. Isn’t it time for a Fantasea?

Indigo Dive & Watersports Buccament Bay Resort and Blue Lagoon | Tel: 784-493-9494 e-mail: info@indigodive.com www.indigodive.com Indigo Dive specializes in creating tailor-made dive experiences for the beginner & expert diver alike. They offer a money back guarantee - if you aren’t satisfied with their service, they will refund you the cost of your dive! Glass bottom boat & snorkel tours available for nondivers too! The best diving on the island is just a few minutes boat ride away. The Indigo Dive professionals will introduce you to reefs and wall dives teeming with a diversity of sea life and a number of challenging wreck sites for the more adventurous diver to explore. Services include “One to One” and group tuition, snorkeling excursions, Leeward & sunset cruises, Larakai lava bed and Pirates locations plus private charters and yacht rendezvous service.

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St. Vincent Shopping & Services

Wilfred Dederer

The capital city of Kingstown is located in the south-western part of the island, hugging a mile-wide swath of land on Kingstown Bay, backed up by a ring of green hills and ridges.

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icknamed the “City of Arches”, Kingstown is full of old world charm with cobblestone sidewalks and old brick buildings. The town consists of twelve small blocks that are easy to walk and perfect for browsing. Edwin D. Layne & Sons is a sizeable department store on Bay and Middle Streets where you will find everything from clothing and fabric, to building materials and electrical supplies. The Voyager, on Halifax Street, is one of only a few duty-free shops in town. Also on Halifax Street you’ll find the old library building which was donated by the famous American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The new library has moved to Lower Long Lane and the lovely Carnegie Building is now shared by the St. Vincent National Trust and the Alliance Française. While hours of business vary from store to store, they generally open from 8am until noon, 1pm until 4pm on weekdays and half day on Saturdays. Banks normally open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 2pm and on Fridays 8am to 5pm. If you are in need of provisions, C.K. Greaves Supermarket on Upper Bay Street is convenient and has probably the widest selection of products in town. They also operate Sunrise Supermarket (opposite the airport). Check with them about their delivery service to the docks.

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Ferries to Bequia and the southern Grenadines load and offload at the Grenadines Wharf, located at the southern end of Bay Street. The adjacent Cruise Ship Complex has docking facilities for yachts as well as large passenger ships. The wellstocked Gourmet Food operates a supermarket/café there (as well as a supermarket in Calliaqua), offering a wide variety of high-quality frozen, deli, dry and canned food products and wines from all over the world. Here you will also find a number of shops carrying a range of local art and craft.

Currency and Banking The official currency in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar, which is also used in several other islands in the region and is linked to the US dollar. The exchange rate will vary slightly depending on whether cash or traveller’s cheques are involved and whether you convert them at a bank or business establishment such as a hotel or restaurant. The normal range is between EC$2.60 and $2.68 to US$1. ATM machines are available at the Bank of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, RBTT Bank, Scotiabank and CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. Kingstown is the main financial and business centre where you will find the head offices of local, regional and international companies. There is an established offshore banking industry on the island and companies such as the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Offshore Finance Authority can provide you with essential information for the setting up of companies and trusts.


Shopping & Services Like many Caribbean capitals, much of the colour and bustle of the island can be found in the Market Square at the corner of Bay and Bedford Streets. This is especially true on Fridays and Saturdays when the vendors bring in loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish.

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Food Shopping& the Grenadines

in St. Vincent

Christine Wilkie

The stalls in Clifton Harbour, Union Island, have an excellent selection of fresh fruit and vegetables

Stocking up in SVG One of the first questions raised by visitors to St. Vincent & the Grenadines is where do we buy everything we need to feed ourselves? This is an especially important consideration for people who are renting a villa on one of the smaller islands or moving from place to place on a sailing vacation. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of generations of entrepreneurs, a system has developed that makes it possible to buy a wide range of essential groceries and luxury items, including wines and spirits. The regular ferryboats that link St. Vincent to the Grenadines provide a key supply chain that allows stores to offer a convenient inter-island delivery service. Shopping here definitely needs more planning but it can be fun. It’s a great chance to live like a local! The family owned and operated C.K. Greaves Supermarkets on mainland St. Vincent, with branches located in Kingstown and Arnos Vale, stock an extensive variety of imported and local food products: including dry goods, canned items, frozen meat and poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables. Greaves is renowned for offering a delivery service to Bequia and Union. Shoppers can conveniently place their order via telephone or email and pay by credit card. Once the goods have been packed into boxes, the order will be put onto the next ferry and the client notified of its expected arrival, ready for collection.

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by Keith Miller Also on St. Vincent, Gourmet Food Supermarket and Wholesale offers a wide variety of high quality frozen, deli, dry and canned food products from all over the world, as well as an impressive selection of wines and fruit juices. All of their products can be bought retail or wholesale and they offer attractive discounts on the purchase of whole cases. They also provide free delivery to the Grenadines ferries and plane services. Gourmet Food, which is originally from Sweden, recently opened a branch in Bequia as well. Like the residents of the Grenadines, many experienced vacationers will buy their basic stocks from these stores in St. Vincent, have them shipped to their own island, and then buy whatever else they need on a daily basis from local suppliers; especially fresh items such as bread, fish, eggs and produce. Visitors to Bequia should take note of popular stores such as Doris Fresh Food, Mama’s Deli, Gourmet Food and Knights Trading Supermarket. In addition to offering a broad selection, some of these stores will deliver to your villa. For the benefit of boat cruisers, Eileen’s Market vacuum seals their food, which helps it to stay fresh longer. On Union, Grand Union and Lambi’s supermarkets both stock essential supplies; while, as the name suggests, Captain Gourmet supplies more specialist products and deli type food. Freshly baked bread is a big part of life on all of the islands; most have their own small markets selling locally grown produce; and fresh fish and lobster are available in season. Happy shopping. Happy eating. Happy holiday!


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Supermarket & whole sale The best supplier of chilled, frozen and canned food from all around the world

Gourmet Food is my key to success in the kitchen Christian Fredriksson, Chef, Sweden

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St. Vincent Shopping & Services First Citizens Investment Services Tel: 784-453-2662 e-mail: FCIS.StVincent@firstcitizenssvg.com First Citizens Investment Services (formerly CMMB) is one of the largest full service securities companies in the Caribbean. They experienced a strong performance for the financial year ended 30 Sept. 2010–profits after tax was US$14.8 Million, a growth of 28% compared with the same period in 2009. Total Funds Under Management for the period was USD$1.0 Billion. Brokerage, advisory and portfolio management services are provided with the utmost privacy and confidentiality, along with a broad suite of Investment products, such as Fixed Income Paper, Government Bonds, Equities, Structured Investments, Mutual Funds and Electronic Trading. Contact them for further information on the broad range of services offered.

Gourmet Food Calliaqua, St. Vincent & Ocar, Bequia Tel: 784-456-2983 Bequia Tel: 784-458-3485 e-mail: gourmetfood@vincysurf.com www.gourmetfoodsvg.com Gourmet Food, originally from Sweden, offers a wide variety of high quality frozen, deli, dry and canned food products from all over the world. Also available is an impressive selection of wines and fruit juices. All products can be bought retail or wholesale, and discounts can be obtained when purchasing whole cases. Call for product prices and expert food advice. They also deliver free on a daily basis to the Grenadines ferries and plane services.

C.K. Greaves Supermarkets

Tel : 784-457-1074 Kingstown, Arnos Vale & Pembroke Fax: 784-456-2679 - Kingstown Fax: 784-458-4602 - Arnos Vale e-mail: ckgreaves@vincysurf.com www.ckgreaves.com At C.K. Greaves, they are proud to provide a variety of brands, imported and local. There are numerous food and grocery items to meet your family’s needs and tastes. Visit C.K. Greaves Supermarkets where “We've got more of what you’re looking for". Opening Hours for the Kingstown and Arnos Vale stores: Kingstown: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm; Fri 8am-7pm and Sat 7am-7pm Arnos Vale: Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-9pm; Sat 7am-8pm and Sun 8am-11am.

At Basil’s Villa (across from Young Island), St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-2602 e-mail: basils@vincysurf.com www.basilsbar.com At Basil's was opened to share owner Basil Charles’ sense of style and home, with friends and visitors from far and near. The store features pieces from Bali, India and Africa. Anything you choose, albeit stone, wood or fabric, can be crated and shipped anywhere in the world. If you are looking for something extraordinary, there is a good chance you will find it At Basil's. Major credit cards accepted.

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Paintings by Anna Allegra Desio Born in Milano, Italy, Anna Allegra Desio and her husband live part of the year aboard their boat, Maxima, and for many years they have been regular visitors to St. Vincent & the Grenadines – the favourite subject of many of her paintings. Signed limited editions and a large assortment of note cards can be found throughout St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Union Island: Atelier Turquoise, Mare Blu & Scaramouche Schooner. Bequia: Local Color and Friendship Rose Schooner. PSV Resort and Boutique. Grenada: Tikal - Callalou Boutique in the Airport, Imagine, Belmont Plantation and Island Water World.

Watercolours and oil paintings, large and small paintings on commission e-mail: gdesio@aol.com www.adprints.com

Out of Town Shopping & Services On the southern side of town is an area known as Villa. This is where you’ll find many of the island’s hotels, restaurants and bars along with a few nice boutiques. When in the area be sure to check out At Basil’s just opposite Young Island. Here you’ll find a wonderful collection of furniture and exquisite accessories for the home imported from Bali, India and Africa. They also offer a shipping service to anywhere in the world! At the nearby Beachcombers Hotel, you’ll find Yesim’s Boutique which offers a wide range of travel-essentials along with sun-block, swim wear, towels and souvenirs. Also on-site is the adorable Purple Turtle, a children’s boutique selling an assortment of beach toys, swimsuits and baby essentials. If you are looking for a tasty bite to eat and a bit of pampering and relaxation, the Paradise Beach Hotel has a full service spa on the premises and a lovely restaurant right by the sea. Around Calliaqua there are a number of marine outfitters and chandleries catering to the yachting crowd. Also in the area is Gourmet Food, a great little supermarket carrying an excellent selection of imported cheeses, exotic meat and seafood, along with a good range of other deli items.

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St. Vincent Restaurants & Nightlife

Paradise Beach Hotel/Photo: Wilfred Dederer

Along the Villa and Indian Bay strip is a delightful amalgam of local and international restaurants. Mooring facilities in the Young Island Cut and at Blue Lagoon, make many of these easily accessible to yachtsmen.

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rom modest rum shops to delightful cafés and wine bars, seaside to countryside, casual to elegant, quiet romance to lively entertainment, a quick snack to lavish buffets... St. Vincent sports an eclectic range of dining options, where you can find everything from boisterous roadside bars serving tasty local fare, to casual beachside grills and pizza joints, internationally known fast food chains like Subway and the more elaborate, gourmet cuisine found in some of the island’s finer dining establishments.

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Hotel restaurants are generally open to non-resident guests and further increase your choices. Please note that reservations are always appreciated. Along the Villa and Indian Bay strip is a delightful amalgam of local and international restaurants. Moorings in the Young Island Cut and at Blue Lagoon make many of these easily accessible to yachtsmen. In and around Kingstown you will also find great choices for tasty Caribbean cuisine. A number of hotels feature live weekly entertainment with local steel bands and string bands. You would be wise to check with the venue beforehand for up-to-date information. You can also check the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association’s weekly What’s On calendar at www.svghotels.com/whats-on – an excellent source of up-to-date information on local events and activities.


Restaurants & Nightlife You are always guaranteed fresh ingredients when dining out in St. Vincent. Market fresh fruit and vegetables, along with fresh-off-the-boat seafood specialities are the order of the day! Photographer: Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive


St. Vincent Restaurants & Nightlife Subway Cnr. St. James St./Long Lane, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-8900 Fax: 784-456-8700 e-mail: subwaysvg@gmail.com Visit the healthy quick service restaurant option in SVG!! Enjoy an extensive menu while dining in a customer friendly atmosphere. Choose from a wide selection of Subway’s famous subs, fresh and healthy salads, freshly baked cookies and sensational breakfast options. Be sure to stop in for a quick and healthy bite - Eat Fresh!!!

Sunset Shores Villa, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4411 Fax: 784-457-4800 e-mail: sunshore@vincysurf.com

www.sunsetshores.com

Sunset Shores Restaurant is situated on beautiful Villa Beach, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. There is a daily chef’s special along with an extensive à la carte menu and wine list, featuring imported steaks, freshly caught fish, chicken entrées, lobster and shrimp. Crisp salads and perfectly prepared vegetables are always available as well as pastas and vegetarian dishes. Saturday night barbecue and lunch daily from noon to 3:00pm. Credit cards are accepted.

French Verandah Mariners Hotel, Villa Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-453-1111 Fax: 784-457-4333 e-mail: frenchverandah@vincysurf.com www.marinershotel.com Idyllically located directly on the water at Mariners Hotel, French Verandah offers delectable continental cuisine with a fusion of Caribbean flavours. Their wine cellar provides just the right selections to enhance your dining experience, while the friendly service and charming seaside setting make this restaurant a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Young Island Tel: 784-458-4826 Fax: 784-457-4567 e-mail: frontdesk@youngisland.com

www.youngisland.com

Young Island is a 13-acre island where a Carib chief once resided and as the story goes, gave it up to Sir William Young for a white horse. Little did he know that his island would in years become Young Island Resort, a tropical garden. You’ll soon find that life is casual, dress is informal but no shorts or T-Shirts for dinner please. The only thing for you to do is make decisions at each meal of what you would like from the menu. Food is exquisite and there are six delicious breads to choose from.

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St. Vincent Restaurants & Nightlife Beachcombers Restaurant & Bar Villa Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4283 e-mail: beachcombers@vincysurf.com Fax: 784-458-4385 www.beachcombershotel.com Beachcombers Hotel’s open-air beachfront restaurant, bar and pool deck is set in lush exotic gardens with a full à la carte menu featuring West Indian and International flavours. Serving the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruit, they are open everyday from 7:15am until last orders at 9:30pm. Royals, Prime Ministers, Presidents, Business persons, sports personalities and leisure seekers alike make Beachcombers Hotel, Bar and Restaurant their home away from home - hope you will do the same.

Wilkie’s Grand View Beach Hotel, Villa Point, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4811 Fax: 784-457-4174 e-mail: grandview@vincysurf.com www.grandviewhotel.com Wilkie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening á la carte menu that changes daily is served from 6:30pm and features fresh seafood and poultry entrées, as well as the best imported steak, all served with an exotic blend of local vegetables and crisp green salads. Entrées range in price from EC $50 to $80. Wilkie’s offers yummy desserts and a small, well-selected wine list. Major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are preferred, particularly in season.

Grand View Grill Indian Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5487 Fax: 784-457-4174 VHF 68 e-mail: grandview@vincysurf.com www.grandviewhotel.com Located on Indian Bay Beach, specialising in grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and burgers, mouth-watering pizzas, pastas and baguette sandwiches and desserts to die for! On Fridays our authentic Jamaican Jerk makes us the real hot spot! A great place to meet old friends and make new ones while sipping a special seaside cocktail. Wi-Fi available. Open daily from 2:00pm. Closed on Mondays. Major credit cards accepted.

Paradise Restaurant & Spa

Paradise Beach Hotel, Villa Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4795 e-mail: info@paradisesvg.com www.paradisesvg.com Located at Paradise Beach Hotel on lovely Villa Beach, this charming restaurant sits at the water’s edge. Enjoy the casual, relaxed atmosphere while their chef serves up a delightful choice of local cuisine with an international flair. Sunset cocktails has become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss Grillin’ with the Captain on Friday Nights, featuring their signature steak or fresh grilled lobster. There is a full service spa on the premises, making it easy to enjoy an afternoon of pampering along with a delicious lunch or evening meal. Conference Facilities and Wedding packages.

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St. Vincent Restaurants & Nightlife Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge Barefoot Yacht Charters, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-8999

www.eatdrinkdrift.com

Driftwood offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean flare. The menu integrates Italian style pizzas, salads, pastas, & grilled entrees with local flavours like breadfruit, callaloo, & jerk. Restaurant amenities include both an air-conditioned lounge and an outdoor dining terrace with panoramic views of Blue Lagoon. Menu prices range from $15.00 to $75.00 EC and a complete bar service is available.

Sapodilla Room Grenadine House, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-1800 Fax: 784-458-1333 e-mail: stay@grenadinehouse.com www.grenadinehouse.com The Sapodilla Room is considered one of the foremost fine dining venues in St. Vincent. Fine linens and table-wares are set in the elegant 18th Century room where the Chef and his team propose revealing compositions fusing Caribbean and Continental cuisines. An eclectic wine cellar perfectly complements the adventurous menu. The adjoining West Indies Bar provides a relaxed setting for aperitifs or after dinner drinks, with its gallery of black and white movie stills as a back-drop. A private dining room is available for up to 12 persons.

Café Soleil Grenville/Halifax Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-1660 or 533-1879 e-mail: cafesoleillife@eloisegonsalves.com www.cafesoleillife.com The newest experience to hit the 784! A welcome and refreshing addition to downtown Kingstown, with its cool, trendy interior and irresistible menu, Café Soleil has already become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Serving a scrumptious range of healthy choices using garden-grown herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, home-baked paninis, breads and cakes, along with an endless selection of goodies to satisfy all your sweet cravings... from gelatos, sorbets and frozen yogurts, to muffins, brownies, cookies and smoothies. Low fat and sugar-free options are also available!

Basil’s Bar & Restaurant Cobblestone Inn, Bay Street Kingtown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-2713

www.basilsbar.com

Visitors to St. Vincent are invited to visit Basil’s Bar, located in Kingstown, in a lovely old 18th century building known as ‘Cobblestone’. Here you can enjoy delightful cocktails in airconditioned comfort – the staff are most welcoming and the meals are among the best on the island. Full catering services are now offered for private functions. Open Monday through Saturday 8:00am until 10:30pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And now open every Sunday from 3:30pm to 10:30pm. Monday - Friday Basil’s features an excellent luncheon buffet. Wi-Fi available.

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St. Vincent Accommodation

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Views like this one, from Grand View Hotel, can be enjoyed from many of the hotels and guest houses around St. Vincent.

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unning the gamut from guest houses and self-catering apartments, to beachfront hotels and a luxury allinclusive resort, accommodation in St. Vincent offers something for every taste and budget, whether you are a honeymoon couple, vacationing with the family, or on a business trip. The area around Villa and Indian Bay is a popular tourist district and many hotels and self-catering apartments are situated here. Kingstown itself has several hotels including the Cobblestone Inn, while just outside town, in New Montrose, there are a number of hotels, apartments and guest houses. Venturing further along the south-west coast is the brand new, impressive Buccament Bay Resort – an all-inclusive, 5-star resort surrounded by lush green mountains and rainforest.

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The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Assoc., (Tel: 784-458-4379) is a non-profit organisation, established in 1968 to encourage closer fellowship with hoteliers on the mainland and throughout the Grenadine islands, to promote good relations between hotels and business houses and to foster a good working relationship with the Government. Their website, www.svghotels.com, is easy to navigate and offers a wealth of information on all aspects of the island, including extensive information on all members’ establishments. Additionally, the SVG Tourism Authority has recently launched their new website, www.discoversvg.com, packed with useful information and innovative features, including event calendars, maps and handy information on each individual island. The Ins & Outs website, www.insandoutsofsvg.com, is the online version of this publication. It is an invaluable resource for anyone planning a trip to St. Vincent & the Grenadines and offers live links to all advertisers’ websites and e-mail. For a synopsis of accommodation options, facilities, contact info and rates, see the Accommodation Guide on pgs. 138-143.


Accommodation St. Vincent’s accommodations are considerably more personable than any chain-style resorts. In general, rooms have a light, breezy decor with an emphasis on comfort and views ranging from lovely to stupendous! They offer good value, casual elegance, relaxation... and charm to spare.

Photo: Young Island is a privately owned 13-acre tropical island luxury resort, located 200 yards from St. Vincent's southern shoreline. Legend has it, some 150 years ago the mighty Carib Chief Chatoyer saw a charger belonging to Sir William Young, the British Governor at that time. He greatly admired the horse and wished to own it. “If you desire it,” said Sir William to the Chief, “it is yours.” Chatoyer readily accepted the horse in exchange for an island which became known as Young's Island (today it is called Young Island). Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


St. Vincent Accommodation Young Island Tel: 784-458-4826 Fax: 784-457-4567 e-mail: frontdesk@youngisland.com Reservations: Ralph Locke Islands - U.S. and Canada 800-223-1108 or UK & Europe: toll free 800-141-2859 Fax: 310-440-4220 e-mail: reservations@youngisland.com www.youngisland.com Young island is a 13-acre island where on the white sand beach there are chaise lounges and mattresses for sunbathers. There are hammocks hung under thatched roofs to give you that “man Friday” feeling where you can nap, read a book and forget about the outside world. Play tennis, windsurf, snorkel or just laze on a pedalo. Sit around the pool or have a dip. Walk around the island and gaze at the views. Go sightseeing on the mainland, the choice is all yours.

Paradise Beach Hotel & Spa Villa Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4795 e-mail: info@paradisesvg.com www.paradisesvg.com For Caribbean hospitality at its best, visit the Paradise Beach Hotel located on Villa Beach, just two miles from the airport and four miles from Kingstown. The tastefully decorated rooms and apartments offer ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, wireless Internet, cable television and cellular phones. There is a beach bar, conference room, spa services, boutique and gift shop on the premises. Enjoy Caribbean and International dishes in the dining room overlooking the ocean and visit their tour office for an exciting range of sea and land tours.

