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Ins & Outs

of St. Vincent & the Grenadines | 2017 An Essential Guide to St. Vincent | Bequia | Mustique | Canouan | Mayreau Tobago Cays | Palm Island | Petit St. Vincent | Union Island

PUBLISHED ANNUALLY BY Miller Publishing Company Limited EDITOR Christine Wilkie

Ins & Outs is the Official Publication of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Hotel & Tourism Association

Cover

On our

“Bow to the Sea” Watercolour by Anna Landry

“Sea Blast” Watercolour by Anna Landry

Anna Landry studied and pursued her interest in art whilst living in Canada where she obtained a BA at the University of Toronto. She took up residence in Bequia in the mid-90’s, and more recently moved to her delightful studio in La Pompe. Anna exhibits both original watercolours and prints at the Oasis Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth. Postcards and posters are available at the restaurant, ‘Fernando’s Hideaway’ in Lower Bay. Prints of her work are on sale in Carriacou at The Gallery Café in Harvey Vale. Whilst the range of her subject matter is wide, Anna does lean towards paintings of the sea and nature. She is a keen sailor, a true ‘Island Girl’, and many of her images reflect this knowledge of things ‘Nautical’. Anna can be contacted by e-mail: anna.landry20@gmail. com, by which means she can accommodate her somewhat nomadic lifestyle.

Miller Publishing Co. Ltd. Edgehill, St. Thomas, BB22118, BARBADOS Tel: (246) 421-6700 e-mail: chrisw@millerpublishing.net | www.insandoutsofsvg.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. © 2017 MILLER PUBLISHING CO. LTD. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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Credits

ADVERTISING SALES Christine Wilkie Liz Cordice Sally Miller PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Janelle Bryan PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Lyn Armstrong ARTWORK & LAYOUT Christine Wilkie Sally Miller Tao Howard Janelle Bryan DESIGN Tao Howard COVER PAINTING Anna Landry PHOTOGRAPHERS Wilfred Dederer Calvert Jones Mark Pratley Jeremie Tronet - kitesurfgrenadines.com DISTRIBUTION Ins & Outs is distributed throughout St. Vincent & the Grenadines by the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association. Copies of the publication are placed in hotel rooms, villas, charter yachts and visitor information centres. Ins & Outs is also available through the SVG Tourism Authority and their overseas offices in London, New York and Toronto. ONLINE Ins & Outs of St. Vincent & the Grenadines can be viewed online at www.insandoutsofsvg.com Follow us on Facebook: /insandoutsofSVG


Contents 6 Welcome 8 Calendar of Events 14-15 Maps 15 Fast Facts 18 Ferry Schedules 20 Chartering 154 Accommodation Guide

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St. Vincent 30 History 36 Discover St. Vincent 41 Beaches and Anchorages 44 Shopping 50 Dining & Nightlife 56 Where to Stay Bequia 68 History 72 Discover Bequia 77 Beaches and Anchorages 80 Shopping 83 Art & Craft 86 Dining & Nightlife 94 Where to Stay 99 Weddings in Paradise 100 Villa Life 110

Mustique

Southern Grenadines 114 Canouan 118 Tobago Cays Marine Park 122 Mayreau 126 Union Island 146 148 152

Private Island Resorts Palm Island Petit St. Vincent

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The St.Vincent Cocoa Company

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warm Caribbean welcome to alluring St. Vincent and the Grenadines – a world of breathtaking seascapes where the

people are welcoming and the pace is relaxed and slow. Although this is one of the most beautiful places in the Tropics, it remains relatively unknown, and like many visitors to these shores, once you’ve made your first discovery you will probably return year after year! Ins & Outs helps enhance the overall vacation experience, giving an insider’s glimpse at the flavour and colour of local life – after all that is the essence of a truly memorable holiday! While visiting SVG, whether by boat or staying on land, we ask that you remain acutely aware of the fragile environment of these small islands and their communities. These waters provide some of the best diving grounds in the world. When snorkeling or diving do not touch or stand on coral structures and do not anchor on the reef. Never accept offers from individuals willing to discard of your garbage for a fee, please dispose of your garbage personally in the designated areas. Take along your own shopping bags and buy returnable bottles and items with the least amount of packaging. Enjoy your visit to the islands, we suspect that you will grow to love them as much as we do. With best wishes, The Miller Publishing Team

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Welcome to St. Vincent & the Grenadines


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Welcome to the 15th annual edition of the Ins & Outs of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the official publication of the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association, and printed in association with the SVG Tourism Authority. Through the pages of Ins & Outs we try to showcase the very best that this incredibly beautiful multi-island nation has to offer, in order to make your stay the very best that it can be.

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January

February

FULL MOON BEACH PARTY & MOON-LIGHT KITESURFING SHOW Thu. 12th at the JT Pro Center, Kite Beach, Clifton Lagoon, Union Island. Great party atmosphere - music, dancing, light show, food & drinks. Please visit their website at: www.kitesurfgrenadines.com for possible additional dates.

FULL MOON BEACH PARTY & MOON-LIGHT KITESURFING SHOW Fri. 10th at the JT Pro Center on Kite Beach, Clifton Lagoon, Union Island. Great party atmosphere - music, dancing, light show, food and drinks. Please visit their website at: www.kitesurfgrenadines.com for possible additional dates.

BEQUIA MOUNT GAY MUSIC FEST Thu. 19th to Sun. 22nd Schedule: Thu. 19th: 9pm at Frangipani Hotel 13-piece Elite Steel Orchestra. Fri. 20th: 8:30pm at Bequia Plantation Hotel on Admiralty Bay - Mustique Blues Festival in Bequia - Joe Louis Walker, Zach Harmon, “Dino” Baptiste, Greg Jackson, Eric James Findlay & more. Sat. 21st: 12:30pm at Bequia Plantation Hotel on Admiralty BayLive afternoon Jam Session. Sat. 21st: 8:30pm at De Reef, Lower Bay - Bequia’s BIG Music Night. Sun. 22nd: 12:30pm at De Reef, Lower Bay - Music by the Beach: Grand Mount Gay Party Finale. Check website for full line-up: www.bequiatourism.com/ bequiamusicfest

PRIMARY SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL For further details call (784) 451-2180

MUSTIQUE BLUES FESTIVAL Wed. 18th to Wed. 1st Feb. This year’s line up includes: Joe Louis Walker, Ian Berry, Zach Harmon, “Dino” Baptiste, Greg Jackson, Eric James Findlay, Richard Saul Estrin, Anthony Cage, Travis Reed, John Bradford & Murali Coryell. Every Sunday during the festival there is a Sunset Show at Basil’s Bar great family fun! Tel: (784) 488-8407 www.basilsbar.com ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS For further details contact The Oasis Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, Bequia at Tel: (784) 497-7670

SUNSHINE SCHOOL AUCTION Sun. 5th Gingerbread Restaurant, Belmont, Bequia. Viewing from 11.30am. Auction starts at 1pm. For more details call the Sunshine School at (784) 457-3794 sunshine@vincysurf.com or visit: www.bequiasunshineschool.org ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS For further details contact The Oasis Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, Bequia at Tel: (784) 497-7670 YOULOU ARTS FOUNDATION WORKSHOP Mon. 20th to Thu. 23rd Jewellery Making Workshop with Hilary Auty, a British costume and jewellery designer specializing in the making of wedding tiaras and hair decorations - 4 workshops from 9am-1 pm (ages 15 and up).

March FASHION CARIBBEAN 2017 Sat. 18th: Runway Show at SVG Community College. Sun. 19th: Trunk Show - Retail event at Grenadine House Hotel.

YOULOU ARTS FOUNDATION

Sat. 4th Public Launch of the Youlou Art Centre at Villa Beach and Youlou Arts Foundation Fundraiser - 6:30pm to 9pm. EC$50. Parade to celebrate the inaugural opening of the Art Centre. Please call (784) 457 1914. FULL MOON BEACH PARTY & MOON-LIGHT KITESURFING SHOW Sun. 12th at the JT Pro Center on Kite Beach, Clifton Lagoon, Union Island. Great party atmosphere - music, dancing, light show, food and drinks. Please visit their website at: www.kitesurfgrenadines.com for possible additional dates.

Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest Photo: Wilfred Dederer

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Calendar of Events: January to March 2017


Public Holidays

New Year’s Day | Sun. 1st Jan. Mon. 2nd Jan. Nat’l Heroes’ Day | Tue. 14th Mar.

Full Moon

Thu. 12th January Fri. 10th February Sun. 12th March Find a full What’s On in St. Vincent at: svghotels.com/whats-on

Calendar of Events: January to March 2017 

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April

June

FULL MOON BEACH PARTY & MOON-LIGHT KITESURFING SHOW

CANOUAN REGATTA

Tue. 11th at the JT Pro Center on Kite Beach, Clifton Lagoon, Union Island. Great party atmosphere - music, dancing, light show, food and drinks.

Please visit their website at: www.kitesurfgrenadines.com for possible additional dates. 35TH ANNUAL BEQUIA EASTER REGATTA

Thu. 13th - Mon 17th

Contact Bequia Sailing Club, Tel: (784) 431-7262. GOSPEL FEST

A series of concerts around the islands. For further details email: urban@vincysurf.com 51ST ANNUAL EASTERVAL CELEBRATIONS, UNION ISLAND Mon. 20th to Mon. 27th Contact: Union Island Tourist Board. Tel: (784) 458-8350 uniontourism@hotmail.com MAYREAU REGATTA

Thu. 27th to Sun. 30th Four fun-filled days for the whole family. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy the traditional sail boat races, fishing competition, may pole dancing. four-day Kiddy Regatta Corner, kite flying competition, lionfish derby, lionfish cooking competition, and traditional cooking contest. LOBSTER SEASON CLOSES

30th April

May FULL MOON BEACH PARTY & MOON-LIGHT KITESURFING SHOW

Wed. 10th at the JT Pro Center on Kite Beach, Clifton Lagoon, Union Island. Great party atmosphere - music, dancing, light show, food and drinks. Please visit their website at: www.kitesurfgrenadines.com for possible additional dates. MAROON FESTIVAL, UNION ISLAND

Annual festival held 3 days before or after the full moon, marking the start of the planting season. Activities include the Big Drum, Nation Dance and traditional folksongs. Call Union Island Tourism Association (784) 458-8350.

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Thu. 1st to Mon. 5th Boat races, sports and games, calypso competitions, street jumpup and beauty pageants. Contact: Mr. Carlos McLaurean, Commodore, Canouan Sailing Club at Tel: (784) 458-8197. BEQUIA CARNIVAL

Fri. 23rd to Mon. 26th A delightfully informal and spontaneous event. Check with the Bequia Tourism Office. Tel: (784) 458-3286. VINCY MAS

Fri 30th June to Tue. 11th July Vincy Mas festivities include King and Queen of the Bands, Junior Carnival, Miss SVG, Miss Carnival, Steel Band and Calypso competitions, Old Mas and J’ouvert street parades. Contact the Carnival Development Corporation at Tel: (784) 457-2580. www.carnivalsvg.com GREIGGS FOUNDERS’ DAY AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Mon. 19th. This festival emphasizes indigenous organic farming practices. For more info contact (784) 431-8751.

July CARNIVAL MONDAY/J’OUVERT

Mon. 10th - an early morning street jump-up. T-shirt bands participate in a great street jumpup in the afternoon and into the evening. CARNIVAL TUESDAY

Tue. 11th - Mardi Gras Mas Bands parade on stage at Carnival City (Victoria Park) competing for the Band of the Year Award and then on to the streets of Kingstown. BEQUIA ANNUAL FISHERMAN’S DAY COMPETITION

Sat. 15th. Contact: Bequia Tourism Association: Tel: (784) 458-3286 or email: bequiatourism@vincysurf.com CANOUAN CARNIVAL

Fri. 21st July to Tue. 1st Aug. YOULOU ARTS FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

Mon. 17th to Fri. 4th Aug. The 3 week annual visual arts programme “Growing Young SVG Artists” taking place in 4 locations: Kingstown, Barrouallie, Georgetown, and Spring Village. For more details Tel: (784) 457 1914. All workshops are open to locals and visitors.

Calendar of Events: April to July 2017


Public Holidays

Good Friday | 14th Apr. Easter Monday | 17th Apr. Labour Day (May Day) | Mon. 1st Whit Monday | Jun. 5th Carnival Monday | 10th July Carnival Tuesday | 11th July

Full Moon

Tue. 11th April Wed. 10th May Fri. 9th June Sun. 9th July Find a full What’s On in St. Vincent at: svghotels.com/whats-on

Vincy Mas Celebrations Photo: Edson Reece (784) 528-9992 edsonreeceweddings@gmail.com www.emagescaribbean.com / Facebook: /tropicalweddings

Calendar of Events: April to July 2017 

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August

November

EMANCIPATION MONTH

NATIONAL TOURISM MONTH

EMANCIPATION DAY FESTIVITIES

THEATRE ARTS FESTIVAL

Tue. 1st - Events to commemorate the abolition of slavery. BREADFRUIT FESTIVAL

The month sees various food fair presentations in different parts of the country. These showcase a variety of dishes that can be made from breadfruit. There are also mini exhibitions which explain the potential uses of the plant, from lumber and function as toys, to medicinal use. For further info contact the Ministry of Culture at Tel: (784) 451-2180 or email: urban@vincysurf.com

September KCCU NATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL MONTH DANCE FESTIVAL 2017

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

Fri. 1st

October INDEPENDENCE MONTH CELEBRATIONS

38th Anniversary of Independence - various shows, rallies and other celebrations occur across the country. There are internal school programmes and national programmes. INDEPENDENCE CYCLING COMPETITION

Thu. 26th to Fri. 27th

Dates to be announced.

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 or email: urban@vincysurf.com

December CHRISTMAS LIGHTING UP UNDER THE ALMOND TREE (BEQUIA)

Sun. 17th Community entertainment with carol singing, choirs, and string band performances under the almond tree in the harbour in the evenings.

NATIONAL NINE MORNINGS FESTIVAL

Sat. 16th to Sun. 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) 451-2180 or email: urban@vincysurf.com ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

For further details contact The Oasis Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, Bequia at Tel: (784) 497-7670. NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

Sun. 31st Midnight fireworks display over the Harbour in Port Elizabeth, Bequia. Miss Heritage Parade in Kingstown Photo: Calvert Jones

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Calendar of Events: August to December 2017


Public Holidays

Independence Day | Fri. 27th Oct. Christmas Day | Mon. 25th Dec. Boxing Day | Tue. 26th Dec.

Full Moon

Mon. 7th August Wed. 6th September Thu. 5th October Sat. 4th November Sun. 3rd December Find a full What’s On in St. Vincent at: svghotels.com/whats-on

Calendar of Events: August to December 2017 

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St. Vincent St. Vincent &

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Bequia

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Petit Nevis Ile de quatre

Wallilabou Anchorage Hotel

Keartons Bay

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D’Chateau Guest House Mt. St. Andrew

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Hopewell Peruvian Spring Vale

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Cedars

Compulsion

Colonaire Bay North Union Bay

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Francois Gardens Queensbury Retreat Bridgetown Penniston Golden Grove Mesopotamia Emerald Valley Rillion Hill

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Sans Souci

∆3,181ft

Black Point

* Black Point Tunnel

Mangrove

South Rivers

Hermitage

Forest Reserve Ferret

Ferdies Footstep Guest House

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Grand Sable

Grand Bonhomme

Mt. Wynne Bay

Langley Park

Caratal Village

Chester Cottage

Three Acres

Rabacca

Chapmans

Spring Village

Petit Byahaut Resort

Petit St. Vincent

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Rock Carvings

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Calliaqua Bay

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Prospect Blue Lagoon

Calliaqua

Young Island Resort

Brighton Bay

Johnson Point

Man Point L‘Anse Chemin

Bullet Cay Bullet Bay Bends Bay Diable Point Shark Bay Brute Point Sal Bay

Bequia

Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary * Park Bay Crescent Beach Inn Industry Bay Spring

Maritime Museum Spring Bay Cinnamon Northwest Point Garden Firefly Plantation Hotel Site of Hibiscus Apts Hamilton Devils Table Hamilton Fort Ocar Anse La Coite Traveller’s Inn Ferry Dock Rocky Bay Frangipani Hotel * Port P Gingerbread Hotel Hope Bay Estate Elizabeth The Village Apts Admiralty Bay Hope Bay Mount Bamboo Chute Resort Pleasant Kingsville Apts Princess Margaret De Reef Apts B elle Low Up The Old Fort Lower Bay Poin per er B t Big Mount Pleasant Bay igh Lower Bay ht t Belles Rocky Bay Ravine Bay Moonhole Big Cay Dock Bequia Museum West Cay Friendship Friendship Bay Resort Sta Dock Adams Bay Paget La rk R Bay Island Inn Apts Playing Farm avin Pompe Field e Saint Hilaire Dock J.F.Mitchell Airport Point Whaling Station Sugarapple Inn Friendship Garden Apts Taylor’s Apts Petit Nevis Bequia Beach Hotel & Blue Tropic Bequia Beachfront Villas

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Fast Facts

Battowia Balliceaux


North Point

Point Lookout

Honor Bay The Cotton House Hotel Mustique Watersports Endevour Bay The Cotton House Spa Plantain Bay

Lovell Village P Fishermen’s Village/Fish Market

Basil’s Bar & Boutique

Ramier Bay L‘Ansecoy Bay Bird Sanctuary Airport

Rutland Bay

Brooks Rock

School Library Tennis Courts

The Mustique Company Mustique Equestrian Centre Lime Kiln Bay

Jetty

Marconi Bay

Firefly Britannia Bay

Simplicity Bay

Old Plantation Pasture Bay

Lagoon

FastFacts Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, forming part

Rabbit Island

Lagoon Bay

Black Sand Bay

Gelliceaux Bay

of the Windward Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Wilks Rocks

Deep Bay

Mustique

Obsidian Bay

comprises 32 islands and cays extending 72 km (45 miles) to the southwest like a kite’s tail. Young Island,

Point Jupiter Hyambook Bay

Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, The Tobago

Point Moody

Mahaul Bay

Corbec Bay

Cays Marine Park, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit

Dry Point Mount Royal Cloey Hole Trump International Billy Hole Golf Club at Raffles Resort

L‘Ance Guyac Bay

Little Bay Whaling Bay Ramean Bay Cato Bay

St. Vincent are the main islands.

The Grenadine Estate Point de Jour

St. Vincent is located at Latitude 13° 15’ N, Longitude

Road

Quarry Point Canouan Resort Godahl Bay Point Siz Windward Bay Grand Cois

East

Coast

Charlestown Charles Bay Bay Ocean View Inn Grand Bay Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club Glossy North Glossy Bay Bachelor’s Hill Hall Bay Taffia Bay Nen’s Bay Riley Bay Charlestown South Glossy Bay Lukee Point Canouan Airport Jim Barbruce Bay Taffia Frie Hill nds Hill Friendship Point L‘Islot hip Bay Canouan Baleine

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, the

Canouan

largest of the islands comprising the nation, covers roughly 390 sq. km (150 sq. miles). The population is approximately 100,747. About

Union Island

25% of the labour force works in agriculture, 10% in Bloody Head

industry and over 50% in services, based mostly on a

Bloody Bay Mount Olympus ∆640ft

Ruin

Jetty Mount Taboi

Fort Irene

Jetty

Ashton Harbour

Frigate Island Queensbury Point

Ruin

Ashton

∆1,000ft

Miss Irene Point

Ruin Ruin

Ruin Ruin

Mount Cambell ∆790ft

Belmont Bay Big Sands

Ruin

Chatham Bay

growing tourism industry.

David’s Beach Hotel

Richmond Bay

Jetty Jetty Jetty

Fort Hill Ruin ∆400ft Jetty

Clifton Market Jetty

Point Lookout Airport

Jetty Jetty

Clifton Harbour

Coast Guard Station

Petit Bay Clifton Beach Hotel Marine View Hotel/Apts. Kings Landing

Agricultural produce includes bananas and

Green Island Newlands Reef

Happy Island

Anchorage Yacht Club Bougainvilla Hotel J.T. Pro Center Wind & Sea Sailing Charters SVG Tourism Bureau Lambie’s Guest House

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plantains, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices, citrus and mangos; a small number of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats are reared; and there is a small fishing sector. Industries include food processing, blockmaking, furniture, clothing and starch.

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Climate & Geography

The Government

Currency

Mountainous interior Sheltered indented Leeward coastline

SVG is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

1,220m (4,000’)

27°C

Average yearly daytime temperature

La Soufriere: coolest nov-feb active volcano in the north

Airports | Departure Tax ET Joshua Airport in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent is the largest of 5 SVG airports, with a new international airport at Argyle, St. Vincent scheduled for completion in 2017.

Serviced by Liat (St. Vincent and Canouan), SVG Air, Grenadine Air Alliance and Mustique Airways.