Barefoot Suites Barefoot Yacht Charters Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-9334/9526 e-mail: barebum@vincysurf.com

www.barefootyachts.com

Barefoot Yacht Charters is the one-stop shop for visitors to St. Vincent. Beautiful apartments, each with ocean-view verandah, bathroom, a/c, cable TV, free Wi-Fi and fridge. Just a few steps away is Driftwood, their popular Mediterranean Restaurant with airconditioned wine bar and internet café.  They also offer the only water-sports centre in St. Vincent – kayaks, surf boards, stand-up paddle boards, windsurfers and snorkel equipment are all available for rent at great rates.

Seasplash Apartments Indian Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-431-1085 or 784-457-5017 Fax: 784-451-2777 e-mail: info@seasplashapartments.com www.seasplashapartments.com Seasplash is a slice of paradise nestled in the Indian Bay valley, offering all the comforts of home. This friendly, family-run property features seven self-contained apartments set in a peaceful and tranquil environment just a few steps away from beautiful Indian Bay Beach, a lovely white sand beach washed by the Caribbean Sea. With rates starting at US$60.00/night, Seasplash offers excellent value in a friendly and comfortable setting, just 15 mins. drive from the city and 5 mins. from the airport, with restaurants featuring local and international cuisine within easy walking distance.

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St. Vincent Accommodation Mariners Hotel Villa Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4000 Fax: 784-457-4333 e-mail: frontdesk@marinershotel.com www.marinershotel.com Reservations: Ralph Locke Islands - U.S. & Canada: Tel: 800-223-1108 Fax: 310-440-4220 e-mail: caribisles@aol.com Tranquil and secluded, Mariners is idyllically situated on Villa Beach where guests enjoy magnificent sunsets. The 21 beautifully designed guest rooms are exquisitely furnished, each with private balcony, airconditioning and all modern amenities. At the water’s edge, the popular French Verandah Restaurant features a wonderful blend of local and international cuisine. Complementary Wireless Internet & Internet Café. “Stay with us”

Grand View Beach Hotel Villa Point, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4811 Fax: 784-457-4174 US 1-800-528-9000, 1-201-934-3844 or UK 0844-544-4051 e-mail: grandview@vincysurf.com www.grandviewhotel.com Grand View Beach Hotel is situated at Villa Point with a commanding view of the Grenadines and beyond. Eight acres of tropical gardens surround the hotel. It offers 12 deluxe and 5 luxury rooms and 2 honeymoon suites, with privacy and warm, personalised service. There are 2 fine restaurants, Wilkie’s and Grand View Grill, a racquet and fitness centre, swimming pool, ADSL Internet in rooms and Wi-Fi in lobby and bar, cable TV, room service and a resident artist with painting studio.

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ust one of our views.... with 19 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and freshwater pool and the big blue Caribbean Sea footsteps below. Escape to where the life is simple, but living is not. rand View Beach Hotel, St. Vincent and the Grenadines complete resort.

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Paradise Beach Hotel is the to the Caribbean you’ve been looking for. Sitting on the balcony watching an amazing tropical sunset while sipping on a cool refreshing rum punch, listening to the waves roll onto the beach. That’s how times passes here.

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All you have to do is arrive. Ask about our special package deals and group rates on ocean and garden view rooms and self contained apartments. Find out more about our restaurant and bar, conference and wedding facilities and the Paradise Spa at

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Villa Beach, P.O. BOX 639, Kingstown, St. Vincent W.I. Phone: (784) 457-4795 / (784) 570-0000 After Hours: (784) 457-5555 | Fax: (784) 457-5577 info@paradisesvg.com | www.paradisesvg.com

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St. Vincent Accommodation Beachcombers Hotel Villa Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4283 Fax: 784-458-4385 e-mail: beachcombers@vincysurf.com www.beachcombershotel.com A lovely family-run boutique hotel nestled in a lush, tropical botanical garden. The pool and deck overlook Villa Beach, with breathtaking views of the islands beyond. All rooms are wellappointed, beautifully decorated and cater from the Standard category through to the Presidential Suite. There is a restaurant located on the property that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yesim’s Boutique offers a wide range of travel-essentials along with sun-block, swimsuits, towels and souvenirs. Purple Turtle, another shop located on-site, provides a kids haven. It offers an assortment of kid’s beach toys, swimsuits and baby essentials.

Sunset Shores Villa, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4411 Fax: 784-457-4800 e-mail: sunshore@vincysurf.com www.sunsetshores.com Relax and restore, or be active and explore the natural treasures that St. Vincent offers. Sunset Shores is a family owned 32-room hotel located on coveted Villa Beach and surrounded by three acres of lush tropical gardens. The fresh water pool is nestled in a private courtyard, just steps away from the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Tastefully appointed rooms offer private bath, A/C, TV, radio, in-room safe, telephone, private patio and complementary “Wi-Fi”. Conference facilities available for business functions and the hotel caters to cocktail parties, romantic weddings and receptions.

Hotel Alexandrina P.O Box 104, Prospect, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-9788 Fax: 784-456-9799 e-mail: hotelalexandrina@aol.com www.hotelalexandrina.com Perched on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Alexandrina is located in a secluded area and tranquil setting nestled in a tropical garden surrounded with seasonal fruits. This modern and elegant 17-room apartment suite hotel is ideal for business travellers, retreats, family reunions, sport teams and other groups or simply for relaxation. A café, bar, conference room, fitness room, pool and FREE internet access are on premises. Just 10 minutes from the beach, 15 minutes from the airport and a few minutes walk to public transportation and supermarket.

Rosewood Apartment Hotel Villa, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5051 Fax: 784-457-5141 e-mail: rosewood@vincysurf.com www.rosewoodsvg.com This modern facility is located at Rose Cottage Villa, 2 miles from the Airport, 3 miles from Kingstown and 3 mins. walk to the beach. Easy access to public transportation. Our self-contained efficiency units are beautifully furnished, each opening onto a spacious patio with fantastic ocean views, offering comfort and relaxation. Rooms are air-conditioned, with private bath/shower, cable TV, telephone and kitchenette. "We offer daily maid service, laundry, fax, internet and free WiFi. You can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at our Breakfast Nook. There are fine restaurants minutes away. Modern Fitness Centre closeby.

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PO Box 849, Villa, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, West Indies T: 784 458 4411 F: 784 457 4800 www.sunsetshores.com sunshore@vincysurf.com

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St. Vincent Accommodation The Cobblestone Inn Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-1937 Fax: 784-456-1938 e-mail: cobblestone@vincysurf.com www.thecobblestoneinn.com Situated on the waterfront of Kingstown overlooking the harbour. The lush Vincentian scenery rises into the hills above the town forming a beautiful green backdrop to the peaceful harbour scene. Ideally situated for the business traveller, the Cobblestone is located right in the heart of downtown Kingstown’s business district, fifteen minutes from the airport, or fifteen minutes to the beach! The hotel has 20 standard rooms and 6 suites, all with air-conditioning, Cable TV, private bathroom, WIFI and broadband Internet. The Rooftop Restaurant is situated on the third floor and serves the best in Caribbean Cuisine.

Grenadine House Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-1800 Fax: 784-458-1333 e-mail: stay@grenadinehouse.com www.grenadinehouse.com Set in residential Kingstown Park, overlooking Kingstown towards the Grenadine Islands, Grenadine House offers elegant comfort to the discerning traveller in its well appointed guestrooms. Fully renovated and upgraded to meet today’s international standards, Grenadine House recently opened its doors to guests offering the best of Vincy hospitality. Their 20 guestrooms include; Panoramic Views, Private Balconies, A/C, Direct Telephone, Free High-Speed Internet, Spacious Bathrooms, Choice Linen, Room Service and more.

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Breezeville Apartments Located 100 yards from Indian Bay Beach, with the town centre and entertainment areas within a 15 minute drive, Breezeville offers stylish 1 & 2 bedroom self-contained apartments with the amenities you expect from a first-class hotel: Maid/Laundry Service, A/C, Ceiling Fans, Safe, Hairdryer, Iron w/ Board, Cable TV, Wireless Internet.

Indian Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4641 Fax: 784-457-4468 e-mail: frontdesk@villalodge.com www.villalodge.com

Hillside Apartments Hillside Apartments are located just a short walk from Villa Beach and approximately eight minutes from the Airport. There are six selfcontained apartments. The apartments are fully furnished and include A/C, Cable TV, Wireless Internet and daily Maid Service. Breakfast bar and pool. Relax on the balcony as you take in the spectacular view of several of the Grenadine Islands.

Villa, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5134 Fax: 784-457-4678 e-mail: hillside@vincysurf.com www.hillsideapartmentssvg.com

Mispah Guesthouse Serene home away from home experience, surrounded by panoramic views of Canash Bay and the islands of Bequia and Mustique. Conveniently located 10 mins. from beach, 15 mins. from airport and 20 mins. from Kingstown. Modern facilities include internet, cable TV and A/C. Within easy distance of public transport, good restaurants, bars and nightlife. Guests can also enjoy a large living room, kitchen and verandah. Ideal for business professionals and touring holiday makers.

Richview Guest House Ideally located within close proximity to the airport, town and beach. The 14 tastefully furnished rooms comprise kitchenettes, living room, patio, cable TV, A/C, fans and maid service. Great value packages include FREE airport transfers and continental breakfast. Perfect for singles, couples, families and groups.

Prospect, St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-8419 or Cell: 784-491-3302 e-mail: mispah9@yahoo.com

Sion Hill Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-482-9500 or 784-533-4137 e-mail: richview06@yahoo.com www.richviewguesthouse.com

Sky Blue Beach Apts.

Tranquillity Beach

These self-contained, air-conditioned apartments are just a cool two-minute walk to the beach, ten minutes from Kingstown and five minutes from the airport. All rooms feature A/C, Telephone, Cable TV and daily maid service. Recreation: Mini Golf Course.

Located on beautiful Indian Bay Beach, each of the seven studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments feature its own verandah with unobstructed sea views, air conditioned bedroom(s), fully equipped kitchen, private bath(s), fan, TV, wireless internet, and daily maid service.

Indian Bay, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4394 Fax: 784-457-5232 e-mail: skyblue@vincysurf.com www.skybluebeach.com

Indian Bay Beach, St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4021 e-mail: lucelle@tranquillityhotel.com www.tranquillityhotel.com

James Apartments Six self-contained rooms with standing fans and television - spacious, comfortable and very affordable. Just 10 minutes drive from the airport, 5 minutes drive from the capital, Kingstown. Very easy access to public transportation. Mini Mart downstairs.

Lowmans Hill, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-8147 or 784-457-7157

Ridgeview Terrace Apts. Offers a choice of studio or deluxe apartments. Your personal haven in paradise includes: • Wireless Internet • Cable Television • A/C bedrooms • Personal Sun Terrace • Kitchenette(studio)/Kitchen (apartment) • Lounge & Dining area (apartment) • Security and Maid Service

Ratho Mill, P.O. Box 804, St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-4153/493-3368 Fax: 784-457-5959 e-mail: rojen@vincysurf.com www.ridgeviewterrace.com

White Sands Beachfront B&B offering a selection of beautiful luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom a/c cottages nestled within a lagoon, surrounded by a tranquil bay, quiet beaches and lush greenery. Long and short term rentals available in both St. Vincent & Bequia. For a truly magical and unforgettable stay in SVG contact them for further information and rates.

• Ratho Mill, St. Vincent • Spring, Bequia Tel: 784-528-9855 or 784-433-3334 e-mail: whitesandsinc@gmail.com www.whitesandsinc.net

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Bequia Bequia possesses a rare and distinctly unique charm, characterized by the genuine warmth and friendliness of its people, a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere and a general evasion of anything associated with “the fast lane”. Photo: The island’s history has been deeply entwined with the sea for generations and the age-old traditions of boat building, fishing and whaling are still evident. Pictured here, locally made coconut boats hang on display in the harbour town of Port Elizabeth. Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


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The Bequia Youth Sailors programme teaches young Bequians the skills of sailing – starting in Optimist dinghies, which were kindly donated by the Rotary Club, the scheme takes the young sailors from beginner stage, through to competition racing. They are often seen training in and around Admiralty Bay.

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ying just nine miles to the south of St. Vincent, Bequia is the largest of the Grenadine islands – a compact seven square miles with about 5,000 warm and friendly inhabitants eager to welcome visitors. The island’s history has been deeply entwined with the sea for generations and the age-old traditions of boat building, fishing and whaling are still evident. The island caters well to visitors and, despite its size, goes far beyond the usual prerequisites of a tropical island holiday.

A Brief History Bequia, along with the other Grenadine islands, appears to have first been inhabited around 200 AD by superbly skilled potterymaking Amerindians (referred to by archaeologists as “Saladoid”), who originated from the South American mainland. Successive migrations of other groups from the mainland followed, until a final migration by the Caribs shortly before the arrival of Columbus in the Antilles. This resulted in the descendants of the earliest inhabitants being ultimately over-run and a new, culturally mixed population emerged. Interestingly, it was the Caribs who gave Bequia its name –

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“Becouya”, meaning “Island of Clouds”, and from whom the Europeans also inherited words like hurricane, canoe and hammock. When the French seized Grenada from the Caribs in 1650, they also took control of the Grenadine islands from Carriacou in the south to Bequia in the North. St Vincent, however, which was then home to an estimated 10,000 Caribs, remained technically "neutral", with fierce resistance from its indigenous people deterring any European settlement until the early 18th century. In French-controlled Bequia, a tiny handful of French settlers – most probably from Grenada – began to set up lime and indigo works from around 1720. By the time of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, when the French ceded Grenada and the Grenadines to the British along with "neutral" St. Vincent, cotton and cocoa were also being produced on the island. After brief recapture by the French in 1779, the Treaty of Versailles finally returned St. Vincent and its Grenadine islands to the British in 1783.

The Rise & Fall of Sugar From the mid 1760s onwards, sugar was to be the major crop under cultivation on Bequia, with cotton remaining an important secondary crop for small holders. By 1827 there were nine sugar plantations on Bequia, employing just over 1,300 slaves. Although there were also numerous smallholdings growing cotton and other cash crops, the majority of people on Bequia, from the slaves to the 100 or so “poor white settlers”, were engaged in some aspect of sugar production and its export.


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Boat building remains an honoured calling whether in life, or miniature size, using tools and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.


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Friendship Rose getting her new mast fitted in July 2012. This 80-foot sailing schooner was the last of its kind to be built on Bequia, in the days before power tools, when timbers were hewn by hand. She was three and a half years in the making and was eventually launched in 1967. For 25 years she worked as Bequia’s faithful ferry boat between mainland St. Vincent and Bequia. Now in “semi-retirement”, she enjoys a more relaxed schedule of day trips to Mustique and the Tobago Cays.

Hastened by emancipation, the decline in sugar production – and population – in the mid 1800s led the 900 or so remaining Bequia inhabitants to turn to the sea for their survival.

Age Old Traditions The island’s outstanding natural harbour, tucked deep into Admiralty Bay and richly stocked waters, made it a perfect location for the widespread development of marine skills – fishing (including whaling), boat building and navigation. Bequia enjoys the distinction of having once been pre-eminent in the region’s whaling industry in the last quarter of the 19th century. It’s no surprise that many of its inhabitants today can trace their heritage to two of the island’s great whaling patriarchs, Joseph Ollivierre and William Wallace Jr., whose whaling stations on Bequia quite literally saved the life of the island and its people. William Thomas (“Old Bill”) Wallace introduced whaling to Bequia around 1870 after spending an apprenticeship on a New England whaleboat. He subsequently purchased two secondhand Yankee whaleboats to start his whaling operation; one of them, the much revered “Iron Duke”, still exists today and is one of the favourite contenders at the annual Bequia Easter Regatta. Under international agreement, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been granted aboriginal whaling rights by the International Whaling Commission because it is considered a

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true cultural tradition, providing food for the islanders. It allows Bequia’s small group of whalermen to harpoon no more than four whales per year. If a whale is caught, the entire island comes out to get their portion of the catch and share in the many exciting versions of the fishing tales told. Rugged individualism and resourcefulness still flourish here; the sea and maritime activities will always be the lifeblood of the island and its people. Boat building remains an honoured calling whether in life, or miniature size, using tools and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. From the earliest days of Bequia’s settlement and until quite recent times, boatbuilding has lain at the heart of the island’s success. Critical to the survival of Bequia’s small, close-knit community, this home-grown “industry” was the cornerstone of the development of inter-island trading, whaling and fishing – all of which sustained the island and its people in the difficult postsugar years and on into the twentieth century. Bequia was not just blessed with a superb natural harbour, quiet, protected shores on which to build and an abundance of White Cedar for construction. When first settled by the British back in the 1760s, the island also had a small but vital core of carpenters, shipwrights and mariners whose skills – passed down, shared and augmented – were to form the basis of Bequia’s maritime strength in future generations.


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Overlooking beautiful Friendship Bay, the Bequia Heritage Foundation’s Boat Museum showcases traditional boats from Bequia and the region.

Between 1923 and 1990, seventy-one major trading vessels were built in Bequia – almost half the total for the entire country in that same period. With the majority built in the 1930s and 40s, the list of the thirty-seven builders reads like a roll call of Bequia families: Gooding, Sargeant, Adams, Mitchell, Wallace, Ollivierre, Hazell, Tannis, Cozier – their sheer numbers alone amply demonstrate the breadth of both the skill and the industry that supported the community. Today, with new technologies and materials superceding traditional methods of marine transport and its associated activities, classic, old-time boatbuilding in Bequia is now something of a rarity. Thankfully though, there are a few who are still building, working hard at keeping this tradition alive and quietly proud to call themselves Bequia boatbuilders.

Independence & Progress In 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence within the British Commonwealth. Bequia and the rest of the Grenadines is governed from the “mainland” island of St. Vincent, whose governmental system is based on the Westminster-style of parliamentary democracy. For many years, Bequia could only be reached by sea and it continues to be a favourite destination for yachtsmen from around the world. Vessels of all shapes and sizes fill the harbour, from luxury yachts and motorised boats to old wooden schooners and small cruise ships. The opening of the J.F. Mitchell Airport in 1992 has made the island far more accessible, with regular scheduled and charter flights from Barbados. Bequia has enormous appeal, and although visitor traffic has increased in recent years, the island remains relatively untouched. Here, change takes place at a snail's pace without altering the magic and charm which prevails on this dazzling, sun-drenched little isle.

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Bequia Island Adventures

Gina Francesca Photography & Design

Bequia is a delightful destination for family holidays with activities that are bound to delight and satisfy young, curious minds – like a visit to the Turtle Sanctuary, where kids can get ‘up close and personal’ with these amazing, gentle sea creatures.

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ake time to explore Bequia. Visitors are often surprised to find that even on an island of only seven square miles, if you scratch the surface just a little, you’ll discover an intriguing history, a fascinating natural environment, and above all, a wonderfully charming human element.

Getting Around

Whether on land, or on the sea, Bequia has a bountiful array of places to explore and a dependable range of transportation options available for getting around the island. Taxis are widely used for getting around and the island has a reliable, if not unique fleet of open-backed taxi vans. The operators are known for their friendliness and courtesy, and during the day you can usually find them gathered under the almond trees in the harbour, sporting colourful names like “Challenger”, “Fat Man” and “Jump In”. Most, if not all taxi drivers carry cell phones so remember to ask for a business card if you'd like to use them again. They also operate with VHF radios and can be reached on Channel 68. Many taxis offer two to three hour island tours – complete with running commentary! Rates are fixed and are listed in the Bequia Tourism Association Office, but it's always sensible to agree on

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the fare and duration beforehand – and whether your quote is in EC$ or US$. Visitors often choose to use the same taxi driver throughout their stay – many lasting friendships have been built this way! “Dollar Vans” are closed-in mini vans which have a regular "run" to most parts of the island. Often crowded and rarely without on-board music, they easily represent the cheapest way to get around – Bequia style! The main setting down point in Port Elizabeth is by the ferry dock and you can enquire at the nearby Tourism Office for the routes. The normal "stops" are unmarked, so look out for people gathered by the roadside, or simply hail one as it approaches and ask them if they are going your way! Fares are collected once on board and vary from EC$1.50 to EC$5 per person depending on the length of journey. Water taxis are plentiful in and around Admiralty Bay. Like land taxis they also monitor VHF Ch. 68 and provide a pick-up and dropoff service to yachts in the bay. They will also take passengers to and from Princess Margaret and Lower Bay beaches. You can find them around the dinghy docks at Frangipani and Gingerbread or at the main dinghy dock in Port Elizabeth, across the road from the Friendship Rose office. The cost is about EC$15-$20 one way to the beaches, less for a trip across the harbour. Hiring a vehicle is an excellent idea as this allows you to explore at your own pace. A Visitor’s Driving Permit (EC$65) must first be obtained from the Revenue Office in Port Elizabeth, where you will be asked to present your own National Driver’s Licence or a full International Drivers Licence. Alternatively, if you book your rental vehicle in advance, your agent can do this paperwork for you.


Island Adventures Beyond the lovely beaches, quaint little villages and charming waterfront bars and shops, there is plenty to fill your days in Bequia ... Get off-the-beaten-track – take a tour in one of the unique open-backed taxi vans, or take a hike and explore the “real” Bequia; pack a picnic and spend the day at one of the island’s magnificent beaches, or hop on one of the charter boats and sail over to the idyllic Tobago Cays for a day made in heaven. Take the plunge – learn to scuba dive and discover why St. Vincent & the Grenadines are known as the “critter capital of the Caribbean.” Bequia also offers a lovely selection of indigenous crafts, particularly model boat building, and some outstanding contemporary Caribbean art ... so be sure to seek them out in your travels around the island. Photo: Friendship Bay Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


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Wilfred Dederer

For almost two decades the wonderful Belmont Walkway, which meanders along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay, has provided locals and visitors with a delightful link between land and sea.