Departure Tax

EC$50

*inclusive in Liat ticket fare

airports: Bequia Mustique Canouan Union Island

Official Ports of Entry

st. vincent Kingstown, Chateaubelair,

Wallilabou, Blue Lagoon

bequia Port Elizabeth union island Clifton Harbour canouan Charlestown Bay mustique Britannia Bay Ports are operated by the SVG Port Authority Emergency Call (784) 456-1830 or Johnny Ollivierre at (784) 533-0016

Yacht Clearance Procedures • Visiting yachts must complete clearance formalities at a designated port of entry before docking at any other anchorage • With Q flag hoisted, only the captain should go ashore with: 1. Three crew lists 2. Clearance from the previous port 3. Passports 4. Ship’s papers • Boats must clear out of an official port • Private vessels may pay a Cruise Tax for unlimited stay in SVG waters • Charter boats must possess an SVG Cruising Licence

Queen Elizabeth II Head of State Governor General Queen’s Representative

10.27.79 Independence 5 yrs Parliamentary term of office 21 Members of Parliament* *15 elected, 6 appointed senators 4 by PM, 2 by Opposition Leader

Getting Here by Air St. Vincent is reached by air from N. America and Europe through 6 gateways with daily connections to Union, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia: 2hr 20 mins 1hr 45 mins 35 mins 30 mins 20 mins

puerto rico trinidad martinique barbados grenada st. lucia

To find out more about airlines, flights and inter-island travel, visit the ‘Getting Here’ page at www.discoversvg.com

Immigration

SVG arrivals must present: 1. a valid passport (at least 6 months) 2. sufficient funds to cover their stay A return or onward ticket is required Visas are required for nationals of: Dominican Republic, China, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria Work permits are available from the Prime Minister’s Office, Bay Street, Kingstown

220/240 volt *Petit St. Vincent & Palm Island 110 volt, 60 cycle Standard plug Pack an adaptor

Potable Water

in abundant supply due to high levels of rainfall

safe to drink

* Rainwater collected/ stored in cisterns on most islands

Bottled mineral water is readily available at groceries and restaurants

State of the art fibre optic digital telephone system

• Natural deep water harbour at Kingstown • Wharf accommodates two oceangoing ships • Regular services: kingstown St. Vincent north > Major america europe ports caribbean

internet • boatphone • cellular

1-784 + local 7 digit number International Direct Dialing (IDD) service is available. International calls can be made through the operator by major credit card phone cards / online ‘top ups’ available islandwide

Legal System

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the Grenadines) Supreme Court comprises a high court and a court of appeals • 11 courts in 3 managerial districts • The judicial committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in London is the court of last resort

Clothing Casual dress is best ill

• The Eastern Caribbean (or St. Vincent &

Fast Facts

Electricity

in reliable supply

Seaport | Shipping

• Post-secondary education is provided

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Major credit cards accepted

Telecommunications

The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes.

through a Community College and polytechnics • 4 medical universities affiliated with hospitals for UK, US and Caribbean-based clinical programmes

= US$1

50 cycle

flying time to St. Vincent

Education • School is compulsory up to 15 years old • Government funded primary and secondary schooling is free

EC$2.70

Topless sunbathing discouraged. Swimsuits must not be worn in towns, public streets or business places.

*illegal to wear or import

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Getting Around By Taxi • Government sets the rates for fares, but taxis are unmetered • Always check the fare before setting off • Fares are raised for journeys late at night or early in the morning • Tipping is suggested at 10% of the fare. • Average fare from Indian Bay into Kingstown is approximately EC$30 • To the island’s major attractions, expect to spend EC$50 - 60 per hour for a car holding two to four passengers. By Car • Driving is on the left. • Driving on the narrow, twisting roads can be an adventure, but you will soon enjoy the challenge and start driving like a “Vincy” • Road signs are limited but locals are usually happy to direct you • Remember to sound your horn at sharp curves and turns • Most local companies will happily collect you at your hotel or airport By Bus • Flamboyantly painted buses travel the principal roads of St. Vincent, linking the major towns and villages with the central departure point, the bus terminal at the New Kingstown Fish Market • Minibuses stop on demand instead of at bus stops • Fares range from EC$1 to EC$6 (US.40¢ to US$2.20). • Buses run frequently between Kingstown and the popular hotel areas of Indian Bay and Villa but with limited frequency to Owia and Fancy in the north • The best way is to take the early bus to Georgetown and catch one of the two vans running between Georgetown and Fancy (EC$10). To get to Richmond in the northwest take a bus to Chateaubelair ($6) and then onto Richmond from Chateaubelair. A day trip to Mesopotamia (Mespo) by bus (EC$2.50) is a worthwhile experience.

Drivers Licences A temporary driving licence, costing EC$100 (US$38) and valid for 6 months, can be obtained from the police station on Bay Street, the Licensing Authority on Halifax Street or from the special branch officer at the E.T. Joshua Airport, 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 Licence you must visit the Traffic Department in Kingstown to have it registered - There is no charge. Caricom nationals may drive with a valid Caricom drivers licence.

Ins & Outs Tip 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, and they offer a good selection of rental cars and jeeps should you wish to chart your own course.

Safety Tips CENTIPEDE/SCORPION BITES - While not lethal, severity and degree of discomfort depends on individual sensitivity. If there is any doubt, see a doctor, especially if a child has been bitten. MANCHINEEL - Avoid contact with the fruit commonly known as Manchineel Apples. They look and smell like small apples, but are very poisonous. Sap from the tree and fruit blisters the skin and raindrops falling from the tree can produce the same unpleasant effect. Do not shelter under a manchineel tree when it is raining. SEA URCHINS - A black sea egg with long black spines. If the spines are protruding from your skin you can try to carefully remove them; if they are beneath the skin DO NOT try to “pick” them out as this could cause infection. Leave them in your skin and they will eventually dissolve. To be safe, soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic.

COCONUT PALMS - Never leave a baby or small child beneath a coconut palm because of the possibility of falling coconuts. ILLEGAL DRUGS - Severe penalties for possession of illegal drugs like Cannabis (weed or ganja) and cocaine exist – 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.”

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Schedule DEPARTING KINGSTOWN Admiralty Transport Mon & Fri | 7:45am, 11:30am, 4:30pm Tue, Wed, Thu | 11:30am, 4:30pm Sat | 8am, 11:30am, 5:30pm Sun & Public Holidays - 9am, 5:30pm Bequia Express Mon to Fri | 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm Sat | 8am, 11am, 6pm Sun & Public Holidays - 8:30am, 6pm MV Barracuda Mon,Thu, Sat | 11:30am

Regular and efficient ferry services for freight and passengers operate between the Southern Grenadines and Kingstown, St. Vincent, with two St. Vincent based companies, Jaden Sun Fast Ferry and MV Gem Star, and between Bequia and Kingstown (for cars as well) with Admiralty Transport and Bequia Express.

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For More Info Admiralty Transport (784) 458-3348 admiraltrans@vincysurf.com Bequia Express (784) 457-3539 / 458-3472 bequiaexpress@vincysurf.com Jaden Sun (784) 451-2192 | jadeninc.com MV Barracuda (784) 455-9835 MV Gem Star (784) 526-1158 / 593-6500

Fares Admiralty Transport and Bequia Express Kingstown > < Bequia | One Way: EC$25; Return Fare: EC$45

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Kingstown > < Canouan | EC$40 Kingstown > < Union Island | EC$50 Canouan or Union Island > < Mayreau | EC$30

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KINGSTOWN Kingstown > < Bequia | EC$40 Kingstown > < Canouan | EC$100 Kingstown > < Mayreau | EC$110 Bequia Kingstown > < Union Island | EC$110 Bequia > < Canouan | EC$90 Bequia > < Mayreau | EC$100 Bequia > < Union Island | EC$100 Union Island > < Mayreau | EC$40 Union Island > < Canouan | EC$40Mayreau Canouan

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MV Barracuda Tues and Fri | 6:30am Sat | 4pm MV Gem Star Tues and Fri | Noon Wed and Sat | 8:30am

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Things to know about the SVG ferries 2. Jaden Sun Fast Ferry operates between St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau (according to demand) and Union Island.

3. On Admiralty Transport/Bequia Express sailing time from jetty to jetty is only 1hr.

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1. Ferries are an economical and reasonably comfortable means of getting around the Grenadines. St. Vincent

Kingstown > < Canouan | EC$40 Kingstown > < Mayreau | EC$45 Kingstown > < Union Island | EC$50 Kingstown > < Carriacou | EC$50

Admiralty Transport Mon & Fri | 6:30am, 9am, 2pm Tue, Wed, Thu | 6:30am, 2pm Sat | 6:30am, 9:15am, 4pm Sun & Public Holidays | 7:15am, 4pm Bequia Express Mon to Fri | 6:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 1pm, 4:30pm Sat | 6:30am, 9:15am, 4:30am Sun & Public Holidays | 7am, 4:30pm

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4. One Wednesday a month MV Gem Star travels to Carriacou from Union and stops in Union on the way to Kingstown leaving there at 2pm. 5. Ferry schedules vary on public holidays. Always double check fares, schedules and freight charges by phone or online (especially if you are taking connecting flights from St. Vincent as times and fares are subject to change without notice).


At-a-Glance

Emergency Numbers

emergency

| Fire, Police, Coastguard: 911 / 999 / 311

police and protection services Kingstown: (784) 457-1211 Bequia: (784) 458-3350 / 458-3250 Canouan: (784) 458-8100 Union Island: (784) 458-8229 SVG Port Authority: (784) 456-1830 or (784) 494-9241

SVG Coastguard Calliaqua: (784) 457-4578 Crime Hotline: (784) 458-1234 or 311 Drugs Hotline: (784) 457-3784 or 411

hospitals and medical care Milton Cato Memorial Hospital Kingstown, St. Vincent

(784) 451-2460 / 456-1185 Chateaubelair Hospital Chateaubelair, St. Vincent

Maryfield Hospital (Private) Gunn Hill, Kingstown, St. Vincent

(784) 457-8991

Variety Medical Complex Inc. (Private) Arnos Vale, Kingstown, St. Vincent

(784) 458-2228 / 485-7890

(784) 456-6319

Georgetown Hospital Georgetown, St. Vincent

Port Elizabeth Hospital, Bequia

(784) 458-6652

(784) 458-3294 Clinic: (784) 457-3328 Doctor: (784) 454-3514

Levi Latham Health Centre Mesopotamia Valley, St. Vincent

Canouan Health Clinic

(784) 458-5245

SVG 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 T: (784) 457-1502 | F: (784) 451-2425 E: tourism@gov.vc | Fb: /our.tourism 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 T: (784) 456-6222 | F: (784) 485-6020 E: svgta@discoversvg.com www.discoversvg.com

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Hotel & Tourism Association

Villa, P.O. Box 2125, St. Vincent & The Grenadines T: (784) 458-4379 | F: (784) 456-4456  E: svghotels@vincysurf.com www.svghotels.com

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Info Desk, Grantley Adams Int’l Airport, Barbados T: (246) 428-0961 or 233-6814 (after 1pm)

(784) 458-8305

Union Island Health Centre Clifton, Union Island

(784) 458-8339

airports E.T. Joshua Airport, St. Vincent: (784) 458-4960 or 458-4011 J.F. Mitchell Airport, Bequia: (784) 458-3948 or 458-3984 Mustique Airport: (784) 488-8336 or 485-9002 Canouan Airport: (784) 458-8049 Union Island Airport: (784) 458-8754 or 458-8750

important contacts p

801 Second Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10017, USA Toll free: (800) 729-1726 T: (212) 687-4981 | F: (212) 949-5946 E: svgtony@aol.com

55 Town Centre Court, Suite 403 Toronto, ON, M1P 4X4, Canada Toll free: (866) 421-4452 T: (416) 630-9292 | F: (416) 630-9291 E: svgtourismtoronto@rogers.com

10 Kensington Court London, W8 5DL, England, UK T: (207) 937-6570 | F: (207) 937-3611 E: svgtourismeurope@aol.com

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Some Place Remarkable Offering the most perfect blend of dramatic land and seascapes, abundant marine life, friendly people and unspoiled white sand beaches, St. Vincent & the Grenadines are known for some of the world’s greatest sailing waters. Ideal sailing conditions and lack of crowds make it one of the best spots in the world for a vacation on the water.

Bequia Marina located at the TradeWinds Yacht Club offers 3 permanent stern to dockage posts for yachts up to 160ft LOA

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Blue Lagoon Marina, Hotel and Yachting Centre in St. Vincent offers dinghy dock access to onsite customs & immigration, floating dockage for up to 40 boats and mooring facilities Photo: Calvert Jones

all the way up to a fully-staffed luxury super-yacht. There is something to cater to every taste and budget. The most economical way to charter a yacht is to opt for a ‘bareboat’, which essentially means no skipper or crew included. Clearly this only applies to seasoned sailors and should not be considered by anybody with little or no experience. In some cases it is possible to charter a bareboat with a skipper but no crew, thus benefiting from a knowledgeable captain while still saving some expense. By far the safest option, and most relaxing even for those with lots of experience, is to go for a full charter with a good skipper and crew. Beginning with the establishment of Barefoot Yacht Charters over 30 years ago, today there are a number of reputable yacht charter companies operating out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These companies generally offer starts in St. Vincent, Bequia or Union Island. Sailing out of any one of these locations puts you immediately on the doorstep of the Grenadines


Petit Tabac, one of the five uninhabited islands of the Tobago Cays, lies just outside mesmerizing Horseshoe Reef. This isolated beach and wild tropical garden was the location where Captain Jack Sparrow was marooned with Elizabeth Swann when she set fire to his stash of rum in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Beyond Petit Tabac lies World’s End Reef and Egg Reef. Photo: kitesurfgrenadines.com

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 yacht charter industry has recently benefited from the revitalisation and complete upgrade of the Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina facility in St. Vincent, creating a delightful upscale resort environment. The beautiful and breezy waterfront setting is now home to a lovely 19 room hotel, the charming Café Soleil at the dockside, along with bars, restaurants, boutiques, a grocery and wine store, a dive centre and Horizon Yacht Charters. TradeWinds, the leaders in all-inclusive luxury crewed catamaran charters, now operate the Bequia Marina located at their base in Hamilton at the head of Admiralty Bay. The marina offers three permanent stern to dockage posts for yachts up to 160ft LOA, with max draft of 15ft. Three phase electrical supply is available at the dock together with metered water, ice and fuel bunkering. Recommended provisioning outlets are conveniently located nearby and laundry is available at the marina together with The Yacht Club Bar & Grill. Hotel rooms and a day spa are also onsite. And if you are a land-based holiday maker, you can still enjoy a day out on the water exploring the surrounding islands. The historic Bequia-built sailing schooner, Friendship Rose operates day charters to the Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and Mustique. Also based in Bequia during the winter months (DecApr) is the beautiful, classic sailing schooner yacht, Heron. Built by her captain, Nigel ‘Twig’ Bower, she has sailed over 100,000 nautical miles since her launch in 2003 and carried more than 35,000 guests; she was featured in the movie, ‘The Rum Diary,’ starring Johnny Depp. Also now based in Bequia, Sail Grenadines offers RYA Sailing instruction along with bareboat, skippered and all-inclusive yacht charters and Island Time (see page 78), a 2010 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i, is available for day trips and luxury overnight cruises to the Tobago Cays and the beautiful Grenadine islands with optional on-board catering. In the Southern Grenadines, Wind and Sea, Scaramouche, Yannis and Sail Grenadines all offer memorable day trips in the Grenadines. Many of these also offer private charters, over-night trips and charters for a week or more. The charter companies listed on the following pages will be happy to assist you in planning your ideal getaway.

With prevailing winds that blow from northeast to southeast and are at their peak during the winter months, especially December to March when speeds average between 10-25 knots, the Grenadines can be a sailors’ paradise for old sea dogs and beginners alike.

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T   radeWinds Charters Explore. Dream. Discover.

Whether you are looking to sail around the stunning islands of the Caribbean, experience action and adventure in Central America, or take a trip to the mythical Mediterranean, Tradewinds has a location perfectly suited for your vacation of a lifetime. Spend your days swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving or simply relax and enjoy the oceans sights and sounds. Enjoy five-star all-inclusive pampering, including first class cuisine prepared by the onboard chef, a generously stocked bar, and relax and unwind on a luxury catamaran. Tradewinds is the ultimate luxury yacht charter experience that is unparalleled in service and adventure.

Tel Local: 784-533-1320, USA Toll Free 888-401-1430 www.trade-winds.com | paul@trade-winds.com The Yacht Club, Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia

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Join captain Nigel ‘Twig’ Bower on a down island sailing adventure aboard the classic schooner yacht Heron. Heron sails weekly from Bequia to Mustique on Thursdays (US$140 p/p), and Fridays to the enchanting Tobago Cays, then on to Union Island for an afternoon of fun at the popular Sparrow’s Beach Club & Bar (US$155 p/p). Return to Bequia on the late afternoon Fast Ferry from Union, or enjoy the weekend at famous Kite Beach. Call for details. Custom overnight charters on request for groups of up to six. Tel SVG (784) 432 1660 (Dec-Apr) / USA (207) 230 9287

www.sailherongrenadines.com | twig390@gmail.com Facebook /Schooner Yacht Heron

Scaramouche

Established in 1984 and located in the heart of Clifton Harbour at Bougainvilla Hotel in Union Island, Wind & 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 onboard. Lunch may be a buffet on board, or on shore at one of the islands. They are also port agents for several cruise ships in the Grenadines. Bougainvilla is a wonderful docking facility for yachtsmen with water and ice. The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar serves fresh seafood daily and has a juice bar and sushi bar. Free Wi-Fi service.

This original West Indian 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. Enjoy one of their memorable day-trips out of Union Island; breakfast, a delicious plated lunch prepared by the onboard cook, open bar with a good selection available all day, including their legendary Scaramouche Rum Punch. Snorkeling equipment provided and a comfortable tender takes you to the Horseshoe Reef. Enchanting experiences, tailor-made for your dream event. Romantic weddings, Corporate functions, Film shoots... you name it!

Tel (784) 458-8878/8678 | Cell (784) 493-3128 grenadineswindandsea.com | grenadines-bougainvilla.com windandsealtd@vincysurf.com

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

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LUXURY CHARTERS

BAREBOAT CHARTERS SKIPPERED CHARTERS CREWED & FULLY CATERED CHARTERS NEW MODERN & VERY WELL MAINTAINED YACHTS

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Sail Grenadines

Luxury Charters to the TOBAGO CAYS, BEQUIA, MAYREAU and CANOUAN. Choose from a fleet of Luxury Catamarans, Super Yachts, Speedboats or Sports Fishing Boats. Add Diving, Beach BBQs or Kite Surfing. Charters can be arranged at short notice and with full service on board. For an unbeatable experience charter the classic Grenadines Schooner “The Friendship Rose”. Book the best call the team and EXPLORE the Grenadines, or pop into the new Waterfront Office at the Gingerbread, Bequia, to discuss ideas!

Bareboat, skippered and all inclusive yacht charters, RYA Sailing instruction, day trips and special occasion cruises. Sail Grenadines provides a professional service that’s second to none with a fleet of pristine well maintained yachts. Spend your time aboard one of their luxury yachts, relaxing and visiting the beautiful Grenadine Islands or learn to sail and participate as you explore. Swim with turtles, enjoy a lobster BBQ on the beach and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Leave the organizing to them – friendly staff and excellent customer service.

Tel (784) 457-3888 or (784) 495-0886 www.sailrelaxexplore.com enquiries@thegrenadinescollection.com Gingerbread Complex, Bequia

Tel (784) 533-2909 www.sailgrenadines.com | info@sailgrenadines.com Admiralty Bay, Bequia

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Soft powdery sand, crystal clear water, ideal swimming conditions, with drinks and food available from the Resort’s Beach Bar close to the jetty.

Goatie’s Beach Bar, one of the nicest in the Southern Caribbean, is within easy walking distance from PSV’s Dinghy Dock.

The smallest of the cays, arguably the best beach, with palm trees offering shade for picnics. Superb views from the top of the hill.

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Jack’s Bar Princess Margaret Beach Bequia

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Peaceful beach with lots of shade, excellent swimming and snorkeling. Drinks and food available from Jack’s Bar, which has its own jetty.

A beautiful beach with excellent swimming. Worth visiting to go to Sparrow’s Beach Bar. Day moorings available. Free shuttle from Clifton Harbour.

A deep, natural anchorage in a very picturesque bay, surrounded by lushly vegetated hillsides and close to nature trails and forest reserves.

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The Kalinago (or ‘Caribs’ as they were named by the Europeans), knew St. Vincent as ‘Hairoun’ - Land of the Blessed.

Fields of cassava being farmed in the lush mountainous agricultural village of Greiggs Photo: Calvert Jones

The first inhabitants of the Caribbean were Amerindians who journeyed here in ocean-going dugout canoes from the mainland of what we today call South America some 4,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence indicates that by 500 BC these highly skilled navigators, mariners, pottery makers, weavers and basket makers, had introduced agriculture into the islands, mainly in the form of cassava, their staple crop. Their name for the island that the Europeans would later call St. Vincent was ‘Hairoun’ – ‘Land of the Blessed’. Extensive research, conducted under the auspices of the National Trust of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has shown that Amerindians settled here at least as early as 160 AD. Pottery from that Saladoid period, which can be found extensively across the island

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but particularly in low lying coastal areas, bears the same patterns as pottery from the Saladero region of the Lower Orinoco, providing a direct link with mainland Amerindian culture. The Europeans who came to the Caribbean after Columbus had first visited in 1492, called the indigenous people ‘Island Caribs’. The Caribs vigorously defended their Hairoun homeland against any attempts at foreign occupation and, thanks to the valiant resistance of its inhabitants, St. Vincent was not colonized until long after most other Caribbean islands had well-established European settlements. Interestingly, the Amerindians from the Lower Orinoco were not the only people who arrived in St. Vincent prior to colonial conquest. As early as 1676, Philip Warner wrote that St. Vincent had “some 3,000 negroes and no other island as many indians”. The most popular explanation as to why the island had so many negroes is that they were slaves from the Bight of Benin in West Africa who escaped from a Dutch ship, wrecked off the east coast of Bequia in 1675. However, it is hard to believe that slaves chained to the bottom of a ship could have survived a wreck in such high numbers. Another theory is that Caribs lured Spanish ships to their shores in order to capture the negroes to enslave them. A more plausible theory is that they were escaped slaves from Barbados and other European held islands who sought refuge in St. Vincent, the land of the free. There is another theory, albeit difficult to prove, that Africans may have navigated their way to St. Vincent, even before the Europeans, by following the Trade Winds and ocean currents. However they got to St. Vincent, the ‘Black Caribs’ were reported by the British to be more warlike than the ‘Red or Yellow Caribs’ and they provided the fiercest resistance against the colonists. The term ‘Black Carib’ has today become synonymous with the term ‘Garifuna’, (or ‘Garinagu’ in the plural), which means ‘cassava eating people’. It is the commonly held belief that the ‘Black Caribs’ evolved from the intermarriage of Caribs from the Lower Orinoco with Africans. However, another reading of history indicates that


the Caribs actually kept Africans as slaves and Not surprisingly, given the mountainous relief of St. Vincent, the that there was great animosity between the attempted round up of all Black Caribs was not totally successful. two groups. It could therefore be possible that Approximately 300 Garinagu fled up into the high ranges of the the Black Caribs were in fact people of African island where the British could not reach them, and thanks to their descent. This version of history does not deny intimate knowledge of agriculture and nature, they continued that there was some intermarriage between to survive and thrive from generation to generation. Today, the Caribs and the Africans, but not to the extent descendants of those Garinagu live in a mountainous agricultural depicted by many historians. village known as Greiggs. The people of Greiggs have very much Despite sustained resistance from the Black kept their history alive and they welcome visitors who wish to Caribs, both the British and the French pursued explore the lush hills and remote surroundings that proved to be their attempts to occupy the richly fertile island. their fortress. The Greiggs Founders’ Day Agricultural Festival is The French eventually became St. Vincent’s held each year on June 19th to celebrate the date when Greiggs was first European settlers, when permitted by the declared an exclusive territory for the Garifuna in 1905. Another Caribs to establish small communities on festival, which showcases all aspects of the community’s the Leeward side in the early 1700s. culture, is held in the village on National Heroes Day, However, the 1763 Treaty of Paris, March 14th, to honour Chief Joseph Chatoyer as the which ended the Seven Years nation’s first National Hero. Garifuna Chief Joseph War, compelled France to cede Chatoyer - the nation’s St. Vincent to the British, along first National Hero with Grenada and the Grenadine Painting by Calvert Jones Islands. Over the course of the next 33 years, the French continuously tried to regain St. Vincent, with the support of the Black Caribs who engaged in guerrilla-like warfare and destroyed plantations by setting them on fire. The French did take back control for the short period from 1779–1783, but lost it again. The ongoing dispute finally came to a head in 1795. 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 settlers and engaging the British militia. Despite losing much of the French support and having their Chief Chatoyer killed in battle on March 14th 1795, the Caribs continued fighting for another year, with both sides suffering heavy losses. Finally, after an arduous last battle at Vigie, the Caribs approached the British with a flag of truce on June 10th, 1796. The British, convinced that they and the Black Caribs could not both inhabit St. Vincent, ordered them all to be deported. During the next four months, nearly 5,000 Garinagu were exiled to the tiny island of Baliceaux off the coast of Bequia. In March 1797, those who survived the ordeal – 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 left in St. Vincent scattered to the northern extremities of the island, where their descendants can still be found today, around the villages of Sandy Bay, Owia and Fancy.

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CocoaCompany Cocoa was grown extensively in St. Vincent until the early 20th Century when the banana industry rose to pre-eminence in the 1970s. The latter was the backbone of the agricultural economy until a fall in tariff protections for bananas exported from the Caribbean into the EU, created a steady decline. Alongside rising world demand, this was seen as prime opportunity to create a cocoa industry in St Vincent, which has perfect growing conditions for cocoa and the attraction of being a single-source location. The St Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC) was therefore formed in 2011 by Armajaro, a European cocoa trading company.

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But in 2014, when the Company ran into financial difficulty, it was bought by Ecom Agrotrade Ltd, an international commodity conglomerate, which decided that the St Vincent cocoa project did not fit in with their plans. Fortunately, Harry Marriott and Andrew Hadley (both Vincentians) who had been involved from project inception, with faith in the potential of the business and not wanting to let down its farmers, the country or its Government, quickly acquired the SVCC in September 2014. Marriott, its Chairman, now living and operating in St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG), was raised on a winery-olive farm in Portugal and is well versed in


managing agricultural businesses. Managing Director, Cocoa trees (Theobroma Cacao) require 5 to 7 Andrew Hadley, his business partner, comes from a years to reach full production and thrive in a hot family background of banana and coconut farming environment with plenty of rainfall that is distributed and likewise has vast experience in the sector. evenly throughout the year. They require constant The mission of the SVCC is to establish a successful management and good agricultural practices business and viable cocoa industry in a responsible like pruning, fertilising and pest and disease and sustainable manner, supporting local management by the close to 200 farmers Above left: communities by offering large-scale involved. The tree produces pods A cocoa tree soon employment and opportunities to that hold 30-40 beans on average; ready for harvest. contribute to the overall SVG economy. extension officers transport them to the Above right: The two were under no illusions as to fermentation facility. The fermentation One of the SVCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast nurseries where the task they faced - to effectively create process lasts about 6 days. This is local farmers lovingly an industry from scratch entirely from where flavour profiles are generated. tend the young cocoa trees. their own resources. They invested large The fermented beans are placed in the amounts into buying and leasing arable land state-of-the-art solar dryer to about 6% and to date have planted 350 acres to add to the moisture level. Collected and put in SVCC 100 acres under contract from local farmers. This is specialised hessian Jute bags, the beans are ready spread around the island and is mostly made up of to be distributed. Current estimates are that it will small plots of approximately 5 acres. They aim long- take at least 10 years of continued net investment term to increase this to at least 2,000 acres. to create a sustainable supply chain to make the

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For the industry to thrive on a small island, citizens should be stakeholders and feel part of its success.

Youth may get involved in all aspects of farming and production, and employment opportunities abound. Above, hardworking chocolatiers Anthony, Nikita and Keistal.

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business viable. SVCC is also planting a variety of timber species such as Melina and Mahogany. These complementary crops provide secure, longer term income, and diversifies their business away from just growing one crop. Such practices bring environmental benefits and help stabilize the steep farming terrain in St Vincent while providing the shade much needed by cocoa plants in their early years of establishment. The SVCC is creating an inclusive and sustainable long-term approach to the cocoa supply chain in St Vincent by only growing the best quality, high-yielding, fine-flavoured cocoa, in an agroforestal system, ensuring it is 100% traceable and ethically sourced, providing advice, support, financial aid, training and free young plantlets to its farmers, and well-controlled, consistent fermentation and drying of cocoa for export. They have invested heavily in infrastructure, having built a nursery and drying facility and they have built offices in Kingtown. SVCC wishes to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations so; infrastructure, farmers and citizens of SVG are of paramount importance. The company also works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and The Hon. Saboto Caesar who is particularly supportive of the initiative. The company is looking to lease lands from the government as this relationship develops. Whilst its main business is farming, with a view to exporting high-grade cocoa to overseas markets, SVCC appreciates that for the industry to thrive on a small island, citizens should be stakeholders and feel part of its success. SVCC formed the St Vincent Chocolate Company in 2015 to manufacture and sell chocolate in

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the country and improve awareness of the cocoa industry. A small factory was established, staff hired and trained in the U.S. and Trinidad, and production started at the beginning of 2016. In chocolate making, beans are separated to ensure even roasting, then placed in the cracking and winnowing machine to remove the outer husk leaving just the raw cacao nibs. These nibs are fed through a grinding machine to reduce them to a liquid called chocolate liquor. While adding sugar and a very small amount of lecathin, a binding agent, the liquor is slowly introduced into two conching machines, which further grind and fold the liquid chocolate for three days. The chocolate is very warm by this stage and needs to be cooled to enable it to crystallize as solid chocolate. The tempering machine takes it down to exactly 30 °C. If done properly and consistently this process gives chocolate its attractive shine and snap. The chocolate is then poured into moulds, air bubbles removed and cooled, then set to a precise temperature. The job is handed over to the packing team who wrap it in the unique Vincentian Chocolate packaging. The aim remains to make the best and purest chocolate possible from cocoa grown only in St Vincent. On September 23, 2016 ‘Vincentian Chocolate’ was launched throughout SVG, and to date demand has been high.

The aim remains to make the best and purest chocolate possible from cocoa grown only in St Vincent. From bean to bite, Vincentian chocolate is 72% Cocoa, 100% Vincy. All photos courtesy the St. Vincent Cocoa Company

sales@svgcocoa.com | Tel (784) 453-2176/454-4260

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St. Vincent is blessed with verdant mountain landscapes with unspoiled backdrops of brilliant flora, volcanicrich soil and alluring crystal clear waters which beckon diving enthusiasts and sailors 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 eco-playground.

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Occasionally, during ferry crossings between islands, a school of dolphins will leap and twirl to the delight of passengers.

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Above: Dark View Falls Photo: Cheryl Hutchinson Right: Fort Duvernette Photo: Calvert Jones

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ake time to explore St. Vincent – 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 “Hairouna” or “land of the blessed”. From St. Vincent, Bequia and the Southern Grenadine islands can be easily reached by ferry. The Jaden Sun is a fast ferry which provides a comfortable, quick and inexpensive way to see some of the other islands while visiting St. Vincent. There’s 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, sergeant majors and peacock flounder. It is little wonder that St. Vincent has become known as “the critter capital of the Caribbean”. 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 & Tours – their exciting and informative tours are the perfect way to get “off-the-beatentrack” 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 Soufrière volcano. The Botanic Gardens Located on 20 acres of land on the outskirts of the capital, Kingstown, the Botanic Gardens are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Among the wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs are several breadfruit trees from the original plants 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 captive breeding programme for the endangered St. Vincent Parrot (Amazonia Guildingii), the national bird. The Heritage Museum and Science Centre is situated just outside the top gate of the Botanic Gardens. Aimed at cultivating interest in biodiversity conservation and heritage preservation, it houses a collection of artefacts, antiques and environmental exhibits. A minimum donation of US $2 per person is requested. Fort Duvernette Also known as Rock Fort, this defensive structure was built around 1800 to protect the town of Calliaqua. About 50 yards off Young Island Resort, it still has many of its armaments intact. 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 being restored as an historic site. Wallilabou Heritage Park 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

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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, a gazebo, benches, visitor centre, restaurant and bar and pedestrian bridge. Layou Petroglyph Park This cultural landmark has several attractions including an Amerindian Petroglyph, Rutland River and the natural vegetation. The site is pre-Columbian in origin, of unknown age. The Layou petroglyph most likely dates to between 300AD and 600AD. Cumberland Nature Trail The Cumberland Nature Trail passes through the Cumberland Valley, traversing a variety of forest vegetation and farmlands. 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. Dark View Falls 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 sustain 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. Black Point Park Black Point Park is home to the unique Jasper Tunnel. This tunnel is over 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 and picnic area is thickly vegetated with coconut trees and is one of the most popular recreation sites on the island. Facilities include a children’s play area, gazebos, washrooms, barbecue pits and a playing field. Belmont Lookout & Montreal Gardens 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. Just north of Mesopotamia are the Montreal Gardens. Both the scenery and the array of exotic flowers, spices and foliage are truly spectacular and well worth the trip. Wallilabou Heritage Park Photo: Wilfred Dederer Bamboo Bridge at Dark View Falls Photo: Christine Wilkie Montreal Gardens Photo: Christine Wilkie Opposite page, La Soufrière Volcano Photo: Bob Berlinghoff

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Vermont Nature Trail This 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 also the habitat for the House Wren, the common Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush, the Crested Hummingbird, Redcapped Green Tanager, Green Heron and other interesting species. Soufrière Trail La Soufrière rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour takes you along the picturesque windward (east) 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 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. Elroy Browne gives excellent tours of both the Vermont Nature Trail and La Soufrière Volcano. Tel: (784) 492 2191

Sam’s Taxi Tours 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”.

St. Vincent • Bequia • Mustique • Canouan • Union Island Tel (784) 456-4338 | Cell (784) 528-2240 www.samtaxiandtours.com | sam-taxi-tours@vincysurf.com

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LEEWARD COAST Blue Lagoon - Surrounded by palm trees, with a lovely beach, this area provides a very pleasant anchorage. Moorings are available at Barefoot Yacht Charters. 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. Villa Beach and Indian Bay - These two white sand beaches, divided by a small hilly projection, are easily accessible. Both offer good snorkeling and provide lovely views of Young Island and some of the Grenadine islands to the south. Kingstown - Customs and Immigration can be cleared at Kingstown Harbour between 8:30am and 4pm; there is a tie-up for yachts. 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. 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 Buccament Bay Resort is located here. 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). Cumberland Bay - This 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.

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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. 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 also available in Chateaubelair. WINDWARD COAST On the windward side of the island there are a number of beautiful black sand beaches. Because of strong undercurrents, most Windward beaches are not recommended for swimming. Brighton Salt Pond – Brighton is a beautiful black sand beach and fascinating mangrove swamp. This site attracts many visitors and is a popular recreational and entertainment spot. Owia Salt Pond – On the northeastern coast, 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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Fun and informative tours Whale and dolphin watching Coastal cruises Island Eco Tours Hotel Packages & Private Charters Mustique, Bequia, and The Tobago Cays Contact us today for more info or to book your tour!

TEL : 1 784 457 4477 / 5555 • EMAIL : FANTASEA @ VINCYSURF . COM • WEB : FANTASEATOURS . COM • P . O . BOX 639 , KINGSTOWN , ST . VINCENT

Fantasea Tours 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, 42-ft 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?

Tel (784) 457-4477/5555 | Fax (784) 457-5577 www.fantaseatours.com | fantasea@vincysurf.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

the first theme park in St. Vincent and The Grenadines with a mission To create a family-fun facility, encourage bonding and safe outdoor play. Go-karts, club house bouncer, Pirates Cove and Jungle Kingdom! ...Come play with us! Opening Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1pm to 6pm (public Holidays same hours)

Arnos Vale, P.O. Box 297 Kingstown, St. Vincent Tel: (784) 493-2667

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The capital city of Kingstown is in the south-west of St. Vincent, hugging a mile-wide swath of land on Kingstown Bay, backed up by a ring of green hills and ridges. Photo: Wilfred Dederer


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The Market Square in Kingstown is a good place to start, and Saturday mornings are busiest. Brimming with life and authenticity, the market doesn’t merely provide you with fresh produce, but with a real Vincy experience – every purchase is a transaction with a person, and each person has a comment or story to share, if you have the time. And if you’re not sure how to prepare and cook something like breadfruit, just ask! Chances are you’ll get several recipies from several different vendors. If you are in need of groceries, the family owned and operated C.K. Greaves Supermarkets are a good choice. With branches located in Kingstown, Arnos Vale and Pembroke, they stock an extensive variety of imported and local food products, including dry goods, canned items, frozen meat and poultry and fresh fruit and vegetables. Greaves is renowned for offering a reliable delivery service to Bequia and Union via the ferries, and will also deliver to some of the docks. 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. Ferries to Bequia and the southern Grenadines load and off-load 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. Here you will also find a number of shops carrying a range of local art and craft. 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. 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.

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St. Vincent Distillers Created by skilled craftsmen, these fine spirits, whose roots originated in the sugar cane regions of St. Vincent, eventually found a home at the Mt. Bentick Estates in the early 1900’s. Here, nestled amid lush agricultural country, abundant in pure mountain water, generations of blendmasters have carefully reproduced these distinctive rums: forged by time in oaken barrels and sought after by true connoisseurs. Well-priced spirits, including champagnes, wines, liquors and beers.

Tel (784) 458-6221 www.sunsetrum.com | svdl@vincysurf.com Kingstown, St. Vincent

Caribbean Lifestyles The effortlessly sophisticated, yet informal, Caribbean Lifestyles boutique at Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina carries a wonderful selection of stylish, relaxed, resort-wear and holiday essentials for women along with casual menswear. Owner, Eloise Gonsalves, uses her experience and sense of fashion to keep her finger firmly on the pulse of current trends. She knows exactly what looks and feels fabulous in the tropics but can also be easily worn in the summer back at home. Kaftans, tunics, coverups and sundresses all in beautiful tropical hues that work just as well with the climate as they do for the occasion. You’ll also find a gorgeous selection of accessories including beach bags and jewelled sandals. Open daily.

Tel (784) 534-7272 Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent

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C.K. Greaves Supermarkets 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 Kingstown: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm; Fri 8am7pm and Sat 7am-7pm. Arnos Vale: Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-9pm; Sat 7am-8pm and Sun 8am-12pm.

Tel (784) 457-1074 Kingstown, Arnos Vale & Pembroke www.ckgreaves.com | ckgreaves@vincysurf.com sunrise@ckgreaves.vc | greavesmarketplace@ckgreaves.vc

Fine Art by Calvert Jones

Born in the St. Vincent countryside, Calvert Jones believes SVG is a great place to be an artist. His subject matter is broad, and ranges from local scenes, still life and landscapes to regional/international political, religious, entertainment and educational icons, scenes of Caribbean sports and past times like playing marbles, fishing and West Indies cricket. His art reflects all this with a bold and vibrant colour pallet and the loose flow and weave of the brush strokes which are synonymous with our laid back Caribbean lifestyle which is why he refers to his style as “Tropical Realism”. Calvert is also a talented photographer, interior design consultant, director of photography, entrepreneur and restauranteur.

Tel (784) 533-2783 www.tropicalrealism.com | calvert@tropicalrealism.com Casson Hill, Box 1778 Kingstown, St. Vincent


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From 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. You can find everything from roadside bars serving tasty local fare, to casual beachside grills and pizza joints, internationally known fast food chains and the more elaborate, gourmet cuisine found in some of the island’s finer dining establishments. Hotel restaurants welcome nonresident guests and further increase your choices.

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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 future 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.

Idyllically located directly on the water at Mariners Hotel, the French Verandah offers delectable continental cuisine with a fusion of Caribbean flavours. The 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. Also located at French Verandah is Felly Belly Smoothie Bar, a great place to enjoy healthy, freshly made smoothies.

Tel (784) 458-4826 | Fax (784) 457-4567 www.youngisland.com | frontdesk@youngisland.com Young Island

Tel (784) 453-1111 | Fax (784) 457-4333 www.marinershotel.com | frenchverandah@vincysurf.com Mariners Hotel, Villa Bay, St. Vincent

Sunset Shores Restaurant Beachcombers Restaurant Sunset Shores Restaurant, Bar & Grill is situated on beautiful Villa Beach overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. They serve tantalizing cuisine which combines West Indian and continental flavours: lobster, fish, and other seafood with locally grown vegetables. Lighter items also available such as appetizers, soups, sandwiches and salads; roti, burgers and fries. Relax upstairs at the bar or lounge, or seaside at the pool bar and see why they are famous for their cocktails and very special rum punch - “the best on the island”. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with happy hour from 6 to 7pm. Join them on Saturday evenings for their delicious BBQ buffet!

Tel (784) 458-4411 | Fax (784) 457-4800 www.sunsetshores.com | info@sunsetshores.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

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Beachcombers Hotel’s open-air beachfront restaurant, bar and pool deck is set in lush exotic gardens with an exquisite menu featuring West Indian and International flavours. Serving the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruit, they are open every day from 7:00am 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.

Tel (784) 458-4283 | Fax (784) 458-4385 www.beachcombershotel.com | beachcombers@vincysurf.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

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Enjoy Island Hospitality at its best with good friends, great food and beautiful surroundings at Sunset Shores Restaurant, Bar & Grill. We serve the freshest fish and lobster, fine meats and tempting desserts. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Happy hour begins daily at 6pm. Group reservations call: T: 784 458 4411 Villa Beach, St. Vincent info@sunsetshores.com www.sunsetshores.com

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G   rand View Grill Handmade Pizzas and Burgers! Sizzlin’ Grilled Meats! Seasational Seafood! Delicious Desserts, both baked and blended!!! Crazy Cool Cocktails!!!...come taste for yourself. Grand View Grill, tucked away in the corner of Indian Bay Beach, just below Grand View Beach Hotel is a very special foodie’s delight! Open from 3pm, CLOSED Mondays.

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Tel (784) 457-5487 | Fax (784) 457-4174 www.grandviewhotel.com | grandview@vincysurf.com Indian Bay, St. Vincent

Tel (784) 458-4811 | Fax (784) 457-4174 www.grandviewhotel.com | grandview@vincy­surf.com Grand View Beach Hotel, Villa Point, St. Vincent

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The Sapodilla Room at Grenadine House is considered one of the foremost intimate dining venues in St. Vincent. Fine linens and table-wares are set in the elegant 18th Century room where the culinary team propose revealing compositions fusing Caribbean and Continental cuisines. 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 8 persons.

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.

Tel (784) 458-1800 | Fax (784) 458-1333 www.grenadinehouse.com | stay@grenadinehouse.com Grenadine House, Kingstown, St. Vincent

Tel (784) 457-4795 www.paradisesvg.com | info@paradisesvg.com Paradise Beach Hotel, Villa Beach, St. Vincent

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Café Soleil

Tel (784) 456-8550 /Cafesoleil1 Blue Lagoon Marina, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent

One of the mainland’s most popular restaurants, partnering with local farmers to bring you the freshest ingredients around, Café Soleil has become synonomous with fabulous food and fantastic ambiance! Whether you’re looking for something light and tasty, like their boutique coffees and café-made pastries, or a dinner feast with their succulent lobster (seasonal), Café Soleil offers the perfect blend of options to fit your pocket and your mood in a casual waterside setting at Blue Lagoon Marina. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 10pm. Visit them today and everyday while visiting one of the world’s most exquisite destinations, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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Indian Bay, with a view of Villa, Young Island and Blue Lagoon in the distance Photo: Calvert Jones


Grenadine House Tel (784) 458-1800 | Fax (784) 458-1333 www.grenadinehouse.com | stay@grenadinehouse.com Kingstown, St. Vincent

Set in residential Kingstown Park, overlooking Kingstown towards the Grenadine Island of Bequia, Grenadine House is the perfect choice for discerning travellers, offering elegant comfort and the very best of Vincy hospitality. The beautifully appointed guestrooms are all air-conditioned and feature choice linens, free high-speed Internet, direct telephone, Cable Television, Room Service and more. Enjoy a fine dining experience in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant Sapodilla Room, a casual meal at The Terrace restaurant, or simply relax in the intimate surroundings of the West Indies Bar & Lounge. Two meeting rooms are available for seminars, corporate functions and special occasions. Other facilities include: Swimming Pool, Gym and the Oasis Spa.

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Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina

Tel (784) 458-4308 | VHF 16/68 www.bluelagoonsvg.com | info@bluelagoonsvg.com Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent

A wonderful Hotel and Marina facility created by a sailor for sailors and all lovers of the sea. The property has been recently refurbished and upgraded with fresh modern rooms, a restaurant, café and beach bar. The hotel rooms face either the Marina, the sea, or the pool which is located in the hotel’s beautiful, tranquil, tropical gardens. Several Yacht Charter companies operate out of Blue Lagoon, which is also an official port of entry, and there are a number of specialty shops stocked with supplies of all kinds.