Courtesy Pat Mitchell

The ‘New’ Belmont Walkway The newly restored Belmont Walkway is a treasure for Bequia. It is now possible to stroll the south side of Admiralty Bay, right by the water’s edge, from the Port Hole and Tommy’s restaurant, as far as Mrs. Wallace’s house, Circa 1960s - a pre-walkway photo showing stretch of beach in front of past the Fig Tree, and, with a what is now the Frangipani Hotel. further skip and a jump, along the elegant frontage of Mimosa, to the old Plantation House Hotel. How wonderful not to feel that slight unease when trespassing onto someone’s property in order to avoid a particularly precarious stretch! What a relief not to feel compelled to explain to a new visitor, sometimes in vain, that walking on that invitingly flat but slippery part in front of the Green Boley could be dangerous. “Oh, it’s fine”, they would protest, as we prepared once again to deal with a bloody scrape, or worse. The private organization, Action Bequia, spearheaded by Richard Roxburgh, is the instrument behind the reconstruction of the Walkway. Financing was secured from a wide range of sources including visitors, Bequia homeowners, the Bequia Tourism Association and the general community, with significant backing from the Grenadines Partnership Fund. The design was created by local architect Mike Connell. Bequia waterfront businesses assisted in various ways providing access, water, ice and electricity. The Fig Tree celebrated completion with a reception for the crew. Once upon a time, in Bequia’s history, the walkway was not necessary. How often have I heard, “Oh you used to be able to 78 •

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drive along the beach right to the Plantation House.” I must admit that I do not ever remember that being possible in my 45 years on the island, but I reckon it must once have been so, as it seems an indelible part of Bequia’s tribal memory. Certainly during the seventies and eighties I can verify that you could drive along the beach to the Frangipani and park your vehicle right there. Driving back after closing time often proved more difficult however, judging by the number of mokes that ended up in the sea! The idea for the walkway was born of necessity. We noticed the sea eroding the foundations of the front wall of what is now the property in front of the Gingerbread Suites. A couple of loads of large stones held back the waves, saving the wall, but this made negotiating the waterfront difficult when the tide was high. There were, I remember, two stone walls on the land at right angles to the sea which everyone blithely scaled whenever the urge for one of Mac’s pizzas became overwhelming. This option did not seem such a good idea, however, once the suites were being built, and it was then that Gingerbread decided to concrete over these same stones. Thus, with relative ease, a new path for the public along the sea edge - the Belmont Walkway - was born. Other private work was done in front of the Wallace House, and by what is now Mimosa. But the real breakthrough came when Prime Minister James Mitchell arranged for the government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines to give a contract to the Barbados construction company who had just, in 1992, completed the Bequia Airport. It was their expertise that completed the path along the waterfront. When a subsequent storm destroyed the section in front of the Old Fig Tree, the government built the substantial wall which still protects that land, which otherwise would have been washed away.


Photo: Kind courtesy of Pat Mitchell

This old photo (circa 1940s) was taken from the beach, perhaps in front of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, looking towards what is now the Frangipani Hotel. It shows how substantial the beach was at this time, long before the Belmont Walkway was even conceptualised. The boat pictured is the Gloria Colita, owned and skippered by Captain Reginald Mitchell, she was the largest schooner ever built in Bequia. Sadly, she was found drifting and abandoned in the Bermuda Triangle in 1941 – the crew and Captain Mitchell were never found.

In time, however, maintenance and enhancement devolved to the business community. Mac’s Pizzeria arranged for the Sandpit Company to donate the dredging of sand to form a protective beach along several hundred yards of the bay-side which lasted a few years. Portions of the concrete path in front of Gingerbread and Dive Bequia were repaired privately more than once after weather damage, as were the steps leading to Bequia Dive Adventures. But recently further deterioration resulted from the pounding wave action which occurs for a few days once every year or so and is known locally as a ‘ground swell’. This sea effect is caused by a distant storm that never actually passes over Bequia, in the same way that a tsunami can affect very distant shores. Over the course of several years, and two or three of these punishing sessions, the southern stretch of Bequia’s unique walkway broke up becoming more of an embarrassment and liability than an asset. To the rescue came Action Bequia with the much-needed energy to realise the dream of many: a functioning and attractive

walkway that is a boon to all the businesses along and near the waterfront, as well as a convenience and a delightful pastime for local people and visitors alike. The short walk is full of opportunities: a close-up view of the giant jawbone holding up the bar at the Whaleboner Restaurant, tickets to sail on the schooner Friendship Rose to either Mustique or the Tobago Cays, a relaxing cappuccino overlooking Admiralty Bay alongside the knotty roots of a beneficent almond tree, a refreshing scoop or two of Maranne’s homemade ice cream. And you will never be alone – schools of tiny fish swoop and dart around the rocks, families of enigmatic crustaceans bask in the sun, and a variety of seabirds, from the Laughing Gull to the Little Blue Heron, provide aerial entertainment. There is talk of extending the walkway around the headland to Princess Margaret (Tony Gibbons) Beach. The idea is certainly tempting. Or should the policy be to keep Bequia as natural as possible? Let’s take a leisurely stroll on Bequia’s ‘paseo’ and think about it, shall we?

Photos courtesy Michael Connell

Rebuilding the Walkway

Before construction started the walkway was in a terrible state of disrepair.

Dry-mix concrete sacks, stones and a coarse concrete slurry are used for filling the voids between and under the mass of broken concrete to form a solid base.

Dry-mix concrete sacks are used to secure the waterside face. The sacks are anchored with re-bar to the seabed and covered with concrete.

The construction team, headed up by Neil Sanders (back row wearing cap) and project contractor, Sylvester Hazell (in front of Neil) celebrating completion of the project at The Fig Tree Restaurant.

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There are a number of delightful little bars, cafés and restaurants all along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay with the sights and sounds of the harbour as a backdrop – the air is refreshing and the views let you know you’re somewhere special

Port Elizabeth nestles along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay and rises into the surrounding hills. A number of brightly coloured shops, houses, restaurants, small hotels and guest-houses complete the captivating scene. While strolling around the harbour, look out for the “Houses of Parliament” - the affectionate name given to the shaded waterfront area “under the almond trees”, where taxis assemble to collect and deposit their passengers. Bequians of all walks of life gravitate here to discuss the topic of the moment, usually politics or some colourful island gossip. Discussions can be loud and passionate, deviating quickly and unpredictably, often interspersed with boisterous bouts of laughter. The Belmont Walkway meanders along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay starting at the ever-popular Porthole Restaurant and Bar in Port Elizabeth and weaving its way south, past Tommy Cantina (stop for a Margarita!) and the Frangipani Hotel, a favourite

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hang-out and watering hole for all visitors to Bequia – their famous cocktails and Thursday night barbecue and “jump-up” are not to be missed. Fondly referred to as the “Frangi”, it is the birth-place and family home of Sir James “Son” Mitchell, the former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. As the walkway winds its way along the shoreline, you will pass the Whaleboner with its impressive whalebone archway and bar, and Pat Mitchell’s splendid Gingerbread Hotel, with its pretty façade of intricate “gingerbread” fretwork. In addition to the delightful restaurant upstairs which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the complex also features a pretty waterfront café serving freshly brewed coffee, tea, fresh juices and a wonderful selection of divine breads and cakes from early morning till sunset. A great place to relax and unwind, they also offer wireless Internet, so you can enjoy your coffee while checking in with the outside world!


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Bequia’s two first-rate dive shops, Dive Bequia and Bequia Dive Adventures are located just beyond the Gingerbread Hotel. Bequia has some of the best dive sites in the entire Caribbean, so why not take the plunge? Stop by and enquire about their one-day resort dive courses–you won’t regret it! A number of inviting and inexpensive little bars and restaurants pop up all along the walkway. For an ice cold beer and really delicious rotis and local food, stop by the Green Boley. Just a stone’s throw away is the legendary Mac’s Pizzeria. For over 30 years they have been serving what many consider to be the best pizza around! A few steps further on and right by the water is the newly opened Fig Tree Bar and Restaurant, popular for its authentic local cuisine. Guarding the harbour at the north end of Admiralty Bay and offering panoramic views of Port Elizabeth all the way around to Lower Bay and West Cay, is the site of Hamilton Fort, built in the late 18th century. On this side of the bay you’ll also find the fishing village of Hamilton and the outstanding L’Auberge des Grenadines Bar and Restaurant, where you are guaranteed a fabulous meal and a warm welcome by owners, Jacques and Eileen Thevenot. Open for lunch and dinner it is the only restaurant in Bequia with a live lobster pool, so their lobster is always guaranteed fresh from the water during lobster season. Out of season, they serve delicately flavoured St. Vincent fresh-water river lobster. On the south-east coast is beautiful Friendship Bay and St. Hillary Point, where many a Bequia boat has taken shape along the shores, including the Friendship Rose, which operated as the main ferry between Bequia and St. Vincent for 20 years. She is now on a more “relaxed” schedule of day trips to the neighbouring islands. The new Bequia Heritage Museum is located on a slope overlooking Friendship Bay and houses an interesting collection of Bequia boats from a bygone era. West of Friendship Bay is the peak that locals refer to as ‘Ma Peggy’. This nearly 900-ft hill offers an invigorating hike to the reward of a splendid view of Admiralty Bay with St. Vincent to the north and the Grenadine islands to the south. Further along this winding south side road is the quaint and colourful fishing

Fishing boats at Paget Farm, on the south side of Bequia – the uninhabited island of Ile a Quatre can be seen in the distance

community of Paget Farm and the James F. Mitchell International Airport which was opened in 1992. Just about a mile past the airport is Moonhole, the extraordinary vision and creation of American, the late Tom Johnston, which resulted in a private development of over twenty imaginatively built, “free-form” homes that cling to the natural curves of the hillside. There are no windows, no doors – just openings. The ceilings and walls tend to go their own way, no straight lines, some even have trees growing right in the living room!

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Bequia Island Adventures The windward side of the island is also the most fertile, and it was here in the 18th and 19th century that several of Bequia’s nine sugar plantations were situated. Firefly Plantation Hotel at Spring is a charming boutique hotel set in the grounds of a 225 year old, 30-acre working plantation. The "Great House", where the elegant yet informal bar and restaurant are now located, is built on the foundations of the original 18th century sugar plantation's estate house. Plantation Tasting Tours of the estate are now being offered, giving visitors an excellent insight into the fascinating history of the old Spring Plantation and the adjoining sugar mill and indigo processing plant. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample many of the seasonal fruits and vegetables, and learn about the various crops, herbs and flowers you will encounter. The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located beyond Spring and Industry, at Park Beach. Here, “Brother” King nurtures over 200 endangered Hawksbill turtles, of all sizes, until they are able to fend for themselves in the open ocean.

When you’ve had your fill of exploring on land, be sure to take advantage of one of the exhilarating day cruises operating out of Bequia. With approximately 30 surrounding islands and cays to explore, all of them within relatively close proximity, it makes perfect sense to take in some sailing adventure while in Bequia. The lovely old Bequia-built schooner, Friendship Rose, offers full day trips to the neighbouring islands of Mustique, the Tobago Cays or the leeward coast of St. Vincent. Byzance, is a luxury 50-ft catamaran catering to small groups, ensuring maximum comfort and enjoyment. Lunch, drinks and afternoon tea are served onboard, and with a little notice, they can arrange a lovely lobster picnic lunch ashore in the Tobago Cays. For those interested in spending a bit more time cruising around the islands, they also offer overnight charters. Wind and Sea has a fleet of sleek catamarans offering boat excursions for groups and private day charters with fully stocked bar, lunch onboard or ashore, snorkeling equipment and a great crew who make the cruises truly memorable!

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View of St. Vincent from the lookout point above Spring Bay

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Bequia Island Adventures

Lower Bay is excellent for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing - De Reef Beach Bar and Restaurant is a favourite with both locals and visitors

Beaches & Anchorages Bequia’s harbour town of Port Elizabeth is the most popular Port of Entry for yachts visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a favoured anchorage with yachtsmen from all over the globe. Admiralty Bay is considered one of the best harbours in the Caribbean because of its deep protected “U” shape, its calm, clear waters and ample depth, allowing large boats to come very close to shore for repair and general maintenance. When mooring in the bay, be sure to stay clear of the ferry route to the main jetty in Port Elizabeth, and check with the Bequia Tourism Association Office for information about moorings and yacht garbage disposal. There are excellent marine services to be found in and around Port Elizabeth with convenient dinghy docks located at Frangipani, Gingerbread and in Port Elizabeth itself, where there is easy access to showers, laundry services, Internet facilities and grocery stores. There is a very good docking facility at Bequia Marina where water, fuel, ice and other marine essentials are available. Princess Margaret Beach (also known as Tony Gibbons Beach) is a popular and generally calm anchorage with a glorious stretch of beach and sparkling azure water. Yachts are required to anchor at least 200 yards off shore for the safety of swimmers. A new dinghy dock makes it an effortless drop-off point for water taxis. Jack’s Bar, located at one end of the bay, offers an extensive à la carte menu with influences of Mediterranean cuisine. At the far end of the bay there is a natural rock archway leading into a small, sheltered cove–a good area for snorkeling lies just beyond. One of Bequia’s best beaches is just over the headland at Lower Bay, a long stretch of pure white sand with crystal clear water, excellent for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing with beach chairs available for rent. A stretch of on-shore reef provides an area of shallow pools along the shore making it especially

suitable for children. Situated in the middle of the bay is De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant, a long-time favourite with locals and visitors alike. They offer a simple, reasonably priced menu of tasty local dishes. On Sundays there is a particularly lively atmosphere, often accompanied by live music. Beware of the poisonous manchineel trees and the yellowgreen “apples” strewn along the beach. Contact with the leaves, branches or fruit will cause severe blistering. Do NOT stand under these trees when its raining as the water dripping from the leaves will cause severe blistering. Claude Victorine’s Art Studio is just up the hill at the end of the bay. On display are Claude’s unique hand-painted creations on silk (by appointment only, call 458-3150). Friendship Bay, on the south-east side, is a short distance over the hill from Lower Bay. This sheltered and pristine bay has lots of shade, provides an alternative anchorage for yachts and offers great snorkeling, scuba and windsurfing conditions. Excellent meals and drinks are available from Bagatelle Restaurant & Beach Bar at the Bequia Beach Hotel, just steps away from the water’s edge. Along the north-eastern side of the island – a stretch of often deserted coastline, shaded by wooded hills and countless coconut palms – you’ll find the windward beaches of Spring, Industry and Park, excellent for picnics, snorkeling and windsurfing (beware of strong currents). Industry is the best for swimming, with the restaurant at Crescent Beach Inn offering cold drinks, and delicious lunches and dinner by reservation. While Spring and Industry are easily reached by road, the windswept beaches at Ravine and Hope are far more remote – but a dream for those who like to find the island’s hidden treasures. You should be prepared for a rough, downhill hike to the beach (and back up again!). Caution should be taken when swimming along this coast as there can be a strong undertow at times.

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Bequia Island Adventures Dive Bequia Belmont, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3504 Cell: 784-495-9929 VHF 16/68 e-mail: cathy@divebequia.com www.divebequia.com Established for over 25 years, Dive Bequia is a renowned PADI 5* Dive Centre providing guided trips 3 times a day for certified scuba divers and snorkelers. Centrally located and family run, they offer a professional, safe and fun service, reflected in the high level of repeat customers who return year after year. The full range of PADI courses is available, from beginner Discover Scuba Dives up to Assistant Instructor, including over 20 specialties. Dive Bequia is the only Enriched Air Nitrox provider in the Grenadines. Scuba & snorkeling equipment available to rent. Free collection service from yachts.

Bequia Dive Adventures Tel: 784-458-3826 VHF 68/16 e-mail: adventures@vincysurf.com

www.BequiaDiveAdventures.com Experienced dive instructors, Ron and Laury have been diving these waters for many years and are familiar with the best sites in the area. A full service PADI & SSI facility with 11 specialties, they focus on small group dives with the emphasis on personalized service, catering to the individual needs of each diver. They offer a free introductory PADI “Discover Scuba” course along with various dive packages; snorkeling trips can also be arranged. Snorkeling and scuba equipment rentals available. Situated on the beach, right next door to Mac’s Pizzeria. 3 Dives Daily – 9.00am, 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Sunset Tours Moke & Jeep Rentals Paget Farm, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3782 or 784-457-3086 Mobile: 784-530-6833 or 784-593-3631 e-mail: sunrisebequia@yahoo.com Sunset Tours offers well-maintained, automatic or manual, airconditioned jeeps, or open-air mini mokes perfect for touring the island. They will deliver to the airport, ferry dock or directly to your hotel or villa. Explore the island on your own, or let Sunset Tours assist you with self-guided tours. A Visitors Driving Permit must first be obtained from the Revenue Office in Port Elizabeth at a cost of EC$100. You will be asked to present your own National Drivers Licence or a full International Drivers Licence.

Jump In Taxi Service Paget Farm, Bequia Tel: 784-457-3086 Mobile: 784-530-6833 or 784-593-3631 e-mail: sunrisebequia@yahoo.com Operated by Bequian brothers, Raleigh and Brendon Bynoe, Jump In Taxi offers prompt, reliable and courteous service – whether it’s a trip to the beach or a trip to the shops. They also offer comprehensive tours of Bequia, including scenic trips to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Moonhole and the traditional fishing village of Paget Farm. If you let them know in advance they will meet you at the airport or ferry dock. Call for more details.

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Bequia Island Adventures Caribbean Schooner Cruises Friendship Rose - 100ft Local Classic Sailing Schooner Tel: 784-495-0886/9 e-mail: friendshiprose@mac.com www.friendshiprose.com Discover the Grenadines with The Friendship Rose. Daily cruises to the Tobago Cays, Mustique and the tropical coast of St. Vincent. Dive or snorkel the Tobago Cays, sip Champagne at Mustique, escape along St. Vincent’s tropical coastline and visit Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie locations. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cake, with drinks all day – all included. Cruise packages also available combining villa and hotel accommodation, inter-island connections and a selection of day cruises throughout the Grenadines.

Sail Relax Explore Tel: 784-495-0886/9 or 784-457-3888 e-mail: sailrelaxexplore@mac.com www.sailrelaxexplore.com Yacht Charter and Day Cruises… from unique local boats and speedboats to crewed luxury yachts. Specialising in Short Grenadines Charters and Speedboat Adventure Days with picnics, snorkeling and diving; flights can be arranged throughout the Grenadines. Choose from a selection of Bareboat or Crewed Yachts, Catamarans, Monohulls, Traditional Sailing Schooners and a range of Speedboats. This friendly team help get you out on the water – for a day or longer…

Grenadines à la Carte with Chantours Tel: 246-432-5591 or 246-231-1004 e-mail: reservations@chantours.com

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Join the luxury 50’ catamaran, Byzance, for a day of superb sailing – limited numbers onboard ensure maximum enjoyment! Visit the magnificent Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Morpion.... Exceptional crew and exquisite cuisine with buffet lunch, open bar and afternoon tea served on board. On request, special lobster picnic lunches can be arranged in the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling equipment is also provided. Charters can commence from any of the Grenadine Islands. Overnight charters can also be arranged.

Wind and Sea Bougainvilla, Clifton Harbour, Union Island Tel: 784-458-8344/8678 Cell: 784-493-3128 e-mail: windandsea@vincysurf.com www.grenadines-windandsea.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com Established in 1984 and located in the heart of Clifton Harbour at Bougainvilla Hotel in Union Island, Wind and Sea offers day charters sailing throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands. Guests can be collected from anywhere in SVG and taken to their choice of islands while being served drinks by the excellent staff. Lunch may be a buffet on board or on one of the islands. They are also port agents for several cruise ships in the Grenadines. Bougainvilla is a wonderful facility for yachtsmen, dock, water, ice, restaurant "L’Aquarium" serving fresh seafood everyday. Free Wi-fi service.

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in Paradise Weddings

Photos courtesy A Caribbean Wedding/Wilfred Dederer

Tying the Knot in St. Vincent & the Grenadines Over the years, St. Vincent and the islands of the Grenadines have become a popular choice for destination weddings. As a result, there are now a number of professional wedding coordinators, catering companies and photographers, along with a trusted network of reputable and reliable suppliers, whose combined experience and local knowledge ensure that the couple and their guests have ample time to relax and enjoy these lovely islands, at their leisure. St. Vincent and the Grenadines possess all of the necessary ingredients to ensure a perfectly romantic wedding day. There are countless venues from which to choose: sandy white beaches, a hilltop at sunset, sailing around a picturesque harbour, a lush tropical garden surrounded by colourful blooms, a charming island church, or even a deserted island – the choice is all yours ...

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You can be confident that when you entrust your wedding to any one of these experienced consultants or planners, they will look after every detail. The list of services offered is extensive and includes arrangements for obtaining the wedding licence, selecting a minister, providing witnesses, bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, floral arrangements, photographer, videographer, a traditional wedding cake, and for a special touch, a steel pan duet can be arranged to play at your wedding dinner. What You’ll Need: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the few countries where you can obtain a marriage licence after being in the country for only one day. This licence is issued in one day and can be obtained through the office of the Solicitor General in Kingstown which is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3pm. The following documentation is required: valid passports; if either party is divorced, both original and copy of Decree Absolute; in the case of a widow/widower, original and notarized copy of Death Certificate of spouse; if adopted, certificate is required. Couple must be resident in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a minimum of one day, not including the day of arrival, before applying for a marriage licence. All documents must be in English. If the originals are in another language, they must be translated into English and certified.