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RE/MAX Results Realty Mariners Hotel RE/MAX, the global real estate brand, has arrived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Their local office RE/MAX RESULTS REALTY is located on the island of St. Vincent, and brings the same high standard of professional and efficient service for which RE/MAX is known throughout the world. With more than 35 years of combined international real estate experience their staff is here to serve all of your real estate needs.

Tel (784) 784-2016 www.Global.ReMax.com www.SVGHomesandLand.com Diamond Estate, Kingstown

Young Island 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.

Tel (784) 458-4826 | Fax (784) 457-4567 www.youngisland.com | frontdesk@youngisland.com Reservations: UK & Europe: toll free 800-141-2859 Ralph Locke Islands - U.S. and Canada 800-223-1108 Fax (310) 440-4220 | reservations@youngisland.com

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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, air-conditioning and all modern amenities. At the water’s edge, the popular French Verandah Restaurant features a wonderful blend of local and international cuisine. Complimentary Wireless Internet & Internet Café. “Stay with us”

Tel (784) 457-4000 | Fax (784) 457-4333 www.marinershotel.com | frontdesk@marinershotel.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent Reservations: Ralph Locke Islands - U.S. & Canada: (800) 223-1108 | Fax (310) 440-4220 caribisles@aol.com

W   hite Sands Cottages A collection of beautiful luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom A/C cottages nestled within Blue lagoon, surrounded by a tranquil bay, quiet beaches and lush greenery. All available for long or short term rentals. For a truly magical and unforgettable stay in SVG contact them for further information and rates.

Tel (784) 528-9855 / 433-3334 www.whitesandsinc.net | whitesandsinc@gmail.com Ratho Mill, St. Vincent

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The Grenadines, St. Vincent, W.I. For more information call 784-458-4826 • Fax: 784-457-4567 www.youngisland.com • frontdesk@youngisland.com US & Canada - Tel: 800-223-1108 • Fax: 310-440-4220 UK & Europe - Tel: 800-141-2859 • reservations@youngisland.com

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aradise Beach Hotel & Spa Grand View Beach Hotel P 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, complimentary wifi available in guest rooms as well as in the lobby, pool and bar. Cable TV, room service and a resident artist with painting studio.

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, mini fridges and room safes. There is a beach bar, conference room, spa, boutique and gift shop on the premises. Enjoy Caribbean and International dishes overlooking the ocean; join them every Friday night for their famous Bar-B-Que. Visit their tour office for an exciting range of sea and land tours.­­­

Tel (784) 458-4811 | Fax (784) 457-4174 www.grandviewhotel.com | grandview@vincysurf.com Villa Point, St. Vincent

Tel (784) 457-4795 www.paradisesvg.com | info@paradisesvg.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

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A lovely family-run boutique hotel nestled in a lush, tropical botanical garden. The pool and deck overlook Villa Beach, with breath-taking views of the islands beyond. Beachcombers has 48 rooms of 6 different categories which cater to a variety of travel and comfort needs. Close to the pool is the newly renovated open air restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Newly built is a 300 person, state of the art conference centre, one of the largest on the island. Yesim’s Boutique offers a wide range of travel-essentials along with sun-block, swimsuits, towels and souvenirs.

Seasplash is a slice of paradise nestled in the Indian Bay valley, offering all the comforts of home. This friendly, familyrun 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.

Tel (784) 458-4283 | Fax (784) 458-4385 www.beachcombershotel.com | beachcombers@vincysurf.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

Tel (784) 431-1085/457-5017 | Fax (784) 451-2777 www.seasplashapartments.com | info@seasplashapartments.com Indian Bay, St. Vincent

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Hotel Alexandrina Perched on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Alexandrina is located in a secluded, tranquil, and tropical ecofriendly environment surrounded with seasonal fruits. This modern and elegant 27-room apartment suite hotel is a prime location for a business conference, banquet, retreat, family reunion, sports team or simply for relaxation. Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness room, pool, parking 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.

Tel (784) 456-9788 www.hotelalexandrina.com | hotelalexandrina@aol.com P.O. Box 104, Prospect, St. Vincent

Richview Guest House

Sunset Shores Beach Hotel 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/shower, A/C, cable TV, radio, coffeetea making facilities, in-room safe, telephone, private patio and complimentary Wi-Fi. Conference facilities are available for business functions and the hotel offers packages to cater cocktail parties or romantic weddings.

Tel (784) 458-4411 | Fax (784) 457-4800 www.sunsetshores.com | info@sunsetshores.com Villa Beach, St. Vincent

Hillside Apartments

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.

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

Tel (784) 482-9500 or 533-4137 www.richviewguesthouse.com | richview06@yahoo.com Sion Hill Bay, St. Vincent

T: (784) 457-5134 F: (784) 457-4678 www.hillsideapartmentssvg.com | hillside@vincysurf.com Villa, St. Vincent

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Lying 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. Interestingly, it was the Caribs who gave Bequia its name – “Becouya”, meaning “Island of Clouds”, and from whom the Europeans also inherited words like hurricane, canoe and hammock.

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With the sights and sounds of the harbour as a backdrop, the delightful Belmont Walkway meanders along the south side of Bequia’s Admiralty Bay Photo: Wilfred Dederer


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Bequia’s outstanding natural harbour, tucked deep into Admiralty Bay, and richly stocked waters made it a perfect location for the widespread development of marine activities

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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. 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.

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William Thomas (‘Old Bill’) Wallace introduced whaling to Bequia in the late 1860s after years of apprenticeship on a New England whale ship; returning to Bequia with a young American wife and two Yankee whaleboats, he set about founding Bequia’s first whaling station. One of these original 26ft. boats, “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 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


Above: The 80-foot sailing schooner, Friendship Rose, was the last of its kind to be built on Bequia. Launched in 1967, she worked for 25 years as Bequia’s faithful ferry boat between St. Vincent and Bequia. Now, she enjoys a more relaxed schedule of day trips to Mustique and the Tobago Cays. Below: In Bequia a ‘double-ender’ is a boat with two bows, modelled on the New England whaleboat form introduced into Bequia in the 1860s by William Thomas ‘Old Bill’ Wallace. From 12ft to 28 ft. in length, today’s double-enders are strong race contenders in Bequia’s famous annual Easter Regatta, when the whole island comes out to cheer them on.

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 laid 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 and quiet, protected shores on which to build; it also enjoyed a vital abundance of White Cedar for use in construction. Bequia’s first British settlers in the 1760s included a small but crucial 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. 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 Bequian 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 superseding traditional methods of marine transport and its associated activities, classic, old-time boat building 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 Bequian boat builders. 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 Westminsterstyle 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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The delightful Princess Margaret Coastal Trail connects the Belmont Walkway to the spectacular beaches of Princess Margaret and Lower Bay – completed in 2015, this was one of Action Bequia’s lead projects

Since its formation in 2011, the Bequia based charity ‘Action Bequia’ has raised and spent nearly EC$2 million on a whole run of projects and self-help initiatives on the island. How did it come about? How does it work? What are the difficulties? Is it worth it? Nicola Cornwell finds out...

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elf-styled ‘catalyst’ Richard Roxburgh says he first got the idea back in 2008 when living on board his catamaran anchored just off the Gingerbread jetty. “Day after day I’d look across at the mashed up remains of what had once been the pride of Bequia, the beautiful Belmont Walkway and wonder why nobody was doing anything about it?” It’s easy to complain but as ‘actions speak louder than words’, (a tagline they ended up adopting for the moniker Action Bequia), Roxburgh decided to wade in to try and do something about it. It was harder than he thought: “Rather like back pain where one forgets how awful it is once over, the road between the spark of the idea and meaningful action on the ground was long and hard and I’m amazed when I look back at the thick files from those days. What should we be attempting? Where will the money come from? Who will do the work? A foretaste of some of the difficulties ahead came from long term visitor Noel Mawer saying, ‘Remember Richard, you won’t get anything done in Bequia without upsetting somebody!’” Asking around the key players who now form the five person Board, it is clear that the modus operandi for Action Bequia emerged quite early. Treasurer and Project Director for their current lead project ‘Recycling and Litter’, Bequia-born Lucille Cozier was one of Roxburgh’s early targets. “Richard came to me with this idea about helping Bequia people to help themselves. He’d heard of my experience with Royal Bank in Canada and asked if I

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would get involved? He was very persistent but I liked the ‘can do’ optimism expressed. I came from a work background of entrepreneurship and empowerment, so hate bureaucracy. Action Bequia cuts through that, lives up to the name and that excites me. Those involved come from different backgrounds and we disagree often enough but we respect each other’s points of view and come to well thought out decisions swiftly that are always for the betterment of Bequia and our people. I have not regretted being involved from that first moment.” On the ground, architect Michael Connell, originally from Trinidad but Bequia-based for the last fifteen years, said, “For years I’d been planning and submitting estimates to the national pre-budget tourism stake holders meeting over a 3 year period for the very waterfront walkway and harbour beautification projects that Richard was talking about. Even while doing a stint as Chair of Bequia Tourism Association, it was very hard to get things done and make things happen… The money just wasn’t there. So when Richard said we would be action orientated with minimal meetings and he would raise the cash, I was in like a shot! And off we went with our first major projects, the restoration of the Belmont Walkway, the beautification of the harbour (1st phase) and a trail to Princess Margaret beach.” Considering the group’s genesis, naturally the first major project was the very high profile restoration of the Belmont Walkway where positive public backing and significant donations from the Fischer Family Trust, the


“This is much more than a swim club ... it’s an important tool for youth development and empowerment. Action Bequia’s funding provided some of the resources needed to bring deprived children off the streets to National Level competitive status ... but we need more!” – Kara Randall. USA Swim Coach. Bequia United Swim Club

Grenadines Partnership Fund (GPF) and Seynhaeve family (via CFSVG) enabled them to raise the approximately EC$260,000 necessary in about six weeks. Testament perhaps to Roxburgh’s promised relentless persual of open hearts, minds and wallets. Although wary of mission statements and grand gestures, Chief Executive David Harper is completely clear about what Action Bequia is there to do: “It’s obvious that with its beauty and many natural advantages, combined with fiercely proud people, Bequia is a special place. So our mission is to help consolidate its appeal and consequently create opportunities and employment.” Since Harper joined in 2011, nearly EC$2 million has been raised and redistributed. 60% on what they call ‘lead projects’ (the bigger more complex ones), and around 40% to 45% locally developed and managed initiatives in Schools, Sport, Health and other areas. The Bequia Cricket Association is just one of these. Former president of the Association, Relton John, posted this glowing testimonial: ”We are delighted with the partnership we have started with Action Bequia and look forward to working with you in the future as we strive to provide sporting opportunities for our young people. Action Bequia has been a tremendously positive force in our community.” For full information about the projects, including how they were financed and executed, the website, actionbequia.org is a good source. The site was created and is maintained by Bequia home owner Alan Walker who provides this service pro bono, as does UK based accountant David Lyon. Action Bequia is clearly proud of the fact that they are all volunteers and that less than 3% of all donations go to administration and marketing. But what of real local involvement in the decisionmaking? Aware of the vital importance of this, and mindful of the danger of being perceived as a meddling effort by ‘foreigners’ who would soon lose interest, Action Bequia set up a ‘Co-ordination Committee‘ where all but three of the fourteen members are locals drawn from a wide

spectrum of the island. They provide an interface into all sections of Bequia’s population, bringing forward ideas, giving feedback and passing back information on current thinking. New contributors to this committee are actively encouraged. The five-person board also added two extra vote holders, local MP Godwin Friday and community activist Shaverne Ollivierre, who together make up the seven-person Management Committee. Looking into the future David Harper and the team know they have to maintain the energy and keep showing that they are making enough of a difference to persuade people to support and donate. “Without that it will fizzle out. We honestly believe that Action Bequia has been a significant force in helping to rekindle a sense of purpose and community spirit over the past five years, so if you care about Bequia please support us as generously as you can.” For further information about Action Bequia’s projects and to make donations, please visit www.actionbequia.org

Seventy pairs of these new Bins are part of Action Bequia’s current drive to help reduce litter and encourage recycling. District Officer Rannier Gregg and Bequia Tourism Association’s Sayie Ollivierre represent two of the organisations involved.

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Beyond the lovely beaches, quaint little villages and charming waterfront bars and shops, there is plenty to fill your days in Bequia so be sure to take some time to explore this special little island. Visitors are often surprised to find that on an island of only seven square miles, when 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. 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.

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View of St. Vincent from Spring Top Lookout

Young Joshua Leslie showing off his lobster catch

We highly recommend that you take some time to explore this uniquely enchanting island – Bequia truly is a special sort of place!

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Gingerbread Café along the Belmont Walkway


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hether on land, or on the sea, Bequia has a bountiful array of places to explore and a dependable range of transportation options are available for visitors to the island. Hiring a vehicle is an excellent idea as this allows you to explore at your own pace. The island is small and easy to navigate so it’s almost impossible to get lost! A Visitor’s Driving Permit (EC$100) must first be obtained from the Revenue Office in Port Elizabeth, where you will be asked to present your own National Driver’s Licence or a full International Driver’s Licence. Alternatively, if you book your rental vehicle in advance, your agent can do this paperwork for you. Taxis are widely used for getting around and the island has a reliable, if not unique fleet of open-backed taxi vans. The operators are known for their friendliness and courtesy and during the day you can usually find them gathered under the almond trees in the harbour, sporting colourful names like “Challenger”, “Jump In”, “Fat Man” and “Pikie”. Many offer two to three hour island tours, complete with running commentary! Rates are fixed and are listed in the Bequia Tourism Association office but it’s always advisable to agree on the fare and duration beforehand – and whether your quote is in EC$ or US$. Water taxis are plentiful in and around Admiralty Bay. Like land taxis they also monitor VHF Ch. 68 and provide a pick-up and drop-off 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. The cost is about EC$15-$20 one way to the beaches, less for a trip across the harbour. ‘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. So, if you’re up for some random exploring adventures, here are some of our favourite spots. Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth is nestled 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 wandering around the harbour, look out for the ‘House of Parliament’ – the local name given to the shaded waterfront area under the almond trees, where the island’s talented artists and craftspeople display their ware and 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 This delightful coastal walkway meanders along the south shore of Admiralty Bay, with a number of inviting little bars and restaurants popping up all along the way. Since the addition of the Princess Margaret Coastal Trail in 2014, one can now

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walk all the way from Port Elizabeth to Princess Margaret beach and over the hill to Lower Bay, just beyond. There is a snorkeling platform at the base of the trail, so take advantage of the excellent snorkeling to be enjoyed along the cliff and around the headland. Hamilton Fort 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 quaint fishing village of Hamilton. Friendship Bay On the south-east coast is Friendship Bay and St. Hilaire Point, where many a Bequia boat has taken shape along the shores, including the much loved Friendship Rose, which operated as the main ferry between Bequia and St. Vincent for 20 years. Bequia Boat Museum Located on a slope at St. Hilaire Point, overlooking Friendship Bay this fascinating boat museum houses an interesting collection of unique Bequia boats and boat building tools of a bygone era. For guided tours contact the Bequia Tourism office at (784) 458-3286.

The Princess Margaret Trail and snorkeling platform

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The South Side As you make your way along the winding south side road you’ll come to the colourful fishing community of Paget Farm where there are beautiful views across the sea to the uninhabited islands of Petit Nevis, site of the old whaling station, and Isle a Quatre. The James F. Mitchell Airport which was opened in 1992 is just beyond. 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! The Windward Side 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 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. Afterwards, stop at Crescent Beach (Industry Bay) for a swim and snorkel in the bay and have lunch at the charming Sugar Reef Café. Great care has been taken in the details to make Sugar Reef a one-of-a-kind gem, morphing laid-back charm with a noticeable degree of elegance. The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary Located beyond Spring and Industry, at Park Beach. Here, ‘Brother’ King nurtures endangered Hawksbill turtles, of all sizes, until they are able to fend for themselves in the open ocean.


Beaches & Anchorages Port Elizabeth Bequia’s harbour town of Port Elizabeth is the most popular Port of Entry for yachts visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines and a favoured anchorage of 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, which allows large boats to come very close to shore for repair and general maintenance. When anchoring in the bay, be sure to stay clear of the ferry route to the main jetty in Port Elizabeth. Princess Margaret Beach The Princess Margaret Trail connects the Belmont Walkway to the popular Princess Margaret Beach (also known as Tony Gibbons). A popular anchorage with yachties – generally calm with a glorious stretch of beach and sparkling azure water. (Note, yachts are required to anchor at least 200 yards off shore for the safety of swimmers). The dinghy dock makes it an effortless dropoff point for water taxis. Jack’s Beach Bar offers drinks and an extensive à la carte menu. 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. Lower Bay One of Bequia’s best beaches. 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 Keegan’s Beachside Bar & Restaurant and De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant, both are long-time favourites with locals and visitors alike. Just across the road is La Plage, a rustic beachside restaurant serving French cuisine with a Caribbean twist – it’s a wonderful spot to take in the sunset and then linger on for dinner.

Princess Margaret

De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant at Lower Bay

Friendship Bay On the south side, Friendship Bay is a sheltered, crescent shaped bay with lots of shade. The stylish Bequia Beach Hotel is located here – enquire about their day passes (see page 79) and take advantage of the hotel’s first class facilities. Windward Beaches Along the eastern side of the island – a stretch of often deserted coastline, shaded by wooded hills and countless coconut palms – you’ll find the unspoilt, reef-protected windward beaches at Spring, Industry, (also known as Crescent Beach) and Park, all excellent for picnics, snorkeling, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Crescent Beach is the best for swimming, with the delightful waterside Sugar Reef Café offering cold drinks and delicious meals.

Crescent Beach All Photos: Wilfred Dederer

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C   lassic Schooner Yacht Heron - Sail Snorkel Explore -

Join captain Nigel ‘Twig’ Bower on a down island sailing adventure aboard the classic schooner yacht Heron. Heron sails weekly from Bequia to Mustique on Thursdays (US$140 p/p), and Fridays to the enchanting Tobago Cays, then on to Union Island for an afternoon of fun at the popular Sparrow’s Beach Club & Bar (US$155 p/p). Return to Bequia on the late afternoon Fast Ferry from Union, or enjoy the weekend at famous Kite Beach. Call for details. Custom overnight charters on request for groups of up to six. Tel SVG (784) 432-1660 (Dec-Apr) / USA (207) 230-9287

www.sailherongrenadines.com | twig390@gmail.com Facebook /Schooner Yacht Heron

ISLAND SAILING

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Sail Grenadines

Take a day trip to Tobago Cays or a short cruise around the nearby islands. Learn to sail and take part as much as you would like to. For the adventurous, add kayaks, paddleboards, kiting, fishing and more to make a fun packed day or few days exploring. For a romantic cruise let us add the champagne, lobster bbq on the beach and sunset cocktails. All of our charters are tailor made to the individual guest, whether that be a day sail, over night trips between islands or week cruises. Let us know your plans and ideas or allow our team of local experts to put together a package for you to exceed your holiday expectations!

Tel (784) 533-2909 / UK: 44 (0) 800-321-3801 www.sailgrenadines.com | info@sailgrenadines.com Clifton Harbour, Union Island & Admiralty Bay, Bequia

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Crewed Yacht Charter & Day Cruises at affordable rates Exclusive crewed charter. Day trips to Mustique, Balliceaux, Isle a Quatre, or St. Vincent coast for up to eight guests. Luxury overnight cruises, or longer, for two to four guests to the Tobago Cays and the beautiful Grenadine islands with optional on-board catering by arrangement. Explore the islands to your own preferred itinerary or leave it to us to suggest. Please call Hervin to discuss your requirements.

Tel (784) 492-3098 - Hervin Kydd www.islandtimebequia.com charter@islandtimebequia.com


C   aribbean Schooner The Friendship Rose

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Discover the beautiful turquoise waters of the Grenadines with The Friendship Rose. Daily cruises to the Tobago Cays Marine Park and the island of Mustique. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & cake, with drinks all day - all FULLY INCLUSIVE. Dive or snorkel the Tobago Cays, sip champagne at Mustique, explore world famous destinations. Cruise packages also available combining villa and hotel accommodation, inter-island connections and bespoke private cruises. Pop into the new Waterfront Office at the Gingerbread to meet the team.

Firefly Plantation Bequia is set in 30 lush acres with orchards of bananas and other tropical fruits and flowers. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk (approx 45 mins) through the grounds with our head grounds man who will give a brief history of the plantation and sugar mill, which dates back to 1789. Sample fruits and vegetables in season, press your own sugar cane juice and learn about the various crops, herbs and flowers growing here. Please wear suitable walking shoes. EC$10 per person children welcome! 
Afterwards enjoy a refreshing drink of fresh tropical juice at the bar, or a delicious lunch or dinner in the hotel restaurant overlooking the plantation.

Friendship Rose - 100ft. Local Classic Sailing Schooner Tel (784) 457-3888 or (784) 495-0886 www.friendshiprose.com | sail@friendshiprose.com

Tel (784) 458-3414 | Mobile (784) 430-6813 www.fireflybequia.com | info@fireflybequia.com Spring, Bequia

The Yacht Club Marina

Bequia Beach Hotel

The Yacht Club Marina is a full service marina located at the head of Admiralty Bay. The dock can accommodate yachts up to 160 feet LOA with a max draft of 15 feet. Three phase electrical supply is available for the dock together with metered water, ice and fuel bunkering. Recommended provisioning outlets are conveniently located nearby and laundry is available at the marina. The rates offer very good value for any yacht looking for a dockage option in the Grenadines area. They also have night security.

Bequia Beach Hotel combines luxury, elegance and charm to provide a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. With two pools, reading lounge, spa & gym, first-class restaurant and its own secluded sandy beach area it’s the perfect place to spend the day. Choose from their regular or deluxe DAY PASS packages. The Regular Package includes a 20 minute massage, light lunch, 3 complimentary drinks, pool and beach access, free wi-fi and access to non-motorized water sports. The Deluxe Package additionally includes all day use of a room and a full lunch.

Tel Local: 457-3361 | Cell: 532-1320 www.yachtclub.vc | jennie@yachtclub.vc | paul@yachtclub.vc Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Tel (784) 458-1700 www.bequiabeach.com | reservations@bequiabeach.com Friendship Bay, Bequia

Give them a call for further details.

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The harbour town of Port Elizabeth is the centre of the island’s commerce. At its heart is 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. “Buy Bequia” is the call of the island’s many art and craft producers, and “Bequia Clean and Green” is a slogan which the Bequia Tourism Association hopes will become a motto – they encourage everyone to bring or buy their own shopping bag and say “No!” to plastic whenever possible.

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Like Bequia, Port Elizabeth is full of colour and charm Photo: Wilfred Dederer


The pretty harbour town of Port Elizabeth

Stocking up in Bequia Island ferries to St. Vincent are usually very punctual – you can set your clock by them (you will find ferry schedules on page 18, or you can check at the Bequia Tourism Office). Both The Admiralty and Bequia Express ferries offer regular sailings every day, to and from St. Vincent, in the comfort of air-conditioned lounges or up on deck in the fresh sea breeze. The Jaden Sun is a ‘fast ferry’ which operates 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, the Bank of SVG off Back Street, opens Monday to Thursday from 8am-2pm and Fridays from 8-4pm; there are also two ATMs for your convenience. 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 first before you shop or dine! 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

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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. Whatever your tastes, Port Elizabeth is your onestop harbour for all you will need to provision your yacht or stock your kitchen for a self-catering holiday. Supermarkets 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 Food located on Back Street. Doris’s smiling face is always there to welcome customers and the shop is 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. It seems there’s never a shortage of fresh produce in Bequia. Much of it comes directly from the fertile farms in St. Vincent and local kitchen gardens in Bequia, so you can be sure of its freshness. All along Front Street you’ll see colourful stalls with a wide variety of farm fresh vegetables, fruit and fragrant herbs.


Just past the petrol station there is a fresh produce market where you may have a ‘cultural experience’ with the rasta brethren who also sell a good variety of the islands’ fruits and vegetables. 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, handpainted boleys, handmade jewellery and coconut boats with colourful sails.

Art & Craft

Bequia’s got talent! This will be made clear as you walk through the harbour town of Port Elizabeth; the imaginative signage and wall paintings that adorn many of the buildings and the bright array of items for sale ‘under the almond trees’ create the first impression that this little island has a lot to offer. Indeed, whether you are a connoisseur looking to add to your collection of Caribbean fine art or folk art, or in search of unique hand-made gifts and trinkets to take home, there is plenty of choice. If you collect model boats this is certainly your island, for this is Bequia’s most famous art. A short walk north from the main ferry wharf will take you first to Mauvin’s and then the Sargeant Brothers’ model boat shops where you will find scale replicas of Bequia built schooners and sailing boats; have you considered commissioning a model of your own yacht? A little further into the Ocar neighbourhood is the Sargeants’ Maritime Museum where you can see some impressive large models, learn more about their work and hear some good island stories. More boats for various budgets can be found along Front Street and under the almond trees, alongside fish and figurines carved from wood or bone and jewellery fashioned from coconut shell.

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Doris Fresh Food 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.

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 doris_freshfood@yahoo.com Back Street, Port Elizabeth, Bequia

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Mango Art Studio -Bring Home the Colour-

Paintings of Bequia Life by well-known artists, Julie Lea & Peter Carr Visit the charming homestudio of artist, Julie Lea tucked away high on a Bequia hilltop, surrounded by a lush tropical ďŹ&#x201A;ower garden, with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean below.

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You may ďŹ nd paintings on canvas, hats and baskets woven from palm fronds, decorative carved or painted calabashes from the boley tree and a range of pretty bamboo souvenirs. In the harbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shops and boutiques you may ďŹ nd locally made work showcased among a variety of international gifts. The Garden Boutique carries batik hand-made on St. Vincent while Island Style features large paintings, hand-painted accessories and gifts by Bequia artist Pinkie Vaughn-Richards. Mango Art Studio is the home-studio of Julie Savage Lea, the artist who created the delightful book Bequia ReďŹ&#x201A;ections â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An Artist in the Caribbean. Her original works in acrylics and oils plus cards and giclĂŠe prints are on sale at the Studio as are paintings by Peter Carr, an exceptional watercolour artist who visits Bequia regularly from Australia. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is the subject of a recent book, Bequia - A Feast of Color: Paintings 1978 to 2012. Both his and Julieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books are available at Mango Art Studio and at the Bequia Bookstore. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All art made in SVGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the mandate of The Oasis Art Gallery and Gift Shop that shows a variety of work in various media. The gallery recently moved to more spacious surroundings behind The Porthole Restaurant and is curated by well-known Bequia artist L.D. Lucy, who this year celebrates 20 years of painting in Bequia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; be sure to watch out for her special celebratory exhibition this season! Her wonderful paintings depicting a mystical view of island life are on display, as are the delightful watercolour paintings by Anna Landry, whose work is featured on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover of Ins & Outs. Other notable gallery artists include Peter Providence, Dinks Johnson and Nzimbu Brown. There are exhibitions by guest artists during the winter season so be sure to check with them for dates and your invitation to opening night. The Oasis is also the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;downtown outletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the pottery of Mike Goddard; during winter months you can meet Mike and Maggie at their Cinnamon Garden studio. If your travels take you to Lower Bay, follow the signs to Claude Victorineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Studio (by appointment - call 458-3150) where she hand-paints exquisite designs onto silk that is crafted into scarves, pareos and cushion covers. Across the island at Hope Beach you may chance to see Jacob Scott, an artist who uses found material washed up onto that windy beach to make unusual baskets, hats and wall hangings. On other beaches too or on village streets you may chance upon other craftspeople at work; they love to share stories about what they are making and maybe make a sale. While here, you may also have the pleasure of meeting Silma Duncan, our resident author and published poet, who will be happy to recite you a verse or two from her most recent book of poems.


P   eter Carr - Paintings of Bequia J  ulie Savage Lea 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 COLOR, consists of 64 pages, featuring 56 of his paintings. Historical commentary by two Bequia friends, Bob Berlinghof and Nolly Simmons, makes Peter’s book a fascinating guide throughout the island from an artist’s view.

Julie, a life-long artist with a university degree in fine art, sailed into Bequia in 1978. For 39­­years she has painted local scenes, people and flowers in watercolours and acrylics and 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 her website. Julie hosts Sunday Afternoon Tea, “Bequia Style” (2-4pm) in the truly unique setting of her delightful home-studio, Mango Art Studio, tucked away on a hillside with spectacular views over the east coast of the island - call to reserve the special round trip taxi service from the harbour.

By appointment, call (784) 455-4677 www.mango-art-studio-bequia.com | julieslea@yahoo.com

By appointment, call (784) 455-4677 www.juliesavagelea.com | julieslea@yahoo.com www.mango-art-studio-bequia.com Mango Art Studio, Spring, Bequia

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L.D. Lucy arrived on Bequia with her paints 20 years ago ‘to see what happened next’. She is now established as one of the region’s leading artists, known for her intriguing ‘goddess’ paintings of mermaids and nature spirits, capturing in brilliant tropical colours the mystery and humour of island life. She is an accomplished portrait artist too whose commissions also include large wall paintings and is the founder of Bequia’s Oasis Art Gallery & Gift Shop, a popular venue showcasing arts and crafts all made in SVG. This season, against the backdrop of a variety of others’ work, the gallery celebrates Lucy’s 20 Bequia years with exhibitions of her new series of paintings (“illustrations for a book of mythology yet to be written”), a retrospective collection, new print editions and Telrelease (784) xxx-xxxx (784) xxx-xxxx the for sale of or works from her private archive.

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. Her poetry covers a wide range of subjects ranging from love, relationships and the treatment of women, to a tribute to the famous Black Carib leader, Joseph Chatoyer. Silma recently released her 8th book of poetry entitled, The Humpback Whale and a delightfully illustrated children’s book, A Day in the Life of a Turtle. Her books can be found in Port Elizabeth at the Bequia Bookstore, Solana’s Boutique and Island Style, or directly from(784) Silma.xxx-xxxx With a little she will expressively recite Tel orencouragement (784) xxx-xxxx one of her poems for the listener!

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Restaurants in Bequia are charming and diverse, offering menu selections and prices to suit everyone and enjoying a happy, informal and relaxed atmosphere – from the small, “few frills joints”, to the larger and more sophisticated establishments. Reservations are recommended in high season and in low, when most restaurants are closed, or open according to bookings only. Night time entertainment, though limited, is fun and enjoyable. The music scene is a cool, eclectic mix of tastes and styles. Electric and acoustic groups perform almost every week and represent a dazzling repertoire of genres.

A “table with a view” can always be guaranteed in Bequia Photo: Wilfred Dederer/Frangipani, Bequia


Bagatelle Restaurant Located on one of the finest beaches on the island facing the Atlantic Ocean, the Bagatelle restaurant is part of Bequia Beach hotel at Friendship Bay. Their team of Caribbean staff are supported by chefs with Michelin star experience, translating into an international fusion cuisine spiced with a Caribbean nuance. Their friendly waiters will provide personalized service in a beachfront atmosphere, suggesting one of the daily catch, fresh from the bay. The extensive choice of cocktails at the Bagatelle Bar will extend your evening in a relaxed and charming atmosphere with live music depending on theme nights. The Bagatelle Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

L’Auberge des Grenadines Gourmet French cuisine with a distinct Creole accent is the nucleus of this charming waterfront restaurant on Admiralty Bay. Since its opening 17 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 25 years. The menu features an outstanding selection of imaginative dishes, with the accent on ultra-fresh 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.

Tel (784) 458-1600 www.bequiabeach.com | reservations@bequiabeach.com Bequia Beach Hotel, Friendship Bay, Bequia

Tel/Fax (784) 457-3555 | VHF 68 www.caribrestaurant.com | auberge@caribrestaurant.com Hamilton, overlooking Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Mac’s Pizza & Kitchen

Dream Views Restaurant

Mac’s has been serving their famous pizza for over 35 years. With over 25 toppings from which to choose, including lobster (in season), the informal, relaxed setting and perfect seaside location makes it a popular gathering place for locals and visitors. The extensive menu features a variety of tasty selections including conch fritters, samosas, sandwiches, salads and lasagna and there’s always a chalk board of fresh daily specials. The new bayside bar offers an extensive list of blended drinks, wines and beers, and an ever-changing tapas menu. Look for the sign along the Belmont Walkway. May-Nov: Open daily 11am-9pm/Bar until 10pm. Dec- Apr: Open daily 11am-10pm/Bar until 11pm.

There’s nothing like eating a delicious meal with a magnificent view… The Old Fort Boutique Hotel & Estate offers an intimate dining experience in a magical setting at their aptly named Dream Views Restaurant. Fresh locally sourced ingredients from Bequia’s farmers and fishermen allow for creative and innovative daily menus and catered event possibilities. Dine al fresco, under the stars, or in the candle lit dining room of the historic Old Fort.

Tel (784) 458-3474 | VHF 68 Facebook: / MacsPizzaBequia Belmont Walkway, Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Tel (784) 458-3440 or (784) 485-8888 www.theoldfort.com | reservations@theoldfort.com Old Fort Estate, Mount Pleasant, Bequia

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Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner, reservations are required. Day Passes are available to visitors (US$10) and include complimentary drink and use of swimming pool.

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Jack’s Beach Bar Jack’s back! And in true Bequia tradition it hasn’t changed too much... same superb location, same casual, laid back atmosphere, a new and varied menu and a great selection of local signature cocktails! All to be enjoyed whilst gazing out over the spectacular Princess Margaret Beach, arguably one of the best beaches in the Caribbean! Splash about and cool off in the crystal clear waters, take a stroll along the beach or explore the cave on one of the paddle boards available for rent. Dock at the jetty if you’re coming by boat or water taxi, or use the lovely coastal walking trail from Port Elizabeth. Jack’s is one of the best spots for enjoying the stunning Bequia sunsets - try one of their famous Tony Gibbons Rum Punches and brand new bar snacks sharing menu. And if you’re looking to top up your beach wardrobe, pop into their charming gift shop.

Open for Lunch & Dinner Daily

Tel (784) 458-3809 www.jacksbeachbar.com info@jacksbeachbar.com Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia

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Papa’s Papa’s has a wonderful, casually elegant ambiance with a solid reputation for consistently good food. 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 and the coastline beyond. With its magical setting, Papa’s is the perfect spot to sip on a tropical cocktail while enjoying the sunset over the bay and linger for dinner afterwards. The menu offers an eclectic mix with a subtle West Indian influence... from light snacks to fantastic burgers and delicious lobster pasta! Owner run by Gert and Beth Ludicke, Papa’s is “the place” to enjoy free Wi-Fi and watch your favourite sports events on the big screen TVs. BEQUIA MEETS AT PAPA’S BAR!

Open for Lunch & Dinner Daily

Tel (784) 457-3443 | VHF 68 Facebook: /PapasBarBequia www.atasteofbequia.com Port Elizabeth, Bequia

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La Plage

The Yacht Club Bar & Grill

French cuisine with a Caribbean twist is the essence of this rustic beachside restaurant/bar in Lower Bay. During the day, enjoy a leisurely al fresco lunch on the outside deck, just a few steps from the water’s edge. In the evening, it’s the perfect spot to take in the sunset and then linger for dinner in a very pleasant, laissez-faire atmosphere where the staff are friendly, the food is consistently good and the view of the sparkling ocean is unbeatable. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Free Wi-Fi available.

The Yacht Club Bar & Grill at the Bequia Marina has a rustic design intertwined with a coastal setting which offers a stunning view of Admiralty Bay in Bequia. This Restaurant offers a range of delicious refreshments and dining options, gourmet meals and ready to go bites seven days a week, along with the always popular Fat Friday BBQ accompanied by Live Jazz Guitar with Bob and Friends. It is an unforgettable setting for a relaxed lunch, family dinner or a romantic evening meal.

Tel (784) 458-3361 | VHF 68 Lower Bay, Bequia

Tel (784) 457-3361 or (784) 532-1320 www.yachtclub.vc jennie@yachtclub.vc | paul@yachtclub.vc Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Keegan’s Beachside

Gingerbread Café

A colourful, beachside setting, friendly service and tasty home-style cooking sets the scene for this casual, laid-back beach bar and restaurant beside the golden sands of Lower Bay beach. Soak up the sea, sand, sun and rum punch, and tuck into generous servings of their mouthwatering burgers, fresh-offthe-boat fish and a selection of delicious local favourites. Their hearty All Day Breakfast menu draws a crowd, as does their popular Saturday night BBQ Mingle which usually features a movie on their big outdoor screen right by the beach. Stunning sunsets and evenings under the stars make Keegan’s somewhere you will want to dine more than once!

The delightful Gingerbread Café is the prime morning time social hub for Bequia’s expatriate homeowners, visiting yacht folk, locals and guests alike. The café serves excellent, freshly brewed Lavazza coffee, a fine selection of teas and a delicious range of baked goodies. Try their popular healthy breakfast, or drop by for a tasty lunch, all served in a charming waterfront setting, under the shade of the Almond tree. Also available is a selection of local fresh juices, rum punch, wine and beer for those who want to sit back, relax and observe the activities on Admiralty Bay... or try to catch a glimpse of the green flash at sunset.

Tel (784) 458-3530 or (784) 530-4959 | VHF 68 www.keegansbequia.org | keegansbequia@yahoo.com Lower Bay, Bequia

Tel (784) 458-3800 www.gingerbreadhotel.com | ginger@vincysurf.com Belmont, Bequia

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Sugar Reef Café

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Guests say: “Perfect place for a romantic dinner.” … “Every aspect of interior design to complement the natural beauty of the exterior is quite stunning.” … “The callaloo lasagna with coconut béchamel was superbly light and uniquely Caribbean.” … “Lobster roti, simply the best.” … “The passion fruit mousse was a triumph of flavour!” ... “The service is fantastic, with knowledgeable and attentive staff.” ... “This certainly is the right spot for a foodie!” Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Tel (784) 458-3400 www.sugarreefbequia.com | info@sugarreefbequia.com Crescent Beach, Bequia

The Chefs at Firefly create tasty, simple modern Caribbean dishes using home grown and locally sourced ingredients. Firefly’s restaurant offers a relaxed open-air setting with magnificent views of the plantation and sea beyond. The service is welcoming, friendly and attentive and the prices reasonable. Excellent cocktails and wine list. Open for breakfast (which is highly recommended!), lunch, dinner, cocktails and drinks. A short taxi ride from the town, one mile from the main dock, set in the quiet peaceful location of Spring Valley. Reservations suggested.

Tel (784) 458-3414 | Mobile (784) 430-6813 www.fireflybequia.com | info@fireflybequia.com Spring, Bequia

Plantation Bar & Pizzeria Frangipani Restaurant Beautifully positioned by the water’s edge at the western end of the Belmont Walkway, Bequia Plantation Hotel’s Beach Bar & Pizzeria has earned immediate and well deserved popularity for their excellent food, good service and great value for money. Their delectable pizzas are made to order, topped with the finest ingredients and baked in their handcrafted wood burning oven. A la carte dining is offered Friday – Sunday featuring a varied menu of deliciously fresh local dishes. Also on the premises, Stelton’s Bakery offers a surprising array of fresh baked goodies daily, from pumpernickel bread, croissants, and turnovers to quiches, cakes and cookies. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Tel (784) 534-9444 or (784) 534-9333 info@bequiaplantationhotel.com | bequiaplantationhotel.com Belmont Walkway, Admiralty Bay, Bequia

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 and 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$97.

Tel (784) 458-3255 | Fax (784) 458-3824 www.frangipanibequia.com Belmont, Bequia

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A full range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets is available in Bequia, and though there are no large hotel chains, visitors will find a range of suitable accommodations from which to choose. A number of small family-run guest houses and self-catering apartments, family-friendly boutique hotels and a wonderful selection of private villas are scattered all over the island, many of them enjoying stunning views of the coastline from their hillside locations. The busiest times of year are of course Christmas to New Year, and Easter, when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regatta time in Bequia!

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Bequia Beach Hotel Located in the beautiful Friendship Bay, Bequia Beach Hotel is a 58-room luxury resort which blends classic vintage colonial charm with the warmth and relaxed atmosphere of the Caribbean. Treat yourself to a Swedish massage at the delightful Spa or taste the freshly blended pina colada as you soak in the peace and beauty of the lush gardens surrounding the property. All accommodations are furnished in a colonial signature style with premium quality material, creating a unique and welcoming ambience. The resort includes two swimming pools, a cocktail beach bar and two of the island’s finest restaurants; Bagatelle and Blue Tropic, serving a fusion of international cuisine with a local touch of Caribbean influence.

Tel (784) 458-1600 | Fax (784) 458-1700 www.bequiabeach.com | reservations@bequiabeach.com Friendship Bay, Bequia

Caratal Apartments Lovely 1 and 2 bedroom apartments enjoying superb views over Bequia’s beautiful Admiralty Bay. From just US$700 p/wk (summer) US$1,000 p/wk (winter), with discounts for longer stays. Well appointed with AC, fans, safes, WiFi, cable TV, barbeque, fully-equipped kitchens and all new furnishings and fittings throughout. Sip a cocktail and watch the sunset from the vast verandahs or your lounger on the lovely grassy terrace with ocean views. Just 10 mins stroll to Princess Margaret beach – the best beach on the island. Book now with Grenadine Villas, or if you’re on Bequia pop into their waterfront office by the Gingerbread Hotel.

Tel (784) 457-3739 or UK +44 (0) 800 0484814 thegrenadines@mac.com Bequia Estate, Bequia

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Yacht Club Hotel Are you in need of a reprieve from the demands of everyday life? Head to the Yacht Club Hotel. Four luxurious and very private accommodations created in a haven of relaxation and ultimate comfort amidst the daytime, sunshine and nightlife glamour with daily housekeeping, A/C, cable TV & free Wi-Fi. On site, Serenity Day Spa and Yacht Club full service Bar & Grill. The perils of life soon become a faded memory as you unwind with a rum punch in your hand enjoying the incredible spectacular panoramic ocean views and the warm and friendly people that ignite the “island of clouds”.

Tel Local: (784) 457-3361 cell: (784) 532-1320 www.yachtclub.vc | jennie@yachtclub.vc | paul@yachtclub.vc Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Gingerbread Hotel 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.

Tel (784) 458-3800 www.gingerbreadhotel.com | ginger@vincysurf.com Belmont, Bequia

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Firefly Plantation Hotel Sugar Reef Bequia A delightful Caribbean Boutique hotel, set within a lush 250 year old plantation with beautifully appointed luxurious guest rooms, all with spectacular views and private balconies, A/C, WiFi, sumptuous bathrooms, indoor/outdoor double showers, quality linens and thoughtful amenities. The separate two-bedroom Plantation Cottage is ideal for families. The sparkling swimming pool, hammocks slung between coconut trees and shady gazebos invite you to while away the day while sipping on one of Firefly’s famous cocktails. The restaurant serves great local food and the staff here are friendly and attentive. One mile from the main dock, set in the quiet peaceful location of Spring Valley.

Guests talk about: “The elegance of the place and the smiles of the people that work there; the incredible food of the restaurant and everyday breakfast.” … “One of the best places I have ever been in my life.” … “There are simply no words to describe the beauty of French House. Took our breath away!” … “Besides the view and the setting, the staff are their biggest asset.” … “We felt more like friends or family staying here than just another guest.” … “This place is a must-go.”

Tel (784) 458-3414 | Mobile (784) 430-6813 www.fireflybequia.com | info@fireflybequia.com Spring, Bequia

Tel (784) 458-3400 www.sugarreefbequia.com | info@sugarreefbequia.com Crescent Beach, Bequia

De Reef Apartments

Keegans Beachside

Six spacious and comfortable self-catering one and twobedroom apartments nestled in the quaint and friendly community of Lower Bay. Air-conditioned bedrooms, ceiling fans, cable TV, free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens. Very good rates available for long and short term rentals. Just a few steps away from glorious Lower Bay beach, one of the best beaches on the island, with excellent snorkeling. The popular De Reef Beach Bar & Restaurant, perched at the water’s edge, is located just next door and serves tasty local dishes at very reasonable prices.