Weddings A Caribbean Wedding Wedding & Honeymoon Consultant: Suzanne Gabriel Tel: 784-528-7444 e-mail: suzanne@acaribbeanwedding.com

www.acaribbeanwedding.com A full-service destination wedding company offering friendly, personalized service and a number of tailor-made packages to suit all requirements and budgets. Owner-director, Suzanne Gabriel is a member of the international Association of Bridal Consultants with over 12 years local experience. So whether you are planning a large formal event or an intimate beach wedding for two, Suzanne’s knowledge and understanding of the islands, combined with her creativity and attention to detail, ensure that your wedding day (and honeymoon) will be a truly magical and memorable event!

Bequia Photography by Wilfred Dederer Outhouse Graphics, Bequia Cell: 784-532-9553 Office: 784-457-3649 e-mail: outhouse@vincysurf.com Wilfred has been capturing life in Bequia with his cameras for over 20 years. His portfolio includes weddings, villa photography, landscapes, events and family portraits, examples of which have been widely published both regionally and internationally. Digital portfolio selections tailored to your particular requirements are available on request.

Friendship Rose Weddings Tel: 784-495-0886/9 or 784-457-3888 e-mail: friendshiprose@mac.com www.friendshiprose.com The Friendship Rose provides a uniquely special and romantic environment for your wedding. The classic 100-foot traditional sailing schooner offers exceptional events: - Desert Island Weddings... - Beach Weddings... - Classic Schooner Weddings... Imagine your wedding in the most stunning natural locations throughout the Grenadines... Consider Mustique or Mayreau, The Tobago Cays or the coral sand island of Morpion. Exquisite locations combined with a full and generous service on board the schooner.

Scaramouche • Grenadines Weddings • Birthdays • Day Tours Tel/Fax: 784-458-8418 Cell: 784-455-1362 e-mail: scaramouche@vincysurf.com Magnificent, local Island Schooner (used in Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) takes you under sail through the heart of the Grenadines…Mayreau, The Tobago Cays and other island gems. Impossibly romantic weddings on deck, or on the beach. Choice of tasty menus. Enchanting experiences tailor-made for your dream event. Corporate functions, film shoots...you name it ! Join us for one of our regular day trips out of Union Island – enjoy breakfast, lunch and drinks all day! Visit www.scaramouchegrenadines.com for more.

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Bequia Shopping & Services

Wilfred Dederer

The charming harbour town of Port Elizabeth, where the closest thing to hustle and bustle is perhaps the daily comings and goings of the ferries at the dock in the centre of town

he harbour town of Port Elizabeth is the centre of the island’s commerce; at its heart the main jetty which, with the frequent sailings and arrivals of passenger ferries and cargo boats, is the closest thing to hustle and bustle you’ll see here. Island ferries to St. Vincent are usually very punctual – you can set your clock by them. Both The Admiral and Bequia Express offer regular sailings, every day, to and from St. Vincent in the comfort of airconditioned lounges or up on deck in the fresh sea breeze. The Jaden Sun is the new ‘fast ferry’ operating between St. Vincent, Bequia and the southern Grenadine islands – a comfortable, reliable and fast way to explore the other islands. Next to the jetty is the Bequia Tourism Association office, so if your first stop is for information, their staff will be pleased to help you. Along Front Street the yellow Government building houses the Revenue Office and Post Office, Harbour Master, Customs and Immigration. Enquire here about yachting and mooring regulations. For banking, RBTT next door to the Revenue Office opens Monday through Thursday 8am-2pm and 8am-5pm on Friday. The Bank of St. Vincent & The Grenadines (formerly NBC) off Back Street opens daily from 8am-1pm, and on Fridays re-opens from 3-5pm. For your convenience, both banks also have an ATM. Note that US$ travellers cheques and cash are accepted by most establishments. Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and boutiques, but be sure to check before you shop or dine!

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As the gateway to the beautiful sailing grounds of the Grenadine isles, Bequia offers a full range of services and supplies to the marine traveller. There are a number of skilled craftsmen at boatyards around the harbour offering services from minor repairs, to a custom-built boat. Marine outfitters and chandleries stock all you will need for boat repairs and maintenance, from hardware and electrical, to paints and outboard engines. Some chandlers offer duty-free prices to visitors, as do suppliers of all your fishing and diving needs such as Lulley’s Tackle Shop located upstairs the Island Style shop on Front Street. Ice, diesel and water are available from the dock at the Bequia Marina. Meanwhile, if you want to stay in touch with home, several Internet agencies and cafés offer wireless Internet services. The Western Union agent is Admiralty Transport, located on Back Street, and FedEx is located at Solana’s Boutique on Front Street. Whatever your tastes, Port Elizabeth is your one-stop harbour for all you will need to provision your yacht or stock your kitchen for a self-catering holiday. Supermarkets, including Knights Trading (on the corner of Back Street), offer baked, canned and dried goods, a good selection of frozen foods and a variety of drinks, wines and spirits. Many residents and regular visitors to Bequia shop at Doris’ Fresh Foods, now in new and more spacious surroundings on Back Street. The shop is always well-stocked with fresh local produce, an impressive range of imported cheeses, patés and international delicatessen selections, fine wines and a tempting array of specialty items including smoked fish, pesto and even a full range of sushi ingredients.


Shopping & Services When thinking of shopping and services don’t be misled by Bequia being a small island in a distant ocean. Here you’ll find everything needed for your convenience and comfort, for a holiday on land or sea. Photo: Smiling faces and warm welcomes are the order of the day in Bequia. Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


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Bequia Shopping & Services

Port Elizabeth nestles along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay and rises into the surrounding hills.

The Shoreline Mini Mart is attached to the popular Porthole Restaurant, run by Noelina and Lennox Taylor. In addition to their wonderful, reasonably priced menu, the mini mart stocks a good range of grocery supplies, wines and liquors. At the vegetable and fruit market on Front Street you may have a “cultural experience” with the rasta brethren who sell an interesting variety of the islands’ fruits and vegetables. Much of the produce comes directly from the fertile farms in St. Vincent and local kitchen gardens in Bequia, so you can be sure of its freshness. At the adjacent fish market, fishermen blow the conch shell when the catch of the day arrives. If you have a taste for something different, just ask; Bequians love to help and chances are your taxi driver, housekeeper, bartender or neighbour knows someone who can arrange delivery of fresh fish or lobsters the next morning. With the housekeeping taken care of, it’s time to relax and enjoy more of the variety which this little town has to offer. Browsing in the boutiques you can find locally designed clothing to enhance your holiday wardrobe – swimwear, souvenir T-shirts and, at the bookstore, a fine collection of maps, Caribbean literature and scrimshaw. Souvenir shoppers will find a colourful variety of T-shirts and craft items from the roadside stalls on front street. Sometimes local craftspeople, can be found along the waterfront selling colourful, hand-painted boleys, handmade jewellery and coconut boats with colourful sails. “Buy Bequia” is the call of the island’s many arts and crafts producers, and “Bequia Clean and Green” is a slogan which the B.T.A. hopes becomes a motto – they encourage everyone to bring or buy their own shopping bag and say “No!” to plastic whenever possible.

Gourmet Food Shop & Café Ocar Reform, Bequia/Calliaqua, St. Vincent Bequia Tel: 784-458-3485 VHF 68 St. Vincent Tel: 784-456-2983 e-mail: gourmetfood@vincysurf.com www.gourmetfoodsvg.com Great selection of cold meats, salami, turkey, prosciutto, cheese, cream, juices, etc. Seafood, shrimp, prawns, smoked and fresh salmon. Baguettes baked fresh every day. Enjoy their popular baguette sandwiches made to order on the premises, or take away. Try their delicious smoothies. Provisioning for yacht charters. Large or small orders for restaurants, hotels, villas or simply to enjoy at home. Delivery service to yachts available. Friendly and efficient service.

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BEQUIA THE PLACE TO SHOP! NEW LOCATION! BACK STREET, PORT ELIZABETH. (Formerly Le Petit Jardin).

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VHF 68 Tel (784) 458-3625 Fax (784) 457-3134 Back Street, Port Elizabeth - Bequia - SVG, W.I.

Knights Trading

Doris Fresh Food

Now renovated and expanded, Knights Trading is a well-stocked, family-run grocery store located on Back Street, on the corner of the main intersection in Port Elizabeth. It is just a short distance from the area where the taxis assemble under the almond trees in the harbour. They carry a good selection of grocery items including a variety of pastas, sauces, bottled seasonings and condiments, snacks, toiletries, liquor, wine, champagne, beer and soft drinks. They also carry a selection of frozen meat and poultry. Bottled water can be purchased by the case and some items are available at wholesale prices. Free delivery can be arranged to the dinghy docks in Port Elizabeth. Orders can be called in or faxed ahead of time for collection. There is a convenient hardware division upstairs. They carry lumber, plumbing supplies, cement, paint, torches, lanterns, household items and basically everything you’ll need to repair-it, build-it, paint-it and do-it-yourself.

Doris Fresh Food is a venerable Bequia institution run by Doris Sachs who always has a welcoming smile and warm greeting for her customers. Doris has earned an outstanding reputation for her excellent selection of fresh local produce and broad range of imported specialty foods and gourmet items – shoppers are often surprised at the variety of items in stock. The store, now located on Back Street, is the perfect place to stock up on provisions, whether you are visiting on a yacht or staying in one of the island’s villas. In addition to a fine selection of olive oils, vinegars, coffee and other offerings, the shop boasts a splendid selection of top quality imported meats, frozen seafood, smoked fish and smoked fish paté, as well as a selection of imported cheeses, pasta, fresh produce and a wide range of breads and pastries including rye, poppy seed, multi-grain, sesame seed and their special 8 grain bread, along with baguettes, mini baguettes, rolls, pain au chocolat, apple and raspberry turnovers, butter croissants, apple and pear tarts, pain au raisin, chocolate and apple-filled doughnuts and much more! You can even find a full range of sushi ingredients and bottled pestos, as well as a good selection of fine imported wines and spirits. You can fax or e-mail your shopping list to Doris prior to your arrival and your groceries will be delivered directly to your yacht or villa. MasterCard and Visa accepted. German spoken.

Open Monday to Saturday from 8am - 6pm Back Street, Port Elizabeth, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3218 Fax: 784-457-3327 e-mail: knightstrad@yahoo.com VHF 68

Back Street, Port Elizabeth, Bequia Opening Times (in season) Mon-Sat 8:30am-5pm; Sun 9am-11:30am (Opening times may vary in the off-season) Tel: 784-458-3625 Fax: 784-457-3134 VHF 68 e-mail: doris_freshfood@yahoo.com

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One of the pleasures of any holiday is searching for the perfect piece of artwork to take home as a memento of happy times. Whether you are an art collector or souvenir hunter Bequia offers a lovely selection of both indigenous crafts and contemporary Caribbean art. Your search can not merely be a shopping trip, but a chance to spend an hour, or a morning, exploring, meeting craft makers and artists and sharing stories. On a walk along Port Elizabeth’s Front Street in ‘the season’ you will find a colourful, open-air arts and crafts buffet–a visual feast featuring locally made work. Alongside knitted hats, paintings on canvas and fine scrimshaw carved from blackfish teeth are crafts made from natural materials grown on the island. Decorative calabashes are carved from the fruit of the boley tree, bracelets, boats and hair ornaments from the shell of the coconut. Palm fronds are fashioned into baskets and hats, bamboo into a variety of pretty souvenirs and local woods carved into whimsical folk art. You never know what you may find. Turn from the street to Port Elizabeth's shops and boutiques and you can find more locally made work highlighted among a variety of international gifts. Mostly, the island is famous for its model boats. You can see replicas of Bequia’s wooden craft, from whaleboats to schooners, being built at Mauvin's near the vegetable market and, a short walk away in the Ocar neighbourhood, at Sargeant Brothers’ workshops. Visit their nearby Maritime Museum to learn more about their art, see some of the famous models they have built and hear plenty of stories. Over the years, a number of visiting artists have made Bequia their home. Julie Savage Lea is one of those. Her delightful book, Bequia Reflections – An Artist in the Caribbean, can be found at Noah’s Arkade along with a selection of her prints and paintings. You can also visit her in her studio at the charming Mango Tree Cottage and Art Studio, on the main road behind the Gingerbread Hotel, where you can view her work along with the work of other artists, including Peter Carr, an exceptional watercolour artist from Australia who visits Bequia regularly. Julie also has a display catalogue of Morris Nicholson’s exquisite sculptures and woodcarvings; see his work too at the Oasis. When your travels take you to Lower Bay, follow the signs to Claude Victorine’s Art Studio, where she creates exquisite hand painted designs on silk, crafted into scarves, pareos and cushion covers. The Oasis Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth is a refreshingly new gallery curated by well-known Bequia artist, L.D. Lucy whose wonderful paintings, depicting her mystical views of island life, are on display. The gallery also showcases a variety of work in various media by talented local artists, including the model boats-that-sail by Bequia seaman, Kingsley “Prop” King. There are regular exhibitions by guest artists throughout the winter season, so be sure to check with them for specific dates. Whilst some treasures are sought, others are chanced upon, and you may discover that some studios are without walls. On your travels you may chance upon a painter working under the shade of a tree by the beach, a man quietly carving, an artist sailing his model boat; chances are they will be happy to show you more of their work. So enjoy, and perhaps find a unique treasure to take home as a reminder of a special holiday on this island of smiles.


Bequia Art & Craft Paintings of Bequia by Peter Carr

Watercolours and oils by Peter Carr, Australian artist, sailor, world traveller, and carpenter, who first arrived in Bequia in 1978. Inspired by the people and scenery of this tiny Caribbean island, Peter returns frequently to paint the timeless aspects and everyday life of one of his favourite places. Collectors from around the world find his vibrant Bequia pictures irresistible. View a wide selection of his original work, by appointment, at Mango Art Studio, Bequia. His new book, BEQUIA, A FEAST OF COLOUR, features 54 of his paintings completed in the last 35 years. Historical commentary by two Bequia friends makes Peter's book a fascinating guide throughout the island from an artist's view. His book and artwork are available at Mango Art Studio, Belmont, Bequia.

Julie Savage Lea

Julie, a life-long artist with a university degree in fine art, sailed into Bequia in 1978. For 35 years she has painted local scenes, people, and flowers in watercolours and acrylics. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. In 2000, Macmillan Caribbean published a book of her artwork, BEQUIA REFLECTIONS – An Artist in the Caribbean, available locally or through Julie's website. Visit the artist in her charming Mango Tree Cottage on the hill along the main road, above the Gingerbread Restaurant.

By appointment, call 784-455-4677 julieslea@yahoo.com www.mango-art-studio-bequia.com/petercarr

Mango Art Studio, Belmont, Bequia By appointment, call 784-455-4677 julieslea@yahoo.com www.juliesavagelea.com

L.D. Lucy

Silma Duncan

Known for her intriguing “goddess” paintings of mermaids and nature spirits, mythical and whimsical works that capture the magic and humour of tropical island life. Her portfolio also includes land- and seascapes plus a bright array of flora and fauna inspired by colours around us and her love of all nature. Lucy is an accomplished portrait artist whose commissions also include large wall paintings, decorated furniture and a variety of signage. Her portfolio includes limited edition Giclée prints on canvas and a range of art cards. Lucy’s artwork is shown at Bequia’ Oasis Art Gallery, where you may meet her painting a new work-in-progress, or stitching sails for the model boats built by her husband, Bequia seaman Kingsley ‘Prop’ King.

Bequian poet Silma Duncan has been dubbed the Poet Laureate of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. She has been recognized by St. James Palace for a poem honouring the late Princess Diana and has been written up in "Caraibes" magazine and published in the London Independent. She has also been interviewed by BBC Radio in Manchester. Silma recently released her fourth book of poetry covering a wide range of subjects. She examines issues ranging from love, suicide, relationships and the treatment of women, to a tribute to the famous Black Carib leader Joseph Chatoyer, who commanded the Caribs, as well as French soldiers, against the British military. With a little encouragement she will expressively recite one of her poems for the listener.

The Oasis Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Bequia Tel: 784-497-7670 | oasisbequia@vincysurf.com www.oasisbequia.com

Silma can be contacted at Tel: 784-458-3712

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Bequia Restaurants & Nightlife

Wilfred Dederer

One of the many culinary highlights of Bequia is the fantastic buffet spread laid on by the Frangipani Hotel on Thursday nights for their famous Barbeque and seaside “Jump-Up” with live steel pan music.

he restaurants in Bequia are charming and diverse, offering menu selections and prices to suit everyone. Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll find, in general, all of the restaurants on the island enjoy a happy, informal and relaxed atmosphere – from the small, “no frills joints”, to the larger and more “sophisticated” establishments. Reservations are preferred by most restaurants during the high season (December to April), and especially during the busy Easter Regatta period when they are usually booked solid. Equally, in the “off-season”, many restaurants are closed during the week, although some open according to bookings – so a reservation will always avoid disappointment. Menu prices are usually in EC dollars unless stated otherwise. The conversion rate is roughly US$1 = EC$2.68. US currency, travellers cheques and credit cards are generally accepted but it is always advisable to ask at the time of booking. Tipping is always appreciated and 10% of the bill is generally the norm. Some restaurants do however include a service charge; in this case,

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an extra tip is left to the customer’s discretion. 15% VAT (Value Added Tax) is normally included in the price quoted on all items. There is a reliable land and water taxi service on the island offering an island-wide service; after dinner, your host will be happy to call one for you.

Nightlife Night time entertainment, though limited, is fun and enjoyable and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet friendly Bequians. The music scene is a cool, eclectic mix of tastes and styles. Electric and acoustic groups provide a dazzling variety – from Calypso, String Band and Reggae, to Rock 'n Roll, Country & Western, Jazz and Blues. Groups and musicians like The Country Relatives, local songstress Amanda Gooding, the Elite Steel Band, Farine Folk Band, the Bequia Blues Band, Socony and the very unique local string band, J Gool & De Real Ting, perform at various venues around the island almost every week. The annual Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest, now in its 10th year, is a festival of substance with performances by top-notch musicians from around the world – it’s a must for everyone visiting SVG in late January – the 2013 festival runs from 24th to 27th January. Bequia This Week is an informative weekly newsletter, with up-todate information on day and night time activities.


L ’Auberge des Grenadines fine dining by the sea

Tel: (784) 457-3555 Hamilton, Bequia auberge@caribrestaurant.com www.caribrestaurant.com


Bequia Restaurants & Nightlife L’Auberge des Grenadines

Your hosts Jacques and Eileen Thevenot

Hamilton, overlooking Admiralty Bay, Bequia Tel/Fax: 784-457-3555 VHF 68 e-mail: auberge@caribrestaurant.com www.caribrestaurant.com Gourmet French cuisine with a distinct Creole accent is the nucleus of this charming waterfront restaurant on Admiralty Bay. Since its opening 12 years ago, L'Auberge has firmly established itself as one of the best in the Grenadines. Owner-run by Jacques and Eileen Thevenot, a dynamic husband and wife team who have been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. The menu features an outstanding selection of imaginative dishes, with the accent on ultrafresh fish and market-fresh ingredients. Lobster dishes are a specialty and with the only LIVE LOBSTER POOL in Bequia (in season) your meal just can’t get much fresher! Open for Lunch & Dinner.

Bagatelle Restaurant Bequia Beach Hotel, Friendship, Bequia Tel: 784-458-1600 and 784-458-8111 e-mail: info@bequiabeach.com www.bequiabeach.com Located right on the beach at the lovely Bequia Beach Hotel on Friendship Bay, Bagatelle offers guests a special dining experience. The open-sided dining veranda provides sweeping ocean views and the international menu makes full use of locally sourced fresh produce, with some classic Caribbean influences. International chefs with Michelin star experience and Caribbean chefs are part of the well-regarded kitchen team. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Frangipani Restaurant Admiralty Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3255 Fax: 784-458-3824 www.frangipanibequia.com Located directly on the waterfront of beautiful Admiralty Bay, the open-air dining room at Frangipani specializes in fresh seafood and gourmet West Indian cuisine. Their à la carte menu is supplemented with daily specials. Fine imported wines are available. Every Thursday night the feature attraction is Frangi’s famous barbecue and buffet with steel band and “jump-up”. Breakfast is served from 7.30am-10am; lunch from 10am-5pm; and dinner from 7pm-10pm. Entrées from EC$55-$85; Barbecue Buffet - EC$75.

Gingerbread Restaurant Belmont, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3800 Fax: 784-458-3907 e-mail: gm@gingerbreadhotel.com www.gingerbreadhotel.com With an unrivaled location overlooking beautiful Admiralty Bay, the Gingerbread restaurant offers elegant dining in a warm tropical ambience. Charming gingerbread fretwork, interesting artwork and unique architecture provide the ideal setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Featuring gourmet West Indian cuisine with international influences including fresh seafood, imported steak and the house specialty – Indian and Thai curries! An extensive selection of fine imported wines is also available, including their "wine of the month" tasting. Their friendly staff always offer a warm Bequia welcome. Reservations are recommended.

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Mac’s Pizzeria & Bakeshop Belmont Walkway, Admiralty Bay Tel: 784-458-3474 VHF 68 e-mail: judy-macs@vincysurf.com For over 30 years Mac's has been serving their famous pizza, with over 17 toppings from which to choose, including lobster (when in season). The informal, relaxed setting and perfect seaside location makes it a popular gathering place for locals and all visitors to Bequia. Added to this, their extensive menu features a variety of tasty selections including conch fritters, samosas, lasagne, sandwiches, delicious daily specials and an excellent assortment of desserts. Their wonderful homemade bread is made daily. Mac's Pizzeria is located along the Belmont Walkway, past Gingerbread, between Bequia Dive Adventures and the Old Fig Tree. Open daily: 11am-10pm. (Closed Wednesdays from May 1 - Dec 1.) Take Away available. Reservations recommended.