Tel (784) 458-3412 or (784) 458-3484 Cell (784) 494-3688 | Fax (784) 457-3103 dereef@vincysurf.com Lower Bay, Bequia

Since 1978 this family owned and operated establishment has been well known for its warm hospitality, tasty home cooked meals and some of the best value in the Caribbean. Comfortable beachside hotel rooms or apartments, all with A/C & cable TV, just steps from beautiful Lower Bay beach. Enjoy a swim before a leisurely breakfast on the terrace overlooking the beach, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Tel (784) 458-3530 or 530-4959 www.keegansbequia.org | keegansbequia@yahoo.com Lower Bay, Bequia

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Casually Sophisticated Elegance...

Come enjoy refined relaxation in pristine privacy. Luxury rooms and beachfront cottages, A/C, WiFi, Cable TV, Pool, Terrace Restaurant and Pizza Bar Belmont, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines · www.bequiaplantationhotel.com Reservations/Info: 1.784.534.9444/9333 · info@bequiaplantationhotel.com

Bequia Plantation Hotel Sister hotel to the lovely Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina in St. Vincent, the Bequia Plantation Hotel is perfectly positioned on the south shore of Admiralty Bay with stunning, panoramic ocean views and beautifully appointed ocean view rooms, a restaurant, pizzeria and beach bar. Just a short walk from the picturesque harbour town of Port Elizabeth, with its waterside bars and restaurants. A brief stroll along the scenic Princess Margaret coastal trail, or a leisurely paddle in one of the hotel’s kayaks, will take you to splendid Princess Margaret Beach.

Tel (784) 534-9444/9333 info@bequiaplantationhotel.com | www.bequiaplantationhotel.com Belmont Walkway, Admiralty Bay, Bequia

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CaribbeanWeddingPhotography Edson Reece specializes in wedding and portrait photography. He has a keen perception for capturing ‘that moment’ - whether it’s an intimate gaze, friends just having a grand time or that second you say “I do.” Edson creates memorable images that tell a story. His relaxed and friendly approach instantly puts his subject at ease, allowing him to capture them in a completely natural and candid manner. If you’re looking for extraordinary and creatively vibrant images from a photographer who aims to exceed expectations, choose Edson Reece Wedding Photography - Your Memories Are Worth It.

Tel (784) 528-9992 www.emagescaribbean.com | edsonreeceweddings@gmail.com Facebook: /tropicalweddings | Instagram: @caribbeanweddings

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.

G   renadine Weddings Imagine your wedding in the most stunning natural locations throughout the Grenadines. Consider Mustique, Mayreau, The Tobago Cays or the coral sand island of Mopion. Exquisite locations combined with full long established service from our wedding team. Deserted Island Weddings ... Beach Weddings ... Villa Weddings... Classic Schooner Weddings ... Charter a Classic 100ft. Traditional Sailing Schooner for an exceptional event or after wedding cruise. Pop into the new Waterfront Office at the Gingerbread Bequia to discuss your bespoke event.

Tel (784) 457-3739 0r (784) 529-8046 www.grenadineweddings.com enquiries@thegrenadinescollection.com

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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 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.

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Real Grenadines

Grenadine Island Villas

Real Grenadines is proud to have a background in the beautiful islands of Bequia and the Grenadines for over 35 years. With their vast knowledge of the region and impressive network of local contacts, clients can be assured of peace of mind when embarking on buying or selling a home in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Explore the wide selection of property listings on their new interactive website and contact them anytime with your questions, whether you are buying, selling, renting, or simply want to explore the possibilities ... their professional team can navigate you through the entire process, from start to finish.

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. onisland assistance. Contact Grenadine Island Villas for detailed information on island developments, investment opportunities and land & villa purchase. Pop into the new Waterfront Office at the Gingerbread Bequia to arrange guided property viewings.

Contact Waterfront Office at (784) 485-8888 or (784) 533-1122 info@realgrenadines.com | www.realgrenadines.com Port Elizabeth Waterfront Office, Bequia

Tel (784) 457-3739 or (784) 529-8046 www.grenadinevillas.com enquiries@thegrenadinescollection.com

Sweet Bequia Homes

Ginger Lily Villa

Offering romantic tropical hideaways - for everyone and every budget - tranquil seclusion and a brief stroll to a white sandy beach. Tranquility and Burke House offer total privacy and have spectacular views of the Grenadines Islands from every room. Tranquility Villa, the gem of Moonhole peninsula, was featured as “a favourite tropical home” in Coastal Living magazine.

Stunning Caribbean villa on 50,000 sq. ft. of private estate that features 5 bedroom suites, a Polaris ATV vehicle, state-of-the-art meeting room, dining gazebo, walk in showers, two swimming pools and close to a safe calm bay, ideal for swimming. The ridgetop location offers fabulous, panoramic views across to the deserted island of Isle a Quatre and the ocean beyond. Privacy is guaranteed in this delightful 21st century style villa. The exterior is modeled upon an Indonesian style, whilst the interiors are clean, cool, crisp and light. Far away from the bustle of the bay yet just a short stroll or taxi away from the bars, restaurants and dive shops.

Plumrose is a cozy two bedroom cottage, set in a beautiful garden in the coastal area of Ocar on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth - pick your mangoes for breakfast!

Tel USA: (276) 415-2753 | Bequia: (784) 530-4363 www.sweetbequiahomes.com | info@sweetbequiahomes.com Moonhole, Bequia

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Tel (784) 457-3739/3888 info@bluelagoonsvg.com Ginger Lily Villa, Baie De Sucre, Bequia


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piece of paradise Call or visit us online at www.realgrenadines.com to view our extensive selection of properties

King House, Bequia

Tranquility, Bequia

Plenty Wind, Bequia

With over 35 years combined experience in Bequia & the Grenadines, our professional team knows how to serve the sophisticated buyer, seller, investor and global traveller. Explore the wide selection of property listings on our new interactive website and contact us anytime with your questions, whether you are buying, selling, renting, or simply want to explore the possibilities… Additional services include: Specialised Legal Advice • Architecture & Design • Construction & Project Supervision • Property Management • Villa Rentals & Concierge Services

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. GLOBAL REACH Contact their Port Elizabeth waterfront office at (784) 485 8888 or (784) 533 1122 | info@realgrenadines.com | www.realgrenadines.com


Villa Bellegarde

The Nest

This breezy seaside retreat enjoys panoramic views of Mustique, Isle A Quatre, Petit Nevis and Balliceaux. Wellappointed and refined with large air-conditioned rooms and an open concept. This spacious villa has 2 luxurious bedroom ensuites upstairs (sleeps 4) and a complete one-bedroom apartment downstairs (oversized bedroom sleeps up to 4). Fully equipped kitchen, secure high speed Internet & cable TV. Just a 5 min. walk to one of Bequia’s most beautiful beaches and 4 Star Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. Rent the whole house or in part. Available for short & long term rentals. An exclusive rental of St. Vincent & the Grenadines | Sotheby’s International Realty.

Cool, spacious and very comfortable, The Nest and Treetop are two charming, fully furnished, one-bedroom apartments set on a hillside and surrounded by shady trees. Each apartment has its own deep wrap-around verandah which provides a great outdoor living space with superb views of the harbour and Admiralty Bay. Both apartments have Cable TV and Wifi, fully equipped kitchens with greenheart countertops, stove, fridge, microwave and toaster oven. A queen-sized futon couch in the living room provides extra sleeping space, if required. Easy walk to Port Elizabeth, restaurants, Princess Margaret and Lower Bay beaches.

Tel (784) 497-7186 | USA (214) 507-2718 www.svgsothebysrealty.com | admin@svgsothebysrealty.com LaPompe, Bequia

Contact Elen (784) 458-3667 treehouse@vincysurf.com Belmont, Bequia

Lime House Villas

Ocean Breeze

Charming 2-bedroom/2-bathroom cottage and one-bedroom studio in a wonderful hilltop location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where you can watch the sunrise every morning and the moonrise in the evening. Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with a large pool, sun terrace and BBQ where guests can soak up the warm sun by day and enjoy a moonlight BBQ in the evening. Telephone, cable TV, Internet and maid service included. This is a truly wonderful, cool and comfortable location for those seeking beauty, peace and quiet relaxation. Spring, Industry and Park beaches are closeby, along the coastal walkway.

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, cable TV and high speed Internet included.

Tel (784) 457-3092 www.bequiavillas.net | limehouse@bequiavilla.com Spring, Bequia

Tel/Fax (784) 457-3092 www.bequiaholiday.com | limehouse@bequiavilla.com Spring, Bequia

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Tropical Hideaway Specializing in couples and small groups from 2 - 12 guests this award winning ‘Boutique Style’ property offers luxurious and very private accommodation (from US$100 pp/pn). Set in a stunning hillside position with a heated infinity pool rated as one of the top 10 pools in the Caribbean, the beautiful evening sunsets and spectacular panoramic ocean views will literally take your breath away. With over 200 5-star reviews, discover why many say these are the finest views on Bequia, from the finest accommodation on Bequia and visit their comprehensive website for the latest offers.

Ravenala House A stunningly beautiful and private location with panoramic views to both St. Vincent and Admiralty Bay, Ravenala is surrounded by lush forest gardens, has 3 double bedrooms, 2 being in the main house, plus a separate cottage bedroom, all with A/C and screening. A large shady verandah and outdoor dining area leads directly to the curved infinity pool and coral deck overlooking the ocean, a truly wonderful space to unwind. Amenities include complimentary cell phone, Internet, Cable TV, Maid and Concierge service, Barbecue and car rental. The beach and restaurants in Lower Bay are just a short walk away.

Tel (784) 458-3676 | Cell (784) 532-1690 www.tropicalhideawaybequia.com info@tropicalhideawaybequia.com Bequia Estate, Bequia

Tel (784) 570-1946 or (784) 531-4142 www.ravenala-bequia.com | enquiries@ravenalabequia.com Lower Bay, Bequia

Cassava House

Dragonfly Villa

With stunning views over the Caribbean, Cassava House is set less than two hundred paces up from Lower Bay, one of the Grenadine’s finest swimming beaches. The living room opens onto a covered coral stone terrace, the perfect place to watch the sun set. A carved archway leads into the dining room. Beyond a seating area is the master bedroom with private terrace. Two double/twin rooms lead onto terraces with sea views. 4,837sq.ft, with its own chef, it sleeps 2 or up to 6 guests.

Sleeping six people comfortably, Dragonfly is a 4 minute walk down to the sands of Lower Bay. The stone terrace stretching the full length of the house has a mesmerising panoramic view of the ocean, perfect for relaxing by day or chilling at dusk with a cocktail as the sun sets over the horizon. Two double/twin rooms lead onto the terrace, and a large bedroom below with a super-king four-poster, each with ensuite bathroom, AC & fans. With WiFi & cable TV, it sleeps 2 or up to 6 guests.

Tel UK: 00 44 7836 256750 | Tel SVG: (784) 527-9188 www.cassava-house.com | contactus@cassava-house.com Lower Bay, Bequia

Tel UK: 00 44 7836 256750 | SVG: (784) 527-9188 www.dragonflyvilla.co.uk | contactus@cassava-house.com Lower Bay, Bequia

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Sotheby’s International Realty

Comes to SVG

The much-anticipated Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate is open for business in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. The luxury, global real estate firm officially opened the first of many planned Vincentian locations in Bequia in November of 2016. In addition to St. Vincent, the firm will serve all of the Grenadines, providing a wide variety of offerings – luxury homes, resort properties and concierge rentals appealing to a well-travelled, affluent clientele. Bringing forward some of the best and most exclusive destination properties in the world, the firm will offer the high-end of luxury properties and some specially selected properties that, at a lower price point, exude luxury.

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ichelle Bess Bellegarde, CEO of St. Vincent & the Grenadines International Realty, is proud to be a returning Vincentian saying, “It has been a long-time dream to come home and do something that I truly have a passion for and that will contribute to the country as well. St. Vincent & the Grenadines is the best destination for those seeking the perfect blend of comfort, luxury and exclusivity – truly a hidden gem. Our properties range from luxury villas to resorts, whole islands and land for development, so we have a lot to share about our beautiful country and the exquisite properties in our midst.”

A unique approach to real estate “We are proud to be 100% local working with exceptional professionals who are born and raised here,” says Pierre Bellegarde, President. “They have the local expertise that is essential. At the same time, through our business model and marketing plan, we are 100% global. We can reach the top clients and the most successful luxury real estate professionals around the world to tell them about our unique properties. Our network is unmatched in the industry and our marketing power is unrivalled. This is why we are able to work on an exclusive basis with our clients. We give more and they get more, including a sale!” Both Michelle and Pierre know what it takes to make a big move. Having lived in Canada, the US, South America and the Caribbean, they understand both the transition and the frustration that comes from setting

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up house and settling in another country - especially in the Caribbean. “Every new country offers challenges as well as its own unique character and appeal, and St. Vincent is no exception”, she smiles.


“We are all about uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives: luxury is an experience, not a price point.” – Michelle Bess Bellegarde, CEO of St. Vincent & the Grenadines International Realty

< Pierre Bellegarde and his wife Michelle Bess Bellegarde of St. Vincent & the Grenadines International Realty

We can make it much easier

Their motto? Our Joy to Serve You!

As senior marketing and sales professionals with a combined 50+ years of recognition for high performance at IBM and Intel Corporation, Michelle and Pierre bring their passion for exemplary service, marketing excellence and relationship building to the luxury buying or selling experience. Trust and simplicity are a must for anyone purchasing high-end property in another country. “The value we add is offering an end-to-end, worryfree luxury experience that is hassle-free and easy to complete.” Buying property should not be a passing fancy, but a well-planned and pleasurable process with no surprises. Unlike other real estate companies, this team brings buyers to the country and takes control of their itineraries to bring to life a true feel for what it’s like to live here.

“Finding the right villa or the best business opportunity is a unique proposition for everyone, but they all have one thing in common – they know it when they see it! We invite our clients to come and live and play a little before making the buying decision.” In fact, the firm offers both a tour of homes and a tour of islands for qualified buyers. This allows local sellers to showcase their properties effectively while giving buyers a real opportunity to see what Caribbean luxury living is all about. While on tour, potential buyers are able to connect with a number of homeowners, business owners, developers and investors who have successfully made St. Vincent & the Grenadines their new home. The firm can support multiple languages, including English, French and Spanish.

For an appointment please contact St. Vincent & the Grenadines | Sotheby’s International Realty Office: (784) 458-3118 | Cell: (214) 288-3299 | svgsothebysrealty.com

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Find your perfect destination property

VILLA ALMAVIVA, Palm Island

HOPE BAY ESTATE, Bequia

Magnificent hilltop with 270 degree ocean views. 9 bed, 9 bath, infinity pool. Rum Corner 3 bedroom guest house. Private beach and small lagoon. Estate includes boat, car, beachfront land on Mayreau.

Hope Bay Estate consists of Hope Lodge and Little Hope. Hope Lodge is a 6 bed, 6 bath Mustique-style home. Little Hope has 4 ensuite beds. Stunning views of Hope Bay. Intriguing mix of modern and classic architecture. Elegantly furnished.

$11,000,000 USD

$6,500,000 USD for combined property

LOOK YONDER, Bequia

MIMOSA ESTATE, Bequia

6 bed, 6 bath Mustique-style home. Magnificent sea views on your own quiet peninsula. 3 well-appointed cottages each with 2 ensuite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living, dining and covered patio. Snorkel and fish at the foot of your home. Moor your boat steps away.

9 bed, 8 bath. Pride of the Belmont Walkway. Multi-family, traditional Caribbean colonial. Set back on the waterfront of Admiralty Bay on .75 acres. Serene and private yet in the heart of Bequia life. Main house, guest cottage and two 2 bedroom apartments. Zoned commercial perfect home or restaurant /bed & breakfast.

$6,000,000 USD

$4,500,000 USD

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LIME HOUSE ESTATE, Bequia

3 bed, 3 bath. Modern and newly constructed on 1 acre. Panoramic views from mountain to ocean. Beautiful and easy to maintain gardens. Designed by award-winning London architects Kilburn Nightingale. Streamlined Bosch appliances.

6 bed, 6 bath. Two acre hillside estate with spectacular ocean views. Mustique-style home of main house, cottage and studio. Features one of Bequiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful home gardens. A wide variety of fruit and other trees. Excellent investment / rental property - a proven favourite of visitors to Bequia.

$2,400,000 USD

$1,875,000 USD


Port Elizabeth, Bequia michelle@svgsothebysrealty.com Office: (784) 458-3118 | Cell: (214) 288-3299

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TAMARIND, Bequia

IGUANA ROCK, Bequia

Stylish 2 bed, 2 bath. Elegant and luxurious, perfect for entertaining. Covered terrace dining and gourmet kitchen. Atmospheric lighting system for magical evenings. Proven successful rental business. Current bookings and villa website will transfer. Numerous positive reviews on Trip Advisor / Flip Key.

4 bed, 4 bath modern Caribbean-style home. Gorgeous views of Mustique and The Grenadines. Mahogany sliding doors to large terrace and infinity pool. Imports and designs from bespoke furniture makers. 14ft kitchen island with marble top. Miele appliances and latest induction hob and steam oven.

$1,200,000 USD

$1,100,000 USD

BAY TREE, Bequia

LA PAGERIE, Carriacou

$1,290,000 USD

$2,500,000 USD

3 bed, 4 bath. Spectacular views of Spring Bay, Balliceaux and Battowia. Open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and modern kitchen. Spacious terraces. 2 master suites. Stylish one-bedroom apartment downstairs with walkout to infinity pool. Fully equipped office and gym. Irrigated tropical gardens with fruit trees. Solar powered home.

5 bed, 4 bath. Beachfront French Colonial. Wide verandahs, Greenheart deck and infinity pool. West facing with spectacular sunset views of the Caribbean Sea. Beautiful imported hardwood including Greenheart, Purpleheart and Kabokali. Secluded sand beach with your own beach deck. Staff quarters. A 30ft boat is included.

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As part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the 1,400 acre island of Mustique shares the early history common to all of the islands. When European planters arrived in the 1740s 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 sugar beet usurped West Indian cane as the major source of sugar.

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ustique’s sugar plantations were soon abandoned and became overgrown by the encroaching jungle leaving only the sugar mill at Endeavour and its cotton house. The island was eventually purchased in 1958 by Lord Glenconner (the Honourable Colin Tennant) under whose guidance the island began to flourish again. Mustique remained relatively quiet although its reputation as an idyllic getaway was growing. In 1960, HRH The Princess Margaret accepted a 10-acre plot of land as a wedding gift from Colin Tennant and a new era began. The Mustique Company was formed in 1968 and the airport opened the following year. It was around this time that the first new villas (mainly designed by Oliver Messel and Arne Hasselqvist) 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 is such a peaceful island you may find yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches; 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 oncall doctor available (Tel: 488-8353). With a harbour front 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. The famous Basil’s Bar & Restaurant is just across the road. Now in its 22nd year, the annual Mustique Blues Festival is held every year in late January/early February at Basil’s. The only hotels on the island are the exquisite Cotton House & Spa, and Firefly, a small, exclusive, privately-owned boutique hotel with just six intimate fantasy rooms. The Firefly bar is 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 quarter 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 spectacular beaches on the island, which also makes it one of the most popular. 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 picnicking, swimming, paddle boarding and snorkeling.

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The Cotton House Set in thirteen acres of tropical gardens, the colonial style Cotton House & Spa is the oldest building on the renowned island of Mustique. It offers a range of villa style accommodation with fifteen luxurious rooms and suites; from the two bedroom private residence to smaller garden cottages with plunge pools and private terraces. The hotel’s Veranda Restaurant and Beach Café & Bar offer a choice of barefoot barbeques, beach picnics and formal à la carte dining, whilst extensive watersports and island activities, and a nurturing ila-spa, will ensure a memorable stay on this tropical private island retreat.

Tel (784) 456-4777 or (784) 456-5887 www.cottonhouse.net | reservations@cottonhouse.net

Wind & Sea Established in 1984 and located in the heart of Clifton Harbour at Bougainvilla Hotel in Union Island, Wind & 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 onboard. Lunch may be a buffet on board, or on shore at one of the islands. They are also port agents for several cruise ships in the Grenadines. Bougainvilla is a wonderful docking facility for yachtsmen with water and ice and the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar serves fresh seafood daily as well as La Cabane Juice and Sushi Bar. Free WiFi service.

Tel (784) 458-8878/8678 | Cell (784) 493-3128 grenadineswindandsea.com | grenadines-bougainvilla.com windandsealtd@vincysurf.com

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anouan, located in the heart of the Southern Grenadines, is poised to become one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Ever since some 800 acres of rolling hills and secluded beaches on the northern side of the island were sold to an Italian consortium (Canouan Resorts Development Ltd.) in the mid-1990s, this beautiful island has gone from strength to strength.

The west coast of Canouan, which is blessed with several beautiful stretches of beach, is home to a number of charming places to stay. Canouan Estate & Pink Sands Club

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Canouan Estate and Pink Sands Club, a new $200 million, 26-suite, 6-villa hotel and 27 residences, will unequivocally set a new benchmark for luxury hotels in the region. Indeed, with its spectacular golf course, luxurious spa, a marina due to be completed in 2017-2018, an airport with a 5,900 ft. runway, two private jets and shared jet service from Barbados, Canouan aspires to become one of the most exclusive resort islands in the world. The west coast of Canouan, which is blessed with some beautiful stretches of beach, is home to a number of charming places to stay. The Tamarind Beach Hotel has two restaurants, a wonderful spa, a popular little boutique and an outstanding Italian deli offering the very best Italian fare. There is also a selection of comfortable apartments and guest-houses offering rental accommodation in the village. Several shops stock a good selection of general supplies and the small market next to the ferry dock sells freshly caught fish and fruit and vegetables shipped in daily from St. Vincent.


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Flights: The Canouan Jetport is serviced by SVG Air, Mustique Airways, Grenadine Air Alliance and Canouan Aviation. There are scheduled flights from Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia. Land Taxis: Donna Laidlow Tel: (784) 529-6820. Zico Garraway Tel: (784) 532-5935. 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. Shopping and Services: Groceries and ready cooked foods can be purchased from: Buon Appetito Gastronomic Delicatessen Shop and Take Away located at the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club. For orders Tel: (784) 532-8044. Canouan Foods Ltd., Tel: (784) 482-0679 / 593-3364 or Email: canouanfoods@gmail.com. Rebecca’s Place, Tel: (784) 458-8024 or Email: mistert1930@cwblackberry.net Customs and Immigration: Located at the airport. Banking: Bank of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Tel: (784) 452-4174. They are open 8am to 2pm Mon. Wed. & Fri., and 8am to 5pm on Thurs. 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. Weekends emergencies only, Tel: (784) 458-8305. Spa: 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: Ice, gas, moorings, water, transport to shore and general assistance to yachtsmen available from Marcus Williams, aka ‘Iceman’, call VHF 16 or telephone his home (784) 458-8375 or mobile (784) 492-3230 or John Compton ca1l 784 593-0875.

Beaches & Anchorages

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, through Tamarind Beach Hotel or see above). 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 Mahault Bay in the north, while Friendship Bay in the south offers good snorkeling.

Buon Appetito Gastronomic Delicatessen Shop and Take Away Cinzia Occioni has created a beautiful Italian delicatessen near to the main jetty in Canouan at the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club. A full selection of regional cold cuts and cheeses from all over Italy are professionally served along with luxuries like caviar, paté de fois gras, bottarga etc. The hot counter serves the best traditional Italian pastas, meat and fish with rice, vegetables and salads for lunch or dinner. They have an amazing selection of Italian wines, prosecco and French champagnes. Exquisite quality Italian pastas, pasta sauces, salad dressings, olive oils, vinegars, olives, jams and pies - the best food & drink of Italy in the heart of the Grenadines.

Tel (784) 532-8044 Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club

Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club This beautiful and lively beachfront oasis has 40 seaside hideaways on a long white sand beach. The “Palapa Restaurant” offers high quality Italian and West Indian cuisine or you can visit the “Pirate’s Cove” for light fare, live music and dancing. Buon Appetito Gastronomic Delicatessen Shop and Take Away. Beach bar, watersports, boat trips and massage facilities. On site PADI dive facilities. Day rooms and Wi-Fi available - check with front office.

Tel (784) 458-8044 | Fax (784) 458-8851 www.tamarindbeachhotel.com info@tamarind.us

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Tobago Cays Marine Park was established to protect this precious ecosystem of nine islands including: the five uninhabited islands of the Tobago Cays, the uninhabitated islets off Mayreau - Catholic Island, Jondall and Mayreau Baleine; as well as the populated island of Mayreau itself. 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 and 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.

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This Cay has snorkeling around the perimeter but only a small beach. Conch and lobster fishermen used to camp there at certain times of year.

Baradal Turtle Sanctuary is a protected area where snorkelers can observe green and hawksbill turtles foraging freely. Do not touch or feed the turtles.

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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.

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines has 32 beautiful islands and hundreds of pristine scuba diving and snorkeling sites to explore. Each island has something different to offer with unique and diverse marine life, stunning topography and untouched coral reefs. The perfect Caribbean destination for experienced divers, underwater photographers, or beginners wishing to become certified. A myriad of underwater species exist side-by-side in this diverse collection of Caribbean islands. Longsnout seahorses sway gently on the coral; schools of blue creole wrasse and yellow-striped french grunts swarm across the reef. Peer inside a recess to find shy lobsters, furtive crabs and fearless shrimp defending their territory. Barracuda stare as curious divers swim past searching the seabed for rare critters and beautifully sculpted crustaceans. Flounders and stingrays bury themselves in white sand, hoping they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t noticed by the eagle eyes of the dive guides. Sleepy nurse sharks retire beneath dramatic boulder corals and the tiniest of pygmy filefish quiver amongst the camouflage of soft corals. Incandescent azure blue sponges are the makeshift home to frogfish, while sergeant majors guard vivid purple egg patches from the cheeky reef butterflyfish. With year-round good visibility, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will spark the interest of even the most avid snorkelers and divers.

Grenadines Dive Clifton, Union Island Tel (784) 458-8138 www.grenadinesdive.com | gdive@grenadinesdive.com

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“St. Vincent & the Grenadines are a smorgasbord of diving adventure. Each island and each dive operation has something different to offer. There are a few common denominators, though. The shops are small but the dive staff are well qualified...” Bill Harrigan - Skin Diver Magazine

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Mayreau, with just one road, a single unnamed village, rain-caught drinking water, no airport, no bank and no electricity until 2003, represents a unique small island society. The mail boat, which arrives six days a week carrying much needed supplies, provides essential and affordable transport for residents to and from St. Vincent and other islands.

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Despite the fact that Mayreau remains relatively untouched, the islanders in the village do cater to visitors with several bars, restaurants, shops and accommodation at Starfish Haven Apartments and Dennis’ Hideaway Guest House for those who wish to linger longer. One of Mayreau’s main attractions is the small Roman Catholic Church, solidly built of local stone and perched on top of the central hill. With the added attraction of a small nature museum, this rustic building also offers a magnificent panoramic view from its lofty location - sweeping down over the village, the hillside, the coastline, across the sea and onto the spectacular beauty of the Tobago Cays. Nature lovers can ramble along several hiking trails with guides, where it is possible to spot wildlife, including harmless reptiles such as iguana, tortoise, tree frogs and ground lizards; along with many bird species, the most striking of which are the mockingbird, bananaquit, cuckoo and tiny hummingbird. Mayreau is blessed with several superb white-sand beaches and Saltwhistle Bay is the best of them all. With calm, turquoise water and a palm-fringed crescent of sand, this lovely bay is tranquil and charming. Nestled amongst the coconut trees can be found the tiny and unassuming Saltwhistle Bay Resort. The restaurant and bar, managed by a Barbadian chef, Justin Quinton, is an ideal spot to enjoy a meal or cocktails in comfortable, idyllic surroundings. For a more ‘rootsy’ experience, there are several no-frills shacks dotted along the beach that serve food and drinks. Saline Bay in the south, with its nearly mile long, white sandy beach is another beautiful spot. It is very popular with visiting cruise ship passengers. Scuba divers who visit the island should arrange a visit to the Mayreau Gardens, one of the most outstanding coral reefs in the Southern Caribbean. If you visit Mayreau please do not dispose of any garbage, as there is no dump. Even if somebody offers to get rid of it for you, it is better to take it back off the island yourself.

From the top Flambeau Butterfly, Green Iguana, Frangipani Caterpillar, Hermit Crab Photos courtesy Heather Grant of Erika’s Marine

Starfish Haven

At Starfish Haven, you choose the rhythm of your stay. Relax in a peaceful tropical setting with breathtaking views on the breezy edge of Mayreau’s village. Or join in village life just steps away at one of the nearby shops, restaurants, bars or beaches. Enjoy our self-contained one-bedroom apartment with covered patio, fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, bathroom and sitting room from US$125 per night. The upstairs villa is also available for rental from US$200 per night. It features an expansive covered verandah, fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms and bathrooms, outdoor shower and sitting room.

For reservations: starfishhavenmayreau@gmail.com For more information: facebook.com/StarfishHavenMayreau

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By Nancy Saul-Demers

On the tiny island of Mayreau, there’s a new family in the village. They’re not at all traditional, though they clearly value traditions. This family wasn’t formed through birth or marriage. They simply chose to be a family and to be a powerhouse in their community.

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radition says it takes a village to raise a child. This group understands it takes a special kind of family to make a village special. So, who are they and what are they all about? They call themselves the Full Click Family. There are 30 of them, including a 12-year-old student and a 41-year-old cook. Most have lived on Mayreau all their lives and many are still in high school. They remember there didn’t seem to be much to do when they were younger. They want to change that – to do something good while bringing excitement to their community and ensuring those growing up now will have opportunities not previously available. They know they have the skills to bring all the young people together, bring back traditions, develop programmes that help their village and “keep the children off the street.” Early in 2016, the Full Click Family became visible when they helped with the community project to upgrade the island’s elementary school. They did minor repairs, cleaning, painting and pest control. And that was just the beginning. In March, they sat down with some supporters on Mayreau to chat about bringing back the tradition of sailing through a youth sailing programme. Once they decided to go ahead, they arranged to borrow five Optimist boats from Union Island, transported them to Mayreau, arranged for secure storage, did necessary repairs, recruited four leading Mayreau sailors as coaches and held their first lesson - all within one week. The lessons for youth aged 10 and up continued weekly. Then, during the 2016 Mayreau Regatta, the Full Click Family organized a junior sailing competition with three rounds of races over two days and an impressive awards ceremony. And they didn’t stop there. After getting some sails repaired in Bequia, the group put together a week-long sailing programme in August. Fifteen children, aged 9 to 15, learned all about sailing including how to tie knots, how to rig up the boats and sails and what to do when a boat capsizes. In the evening, they “played games and stuff like that.” The programme was deemed successful “because everything go like how we planned it; children learned how to sail and everyone enjoyed themselves.” In the future, the Full Click Family plans to offer the programme to those aged 8 to 13 because that’s the international standard.

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Above: Mayreau’s youngest competitive sailor, 12-year-old Lily, is one of the fiercest Left: Full Click Family members and coaches prepare for 1st youth sailing class Right: Optimist sailboats now a common sight on Saline Bay

Plans are in the works to obtain three more Optimist sailboats from the Bequia Youth Sailing programme, and to “do a little thing” in December when school is closed – including another sailing programme and other activities for youth. The Family is also planning more traditional onshore activities for next year’s Regatta, including Round Dodge on the pasture. Full Click team members acknowledge what they’ve learned by helping out on Mayreau. Two of the young women said “We learned responsibility. We learned how to cooperate with each other. As responsible teenagers, we learned how to manage the children - to make up our mind when to send the children home, when to feed them, how to control them and how to speak to their parents if anything should happen.”

Looking into the future, the Family speaks as one, “I hope we accomplish reaching higher, racing bigger boats and helping the younger generation go out farther in developing their skills.” Group members are proud “that we were seen to help out the community, that we got sailing boats for youth to use and joined the national sailing group, that the young children are actually participating and liking what you’re doing for them,” and, perhaps most of all that “some of the community are actually supporting us.” Recognizing all those who’ve helped the Family thus far, the group doesn’t hesitate to acknowledge, “We need support. We need sponsors from all over.” So, the next time you’re near Mayreau, check out the Full Click Family. Ask what they’ve done lately and offer whatever support you can give.

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Professional kitesurfer Jeremie Tronet decided to base his internationally renowned kitesurfing centre on Union Island after travelling the world looking for the location with the best conditions Photo: kitesurfgrenadines.com


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Union Island Located at the heart of the Southern Grenadines, and surrounded by some of the best sailing and diving waters in the world, Union Island moves very much to the beat of its own drum. The British Crown bought Union Island from the last private owner in 1910 and set up a Land Settlement Scheme to sell 2 and 4-acre lots to the islanders at peppercorn prices. While the tiny landed society survived on subsistence farming and fishing, many inhabitants had to leave in search of better opportunities. Today, the improved economy revolves around fisheries, exporting several thousand pounds of conch per week, and tourism, which has created sufficient jobs to allow more locals to remain at home. With a population of approximately 3,000 souls, well ministered to by 12 churches of various Christian denominations, Union Island also has a primary and secondary school, a medical clinic, a bank, a post office, a police station and an airport. Radio Grenadines, a non-profit online radio station, shares local news and community insights. The main

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crops are corn and pigeon peas, but local farmers also grow a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that are sold at the Clifton market, along with produce from the mainland. Union Island is also famous for its high quality salt, produced under drought conditions at the Belmont Salt Pond, which is sold for EC$10 per lb. The small but busy Clifton Harbour is the centre of the day-chartering industry in the Southern Grenadines. Scaramouche, Wind and Sea, Yannis Sail, Chantours and Grey Goose provide a good selection of tours. This sheltered anchorage is the most popular mooring in Union as it is close to Bougainvilla Hotel, Anchorage Yacht Club, several very good restaurants and bars, a few small supermarkets and guest-houses. Clifton Harbour offers amazing conditions for kitesurfing and kiters flock to the excellent facilities at JT Pro Center’s Kitsesurfing School on Kite Beach, including a beach bar, which is a cool place for non-kiters to go to relax or enjoy some stand up paddling. The reefs in this area are in wonderful condition and Glenroy Adams of Grenadines Dive has been successfully taking divers to the many nearby superb dive sites for over 30 years. Just 5-minutes drive from Clifton is Bigsand, a sheltered, white, crescent-shaped beach, where the new Sparrow’s Beach Club and Restaurant provides day moorings, good general facilities, delicious food and cocktails and excellent swimming and snorkeling.


Their convenient 5-minute shuttle from Clifton runs constantly from morning until night. With 10 luxurious rooms David’s Beach Hotel has recently opened here, offering a good all-inclusive experience as a new option for visitors. Sun, sea and beach lovers might prefer the tranquillity of Chatham Bay, which is much less crowded with boats than Clifton Harbour, and offers excellent snorkeling in crystal clear, teal coloured water, beautiful sunsets and seasonal flocks of Pelicans. Several small beach huts serve local food and cold drinks. The best way to get there is by boat, though a 4-wheel drive vehicle can make the trip. Union Island has a network of well-paved roads and a 1-hour taxi tour can give visitors a good overview of the island, with stops at the island’s second town, Ashton, and the small fishing centre of Campbell. While passing through the various communities, visitors often witness traditional practices such as making gravel by hand at the stone quarry or slow burning wood to make charcoal for cooking. There is also the chance of spotting indigenous animals like iguanas, agouti and wild goats. Off-road, Union Island’s interesting scenery offers good conditions for hiking, with the most popular hike being from Clifton over to Chatham Bay. The fitter and more adventurous hikers can join members of the local community who have developed steep

trails that climb through lush greenery to Parnassus and Mt. Olympus, where the extra effort is rewarded with some truly spectacular views of the entire Grenadines. Turtle watching expeditions provide another enjoyable option. Water taxis are a popular mode of transport and are available in Clifton Harbour. For a reliable and efficient service call Jude James: (784) 526-6891. WiFi is available at JT Pro Beach Bar on Kite Beach, Anchorage Yacht Club, Captain Gourmet, The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar at Bougainvilla, Snack Shack, The Loft and Sparrow’s Beach Club. Erika’s Marine provides wireless Internet and the use of their computers, marine services such as laundry, travel arrangements, customs clearance and a good book exchange service. Information and assistance can be obtained from Erika’s Marine Services in Clifton Harbour at (784) 485-8335 or the Tourism Bureau in Clifton - Tel: (784) 458-8350 open Mon. to Fri. 9am - 4pm (Lunch 12noon - 1pm) or Tobago Cays Marine Park office in Clifton Tel: (784) 485-8191 open Mon. to Fri. 8am - 4pm. Ferry services operate to and from St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau with the MV Gem Star and Jaden Sun Fast Passenger Ferry. Clifton is the southern port of entry for customs clearance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Customs is located by the main wharf in Clifton Harbour (open Mon. to Fri. 8:30am - 4pm) Tel: (784) 485-8294, and at the Airport (open daily from 7am - 6pm) Tel: (784) 458-8360. Immigration service for yachtsmen is now also offered in the Union Island Tourist Information Office Mon. to Fri. 9am - 4pm (closed for lunch 12 noon 1pm). The immigration office is also at the airport. The Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines is open Mon. to Thu. 8am - 2pm and Fri. 8am - 5pm. There is a 24-hr ATM machine. Medical Services - Union Island Health Centre, Clifton Hill, Clifton (784) 458-8339; Harvey’s Pharmacy, located on Back Street in Clifton, is available for medications and more (784) 458-8596. Pharmacy hours are Mon. to Sat. 9am - 7pm (closed from 1pm - 4pm). Manicures, Pedicures, Massage and Reflexology Sparrow’s Beach Club has a small spa. Phone (784) 458-8195. There is a complimentary shuttle - Phone: (784) 454-1888. Clockwise from top left Clifton Photo: Kitesurfgrenadines.com Driftwood Boutique Photo courtesy Kitesurfgrenadines.com Lollipops after school at Captain Gourmet Photo: Sally Miller “Picking salt” at Belmont Salt Pond Photo courtesy Stanton Gomes Chatham Bay Photo: Dan Christaldi

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JT Pro Center Kitesurfing School The JT Pro Center on Kite Beach in Union Island is a global sensation in the world of kitesurfing. Run by Jeremie Tronet, a professional kitesurfer, this kiteschool has redefined Union Island as ‘the’ action spot in St. Vincent and The Grenadines, and indeed the world, for water board sports. The combination of the absolutely amazing conditions, the facilities and unique services offered by Jeremie and his team create a fantastic experience. Although some beginners learn faster than others, Jeremie says 3 to 4 hours will get you up on the board and feeling the sensation. For the experienced kiteboarder there are photo and video shoots using professional camera equipment, advanced lessons to improve style from the Full Moon most basic trick to the most advanced handle passes and boat tours to hidden Beach Party and spots. Imagine you and your friends, the only people riding, assisted by pro Kitesurfing Show. kiters ready to shoot all your moves and give you the best advice to land any Have fun, eat, dance and of your tricks – kiter’s heaven! Advanced lessons given by Jeremie are the way to go to progress and land new tricks faster. enjoy the spectacle of the Kite Beach is also a lovely spot to have fun and enjoy the most decadent full moon, fire and lasers! day hanging out at their Beach Bar with free Wi-Fi, lounge day beds, beach chairs and beach toys while being served ice cold drinks. They do a great JT Tourists and locals - all Rum Punch for 4 served in a beach bucket! ages. See pages 8-12 For those who come to Union Island with one of the kitesurfgrenadines. com packages, the accommodations are a mere 100 metres from the kite for 2017 dates. spot and 15 metres from the beautiful blue lagoon. The kiteschool provides an air compressor for kiters to fill their own kites. Any kitesurfer coming to kite should check in at the kiteschool to find out about the rules. If the wind isn’t present for a day or two or you are not a kiter, you will be able to experience deep sea fishing, surfing and SUPing tours. JT Pro Center offers wonderful SUP tours paddling downwind with the currents from Kite Beach around to the Frigate Island lagoon and mangroves with clear water and bird life, through the quaint village of Ashton, finishing on Campbell beach. Jeremie says this tour is such a breeze you can do it lying down.

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Kite Beach is also the party centre! This is especially true at the JT Pro Center Full Moon Beach Party now a well talked about party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines because of the “Moon-Light Kitesurfing Show”. The party features all music genres, which brings tourists and locals of all ages together for a unique party experience once a month. Around 6:30pm, people start gathering as the barbecue food stalls fire up and the bar starts serving a wide selection of drinks. The party is then illuminated by the light show where glow sticks, glow balls, lasers and fireballs share the moonlight. International professional kitesurfer Jeremie Tronet gives an amazing night kitesurfing show with fire on the water only a few feet away from the spectators dancing on the beach. Kite Beach is For the dates of the 2017 full moon parties see our Calendar of Events on pages 8-12. also a lovely spot to With this wonderful kitesurfing school enjoy the most decadent and all the activities that JT Pro Center day hanging out at the has introduced, Union Island is now rising as the cool, new place to be! JT Pro Beach Bar with free

Wi-Fi, lounge day beds, beach chairs and beach toys while being served ice cold drinks. JT Pro Center Beach Bar

Tel (784) 527-8363 or (784) 434-0764 info@kitesurfgrenadines.com | kitesurfgrenadines.com

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Anchorage Yacht Club First opened in 1975 and long renowned as one of the stop-off points for anybody cruising or visiting the Grenadines, Anchorage Yacht Club on Union Island has recently undergone a complete rejuvenation under new ownership and new management. Seasoned travellers have always valued AYC’s central location right in the heart of the Grenadines and today, since reopening after renovations, a new wave of happy sailors and vacationers are enjoying this casual and comfortable hotel that provides an ideal Caribbean escape far away from the everyday hullabaloo and crowds of busy tourism destinations.

For those who just want some rest and relaxation, AYC’s Benji Beach is a perfect spot to soak up the sun

Situated on a magnificent white sand beach with ideal swimming conditions and a splendid view across the turquoise waters of Clifton lagoon, AYC is both a great place to stay and a perfect base for day trips to neighbouring islands, including the truly magnificent Tobago Cays and nearby Palm Island. Distributed over 10 acres of beachfront property, the 15 rooms at AYC all benefit from a seafront location – some on the first floor with a panoramic view over the marina, while the rest are directly on the beach. Whilst refurbishing AYC to offer improved amenities and services, the property’s new owners have also invested in employing and training helpful and friendly members of staff who are ever willing to look after their guests and ensure that they have a happy experience from the minute they arrive at Union Island airport. At the AYC Bar and Restaurant chefs make good use of local ingredients, especially locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and seasonal lobster from their lobster pond. Some of the kitchen’s specialities include its ciabatta

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sandwiches, croissants, fresh pasta and excellent burgers. The popular AYC bar serves international favourite brands and delicious tropical cocktails. Once a month in season, as a special treat, the JT Pro Center organizes fantastic beach parties at full moon, featuring a night kitesurfing show and dancing all night long. The performance includes an amazing light show and everyone carries glow sticks, fire flares and fun lights, creating one of the highlights on Union Island’s social calendar. For those who just want some rest and relaxation, AYC’s Benji Beach is a perfect spot to soak up the sun on a beach chair or bathe in calm, crystal clear water. On the other hand, anybody who enjoys an active holiday can choose from a wide range of exciting activities. Kite Beach is blessed by constant winds that are ideal for kitesurfing. The JT Pro Center is located at AYC and they offer beginner kitesurfing courses, advanced lessons and private pro clinics. Anyone interested in learning kiteboarding can sign up for a three-day course. The lagoon is also ideal for stand up paddling. Divers, from complete beginners to professionals, can experience some of the best diving conditions in the world conveniently close to Union Island. AYC also works closely with professional fishermen who specialize in deep-sea fishing. For a more leisurely activity, guests can enjoy the magical experience of sailing in the Grenadines, including snorkeling with sea turtles in the Tobago Cays and visiting Salt Whistle Bay in Mayreau or many other stunning beaches. In all cases, daily excursions can be reserved in the AYC reception and the trips all start at the resort’s own jetty. Life at Anchorage Yacht Club moves at real ‘island time’, providing a happy balance of good service and the relaxing vibe of an authentic Caribbean holiday.