Coco’s Place Ocar, Port Elizabeth, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3463 VHF68 “Coco” Simmons has been welcoming visitors to Bequia for over 20 years and many still have fond memories of his popular restaurant and bar perched in the hills above Lower Bay. Now re-located to Ocar in the heart of Admiralty Bay, overlooking the Bequia Marina, Coco’s Place still exudes that same irresistibly laid back, down-island atmosphere with a warm yet sophisticated Caribbean style. The kitchen is open for lunch and dinner and the Bar has been described as one of the friendliest on the island. Menu selections are amongst the best on Bequia and include the freshest of local fish (grilled or Creole style), conch, succulent steaks and fresh lobster in season.

De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant Lower Bay Beach, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3958 VHF 68 Located on beautiful Lower Bay beach where there is some of the best swimming and snorkeling to be found on the island. De Reef is a casual beach bar and restaurant, popular with visitors and locals for their reasonable prices and tasty creole menu. Favourites include callaloo soup, lobster salad (in season), chicken and seafood dishes and a variety of sandwiches. Their warm Conch Souse is considered by many to be the best on the island! Open daily for lunch and in the evenings, three-course dinners by reservation. Live entertainment most Sunday afternoons. Kayaks available for rent.

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Bequia Restaurants & Nightlife Jack’s Bar Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3809 or VHF 68

www.atasteofbequia.com

Located right on the splendid Princess Margaret Beach, Jack’s Bar has a unique contemporary design in a spectacular beachfront setting. The beach bar is open day and night and offers an extensive à la carte menu with Mediterranean influences. Lunch features light and tasty beachside favourites like Herb Crusted Mahi Mahi and Tuna Niçoise Salad, while dinner offers a slightly more sophisticated menu. The Tuesday Night Beach BBQ with live entertainment is great value for money and one of the most popular party nights in Bequia. The perfect place to enjoy a few sundowners! BEQUIA CHILLS AT JACK’S BAR!

Devil’s Table Bequia Marina, Ocar, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3900/458-3443 or VHF 68 www.atasteofbequia.com Located right on the water’s edge, Devil’s Table is believed to be the place where the pirate princess Alvilda and her band of female pirates eventually forced their male cook, a native of Bequia, to walk the plank! The story creates a wonderful theme for the restaurant which is built into the natural rock structure, creating a cave-like effect. The décor, complete with lanterns and portholes, conjures images of the interior of a pirate ship. Candlelit tables and the soft music create a perfectly romantic ambiance. The chefs are world-class and the delicious food is a cool fusion of Euro-Caribbean cuisine. BEQUIA ROCKS AT DEVIL’S TABLE!

Papa’s Bar & Bistro Port Elizabeth, Bequia Tel: 784-457-3443 or VHF 68

www.atasteofbequia.com

Papa’s Bar & Bistro has a wonderful ‘home-away-from-home’ ambiance. The spacious and comfortable lounge is tastefully decorated with beautiful furnishings and art, while the al fresco dining terrace enjoys exquisite views over the harbour–the perfect spot to sip on a tropical cocktail and enjoy the sunset over the bay. The menu offers an eclectic mix–from light snacks to fantastic sushi plates (on request) and don’t miss Mama’s Italian Night on Wednesdays! Papa’s Bar is “the place” to meet during your stay in Bequia. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and watch your favourite sports events on the big screen TVs. BEQUIA MEETS AT PAPA’S BAR!

Mama’s Deli Port Elizabeth, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3443 or VHF 68 www.atasteofbequia.com Mama’s Deli is a superb little gourmet shop located in the same building as Papa’s Bar & Bistro. Mama’s offers an extensive selection of imported beer, wine and cheese along with fresh fish, meats, homemade delicatessen items, fresh fruit, vegetables and a wide selection of spices – everything you need to provision your villa or yacht. At Mama’s you can also hire a chef, or order catering services for private parties and special occasions. BEQUIA SHOPS AT MAMA’S DELI!

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Bequia Accommodation

Wilfred Dederer/Courtesy Gingerbread Hotel

The charming Gingerbread Hotel is located along the waterfront of Admiralty Bay – guests can relax on their balconies and savour the ever-changing scene along Bequia’s pretty waterfront.

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full range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets is available in Bequia, and though there are no large hotel chains to be found, visitors will find a very wide range of suitable accommodations from which to choose. There are a number of small, friendly, family-run guest houses and exclusive private villas scattered all over the island, many of them enjoying stunning views of the coastline from their hillside locations. Almost all of the hotels and apartments are situated along the waterfront at Admiralty Bay, Lower Bay, Friendship Bay, Spring and Industry. The busiest times of year are the Christmas to New Year period, and over Easter, when it’s regatta time in Bequia!

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The “off-season” is between May and October; this is when the island is quieter, and very often special summer rates are offered by many of the establishments, so be sure to ask at the time of booking. The Bequia Tourism Association operates an information booth near the ferry dock in Port Elizabeth where you’ll find listings, rates and contact information on just about every type of accommodation available. The charming young ladies who run the booth are very knowledgeable and always willing to assist in any way. Their website, www.bequiatourism.com, is an excellent source of detailed information on all aspects of the island, including special low-season packages. The site is particularly user-friendly, with a clean, clear layout making it an absolute pleasure to browse. If you require more specific information, you can e-mail them at info@bequiatourism.com. Additionally, www.insandoutofssvg.com is the online version of this publication. It offers a plethora of information which visitors will find extremely useful in planning their holiday.


Accommodation “One of the many delights of Bequia, part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, is that despite being only five miles long and with a population of fewer than 5,000, there are so many good places to stay, eat and drink.� - Hunter Davies The Daily Mail

Photo: Friendship Bay provides a stunning backdrop to the lovely Bequia Beach Hotel Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


Bequia Accommodation Bequia Beach Hotel Friendship, Bequia Tel: 784-458-1600 Fax: 784-458-1700 e-mail: info@bequiabeach.com www.bequiabeach.com Bequia Beach Hotel is a new 4-star resort on pristine Friendship Bay beach. Enjoy an oceanview massage at their lovely beachfront Spa, cocktails at the beach bar, or sip a fresh fruit colada as you soak in the luxury of their sumptuous beach front suites. All accommodation is luxuriously furnished, featuring air conditioning and private terrace. Also on the premises is Bagatelle, one of Bequia’s finest restaurants, offering an international menu with classic Caribbean influences. There is a modern leisure centre with meeting facilities. At Bequia Beach Hotel you will experience the true Caribbean!

The Sweet Retreat Lower Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-457-3037 or 784-498-3921 e-mail: info@bequiasweetretreathotel.com

www.bequiasweetretreathotel.com Situated just above Lower Bay beach, less than a minute’s walk away, The Sweet Retreat aims to be different–from the Californian king mahogany platform beds, to grinding their own beans for morning coffee. In spite of the spacious surroundings, they accept only 8 guests in 4 beautifully appointed double ensuite rooms, each with its own private balcony. The entire property including bar/restaurant is for resident guests only. Room rates include all taxes, service charges, continental breakfast, beach towels, snorkel equipment, secure Wi-Fi and of course, the awesome view!

De Reef Apartments Lower Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3412 or 784-458-3484 / Cell: 784-494-3688 Fax: 784-457-3103 e-mail: dereef@vincysurf.com Six spacious, self-catering one and two-bedroom apartments nestled in the quaint and friendly community of Lower Bay, just a short 1 minute walk to one of Bequia’s best beaches with excellent snorkeling. Air-conditioned bedrooms, ceiling fans, cable TV, free WiFi and fully equipped kitchens. De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant is located just next door and serves tasty local dishes at very reasonable prices.

Kingsville Apartments Lower Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3404 or 784-458-3932 Cell: 784-493-0014 Fax: 784-458-3000 e-mail: kingsville@vincysurf.com or kingsville@karibcable.com

www.kingsville-apartments.net Eight cottage-style, one and two bedroom, air-conditioned apartments tucked away in a beautifully landscaped, tropical garden setting. Each unit features modern, fully-equipped kitchens, patios, and TVs. Wi-Fi available at a nominal fee. Nestled in tranquil Lower Bay, 2 minutes walk from a glorious white sand beach. Excellent swimming and snorkeling with several good restaurants very close by.

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Bequia Accommodation Gingerbread Hotel Admiralty Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3800 e-mail: ginger@vincysurf.com

www.gingerbreadhotel.com

Want to be independent but still feel part of Bequia life? Gingerbread Hotel, with its superb location right on Admiralty Bay, is the perfect choice. The spacious, elegant suites open onto individual shaded verandahs with comfortable armchairs so that you can relax and savour the ever-changing scene on the waterfront. Restaurants of many types are within a minute’s walk, or you may surprise yourself and rustle up something in your own well-equipped kitchen. Choose to shop, bar-hop, scuba dive, snorkel, sail, or simply mingle at the bayside café – it’s all so easy, when you are based at Gingerbread.

The Frangipani Hotel Admiralty Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3255 Fax: 784-458-3824 e-mail: reservations@frangipanibequia.com

www.frangipanibequia.com Restored as an inn some three decades ago, the Frangipani has been a family home for over 100 years. With spectacular views of Admiralty Bay, the inn offers elegant garden units with individual balconies overlooking the yachts in the bay and old-style rooms within the original family home. Ask about their Frangi Special – stay 6 nights and the 7th night is FREE. They have an established reputation for fine food and a good range of imported wines. Live music on Sundays and Thursdays, with their special barbecue buffet and steel band “jump-up”.

Firefly Plantation Hotel Spring, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3414 e-mail: stan@fireflybequia.com www.fireflybequia.com A charming, well-managed boutique hotel with 4 beautifully appointed rooms, all with spectacular views, A/C, Wi-Fi, sumptuous bathrooms, indoor/outdoor double showers, Italian linens and thoughtful amenities. A separate two-bedroom self-contained Plantation Cottage is ideal for families. Set within a 250 year old working plantation, the property consists of lush coconut groves and fruit orchards. Although a sister hotel to Firefly Mustique, it is very different, having its own unique character and charm but with the same friendly staff, excellent food and attentive service. The hotel has a tennis court, swimming pool and a short walk through the plantation leads to a secluded sandy beach.

Sugarapple Inn Overlooking Friendship Bay, Bequia Tel: 784-457-3148 e-mail: info@sugarappleinn.com www.sugarappleinn.com Eight charming, spacious studio apartments set on a gently sloping hillside, amidst lovely landscaped shady gardens, cooling breezes and panoramic views overlooking Friendship Bay and the Grenadine Islands beyond. The apartments are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished, each with soothing décor, modern amenities, cable TV and fully equipped kitchens. Friendship Bay Beach is just a short stroll away. Bed & Breakfast plan is also available. Continental breakfast included December to April.

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Bequia Villa Life

Photo Courtesy Tropical Hideaway Villa

In keeping with its capacity for providing a surprisingly wide spectrum of scenic beauty within a relatively small area, Bequia can also offer a variety of exquisite villas that are sure to accommodate even the most demanding of requirements and tastes.

njoying a vacation in a villa on Bequia, or anywhere in the Grenadines for that matter, be it as an owner or a visiting guest, can definitely be considered one of life’s finer luxuries. In keeping with its capacity for providing a surprisingly wide spectrum of scenic beauty within a relatively small area, Bequia can also offer a variety of exquisite villas that are sure to accommodate even the most demanding of requirements and tastes. Whether it be beachfront or wooded hillside garden, classical or whimsical, sprawling or small and intimate, there is something here to please everyone – couples, families, groups of friends, honeymooners or wedding parties. Villa life in Bequia offers the relaxed privacy of a home where residents have the liberty to do what they want when they want, without any need to consider the sensibilities of

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strangers around them, and yet still be able to enjoy the benefit of dedicated housekeeping staff, whose aim is to make sure their guests relax and enjoy themselves. It is this freedom to get away from it all and completely unwind in your own space that makes villa life in Bequia so alluring, coupled of course with the aesthetic appeal of having the opportunity to live, for a while, here in Bequia in a truly beautiful home. Family vacations often provide lifetime memories, especially for the children. Many years down the road, people will find themselves reminiscing, fondly looking back with great joy at relatively simple events – perhaps a game of charades or Scrabble, a full-moon barbeque, a day fooling around in kayaks, a birthday celebration – all made so much more enjoyable, meaningful and memorable simply because they were done together as a family while staying in your own private villa. Many of the rental properties here are looked after by property management companies and run by dedicated professionals who benefit from many years experience of taking good care of both the houses and the guests who stay in them.


Villa Life One of the most gratifying and rewarding ways to truly experience the benefits of the enviable Bequia lifestyle is to spend your time on the island living in one of the many luxurious villas that are available for rental or purchase. Photo: Villa life in Bequia offers the relaxed privacy of a home where residents have the liberty to do what they want, when they want. Photographer: Wilfred Dederer/Courtesy Reef House


Bequia Villa Life Grenadine Island Villas Bequia Waterfront, Frangipani Gardens Tel: 784-529-8046 or 784-455-0969 or 784-457-3739 e-mail: grenadinevillas@mac.com www.grenadinevillas.com Beach retreats, classic villas and distinctive houses. Based in the islands, this friendly team offers a full service to help you find and enjoy your perfect island hideaway. With a comprehensive online guide and swift, responsive service you can relax and fully enjoy your Grenadines villa experience. Benefit from helpful services such as provisioning, welcome meals and 24hr. on-island assistance. Contact Grenadine Island Villas for detailed information on island developments, investment opportunities and land & villa purchase. Visit their Waterfront offices on Bequia to arrange guided property viewings.

Barnard’s Realty Caribbean Residential & Commercial Real Estate & Vacation Rentals St. Vincent Tel: 784-458-4613 or 784-533-0003 Bequia Tel: 784-457-5566 or 784-533-0001 e-mail: barnardsrealty@gmail.com www.barnards-svg.com Looking to retire, invest, or simply relax in beautiful St. Vincent or Bequia? Look no further. Established in 1994, Barnard’s Realty is your one-stop Caribbean Real Estate Agency, specialising in residential/ beachfront properties, vacation rentals, commercial properties, building plots and new developments in every price range. Their highly trained and experienced agents will take care of your every real estate need. Let them help you buy or invest in a piece of paradise.

Grenadine Escape Bequia Tel: 784-526-2386 (Lucille Cozier) London Tel: 00 44 203 468 5592 (Lara Cowan/Fiona Williams) info@grenadine-escape.com www.grenadine-escape.com

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Intrigued by the Grenadines? Call Grenadine Escape for informed advice and an excellent range of villa rental options & properties for sale. Here are a few comments from some of their clients: - "Your delivery was simply perfect!” - “First of all thank you for making all the arrangements for what we both described as a holiday of a lifetime...” - “Our entire trip was indescribable. Everything was perfectly awesome.” Email Grenadine Escape and quote “INS AND OUTS” for access to a fabulous online photo gallery.

Lime Cottage & Lime Studio Spring, Bequia Tel/Fax: 784-457-3092 e-mail: limehouse@bequiavilla.com www.bequiavillas.net A charming 2-bedroom/2-bathroom cottage and one-bedroom studio. Wonderful hilltop location with amazing views, set in beautiful tropical gardens with large pool, sun terrace and BBQ. Telephone, cable TV, Internet and maid service included. A truly wonderful cool and comfortable location for those seeking beauty, peace and quiet relaxation. Spring, Industry and Park beaches are close by, along the lovely coastal walkway.

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Bequia Villa Life Spring House Bequia Spring Estate, Bequia Tel: 784-483-0381 UK: 44-207-099-6983 USA: 617-275-4820 info@springhousebequia.com www.springhousebequia.com Spring House Bequia is an exclusive, 10,000 sq. ft. luxury villa set in two acres of private grounds. More like a resort than a villa, it accommodates as few as 4, to as many as 18 guests. Perfect for groups or weddings but intimate enough for small families, with full staff, 40 ft. pool, 9 air-conditioned suites with 4-poster beds, and much more. Their all-inclusive rate plan covers everything you might require, including onward flights, jeeps, meals and open bar, or you can set your own pace with their custom rate plan. Whatever you are seeking in a vacation, Spring House Bequia is the perfect choice. Disabled access and child friendly. Check their website for further details.

Tropical Hideaway Bequia Estate, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3676 or Cell: 784-532-1690 e-mail: info@tropicalhideawaybequia.com www.tropicalhideawaybequia.com Specializing in couples and small groups Tropical Hideaway can sleep from 2 to 12 guests in luxurious, private and air conditioned accommodation. This brand new property is without doubt one of the finest on Bequia and coupled with the massive infinity edge swimming pool, the breathtaking panoramic ocean views and the incredible sunsets, one cannot fail to be impressed. Read their reviews on TripAdvisor or visit their comprehensive website for the latest special introductory rates (from US$63 pppn) and make your dreams a reality!

Reef House Crescent Beach, Bequia Tel: 805-969-0992 e-mail: sallybrom@aol.com

www.BequiaReefHouse.com

The living spaces of Reef House are designed to be "at one" with the surrounding sea and sky – every room has an ocean view. A short stroll down the hill takes you to the often deserted Crescent Beach and Dawn's Café. The house can be used either as a 2 or 5-bedroom villa. The upper level consists of an octagon shaped living room/kitchen, covered dining veranda, master bedroom and guest bedroom. The lower level has 3 additional bedrooms plus TV room and pool with sundeck. Reef House is sophisticated with modern amenities and wholly embraces Bequia's "barefoot chic" lifestyle.

Francyn Villa Lower Bay, Bequia Tel: 868-678-5115 e-mail: info@bequiaresort.com

www.bequiaresort.com

Newly constructed in 2011, Francyn Villa’s elevated location provides a panoramic view of Lower Bay. Just 200 meters from the water’s edge, surrounded by tropical fruit and other forest trees this superior location provides a tranquil and cool vantage point to enjoy Lower Bay. Architecturally designed with exceptional interior finishings, it features four air-conditioned bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom. The villa is designed as two completely self-contained units on the upper and lower levels, thus providing flexible rental options with one to four bedrooms.

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Going Solar

Bequia

Wilfred Dederer

The 330 solar panels installed on the roof of the hangar at the Bequia Airport

Bequia Airport Goes Solar

Bob Berlinghof

With Health Benefits for Paget Farm “It is already making a difference,” said Herman Belmar, of the 330 solar panels installed on the roof of the hangar at the Bequia Airport and the nearby desalination plant in Paget Farm. Mr. Belmar, a former teacher, high school principal, and staunch environmentalist, is now Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs, and I spoke to him recently Herman Belmar about the project. “The solar panels provide about 75 kilowatts per day to Vinlec. The desalination plant has a 4,500 gallon holding tank and we plan to pump water 450 feet above Paget Farm into a 20,000 gallon tank for distribution to the community. The pipes are all laid, the materials for the tank have arrived, but we are now waiting for the diagram of how to put the tank together! It has hundreds of pre-fab steel pieces and panels which arrived from Singapore.” “I hope the instructions don’t come in Chinese.” I joked. Once this jig-saw puzzle is assembled, the community will have a reliable source of fresh water which has been tested to be nearly bacteria

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free compared to cistern water. “Every year people are stricken with gastrointestinal problems during the dry season as a result of their cistern getting low. This will help prevent that, and we hope to add another two or three tanks in the future with plans for eventual distribution throughout the island.” The solar panels will power the desalination plant and water pumps. Surplus energy will reduce the island’s fossil fuel consumption and cover all maintenance costs. The desalination plant has been operational since July 2011 and is capable of producing nearly 35,000 gallons a day. “The plant is being monitored daily not just locally, but also from Antigua and Texas,” said Belmar. “The water quality is of a very high standard, four times better than WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines. Our immediate aim is to be able to provide 20 gallons of fresh water per day to every household in Paget Farm during the dry season.” The ambitious project was made possible by a grant provided by the World Bank, using resources from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), and executed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the Ministry of Health and the Environment, using technicians from Vinlec and the Central Water and Sewage Authority (CWSA). Editor’s Note: Mr. Belmar’s environmental interests led to Bequia’s school children joining Sandwatch, a UNESCO sponsored programme to raise awareness, clean up beaches, and conduct basic research concerning beach erosion and their long term health.


Bequia Accommodation

The Nest Treetop and The Nest are two charming, fully furnished, one-bedroom apartments, each with its own deep wrap-around verandah. The view of the harbour and Admiralty Bay is special. Easy walk to Port Elizabeth, restaurants and Lower Bay beach. Cool and very comfortable. Contact Elen Tel: 784-458-3667 e-mail: treehouse@vincysurf.com

SpringTop The way life should be. Beautiful hillside villa in Spring on Bequia, wrap-around verandah, pool and lovely gardens. Spectacular ocean and island views. Ultimate privacy and seclusion. Two bedrooms with private baths.

Tel: 207-784-8307 e-mail: nanholler@aol.com www.SpringTop.com

Ocean Breeze House

You'll be swept away by the beauty of this spacious, secluded, hillside villa – dramatic views, cool breezes, lush tropical gardens, large salt-water pool and sun terrace with mini bar and BBQ. There is a wide, covered terrace for outdoor dining and steps from the house lead to a relaxing Jacuzzi overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Can be rented as a 2 or 3 bedroom villa. Regular maid service and high speed Internet included.

Tel/Fax: 784-457-3092 e-mail: limehouse@bequiavilla.com www.bequiaholiday.com

Sugarapple Inn Eight charming, spacious studio apartments set on a gently sloping hillside, amidst lovely landscaped shady gardens, cooling breezes and panoramic views overlooking Friendship Bay and the Grenadine Islands beyond. The apartments are a/c and tastefully furnished, each with soothing décor, modern amenities, cable TV and fully equipped kitchens. Bed and Breakfast plan is also available. Continental breakfast included Dec to April. Friendship Bay Beach is just a short stroll away.

Tel: 784-457-3148 e-mail: info@sugarappleinn.com www.sugarappleinn.com

The Stone House

Villa Alamanda

Set in a secluded, private, tropical garden, less than 70 paces from the beach and Belmont Walkway with its many popular bars and restaurants. The main house centres around a private courtyard, swimming pool and garden, with master bedroom suite adjacent. There are two additional ensuite bedrooms, with shared kitchen and private entrance. Cool, relaxing and romantic – a true Caribbean gem. Tel: 650-703-4715 or Cell: 784-593-4997 e-mail: info@thestonehouse.com www.theStoneHouseBequia.com

Modern 3-bedroom/3-bathroom villa in superb Mount Pleasant location with fabulous views from the pool deck over Admiralty Bay. Fully equipped, modern kitchen, washing machine, cable TV, Internet, ceiling fans, large BBQ on the pool deck, ice machine. Jeep rentals can be arranged. Mount Pleasant, Bequia Cell: 784-493-0014 e-mail: kingsville@vincysurf.com or kingsville@karibcable.com

Sea Shells Apartments This is where the holiday starts!

Self catering serviced apartments designed for Caribbean living, with great views of Admiralty Bay. On-site wading pool and sun deck in a lush landscaped setting. 15 minutes stroll to two beautiful beaches and the waterfront restaurants. Make Sea Shells your holiday home while you discover the hidden secrets of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. E-mail them for a brochure.

Tel: 784-458-3656 e-mail: seashellsbq@vincysurf.com http://bequiaseashells.com

Tamarind Villa 2-bedroom/2-bathroom villa, beautifully decorated, every detail considered: well equipped kitchen, quality furnishings, 4poster beds, private pool, beautiful tropical gardens. Spacious, open-plan design with all rooms spilling seamlessly out on to the pool deck. Set in picturesque Spring Bay, the Villa enjoys a splendid hillside setting with clear views over the bay. Spring, Bequia Tel: 01-784-457-3232/Cell: 01-784-431-1470 e-mail: info@bequiatamarind.com www.bequiatamarind.com

The Village Apartments One & two bedroom cottages, deluxe studio & one bedroom apts., all with metered a/c, fully equipped kitchenettes, TVs, radios, private bathrooms, room safes, room telephone, fans & maid service. 2 minutes to the beach, restaurants and dive shop facilities, 8 mins. to town. Belmont, Bequia Tel/Fax: 784-458-3883 or Tel: 784-458-3885 e-mail: tvabqsvg@vincysurf.com or http://villageapartments.bequia.net

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The Grenadines Relatively untouched by mass tourism, blessed with exceptional natural beauty and often referred to as the ‘Jewels of the Caribbean’, the enchanting Grenadines are the epitome of the classic tropical-island holiday escape. Photo: Jamesby, in the Tobago Cays, with some other islands of the Grenadines in the background. From right to left: the southern tip of Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent (PSV) and Petit Martinique, which is part of Grenada. Photographer: Dan Christaldi


Mustique

Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive

Britannia Bay houses a selection of small shops, centered around the sleepy fishing village of Lovell

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s part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the 1,400-acre island of Mustique shares the early history common to all of the islands. The initial inhabitants were the Arawaks and then the Caribs who were eventually defeated by British troops. European planters arrived in Mustique in the 1740s where they discovered they could easily and successfully produce sugar. During the 1700s, Mustique was heavily defended against the possibility of French invaders and the remains of

three forts can still be seen. The sugar-based economy of the Grenadines prospered until the sugar beet usurped West Indian cane as the major source of sugar. A rapid decay of life in Mustique began and the seven sugar plantations became overgrown with the encroaching jungle. The only survivor was the sugar mill at Endeavour and its cotton house. The British redivided Mustique into two plantations in 1835. These two estates were then united in 1865 by the Hazell family of St. Vincent who farmed the fields of cotton, peas and corn until 1958 when it was purchased by the Honourable Colin Tennant. The 100 remaining people, living in the dilapidated village of Cheltenham, worked the few fields in a sharing arrangement with the Hazells.

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Tennant’s private estate began to flourish and in 1964 the new village of Lovell was created. Four years later the land supported a 250-acre plantation of Sea Island cotton. Groves of coconut palms were cultivated and limes, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and vegetables were being exported. The wild livestock was brought under control and a fishing industry, largely worked by men from Bequia, expanded. Mustique was virtually self-supporting. The island remained relatively quiet although its reputation as an idyllic getaway was growing. In 1960, Princess Margaret accepted a 10-acre plot as a wedding present. In 1968, The Mustique Company was formed and a new era began. They entered into a development agreement with the St. Vincent government which covered plans to encourage tourism and the building of no more than 140 private homes. This transformed Mustique from a family estate into a community of people dedicated to maintaining and enhancing their share of the land for generations to come. In 1969 the airport was opened, the first new villas (mainly designed by Oliver Messel) were built and the Cotton House opened as an inn. Improvements continued, including new roads, reliable electricity and communications, a desalination plant, a medical clinic and air transport services. An educational trust provides local children with schooling and a medical trust provides all islanders with medical insurance. The Mustique Company acts as custodian for the entire island and its mandate is to protect the environment and retain the privacy and tranquillity that has made Mustique the ideal peaceful and secure Caribbean hideaway.


Mustique Mustique is an exclusive 1,400 acre island located in the southern Caribbean with lush rolling terrain cooled by gentle trade winds, surrounded by pristine white beaches and crystal clear aquamarine waters. This private island is owned and operated by the Mustique Company, comprised of shareholders and villa owners from 17 countries dedicated to protecting the island’s natural beauty, tranquillity and privacy. Photo: Completely encircled by a marine reserve, Mustique’s white-sand beaches are lapped by the gentlest of waves and crystal clear waters in varying shades of blue. Photographer: Kay Wilson/Indigo Dive


Mustique A controlled development plan dictates that the island currently has one hundred private residences. Mustique is such a peaceful island you may find yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches, and even renowned spots such as lovely Macaroni Beach remain tranquil and uncrowded. Apart from a large plain in the north, the island is essentially composed of seven valleys each with a white sand beach, and wooded hills that rise to a height of 495 feet. The only anchorage in Mustique is Britannia Bay, which is also where the public jetty and wharf are located. There is a Mooring Fee of EC$200 (US $75) for up to three nights. Mustique is a port of entry to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Customs and Immigration are located at the airport. Mustique Moorings (call VHF 16/68) control the 28 moorings. Vessels carrying more than 25 people are prohibited. Rental jeeps, ‘mules’ (heavy-duty golf carts), motorbikes and mountain bikes are available from Mustique Mechanical Services. There are a few taxis available in Lovell Village and at the airport. Nature walking and equestrian trails are in abundance and a great way to experience the island at your leisure. The Equestrian Centre has horses to suit every riding level and offers treks up into the hills, or rides through the surf on a white sand beach. There is a clinic across from the airport with an on-call doctor available (Tel: 488-8353). With a harbourfront focal point, Lovell Village is the commercial heart of the island. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased from Stanley Junior’s stall on the waterfront and groceries can be bought at Corea’s Food Store and the Mustique General Store.

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Basil’s Bar & Restaurant is just across the road. The annual Mustique Blues Festival is held every year in late January/early February at the bar. Firefly is a small, exclusive, privately-owned boutique hotel with just five intimate fantasy rooms. It’s a wonderful spot to enjoy their famous cocktails while taking in the sunset!

Beaches & Anchorages Britannia Bay – Although rather choppy, Britannia Bay is the only suitable anchorage in Mustique. The water is sparkling clear and is wonderful for snorkeling and swimming. Take care entering by boat as the Montezuma Shoal (just west of the bay) is quite hazardous. There is a red and black beacon on the reef, stay at least 1/4 of a mile away. Lagoon Bay – If you follow the southward road out of the village and then the shoreline path, you will happen upon this delightful beach with perfect swimming conditions. Gelliceaux Bay – This is one of the ten marine conservation areas in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. These areas are important marine habitats set aside for special management. The snorkeling here is sublime. Macaroni Bay – One of the most popular beaches on the island. There is a covered picnic area here and the swimming is delightful. L’Ansecoy Bay – This wide beach is located at the north end of the island. Offshore lies the jutting hulk of the French liner, Antilles, which went aground in 1971. Endeavour Bay – Ideal conditions for swimming and snorkeling.


Mustique Cotton House Tel: 784-456-4777 Fax: 784-456-5887 e-mail: reservations@cottonhouse.net

www.cottonhouse.net

An elegant resort of understated sophistication and exotic ambiance, featuring 17 luxury accommodations captured within the tropical surrounding of lush gardens and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Beach Café offers al fresco dining only footsteps away from rolling surf. Join them for lunch, cocktails or a gourmet BBQ dinner on Saturdays. The Veranda Restaurant is the only gourmet restaurant on Mustique, serving creative local and international cuisine. The decidedly cozy Great Room offers Asian-infused tapas and a large selection of new and classic tropical cocktails. Visit their full service Spa featuring ESPA & Signature treatments.

Basil’s Bar & Restaurant Tel: 784-488-8350 VHF 68 e-mail: basils@vincysurf.com

Over 35 years of service in Mustique

www.basilsbar.com

Named one of the World's Ten Best Bars in 1987 by Newsweek, Basil’s Bar in Mustique still lives up to that reputation. Recently renovated, the new face of Basil's Bar now offers lots more: offering fresh seafood, lobster in season, steaks and the best beef burger in the Caribbean! Now equipped with Wi-Fi, you can enjoy sunset cocktails and catch up on the web. Basil's is home of the only Blues Festival in the Caribbean. The 2013 Mustique Blues Festival will run from January 23rd to February 6th. Breakfast service begins at 8am. Lunch 11am-6pm, and Dinner 7:30pm until late. Come to Basil's for cocktails anytime, and plan to attend the Wednesday Night Jump Up and BBQ.

Basil’s Shops in Mustique Tel: 784-488-8407 VHF 68 e-mail: basils@vincysurf.com

www.basilsbar.com

Basil's Boutique: Has clothing from beachwear and T-Shirts, to elegant island evening wear. Sunglasses, jewellery and postcards. Basil's Great General Store: There is nothing general about Basil's Great General Store. Bountifully stocked with fine French wines, cheese from Europe, gourmet jams and sauces. Imported cigars and an unusual collection of books. Fine foods in Paradise. Across Forever: Featuring antiques from Bali and India, Across Forever also has a magnificent collection of furniture from Asia and beyond, contemporary pieces, home furnishings, fabulous lighting accessories and more. Shipping is easily and efficiently arranged.

Grenadines à la Carte with Chantours Tel: (246) 432-5591 or (246) 231-1004 e-mail: reservations@chantours.com

www.chantours.com

Join the luxury 50’ catamaran, Byzance, for a day of superb sailing – limited numbers onboard ensure maximum enjoyment! Visit the magnificent Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Morpion.... Exceptional crew and exquisite cuisine with buffet lunch, open bar and afternoon tea served on board. On request, special lobster picnic lunches can be arranged in the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling equipment is also provided. Charters can commence from any of the Grenadine Islands. Overnight charters can also be arranged.

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Canouan

Keith Miller

A luxury suite at the Canouan Resort

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n the heart of the Southern Grenadines can be found an unspoiled and virtually undiscovered gem - Canouan Island - the Caribbean’s newest luxury destination. Sweeping bays play host to spectacular beaches around the coastline of this bird of paradise-shaped island. Islanders fish the abundant waters in traditional wooden boats, harvesting prize catch-of-the-day of tuna, parrotfish, and grouper. Underwater aficionados from every outpost of the world confirm these waters contain the finest coral conditions in the Caribbean.

A Brief History

Set in the middle of the Grenadine archipelago, Canouan is an island of only 5 square miles. Like its sister islands, Canouan’s first settlers (circa 3000 BC) were a nomadic people from South America collectively referred to as the Ciboney. The next wave of migrants were the Arawaks who arrived around 250 BC by canoe. They brought with them the rudiments of farming and established corn and cassava crops. Living as one with the land for over 1,500 years, the Arawak people of Canouan were brutally displaced by the invading Caribs (“Cannoun” is the Carib word for turtle). Possession of the Grenadines swung back and forth between the British and the French in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1770, King George III granted Canouan to five families – Brisbane, Decato, DeCazeau, Patrice and Snagg. The Snagg brothers cultivated sugar and gradually accumulated lands until they held 1,700 of the total 1,830 acres.

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When the price of sugar plummeted they switched to the cultivation of cotton. Wind-driven cotton gins were built at Carenage, Barbruce and Rameau. One of Snagg’s sons invited the British shipwright, Benjamin George Compton, to teach boat building techniques. These boats became the basis for the whaling trade that was established in the Grenadines. After the hurricane of 1921 destroyed the village on the northern side, the island was re-settled in Charlestown which was more sheltered. In the mid-1990s, 800 acres of rolling hills and secluded beaches on the northern side were sold to an Italian consortium (Canouan Resorts Development Ltd.). At present, this 5-star haven comprises the Canouan Resort, with a spa, two restaurants, luxury suites and private luxury villas; the magnificent private villas at Grenadines Estates and a spectacular 18-hole, par 72 championship course at Grenadine Estate Golf Club. This exclusive community has recently enjoyed further substantial investment with the creation of a brand new boutique hotel on Godhal Beach, slated to open in 2013. Another exciting investment is the marina for super yachts currently being built next to the airport on the sheltered south coast of the island. The runway at the airport has also been extended to accommodate jet aircraft, making it accessible for the private jets of the world’s elite. The developers recognized the needs of the local community and visitors to the island and many modern amenities have been added since 1996 which include paved roads, electrical power, water production, a clinic, commercial jetty, new fisheries complex, early education facilities and a technical training school.


Canouan Canouan is the 3rd largest island in the Grenadines, shaped like a bird of paradise, it is an island of rolling hills, pristine beaches and spectacular scenery. Canouan Resort is poised to become a rendezvous for the world’s elite with the opening of a new and very exclusive luxury boutique hotel eagerly anticipated in 2013. Photo: The villas at The Grenadines Estate offer luxury accommodation, with world-class golf at the spectacular, Jim Fazio designed, 18-hole championship Golf Course – one of the Caribbean’s most exciting and challenging courses, with breathtaking sea views from every angle – it is truly every golfer’s dream. Photographer: Keith Miller


Canouan

Larsen Collinge

Silver Turtle Villa at Canouan Resort

General Information Flights: The Canouan Jetport is serviced by SVG Air, Mustique Airways, Grenadine Air Alliance and Canouan Aviation. There are scheduled flights from Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada on Mustique Airways and SVG Air. Water & Land Taxi Services: Canouan Handling Service and Jus Once Taxi, Tel: 784-482-0674 or after hours 784-458-8601. They offer an on-land taxi service, cell phone cards, take bookings and provide flight tickets for SVG Air. Taxi: Donna Laidlow 784529-6820. Private Jet Ground Handlers: SVG Air, Tel: 784-458-8329. www.svgair.com; Canouan Aviation Services, Tel: 784-482-0095. www.canouanaviation.com Customs and Immigration: Located at the airport. Banking: Bank of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Tel: 784-4524174. They are open 8am to 2pm Mon. - Wed. & Fri., and 8am to 5pm on Thurs. Telephones & Internet: Wi-Fi is available at Lime, Adonal Foyle’s Bar, Canouan Resort and Tamarind Beach Hotel. Cell phone supplies are available from Lime. Medical Facilities: The Canouan Health Centre, with a full time doctor and nursing staff, is located in Retreat Village. They are open Mon. - Fri. 9am to 5pm and on weekends for emergencies only - Tel: 784-458-8305. Diving: Canouan Dive Centre is located at The Moorings complex. There is also a dive shop at Tamarind Beach Hotel.

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Shopping and Services: Groceries can be purchased from: Dawles Cheapside Grocery - Tel: 784-482-0674 or e-mail: macgif@hotmail.com Canouan Foods Ltd. - Tel: 784-482-0679/593-3364 or e-mail: canouanfoods@gmail.com Rebecca’s Place - Tel: 784-458-8024 or e-mail: mistert1930@cwblackberry.net There is a lovely little boutique at the Tamarind Beach Hotel, and in the village there is Bare Necessity and Teddy T’s. Hardware is available at K&W Supplies. Spas/Salons: Tamarind Beach Hotel Spa offers a wonderful selection of therapeutic massages, body scrubs, body wraps, waxing, manicures, pedicures and facials. Tel: 784-458-8044 Yacht Services & Supplies: Crewed luxury yacht charters are available at The Moorings Base, located in Charlestown Bay Tel: 784-482-0653. Their fleet consists of monohulls and catamarans ranging from 36’ to 52’, all meticulously maintained. Marcus (better known as ‘Iceman’), for ice, gas, moorings and water and he will also try to assist in other ways. Call VHF 16 or telephone his home 784-458-8375. Garbage: There is a collection system on Canouan on Tuesdays and Fridays so you may leave your garbage in the bins provided. There are strange currents in the bay so don’t even throw a banana skin overboard.


Canouan Beaches & Anchorages

Courtesy Canouan Resort

Charlestown Bay (also known as Grand Bay) is the main anchorage and location of the village. Enter between the red and green markers. Marcus (Iceman) offers moorings for rent (contact him on VHF 16 or through Tamarind Beach Hotel). There is a ferry dock in the bay and a dinghy dock off the Tamarind Beach Hotel. Rameau Bay, just north of Charlestown, is a gorgeous, quiet anchorage but may require two anchors – good snorkeling around the rocks. Further north is Corbay, the most sheltered anchorage and a great location for snorkeling or diving. There is a glorious beach at Maho Bay in the north, and Friendship Bay in the south also offers good snorkeling.

Grenadines à la Carte with Chantours Tel: (246) 432-5591 or (246) 231-1004 e-mail: reservations@chantours.com

www.chantours.com

Join the luxury 50’ catamaran, Byzance, for a day of superb sailing – limited numbers onboard ensure maximum enjoyment! Visit the magnificent Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Morpion.... Exceptional crew and exquisite cuisine with buffet lunch, open bar and afternoon tea served on board. On request, special lobster picnic lunches can be arranged in the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling equipment is also provided. Charters can commence from any of the Grenadine Islands. Overnight charters can also be arranged.

Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club Tel: 784-458-8044 Fax: 784-458-8851 e-mail: info@tamarind.us www.tamarindbeachhotel.com A lively beachfront oasis with 40 seaside hideaways on a long white sand beach. The “Palapa Restaurant” offering Italian and West Indian cuisine and the “Pirate’s Cove” for light fare, live music and dancing. Beach bar, water sports, boat trips and massage facilities. On site PADI dive facilities. Day rooms and Wi-Fi available - check with front office.

The Moorings Toll free: 1-800-535-7289 Tel: 1-727-535-1446 St Lucia: 758-451-4357 Canouan: 784-482-0653 Grenada: 473-534-5162 www.moorings.com Experience a level of quality, service, and attention to detail that has made The Moorings the world’s leading charter sailing company for over 37 years. Their yachts are custom-designed by the world’s top manufacturers to meet their standards for comfort and ease of handling. Monohulls or catamarans from 36’ to 52’, all meticulously maintained, are available worldwide from over 30 exotic destinations. The Moorings base on Canouan is the perfect departure point, putting you right in the heart of the amazing Grenadines. And, the full service travel agency makes planning a breeze. It’s no wonder The Moorings is known for providing “The Best Sailing Vacations in the World!”

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Tobago Cays

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Whether it’s a day charter to the Tobago Cays, or a few days onboard a yacht, the relaxation is total and the beauty is all encompassing

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he Tobago Cays are a cluster of five tiny, uninhabited cays, collectively sheltered from the open sea by the appropriately named Horseshoe Reef, considered to be the most scenic anchorages in the Grenadines and, for many people, the entire world. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is located just a short boat ride from Palm Island, PSV, Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island and is also easily accessible for day trips from Bequia, Mustique and St. Vincent. It encompasses nine islands, including the five uninhabited islands of the Tobago Cays, namely Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby, plus the populated island of Mayreau as well as Catholic Island, Jondall and Mayreau Baleine. The highlights include Catholic Rock Bird Sanctuary: Various sea-bird nesting and roosting colonies can be observed from a boat, ideally using binoculars or telescope, or photographed with a good zoom lens. Purunia Wreck: This wreck of a 140-foot World War I British gunship that sank in 1918 just off the western coast of Mayreau offers a good opportunity for scuba divers.

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Mayreau Gardens: An excellent coral reef with lots of fish and colourful sponges for viewing by scuba divers. Horseshoe Reef: Snorkelers can visit this outstanding coral reef with an abundance of fish and coral inside the reef, while scuba divers can explore the magical world on the ocean side. Baradal Turtle Sanctuary: This is a protected area, designated by marker buoys, where snorkelers can observe green and hawksbill turtles foraging freely. Petit Tabac: This isolated beach and wild tropical garden was the location where the desert island scene in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” was filmed. Petit Bateau, Jamesby and Petit Rameau: Each of these delightful small islands offer surprisingly interesting hiking trails with an abundant variety of tropical flora, including bromeliads; as well as fauna such as iguanas, hermit crabs and birds. They also provide excellent panoramic views of the Grenadines. With shady areas and picnic tables, Petit Bateau provides the perfect picnic spot! All visitors to the Tobago Cays Marine Park are required to pay user fees according to the purpose of their visit; including visitors on private yachts, charter yachts, cruise ships, dive boats, who pay EC$10 per person and $5 for children aged 12 and under. The rate for a Yacht Mooring is EC$45 for 24-hours. The Tobago Cays Marine Park, Phone: 784-485-8191 e-mail: tcmp191@hotmail.com


Tobago Cays The Tobago Cays are considered the most scenic anchorage in the Grenadines and, for many people, the entire Caribbean. There remain few places on earth today that can match the unblemished natural beauty, easy accessibility and ‘feel good’ tranquillity of the uninhabited Tobago Cays. Photo: Baradal Turtle Sanctuary in the heart of the Tobago Cays. Photographer: Jon Farmer


Mayreau

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Sailing past Mayreau

n this island which has no airport, a single unnamed village, one road, no bank, rain-caught drinking water and superb white-sand beaches, where electricity was introduced in 2003, you will find a unique small island society. The mail boat, which comes six days a week bringing supplies, provides affordable transport for residents to and from St. Vincent and the other Grenadine islands. Although the village does cater to visitors, with several bars, restaurants, shops and Dennis’ Hideaway Guest House, it is still essentially a relatively untouched, traditional fishing village. There are nature trails for hiking in the bush with local guides and there is a profusion of wildlife and harmless reptiles that include iguana, tortoise, tree frog, ground lizard and the beautiful Boa snake. Of the many bird species, the most striking are the mockingbird, bananaquit, cuckoo and tiny hummingbird. Seabirds, specifically frigate, pelican and gull, are everywhere. There are many beautiful beaches in Mayreau. Magnificent and

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tranquil Saltwhistle Bay is where the small resort by the same name is spread out under the palm trees. Saltwhistle Bay is a favourite anchorage of many sailors, scoring high points for calmness. There are many reefs east of the island, so travel in good light and study the charts carefully. Saline Bay in the south, with its nearly mile long, white sandy beach is very popular with visitors. Tribu Resort, a new villa development, is being built on a beautiful west coast beach located between Saline Bay and Saltwhistle Bay comprising 9 luxury villas, a small number of suites, a restaurant and a club house. The developer, Canadian Chris MacLean, has carefully planned a resort that will blend into the surrounding landscape. The people of Mayreau are pleased to have a project of this calibre that they feel will enhance the small unspoilt island. Besides the nature trails and beautiful beaches, one of Mayreau’s main attractions is undoubtedly the small stone-built Roman Catholic Church located on a hill above the village. Built in 1929 and blessed by a Belgian Benedictine monk, it affords one of the best views in the Grenadines. Do not dispose of garbage in Mayreau, there is no dump there. Do not give it to anyone to dispose of either, it will only end up in the sea or strewn elsewhere.


Mayreau Unique among the Grenadine islands for their French-Catholic heritage, the people of Mayreau are also unique in their traditional community-spirited way of life. Photo: Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau Photographer: Dan Christaldi


Mayreau

Mayreau: A Traditional Caribbean Island In Renaissance Only minutes by water taxi from PSV and Palm Island and barely 30 minutes by speedboat to Mustique, Mayreau remains a pristine enclave of sandy beaches, and boasts a vibrant local culture. While the small fishing village welcomes visitors, the island remains relatively untouched by tourism and makes a most worthwhile destination. Mayreau today is home to just over 200 residents – much the same as it was a hundred years ago. But not only the population has remained constant: traditional ceremonies remain a vibrant custom, herbal remedies are readily available, drinking water is still collected from the rain, and peace and quiet reign supreme. Some 94% of the island remains completely natural, absent of buildings or roads. Instead, nature trails lead visitors through the low canopy forest, which is abundant with fauna and flora.  Off island, among the coral reefs of the Tobago Cays, a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and sea turtles delight snorkelers and divers.   Visitors enjoy not only the island’s natural beauty, but also its pace, which harkens back some 100 years to a time when life was less complicated. The days simply seem to pass slower on Mayreau, which only adds to its charm and character. Retaining that laid-back lifestyle is among the first priorities of Canadian developer Chris MacLean, who commenced construction of the Tribu villa resort on Mayreau in August 2010:  “Just like Mayreau, Tribu will be exquisite, but small and discrete,” he explains. “I travelled to so many beaches and islands before I arrived here.  When at last I did, for the first time I felt I had discovered something real and special – Tribu will only add to Mayreau’s uniqueness.” Based on a model that other developers would do well to emulate, a percentage of the revenue generated from resort real estate sales and operations will go to the Tribu – Mayreau Island Foundation, whose sole purpose is to benefit the local community. What’s more, the first family to have purchased a Tribu residence generously donated of their own volition to the

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school even before their villa’s completion. Their gift has enabled the top 3 graduates of 2010 to continue their education. According to John Roache, a socially active resident, and winner of the prestigious Caribbean Unsung Hero Award: “As the Tribu developers and owners continue to give back to the community, Mayreau and her residents are sure to flourish.” The developer plans to do just that. Already, they are hiring young adults who had moved away in search of work, and were eager to return home. As of press time, the site infrastructure has been completed, and a first villa, 4 luxury suites, and beach amenities are under construction. “We plan to offer micro financing programmes so that Mayreau residents can grow local business, rather than be dependent on off-island enterprises.  This will further help to maintain the island’s traditional ambiance,” explains Will Azeff, Vice President of Development, Tribu Resorts. “We look forward to creating a source of steady employment that will allow residents to continue living and raising their families here together, rather than parting in search of work.” The luxury resort development should provide significant revenue for Mayreau, without overwhelming the island or altering its character. Tribu has been carefully master-planned to discreetly blend into the surrounding landscape. A clubhouse, restaurant, and 5-star personalized service will attend to the needs of the owners and guests at just 9 beachfront residences and a scattering of suites. Each home will offer views to the ocean, and be connected to the clubhouse and amenities by cart paths meandering through beautifully landscaped tropical vegetation.  What’s more, great measures have been taken to include sound environmental features into Tribu Resort, ranging from rainwater recapture and LED lighting, to high efficiency plumbing fixtures and solar water heating panels. All in all, Mayreau appears poised for a renaissance – one that will see it move forward to welcome new residents and new opportunities, even while protecting all that make it today a must-see destination.


Each of Tribu’s 9 luxurious villas offers ocean views towards the setting sun. Owners also enjoy personalized attention from their island navigator, and amenities such as the clubhouse, restaurant, tennis courts and access to resort watercraft. All within a short ride from Palm Island, PSV, or Mustique.

Owners at Tribu will be few. Inquire now at +1 (784) 570-1999 or visit www.mayreau-island.com

Mayreau Island St. Vincent & the Grenadines


Union Island

Photo Courtesy Baraka Ocean Cruises

Union Island is an epic destination for kitesurfing - visit www.kitesurfcat.com to plan your kitesurfing adventure.

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nion’s dramatic landscape, tranquil shorelines and warm and friendly inhabitants make it a wonderful stop for yachtsmen, as well as escapists seeking a real “get-away-from-it-all” vacation. From here you can sail to Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island in under an hour. The new kite surfing school in the expansive lagoon by Clifton is another great reason to vacation here. Sitting in the midst of some of the best sailing and diving waters in the hemisphere, Union is a land of seamen and farmers. In 1940, Hugh Mulzac became the first black man to command a ship of the American Navy, the ‘Booker T. Washington’. The square in Clifton is named after this great son of Union Island. Many of the sailing vessels that plied the Caribbean basin and the Atlantic were crewed by the fine seamen of Union and indeed some of them were owned by Unionites. Settled around 1763 by the French and taken over shortly afterwards by the British, the first 150 years of Union Island’s history were dominated by hardship, with people often subjected to the whims and orders of the various owners of the

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island who produced cotton for export. The British Crown bought Union Island in 1910 and set up the Union Island Settlement Scheme which allowed the locals to buy the land in two and four acre lots at peppercorn rates. People then began to build new homes to replace the original straw-roofed huts. There has always been a blend of French and English elements in Union and this aspect is still very evident today in the shops and restaurants. There is a Roman Catholic Church in Clifton and an Anglican Church in the island’s second largest town, Ashton. However, the predominant culture is African, with a vibrant Maroon heritage. Big Drum Dances are usually performed at the Maroon Festival and at weddings. This unique culture has six dances: Nation Dance, Bongo Dance, Cheer-up Dance, Calendar Dance, Alleh Cut Dance and Ladders Dance. The traditional dish of Union is wangoo, made with home-ground corn and water. Wangoo pois is more sophisticated and made with coconut milk, fresh herbs and pigeon peas. Traditionally served with crab and callalou, it is a tasty tribute to the staples that sustained Union Islanders. Although thousands from this beautiful island have emigrated or sailed the seas and made their mark around the globe, many have come back to settle on their little piece of paradise with its flamboyant festivals, year round sunshine, big drum dancing, fresh fish and wangoo.


Union Island Due to its dramatic volcanic landscape Union Island is often referred to as “the Tahiti of the West Indies�. Welcoming and full of local character, Union is in close proximity to the Tobago Cays, PSV and Palm Island and Mayreau. The protected anchourage, shops and restaurants make it an ideal stop for yachts. A hike in the cool of the early morning is rewarded by some of the best views in the region. Photo: Clifton Harbour is a small, busy port and the centre of the day-chartering industry in the southern Grenadines Photographer: Wilfred Dederer


Union Island

Wilfred Dederer

The verdant neighbourhood of Valley is in Union Island’s second largest town of Ashton

General Information Information and assistance can be obtained from Erika's Marine Services in Clifton Harbour at 784-485-8335 or Gabriel Stewart at the Tourism Bureau in Clifton - Tel: 784-458-8350 open Mon. to Fri. 9am - 4pm (Lunch 12noon - 1pm). Ferry Services – Ferry services operate to and from St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau with the MV Barracuda, MV Gem Star and Jaden Sun (schedule on page 19). Troy Gellizeau makes regular trips to Carriacou every Monday and Thursday morning, returning in the afternoon. You have to contact him (Tel: 784-432-5728) the day before you are planning to travel so he can arrange your immigration and customs clearance. This also gives visitors an opportunity to catch the “Osprey” ferry in Carriacou to travel to Grenada if they so desire. Customs & Immigration – 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 (Lunch 12 noon - 1pm). The immigration office is also at the airport. Banking – 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).

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Union Island Sightseeing

Beaches & Anchorages

The profile of Union Island with its peaks and ridges has often been compared to Tahiti. The most outstanding peaks are called Parnassus, the highest point on the island at 1,000 feet, and Mt. Olympus. There are some steep hiking trails through lush greenery where the effort is rewarded with some truly spectacular views of the entire Grenadines. While you need to start out very early and be pretty fit to manage those climbs, there are plenty of less strenuous hikes such as walking over to Chatham Bay and through Campbell to the historical Basket Pond and Fort Irene. Union Island also has quite a good network of well-paved roads that can take you to good view points such as the old fort situated at the top of Fort Hill, some 450ft. above Clifton Harbour and built sometime in the 17th century. Visitors are welcome to join the Union Island Environment Attackers in turtle watching from 1st March to 31st July, or bird watching – contact Roseman Adams at 784-485-8082. To go on a sightseeing tour call Calvert Peters’ Taxi at 784-433-6002 - he has a 4-wheel drive open-air van. This can also be arranged through the Tourist Bureau at 784-458-8350. Water taxis too are a popular mode of transport and are available in Clifton Harbour. Call Erika’s Marine at 784-485-8335 and they will arrange a water taxi for you. Festivals - Easterval is Union Island’s annual cultural festival, a week of events held every Easter featuring music, a street party, parade, sporting events, beauty pageant, talent show, cultural performances and marvellous local cuisine. The Maroon Festival, held annually in May, celebrates the unique and vibrant culture of Union Island’s Maroon people through their music, dance and songs featuring the big drum and a variety of traditional dances.

Clifton Harbour is a small, busy port and the centre of the daychartering industry in the southern Grenadines. It is the most popular mooring in Union as it is within close proximity to the Anchorage Yacht Club, Bougainvilla Hotel, numerous restaurants and bars, provisioning services, hotels, guest houses and tourist information centres. An exciting new addition to Union Island is the new kite surfing school in Clifton Harbour which has ideal conditions for all levels. Tel: 784-430-8604 or visit their website www.kitesurfcat.com When sailing in from the south, stay well clear of Grand de Coi. If approaching from the north, be sure to avoid Newlands Reef which protects the harbour. One of the first things you will see is Janti’s Bar on Happy Island, built out of discarded conch shells. Ashton Harbour and Chatham Bay are less crowded and far more secluded anchorages. Sun, sea and sand lovers will enjoy Chatham Bay with the flocks of Pelicans, excellent snorkeling, beautiful sunsets and mesmerizing, crystal clear, teal coloured water. A new bar and restaurant facility opened there in 2010, with a salt water swimming pool. When this project broke ground there, countless relics of the pre-European Indian settlers were unearthed and handed over to the relevant authorities. This part of Union Island has the only natural source of potable water from a small stream coming down from the mountain. Bigsand is a crescent-shaped beach on the east coast, where Gordon’s Beach Bar and Grill serves tasty lunches. Richmond Bay on the north coast is shallow and ideal for children. Other beautiful beaches in Union include Belmont and Campbell.

Erika's Land & Villa Agents Tel: +1-784-485-8335 Mobile: +1-784-494-1212 North America Tel: +1-416-848-7325 Fax: +1-784-485-8336 e-mail: realestate@erikamarine.com www.erikamarine.com/realestatesales When looking for land, whether for commercial use or to build that dream vacation or retirement villa, look to Union Island. A magnificent volcanic island set in the Caribbean Sea, unspoiled and peaceful, you will find it to be an idyllic location. Erika's is a full service realtor, providing legal services, land surveying and plenty of support to help ease the process, especially for foreign purchasers. Call them today, or check their listings online. Erika's has a wide range of excellent properties, just waiting for you to fall in love with.

Grenadines Dive Tel: 784-458-8138 Fax: 784-458-8122 e-mail: gdive@grenadinesdive.com www.grenadinesdive.com Located at Clifton Harbour, Union Island, run by Naui instructor, Glenroy Adams - an efficient operation catering to small groups who like to be involved in planning their dives. Instructors are NAUI or PADI professionals - resort courses to full certification. Their “rendezvous service” collects you from your yacht and takes you to any of the countless dive sites. As one diver put it, “The dive sites I visited seemed untouched. On many days I dove with the dive master only. On crowded days I dove with six others. This is SCUBA at its best...I have dived in areas ranging from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, and from the Red Sea to Indonesia and beyond. The dive sites in your country rank on a world class level!”

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Union Island Bougainvilla Hotel Clifton Harbour, Union Island Tel: 784-458-8678 / 8878 e-mail: bougainvillahotel@gmail.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com Bougainvilla enjoys an exceptional waterfront location in the heart of Clifton Harbour within easy walking distance to shops, local bars and restaurants along the harbour front. The hotel has 12 air-conditioned en-suite rooms with Cable TV and Wi-Fi – all tastefully decorated to provide the most comfortable experience for guests. The hotel’s restaurant, L’Aquarium, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the dock a small bakery serves sandwiches, Viennese pastry, crepes and ice cream throughout the day.

L’Aquarium Restaurant Bougainvilla Hotel, Clifton Harbour, Union Island Tel: 784-430-4088 / 458-8678 • caribbeandelicacy@yahoo.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com Under the new management of Sonia Duchesne, L'Aquarium is situated on the picturesque waterfront of Clifton Harbour at the lovely Bougainvilla Hotel. Delicious contemporary cuisine is imaginatively prepared with the freshest ingredients and an accent on light and healthy dishes. Seafood lovers will relish the extensive selection of fresh local fish and seafood specialities including lambi (conch) and lobster. There is also pizza, an excellent selection of prime quality Argentine beef served with French sauces and a daily medley of garden-fresh salads and ice cream. Ask about their Sushi & Sashimi and Steel Band Jump-Up one night a week.

Mare Blu Boutique Bougainvilla Hotel, Clifton Harbour, Union Island Tel: 784-494-8880 e-mail: marebluboutique@yahoo.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com Located in the Bougainvilla complex, the chic and elegant Mare Blu Boutique offers some of the best shopping in the Grenadines. Always freshly stocked with an outstanding selection of stylish resort wear–exquisite cotton sun dresses and beach cover-ups in gorgeous tropical hues; beautiful designer swimwear and beach accessories along with a vast selection of hats for ladies and gents, sandals, children’s wear, jewellery, souvenirs, cards, prints, books and sun products... all at affordable prices.

Grenadines à la Carte with Chantours Tel: (246) 432-5591 or (246) 231-1004 e-mail: reservations@chantours.com

www.chantours.com

Join the luxury 50’ catamaran, Byzance, for a day of superb sailing – limited numbers onboard ensure maximum enjoyment! Visit the magnificent Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Morpion .... Exceptional crew and exquisite cuisine with buffet lunch, open bar and afternoon tea served on board. On request, special lobster picnic lunches can be arranged in the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling equipment is also provided. Charters can commence from any of the Grenadine Islands. Overnight charters can also be arranged.

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Union Island

By Day . . .

L’Aquarium

At Bougainvilla

L’Aquarium Restaurant

. . . or By Night

On the waterfront Clifton Harbour Union Island 784 430 4088 / 458 8678 caribbeandelicacy@yahoo.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com

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Union Island

Wind and Sea at Bougainvilla Wind and Sea, located at the Bougainvilla complex in Union Island, has almost 30 years experience sailing in the Grenadines. With a fleet of beautiful, sleek catamarans they offer two distinct services. First, as an agent and tour operator to cruise ships coming to the southern Grenadines, they arrange beach BBQ’s, beach cocktail parties, games or boat excursions to the neighbouring Grenadine islands. Secondly, they offer private day charters to the surrounding islands of Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Canouan, Bequia, St. Vincent, Mustique, PSV and Morpion. Guests can be collected from anywhere between St. Vincent and PSV and sail to the destinations of their choice. These catamarans are great for stable and fast cruising, and their low draught enables them to cruise in shallower waters. Guests can relax on the spacious decks and soak up the sun as they cruise the crystalline waters of the Grenadines, exploring stunning coastlines and enjoying the tranquillity of deserted coves and bays. Snorkeling equipment is supplied and there is a fully stocked bar – lunch is either buffet-style onboard, or ashore in one of the islands. The experienced and friendly crew is constantly on hand to help make your cruise a truly memorable experience. Over-night charters are also available.

•Docking Facilities • Ice & Water • Laundry Service • Bakery• Tel: 784-458-8678/8878 Fax: 784-458-8311 e-mail: bougainvillahotel@gmail.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com www.grenadines-windandsea.com

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Explore the beautiful islands of St.Vincent and the Grenadines

Mayreau

Morpion Island

Ti Marouba

52 ft long catamaran Max capacity - 50 persons

Palm Island

Mustique

Bequia

Sun Spirit

AND

Canouan

Sky Flirt

62 ft long catamaran Max capacity - 72 persons

WIND

Tobago Cays

85 ft long catamaran Max capacity - 90 persons

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Specialist in day - sailing charters www.grenadines-windandsea.com Bougainvilla • Union Island • Tel: 1784 45 88 344/678 • Cell: 1784 493 31 28 • windandsea@vincysurf.com


Union Island

Wilfred Dederer

Clifton Harbour in Union is an ideal stop for provision and souvenir shopping

Shopping & Services The main street of Clifton Village in Union Island is lined on either side with shops and businesses offering goods and services to visiting yachtspeople and guests in the Grenadines. The action is at its peak in the cool afternoons when the ferries arrive. People come down to the dock to collect their mail and various goods ordered from St. Vincent and catch up on the latest island news. When shopping for groceries in Clifton, you’ll be surprised at the incredibly wide selection of high quality food items. An array of fresh fruit and vegetables is always available from the brightly coloured market stalls in Clifton Harbour and in the old public market further along the main street. Fresh fish is sold at the fisheries next to Customs. Fish can also be bought frozen from Uptown Supermarket located in Clifton, which is a one minute walk from the Post Office, heading towards Clifton Hill.

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For the tastiest pizza around, check out Marie’s Restaurant in Clifton Harbour. Pastries, fresh bread and crépes are sold on the Bougainvilla jetty, or at the small bakery next to the Clifton Harbour Jetty. Fresh Bread is also available at the Grand Union Supermarket from as early as 6:00 am, catering to the early risers. If you’re serious about stocking up, the shops will deliver goods to your yacht or villa if required. Captain Gourmet carries an excellent choice of quality grocery items, including imported meat and wines. Lambi’s Supermarket provides drinks, ice, canned goods of all kinds and cleaning products. Lambi also sells tasty local take-away food. Erika’s Marine provides wireless Internet and the use of their computers, marine services such as laundry, travel arrangements, customs clearance, a good book exchange service and DVD rentals. They can also assist visitors with local knowledge and book tours.


Union Island

Scaramouche

Unitech Marine Services

Magnificent, local Island Schooner (used in Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) takes you under sail through the heart of the Grenadines…Mayreau, the Tobago Cays and other island gems. Impossibly romantic weddings, on deck or on the beach. Choice of tasty menus. Enchanting experiences, tailormade for your dream event. Corporate functions, film shoots...you name it! Or join them for one of their memorable day-trips out of Union Island; breakfast, lunch, drinks all day.

They repair diesel engines and outboard marine engines. Services offered include welding, fiberglassing, electrical repairs, yacht and fishing supplies, including lovely carved handpainted fishing lines for children and adults. Yamaha dealer. Facilities available for the refilling of camping gas (international bottles) and they can also source parts for Volvo, Yanmar, Perkins, etc, within 24 hours. French and English spoken. Owner run by Laurent & Elodie.

Marie’s Restaurant Ciao Pizza For 4 years, Ciao Pizza – created by Maurizio and

Tel: 784-458-8418/455-1362 scaramouche@vincysurf.com www.scaramouchegrenadines.com

Airport Road, Union Island Tel: 784-485-8002 Cell: 784-527-4635 e-mail: unitech@vincysurf.com

Tel/Fax: 784-430-8630 e-mail: ciaopissaunion@yahoo.fr FB: ciao marie

Lambi’s Guest House

Lambi’s Supermarket

Marie, Italian-French-Caribbean Chefs – has been offering great Italian pizza, pasta, lasagne, salad, as well as seafood such as shrimp, fish filet, carpaccio, ceviche and smoked Marlin. Come and surprise yourself... Open 7/7 to serve you. Take away Pizza and Lasagne.

Lambi’s Restaurant & Bar

Located right on the seafront in the heart of Clifton Harbour, Union Island with Lambi’s Supermarket and Lambi’s Restaurant and Bar downstairs. All rooms are ensuite, with cable T.V., air-conditioning and fans. Some rooms have a small fridge. Rates start at EC$95 for a double and EC$75 for a single.

Clifton, Union Island Contact Lambi Tel: 784-458-8549

Captain Gourmet The grocery you are wishing for! Excellent choice and quality of products, such as daily made fresh yogurt, cheeses, baguettes and croissants baked on the premises, choice cuts of imported meat, European sausages and hams, plus a first-rate selection of wines, liquors and Cuban cigars. Delivery Services. Credit cards, Euros and USD accepted.

Clifton, Union Island Tel/Fax: 784-458-8918 e-mail: capgourmet@vincysurf.com www.capgourmet.com

‘Lambi’ runs a multi-faceted operation. A variety of merchandise including fresh eggs, chicken, pork and beef from his farm, fresh bread baked daily, beer, soft drinks, wines and spirits, groceries and general hardware. Groceries can be delivered to your boat within Clifton Harbour for no extra charge. Lambi has his own dock offering water, ice, diesel, gas, electricity, wholesale drinks and water by the case. His new garbage boat collects for a charge of EC $1 per bag. Visa & MasterCard accepted. Open 7 days per week, 8-6pm.

Clifton, Union Island Contact Lambi Tel: 784-458-8549

Marine View Apartments Eight fully furnished, spacious, air-conditioned rooms with complete kitchen facilities, televisions, ceiling fans and a large porch. A variety of accommodation to fit any budget. These secluded and quiet apartments nestle between the hills of Union Island and the Ashton waterfront. Marine View is a perfect hideaway with wonderful views of Carriacou and Palm Island and the lush interior of Union. 8 minutes from the airport, shopping and restaurants.

Ashton, Union Island Tel: 784-526-3434 784-485-8400 e-mail: marineviewhotel@gmail.com

In season (Nov-May) there are 3 daily buffets: breakfast (EC$30), lunch (from EC$45) and dinner (EC$50). Steelband jump-up and limbo dancing every night. Free dinghy pick-up in Clifton Harbour & Palm Island. Captain’s dinner and welcome drink is free with a group of 6. Dinner buffet includes a selection of 50 dishes – fish, chicken, lambi (conch), pork, beef, lobster, shrimp & crab. Also a variety of salads and desserts. Try a special Lambi’s cocktail such as a “Hurricane”, “Jump-up”, rum punch and other favourites. Dinghy dock with ice, water, gas, diesel, laundry & garbage service. Mooring free to diners.

Clifton, Union Island Contact Lambi Tel: 784-458-8549

Twilight Eclipse Bar & Restaurant Nekesha Adams welcomes you to her breezy and trendy little night spot right by the ferry dock. Their Eclipse Burger is known to be the best in Union Island but they also serve delicious crab backs, samosas and grilled chicken and fish. Nekesha sometimes entertains guests vocally!

Cilfton Harbour, Union Island Tel/Fax: 784-496-3070 e-mail: eclipsebar@vincysurf.com

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Private Island Hideaways

Courtesy PSV Resort

Petit St. Vincent offers 22 newly renovated cottages that provide the ultimate in privacy and luxury

t. Vincent & the Grenadines is home to three relatively small, pleasantly exclusive, private island resorts - Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent and Young Island - which often inspire travel writers from all around the world to reel off a succession of adjectives such as ‘idyllic’, ‘pristine’ and ‘blissful’. These resorts are similar in that they are true tropical island hideaways that can provide the ultimate in vacation relaxation; yet they differ by each having their own very distinct character. Palm Island is a 135-acre tropical paradise within the Grenadines archipelago that runs between St. Vincent and Grenada, easily reached via a 45-minute flight from Barbados to neighbouring Union Island, followed by an exhilarating 8-minute boat trip. For total relaxation, lazy days on Palm revolve around five superb white sand beaches, incredibly blue, calm sea that offers truly perfect swimming conditions, interesting beachcombing, walks along nature trails, reading under shady palms or just snoozing in a hammock. With a mangrove lake, lots of interesting birds and indigenous iguanas and close proximity to the world-famous Tobago Cays Marine Park, Palm is also a real haven for nature lovers, a rarely found, veritable sanctuary for regenerating a healthy body, mind and soul.

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Petit St. Vincent, or PSV as it is more familiarly called, is a tiny island with just 22 private cottages scattered over its 113 acres of varied terrain. For most people the greatest appeal of PSV is what it does not have. There are no telephones, no television, no crowds and no casinos or cabarets. Not even room keys. Comfortable relaxation and secluded peace are paramount on PSV. Secluded and unplugged, it is a tranquil private island paradise tucked away in the southern Grenadines, just 5 miles from the Union Island airport. Mentioned in 2011 by Andrew Harper as his favourite hideaway resort in the Caribbean, this unique private island caters to a discerning set of visitors, offering 22 newly renovated 1 and 2 bedroom cottages that provide the ultimate in privacy and luxury with no telephone or TV in the rooms. Guests simply hoist a yellow flag to summon room service (a waiter will appear in a mini-moke car) or a red flag to just be left alone. Barefoot elegance and unobtrusive attentive service have made PSV a favourite with travellers who enjoy the pristine beauty of this mildly sloped, lush garden of Eden, surrounded by over a mile of white sand beach and turquoise waters. Occupying a tiny island of just 35 acres, Young Island (see page 63) is located a mere 200 yards from the southern shoreline of St. Vincent. Positioned so close to the mainland, yet still being a private island and comprising just 30 guest cottages, Young Island can offer the best of both worlds – easy access to the attractions of St. Vincent, combined with the luxurious tranquillity of a secluded hideaway.


Private Island Hideaways Lying well off the regularly trodden tourist path are the pristine, private island resorts of Petit St. Vincent and Palm Island in the Southern Grenadines.

Photo: Casuarina Beach on Palm Island Photographer: Keith Miller


St. Vincent Adams Apartments

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Barefoot Suites

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Bay Hill Apartments Beachcombers Hotel Breezeville Apartments

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Buccament Bay Resort Cobblestone Inn

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Fort View Apartments Grand View Beach Hotel

64

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Grenadine House

68

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Haddon Hotel

19

Hillside Apartments

69

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Hotel Alexandrina

66

17

James Apartments

69

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69

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Mariners Hotel Mispah Guesthouse New Montrose Hotel Paradise Beach Hotel

24 62/65

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Phoenix Apartments

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Richmond Vale Nature & Hiking Centre

30

Richview Guest House

69

14

Ridgeview Terrace Apartments

69

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Rosewood Apartment Hotel

66

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Sea Breeze Guest House Seasplash Apartments

62

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Sky Blue Beach Apartments

69

8

Sunset Shores Beach Hotel

66/67

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Tranquillity Beach Apt. Hotel

69

7 13

Tropic Breeze Hotel White Sands (Bed & Breakfast) Young Island Resort

69

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this accommodation guide some information is subject to change without notice. Unless stated otherwise, prices shown are daily rates, double occupancy, quoted in US dollars and subject to local taxes and service charge.


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784-458-4656

784-456-4728

info@adamsapts.com

www.adamsapts.com

10 mins

784-456-9526/9334

784-456-9238

barebum@vincysurf.com

www.barefootyachts.com

5 mins

784-456-5419/4480

784-456-1301

contact@bayhill-apartments.com

www.bayhill-apartments.com

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784-458-4283

784-458-4385

beachcombers@vincysurf.com

www.beachcombershotel.com

5 mins

784-458-4641

784-457-4468

frontdesk@villalodge.com

www.villalodge.com

40-45 mins

784-457-4100

784-457-4200

bbr-reservations@buccamentbay.com

www.buccamentbay.com

10 mins

784-456-1937

784-456-1938

cobblestone@vincysurf.com

www.thecobblestoneinn.com

15 mins

784-451-2005

5 mins

784-458-4811

784-457-4174

grandview@vincysurf.com

15 mins

784-458-1800

784-458-1333

5 mins

784-456-1897

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www.grandviewhotel.com

$139 - $190

$119 - $170

stay@grenadinehouse.com

www.grenadinehouse.com

$170 - $230

$150 - $210

784-456-2027

haddonhotel@yahoo.com

www.newhaddonhotel.com

$95 - $185

$95 - $185

784-457-5134

784-457-4678

hillside@vincysurf.com

www.hillsideapartmentssvg.com

$60 - $115

$60 - $115

784-456-9788

784-456-9799

hotelalexandrina@aol.com

www.hotelalexandrina.com

$85 - $195

$85 - $195

784-457-4333

frontdesk@marinershotel.com

www.marinershotel.com

$145

$125

$68

$65

fortview97@yahoo.com

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784-457-4000 (SVG) 201-855-4000 (USA) 784-456-8419 784-491-3302 (Cell)

8 mins 784-457-0172/527-3487

mispah9@yahoo.com 784-457-0213

newmontrosehotel@vincysurf.com

www.newmontrosehotel.com

$70 - $120

$70 - $120

5 mins

784-457-4795

784-457-4221

info@paradisesvg.com

www.paradisesvg.com

$80 - $110

$70 - $110

10 mins

784-457-9481

784-456-7677

phoenixsvg@yahoo.com

www.phoenixholapt.com

$42 - $63

$42 - $63

info@richmondvalehiking.com

www.richmondvalehiking.com

$25

$25

richview06@yahoo.com

www.richviewguesthouse.com

5 mins 784-458-2255/492-4058 784-482-9500/533-4137 7 mins

784-430-1015

784-457-5959

rojen@vincysurf.com

www.ridgeviewterrace.com

$50 - $70

$50 - $70

5 mins

784-457-5051

784-457-5141

rosewood@vincysurf.com

www.rosewoodsvg.com

$86 + 20%

$82 + 20%

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784-458-4969

$35

$35

10 mins

784-431-1085

784-451-2777

info@seasplashapartments.com

www.seasplashapartments.com

$60 - $110

$60 - $110

10 mins

784-457-4394

784-457-5232

skyblue@vincysurf.com

www.skybluebeach.com

$70

$70

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784-458-4411

784-457-4800

sunshore@vincysurf.com

www.sunsetshores.com

$120 - $180

$95 - $135

5 mins

784-458-4021

info@tranquillityhotel.com

www.tranquillityhotel.com

$65 - $75

$65 - $75

5 mins

784-458-4618

tropbrez@vincysurf.com

www.tropicbreezesvg.com

$75 - $90

$75 - $90

whitesandsinc@gmail.com

www.whitesandsinc.net

$80 - $150

$80-$150

reservations@youngisland.com

www.youngisland.com

$532 - $1,222

$472 - $934

seabreezetours@vincysurf.com

784-456-4592

10 mins 784-528-9855/433-3334 8-10 mins

784-458-4826

784-457-4567

Some hotels have peak periods within the Winter Season when rates may vary. A number of the hotels offer specials during the Summer Season - these rates are available on request. Please check with the individual property or the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association: Tel: (784) 458-4379, or visit their website at www.svghotels.com, for up-to-date information.


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103

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Grenadine Escape

106

Rental Villas throughout SVG

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Rental Villas throughout SVG

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6

Island Inn Apartments

6

Kingsville Apartments

102

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106

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109

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107

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109

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107

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SpringTop Villa

109

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102

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109

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109

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109

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109

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this accommodation guide some information is subject to change without notice. Unless stated otherwise, prices shown are daily rates, double occupancy, quoted in US dollars and subject to local taxes and service charge.


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barnardsrealty@gmail.com

www.barnards-svg.com

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Rates on Request

15 mins

784-570-1946/531-4142

info@belleshousebequia.com

www.belleshousebequia.com

Refer to Website

Refer to Website

10 mins

784-458-1600

784-458-1700

info@bequiabeach.com

www.bequiabeach.com

$225 - $900

$200 - $700

5 mins

784-457-3423

784-495-4036

ftvhotel@surfbvi.com

www.bequiabeachfrontvillas.com

$522

$200

15 mins

784-458-3412/3484

784-457-3103

Rates on Request

Rates on Request

30 mins

784-458-3414

784-457-3305

15 mins

1-868-678-5115

10 mins

784-458-3255

15 mins

784-458-3800

784-458-3824

stan@fireflybequia.com

www.fireflybequia.com

$495

$395

info@bequiaresort.com

www.bequiaresort.com

$200-$350

$160-$280

GM@frangipanibequia.com

www.frangipanibequia.com

$75 - $260

$60 - $180

ginger@vincysurf.com

www.gingerbreadhotel.com

$150 - $260

$100 - $180

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Refer to Website

44-208-749-1157 (UK)

enquiries@grenadine-escape.com www.grenadine-escape.com

784-529-8046/455-0969 784-457-3739

grenadinevillas@mac.com

www.grenadinevillas.com

Rates on Request

Rates on Request

784-457-8634/493-8633/4

hazeco@vincysurf.com

www.hazecoapartments.com

Refer to Website

Refer to Website

$55 - $85

$45 - $65

Rates on Request

Rates on Request

$95 - $175

$85 - $150

15 mins

784-458-3316

15 mins

784-533-1600

10 mins

784-457-3433

784-457-3431

islandinn@vincysurf.com

784-458-3932

784-458-3000

kingsville@vincysurf.com

15 mins

784-458-3889

hibiscusapts@vincysurf.com delphine@hadleygardens.com

www.hopebayestate.com

www.kingsville-apartments.net

$145

$1,400/wk (Cottage) $950/wk (Studio)

$120

$1,100/wk (Cottage) $800/wk (Studio)

20 mins

784-457-3092

784-457-3092

limehouse@bequiavilla.com

www.bequiavilla.com

20 mins

784-457-3092

784-457-3092

limehouse@bequiavilla.com

www.bequiaholiday.com

20 mins

805-969-0992

sallybrom@aol.com

www.BequiaReefHouse.com

15 mins

784-458-3656

seashellsbq@vincysurf.com

www.bequiaseashells.com

15 mins

784-483-0381

info@springhousebequia.com

www.springhousebequia.com

Refer to Website Refer to Website

20 mins

207-784-8307(USA)

nanholler@aol.com

www.springtop.com

Refer to Website Refer to Website

10 mins

784-457-3148

info@sugarappleinn.com

www.sugarappleinn.com

784-458-3985

784-457-3086/458-3782 784-593-3631 (Cell) sunrisebequia@yahoo.com 15 mins

info@bequiasweetretreathotel.com www.bequiasweetretreathotel.com

784-498-3921

20 mins

784-457-3232

784-431-1470 (Cell) info@bequiatamarind.com

10 mins

784-458-3667

10 mins

650-703-4715/784-593-4997

10 mins

784-458-3885

20 mins 30 mins

www.bequia.net/sunrise

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$90

$75

$110

$80

Refer to Website Refer to Website $130

$130

www.bequiatamarind.com

Refer to Website Refer to Website

treehouse@vincysurf.com

www.thenestbequia.com

$ 950/wk (Nest) $1,000/wk (Treetop)

info@thestonehouse.com

www.thestonehousebequia.com

tvabqsvg@vincysurf.com

www.villageapartments.bequia.net

Refer to Website

Refer to Website

784-532-1690

info@tropicalhideaway.com

www.tropicalhideawaybequia.com

$157

$129

784-457-3041/493-0014

kingsville@vincysurf.com kingsville@karibcable.com

www.villa-alamanda.com

784-458-3883

784-458-3000

$640-$755

$620/wk (Nest) $670/wk (Treetop)

$425-$540

$2,500 - US$4,000

Some hotels have peak periods within the Winter Season when rates may vary. A number of the hotels offer specials during the Summer Season - these rates are available on request. Please check with the individual property or the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association (Tel: 784-458-4379, or visit their website at www.svghotels.com) for up-to-date information.


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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this accommodation guide some information is subject to change without notice. Unless stated otherwise, prices shown are daily rates, double occupancy, quoted in US dollars and subject to local taxes and service charge.

St. Vincent & Tourism St. Vincent

The SVGTA also has Information Desks at the following locations:

Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture P.O. Box 834, 2nd Fl., NIS Building, Upper Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-457-1502 / Fax: 784-451-2425 e-mail: tourism@vincysurf.com www.facebook.com/our.tourism www.discoversvg.com

Tourist Information Desk E.T. Joshua Airport, Arnos Vale Tel: 784-458-4685

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) P.O. Box 834, 2nd Floor, NIS Building, Upper Bay Street, Kingstown St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-456-6222 Fax: 784-485-6020 e-mail: svgta@discoversvg.com www.discoversvg.com Note: Opening hours for the office of the SVGTA is Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm AST

Tourist Information Desk Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown Tel: 784-457-1592

Regional Offices: Barbados St. Vincent & The Grenadines Barbados Desk Grantley Adams International Airport Christ Church, Barbados Tel: 246-428-0961/246-233-8746


784-458-8824

784-458-8404

reservations@palmislandcaribbean.com www.palmislandcaribbean.com

954-963-7401

954-963-7402

info@psvresort.com

www.psvresort.com

5 mins

784-456-4777

784-456-5887

reservations@cottonhouse.net

5 mins

784-488-8414

784-488-8514

784-488-8000

15 mins

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$935 - $1,365

$725 - $1,155

Refer to Website

Refer to Website

www.cottonhouse.net

$830 - $5,000

$520 - $3,300

enquiries@fireflymustique.com

www.fireflymustique.com

$950 - $1,200

$850 - $1,100

784-488-9000

villarentals@mustique.vc

www.mustique-island.com

Rates on Request

Rates on Request

784-458-8000

784-458-8885

reservations@canouan.com

www.canouan.com

$4,955

$1,700

10 mins

784-458-8044

784-458-8851

reservations@tamarind.us

www.tamarindbeachhotel.com

$330

$260

15 mins

784-458-8444

784-458-8944

swbinfo@gmx.net

www.saltwhistlebay.com

$480

$360

10 mins

784-485-8447

784-485-8448

info@amerindi.com

www.amerindi.com

Refer to Website

Refer to Website

$ 100 (Rooms) $120 (Cottages)

$80 (Rooms) $100 (Cottages)

$120

$120

10 mins

2 mins

784-458-8221

784-458-8365

aycunion@vincysurf.com

www.anchorage-union.com

4 mins

784-458-8678/8878

784-458-8311

windandsea@vincysurf.com

www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com

3 mins

784-458-8235

784-458-8313

clifbeachhotel@vincysurf.com

www.cliftonbeachhotel.org

$138 - $186

$125 - $173

3 mins

784-485-8823

info@kingslandinghotel.com

www.kingslandinghotel.com

$83 - $127

$83 - $127

3 mins

784-458-8549

$254

$254

marineviewhotel@gmail.com

8 mins 784-526-3434/485-8400

Rates on Request

Rates on Request

Some hotels have peak periods within the Winter Season when rates may vary. A number of the hotels offer specials during the Summer Season - these rates are available on request. Please check with the individual property or the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association, Tel: 784-458-4379, or visit their website at www.svghotels.com for up-to-date information.

the Grenadines Offices Overseas Offices: United States 801 Second Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10017 Toll free: 800-729-1726 Tel: 212-687-4981 Fax: 212-949-5946 e-mail: svgtony@aol.com

Canada 55 Town Centre Court Suite 624, Toronto, Ontario, M1P 4X4, Canada Toll free: 866-421-4452 Tel: 416-630-9292 Fax: 416-630-9291 e-mail: svgtourismtoronto@rogers.com

United Kingdom 10 Kensington Court London, W8 5DL England Tel: 207-937-6570 Fax: 207-937-3611 e-mail: svgtourismeurope@aol.com

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Hotel & Tourism Association (SVGHTA) Villa, P.O. Box 2125, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tel: 784-458-4379 Fax: 784-456-4456 e-mail: svghotels@vincysurf.com www.svghotels.com


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135 135 135 130, 131 95, 96 3 106 93

97 98, 99 130, 131 135 135 64, 65 69

92 109 26, 27

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Papa’s Bar & Bistro Paradise Beach Hotel & Spa Paradise Restaurant & Spa

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Reef House Richview Guest House Ridgeview Terrace Apartments Rosewood Apartment Hotel

98, 99 62, 65 58

107 69 69 66

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SVG Air 26, 27, Inside Back Cover SVG Hotel & Tourism Assoc. 1 Sail Relax Explore 5, 24 Sam’s Taxi & Tours Ltd. 46 Sapodilla Room, The 59 Scaramouche 46, 135 Sea Breeze Nature Tours 46 Sea Shells Apartments 109 Seasplash Apartments 62 Sky Blue Beach Apartments 69 Spring House Bequia 107 SpringTop Villa 109 Subway 56, 57 Sugarapple Inn 103, 109 Sunsail 26, 27 Sunset Shores Beach Hotel 66,67 Sunset Shores Restaurant 56, 57 Sunset Tours Moke & Jeep Rentals 85 Sweet Retreat, The 102

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Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club 119 Tamarind Villa 109 The Moorings 26, 27, 119 The Nest 109 The Stone House 109 Tranquillity Beach Apartments 69 Tribu Resorts 124, 125 Tropical Hideaway 107 Twilight Eclipse Bar & Restaurant 135

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Unitech Marine Services

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VSPCA Victorine’s, Claude Art Studio Villa Alamanda Village Apartments, The

135

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White Sands B&B 69 Wilfred Dederer Photography 87 Wilkie’s 58 Wind and Sea 24, 132, 133

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Young Island

56, 62, 63


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