Photo compliments Tel (784) 526-6891 Clifton Harbour, Union Island

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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 3 distinct services. 1. Agent and tour operator to cruise ships coming to the southern Grenadines, they arrange beach parties at Mayreau and boat excursions to the Tobago Cays. 2. Private day charters to the surrounding islands of Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Canouan, St. Vincent, Mustique, PSV and Mopion. 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 beautiful 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 buffetstyle 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. 3. Over-night & long stay charters

Docking Facilities • Ice & Water • Laundry Service • Juice Bar • New Sushi Bar • Apartments & Rooms • Waterfront Restaurant & Bar • Free Dinghy Marina • Yoga Classes

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Tel (784) 458-8678/8878 After Hours (784) 493-3128 Wind and Sea: windandsealtd@gmail.com Bougainvilla: laquarium8678@gmail.com www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com www.grenadineswindandsea.com Clifton, Union Island

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David’s Beach Hotel An All-Inclusive Boutique Hotel in Union Island When David Isaacs and a group of international hotel investors set out to reposition Union Island’s most exclusive hotel property, their mission was to create an upscale boutique hotel with everything included in the rate. A hotel, where guests could unwind in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and experience the warm hospitality of the island, while enjoying a high level of personal and unpretentious service.

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The result of this vision is David’s Beach Hotel, a newly opened all-inclusive boutique hotel, with only 10 beachfront suites. Situated directly on the pristine Bigsand Beach on the quiet north coast of Union Island, the hotel offers guests a unique opportunity for a truly authentic Caribbean experience away from the crowds of the larger resorts, but without compromising any of the comforts. Aiming to always make the experience as enjoyable for the guests as possible, meet and greet at the airport is included, and the hotel has completely done away with the stiff and formal reception area. Instead, check-in is done in the beach-side lounge area, where guests seated with a complimentary cold welcome drink, are quickly checked in and given a short orientation of the hotel, before being accompanied to their suite. At David’s Beach Hotel the all-inclusive experience includes a daily full hour relaxation massage with locally sourced coconut oil. For the more adventurous guests looking to explore the island and its surrounding


At David’s Beach Hotel the all-inclusive experience includes a daily full hour relaxation massage with locally sourced coconut oil.

waters, tours either by minivan or a small speedboat are arranged daily — all included in the rate. Of course, you can also simply grab your snorkeling gear and head into the waters in front of the hotel. With a reef within swimming distance, you will encounter an abundance of colourful fish and sea-turtles, while rays are frequently sighted. All meals and drinks are included in the rate, as are the daily afternoon snacks where cakes and other homemade delicacies are a favourite of those with a sweet tooth. The restaurant, located at the waters edge, is only open for guests staying at the hotel, underscoring the intimate atmosphere more akin to a private villa than a hotel, were it not for the always present and attentive staff. International and local chefs have worked together to create exciting Caribbean gourmet dishes for the daily set menu, based on local ingredients and traditions. Every evening, after dinner, David casually talks to each guest to help plan any massages or tours for the next days. It does not come as a surprise to David Isaacs,

that guests have taken well to the combination of an all-inclusive concept and a small exclusive boutique hotel. The hotel is rated as the number 1 hotel on Union Island on leading international review websites, and it recently received the ‘Excellence in Luxury Travel’ award from the prestigious Deluxe Traveller Magazine. But despite all the accolades, what makes him most proud is the many returning guests the hotel has already had during its first year of operations. “It proves to us that guests truly appreciate our efforts”, says David with a smile, while explaining how he and his staff strive to make guests feel at home. “When our visitors arrive as guests, but leave as family, some with tears in their eyes, our mission has been accomplished”

Tel: 784 485-8447 www.davidsbeachhotel.com | mail@davidsbeachhotel.com Bigsand Beach, Union Island St. Vincent & The Grenadines

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LUXURY CRUISES

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The tour includes: Pick-up and drop off, including from Union Island airport if needed Breakfast on board Buffet Lunch on board Drinks all day Complimentary use of Snorkel gear Stops at Mayreau & Tobago Cays Swimming with turtles

PRIVATE CHARTERS also available Reservations: (784) 458 8824 / 458 8513 www.palmislandresortgrenadines.com yannis@palmislandsvg.com Anchorage Yacht Club, Clifton, Union Island

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Grenadines Dive

Grey Goose Sailing Tours

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. The dive sites in your country rank on a world class level!”

Tel (784) 458-8138 www.grenadinesdive.com | gdive@grenadinesdive.com

A wonderful sailing experience and great local knowledge. Treat yourself to a wonderful experience of monohull sailing while you are in some of the best sailing waters in the world. Ferdinand John and his son Clifford will collect you and take you on a tailor made tour in the southern Grenadines. Take your choice of a few destinations such as the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Mopion, PSV and Chatham Bay in Union Island. They will take care of all your needs with a tasty lunch, snacks and lovely cold drinks served to you throughout the tour. Their local knowledge that they willingly share makes your day even better.

Tel: Ferdinand John (784) 492-4220 Clifford John (784) 532-6591 cliffordjohn353@gmail.com Clifton Harbour, Union Island

Scaramouche Island Adventure Tours Discover the unexpected! Vehicle Rental Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Reasonable prices. Taxi Service Tours tailored to your needs. 1 hour Union Island Sightseeing Tour Visit the historic sights and stunning bays around Union Island. 4-6 hour Excursion Minimum of 4 persons with snorkeling and beach picnic and island BBQ. Guided Hiking Min. of 4 persons. Excellent Rates Reasonable Prices and Good Value!

Tel Lesroy Noel (784) 526-6090 Abdon Whyte (784) 526-4402 Tel Lesroy Noel (784) 526-6090 Abdon Whyte (784) 526-4402

Jude’s Boat Taxi Jude offers a reliable boat taxi service between the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Palm Island, Union Island and PSV. Reasonable prices and reliability with polite and friendly service are his hallmark. You can call on Jude for transfers at arrival or departure, half or whole day trips exploring, beach picnics, snorkeling trips or shopping. He will also collect and deliver supplies. A Member of the Boat Taxi Association.

Tel (784) 526-6891 Clifton Harbour, Union Island

This original West Indian 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. Enjoy one of their memorable daytrips out of Union Island; breakfast, a delicious plated lunch prepared by the onboard cook, open bar with a good selection available all day, including their legendary Scaramouche Rum Punch. Snorkeling equipment provided and a comfortable tender takes you to the Horseshoe Reef. Enchanting experiences, tailor-made for your dream event. Romantic weddings, Corporate functions, Film shoots... you name it!

Tel (784) 458-8418 / 455-1362 www.scaramouchegrenadines.com scaramouche@vincysurf.com Tel (784) 526-6891 Clifton Harbour, Union Island

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Dining & Nightlife in

Union Island

Union has recently enjoyed an upsurge in the quality and variety of the island’s dining and nightlife experience. Thanks to the exciting efforts of a new wave of enterprising restaurateurs and bar owners, visitors can find something to suit every taste and occasion – from local favourites to sushi or French and Italian, from tapas to fine dining, from cocktails to full-moon beach parties! Union islanders grow good quality produce, which is supplemented with fresh supplies brought in from mainland St. Vincent, along with high quality imported international goods. And, as befits an island with a great seafaring tradition, there is a good supply of freshly caught fish and lobster when in season. A selection of the island’s best restaurants and bars are featured in these pages. Many of them are conveniently located in a compact area along the main street of Clifton and the waterfront, which makes it easy to go for a stroll, day or night, and look for something that appeals to you. It’s also perfect for those who enjoy a bit of bar hopping or like to check out the live entertainment scene. For something out of the ordinary, try Union Island’s biggest nightlife attraction, the Full Moon Beach Party and Kitesurfing Show, which is held once a month from December through to May. And for a change of scenery or pace, you can take their shuttle for the short drive to the beautiful Big Sands beach, home to Sparrow’s Beach Club. From the top - The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar at Bougainvilla The Loft, a new wine and tapas bar, is upstairs in the pretty yellow waterfront buildling in Hugh Mulzac Square Bert Biddy playing at Twilight Bar, run by him and his wife, Kamile Giancarlo and Tiziana at their Italian restaurant, The Barracuda The Snack Shack in Clifton All photos courtesy kitesurfgrenadines.com

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The Best Beach in Union Island Union Island presents a new, high quality concept at Bigsand Bay, Sparrow’s Beach Club, with excellent food and top quality service. The beautiful white sand beach has a gently sloping access to the always calm and turquoise sea. The Beach Club is perfectly equipped with beach beds, shower on the beach, spa, massage, reflexology and watersports. Your favourite Caribbean Cocktails - Mojito, Sparrow’s Rum Punch and Piña Colada will be served under the shade of a coconut tree or in an intimate and private gazebo. Everything is organized for the comfort and tranquility of guests who are always welcomed by pleasant and smiling staff. After swimming and a few cocktails, a tastefully decorated, refined restaurant will offer you the catch of the day or a live lobster from the pond, or one of the chef’s specialities like Tuna Sashimi, Carpaccio, Tartare, or the home made smoked Marlin from the varied menu. For dessert, you can indulge in crème brulée, lemon pie, banana flambée and chocolate mousse. A free shuttle for Sparrow’s Restaurant guests will take you from Clifton Harbour and bring you back at your convenience. The owner, Bertrand Sailly, well known Union Island businessman and outstanding fisherman, also offers real estate services through his company, Grenadines Island Estates. In a very short time Sparrow’s Beach Club has become “the place to be”, it has been a much needed addition to the Union Island social scene. Day moorings are available; Charter boats can spend the day there and then sail over to Chatham Bay or Clifton Harbour to spend the night. A wonderful, social place for the sailors, the locals and for all visitors in love with the Grenadines…

Sparrow’s Beach Club & Restaurant

Reservations (784) 458-8195 Shuttle (784) 454-1888 Manager Bertrand Sailly (784) 593-1713 www.sparrowsbeachclub.com sparrowsbeachclub@gmail.com Bigsand, Union Island

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Barracuda

Restaurant & Bar Giancarlo and Tiziana Tiezzi have brought the wonderful authentic cuisine of Florence to Union Island. Chef Tiziana, a certified Italian pizza maker, prepares delicious fresh pasta with local fish, conch and lobster, as well as a wide selection of international and Caribbean specialties. Your host, Giancarlo, goes fishing for their fresh catch of the day! They have a carefully selected wine list. Cakes for special occasions can be ordered. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. New! Fresh Italian bread daily.

Tel (784) 458-8571 giancarlotiezzi@gmail.com Clifton Harbour, Union Island

The Snack Shack The Snack Shack has become the daily hang out spot on Union Island from 7.30am until late. When there’s live entertainment it can go on until the early hours. Located near the Fruit Market in Clifton, they offer WiFi & the best coffee ! Great spot to enjoy the island life and see all that’s going on. Specialising in paninis, crepes, salads, desserts, smoothies, delicious Caribbean cocktails and much more ! Drop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or just for a chat and an ice cold drink. Check their Facebook page for more details

Tel (784) 434-0764 or (784) 458 8652 Clifton Harbour, Union Island

The View

The Cottage

Twilight Live Music Bar Stone Cottage Bert and Kamile Biddy open for breakfast at 8am and keep serving until their last guest leaves at night. While their cosy little café and bar is best known for Bert’s live musical entertainment and delicious BBQ’d burgers, they also serve tasty jerk fish, jerk chicken and toasted sandwiches. This local melting pot tends to attract a fun-loving, eclectic crowd so don’t be surprised if the party spills out onto Hugh Mulzac Square.

Tel (784) 496-7128 aquablue1211@hotmail.com

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1 bedroom cottage available for short term rentals. Enjoy this piece of heaven on Union Island, located between Ashton and Clifton with picturesque south facing views looking towards Carriacou. Relish the spectacular sunsets and sun rises from the spacious verandah. Walking distance to town and easy access to local beaches. Island vehicle available on request.

Contact Nigel Bower Tel USA (207) 230 9287 or SVG (784) 432 1660 (Dec-Apr) twig390@gmail.com


The Waterfront Bar and Restaurant

Tel (784) 485-6381 or 531-6381 thewaterfrontunion@gmail.com Bougainvilla Hotel, Clifton Harbour, Union Island www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com

Alizée Sailly welcomes you to her newly spruced up waterfront bar and restaurant, overlooking Clifton Harbour located in Bougainvilla Hotel. Their daily blackboard menu features whatever is freshly caught by fishermen and available in the market that day. Simple food, carefully prepared using the best locally sourced ingredients. Tuesday night is Happy Hour and BBQ with live music and a full selection of meat, fish and lobster on the grill.

Bougainvilla Hotel 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 6 en-suite rooms with kitchen facilities and 6 single rooms all with air-conditioning, cable TV and Wifi. All are tastefully decorated to provide the most comfortable experience for guests. The hotel’s restaurant, The Waterfront, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out their new organic ‘Juice Bar’ preparing fresh veggie and fruit juices and healthy energy smoothies and fresh sushi from 11am-5pm.

Tel (784) 458-8678 / 8878 www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com laquarium8678@gmail.com

La Cabane

Sushi and Juice Bar Pure and 100% natural fresh juice and smoothies made from local fruit and vegetables. Healthy energy and detox drinks. Fruit salad with home made yogurt and granola. Sushi is available daily from 11am-5pm (Lobster and fresh fish such as tuna, mahi mahi and barracuda as well as vegetarian). Take away or eat on the seaside terrace. Sushi party every Thursday night. Fresh cakes and cookies made daily. Jade also does yoga classes.

Tel (784) 434-6704 jadetourssvg@gmail.com | fb: La Cabane - Sushi and Juice Bar Bougainvilla Dock, Clifton Harbour, Union Island

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Noel Victory “Goatie”

Humble, Hardworking, Helpful and Happy By Sally Miller When Petit St. Vincent’s new, chic beach bar was opened in 2011, owner Phil Stephenson named it ‘Goatie’s Bar’, in honour of the resort’s longest serving employee. It was to recognize Noel Victory, a good man who had devoted over 50 years of his life to hard graft in nearly every aspect of PSV’s development. In 1966, after a day’s hard sail, the boy of 17 who had been recommended by the Central Housing Planning in St. Vincent arrived in PSV in the dead of night: “At that time there was nothing on PSV but bush. Haze Richardson met us off the boat, took us to our tent, sat with us and offered coffee and sandwiches. I was so scared I didn’t go to sleep for fear that this stranger might sell me to the devil.” Goatie survived that first night, PSV quickly became his home, and he and Haze, the resort’s co-founder, whom he refers to as the Skipper, grew to regard each other like family. His main responsibility was masonry and plumbing, but during his free time he also worked in the kitchen, behind the bar, growing lettuce, transporting garbage by boat, meeting guests, anything that needed to be done. Once the resort was open and fully operational, Goatie’s life took on a new dimension: “In the early days it amazed me that many of our wealthy guests came on their own super yachts. I got a real eye-opener the first time I saw “Gitania” – especially when Mr. Bud, the owner of Budweiser, started shooting the water cannon or setting off massive firework displays at night. I’ve met so many interesting people and seen so many incredible things over the years that I could write a book about it all. And I will one day.” Just as Goatie was good for PSV, PSV was also good for Goatie: “The Skipper sent us on trips around the world in groups of 10. Everything was paid for and arranged in advance, right down to the finest detail. I have tickets to places like Miami, Colorado, Martha’s Vineyard, Cancun and Margarita, tucked away in my drawer as souvenirs of wonderful times.” Despite his full-time commitment to the resort, Goatie still managed to attract a devoted wife, Winifred, who bore him three sons. Married for 45 years, they now run a bakery together – yes, he also learned to bake in PSV! Today, his workload for the resort is much lighter. He manages the guests’ arrival and departure in Union Island, which entails them commuting through the attractive yellow waterfront building in Clifton Harbour which, as it happens, was built and is owned by Goatie - fruits of his humble existence and hard work. Goatie is still a loyal ambassador for PSV. He proudly relates how PSV donates books and equipment to primary schools in the region and pays for 90% of the education of their employees’ children, right through to university. PSV currently sponsors one student at university in Grenada and another in Trinidad. Goatie and his wife have adopted the same philosophy of giving, by paying for the education of bright children from disadvantaged families. Education has also been a key factor in his own family’s life: “I worked hard to give my sons the opportunities I didn’t get. Dominique is an electrical engineer in the UK and Darel is at college in Canada. Our middle son Dillon helps run the family business in Union.” So how did Noel Victory become Goatie: “I looked like a little boy when I first came to PSV, so I grew a beard to try to look more manly. But all it got me was a lot of teasing from the fellas and a nickname!”. Well, now it’s the name of a very trendy beach bar, in his honour, and Goatie has certainly proved himself to be a fine man. Photo courtesy Jeremie Tronet

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The Southern Grenadines is home to two relatively small, pleasantly exclusive, private island resorts - Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent - 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.

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Palm Island with Petit St. Vincent, Petit Martinique and Carriacou in the distance. Photo compliments Palm Island Resort


Palm Island The Pearl of the Grenadines The chic new Sunset Restaurant & Bar welcomes daily visitors to try the delicious cuisine and famous Palm Island Rum Punch. The Spa on the stunning new beach location offers an exclusive range of treatments. Reservations: (784) 458-8221.

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Part of the Grenadines archipelago located between St. Vincent and Grenada, and comprising 135-acres of pure paradise, Palm Island is not only a private all-inclusive resort but also an entire fascinating, charming and idyllic island literally at guests’ disposal. After a 45-minute flight from Barbados to Union Island, followed by a smooth 8-minute boat trip, you will reach your dream destination. Palm Island, which features an elegant and refined resort with five pristine white sand beaches, incredibly blue turquoise sea and truly perfect swimming conditions, is very close to the world famous Tobago Cays, a place not to be missed by any nature or sea lover. The resort offers 41 accommodations and 2 luxury villas, all carefully designed to blend in complete harmony with the untouched natural environment of their beautiful island setting. All the rooms are air-conditioned and elegantly appointed with custom bamboo furnishings and woven rattan ceilings. Each room is equipped with kettles, coffee makers, mini-fridges, safes, hairdryers and comfortable cotton bathrobes. The all-inclusive Palm Island Resort retreat includes three superb meals a day, with a choice of two restaurants, daily afternoon tea, weekly manager’s cocktail party, top-shelf beverages, various barbecues and live entertainment at night. General facilities include a boutique, a spa, a library, a satellite TV lounge, internet access and a freshwater swimming pool. For those guests who enjoy some activity, Palm offers

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The beach restaurant at PSV

DAY PASSES & SPA PACKAGES

Ask about their day passes for use of the Palm Island facilities and special packages for the stunning new spa on the beach with lunch at the chic Sunset Restaurant and Bar.

complimentary tennis, fitness centre, croquet, table tennis, cycling, snorkeling and an array of non-motorized water sports. Palm Island can also organize memorable excursions to the nearby Tobago Cays, Mopion Island or Chatham Bay, as well as scuba diving, kitesurfing, deep-sea fishing charters or a beautiful sunset sail on board Pink Lady. A member of the Green Globe initiative, Palm Island plays an active role in the protection of its environment, flora and fauna. Don’t be surprised to meet many tortoises, interesting birds and their famous indigenous iguanas during your walks. Recent additions to Palm’s environmental programme include a greenhouse and compost system. Palm Island also actively supports the local community by sponsoring famous crab racing and cricket matches. Dedicated to customizing each guest experience, the resort offers an amazing personalized service. People may arrive as guests but often leave as friends. If you want to be pampered and to experience total relaxation, Palm Island is the right place to completely disconnect and re-energize. Their seaside Sunset Restaurant & Bar has been revamped with a chic new look to welcome daily visitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the best of creole cuisine in a paradise setting.

Palm Island Resort is now offering a range of lunch/spa packages and day passes to visitors. The Spa, which opened on a stunning new beach location in 2016, has selected what they consider to be the best quality products from Aromatherapy Associates and Caribbean Blue Naturals. Their Hibiscus Package introduces the amazing Botox of the Caribbean while they also offer Reflexology, Caribbean Traditional Massage, Harmonized Massage, Anti Cellulite and the Palm Island Massage. For your beauty needs they also pamper guests with wonderfully relaxing pedicures, manicures, rejuvenating facials and hair styling.

Restaurant and Spa Reservations Tel 784 458 8824 For further information: frontdesk@palmislandsvg.com Please visit our website at www.palmislandresortgrenadines.com

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Palm Villa in Palm Island Palm Villa is a privately owned 2 bedroom beach house on Palm Island with a remarkable oceanfront location on a superb beach with stunning views of It’s just a 5 the neighbouring islands. Surrounded by coconut trees and steps away minute water-taxi from the sea, Palm Villa is a true beach house that has been furnished and equipped for a comfortable and enjoyable vacation that offers to Union Island for all the pleasures of tropical indoor-outdoor living. kiteboarding, diving, Palm Villa is a haven for people who enjoy quiet, natural beauty, dining and shopping. stunning seascapes, sailing, snorkeling, diving, beachcombing, Jude’s Boat Taxi is always walking and running, birds, wildlife and photography. Guests do not qualify for general use of the Palm Island Resort on stand by to pick up facilities but can dine at the Sunset Restaurant and Bar, and enjoy the guests or bring superb Palm Island Resort Spa, Salon and Boutique. supplies. The much loved housekeeper, Elizabeth, will make your stay easily managed and memorable. Assistance can be provided with boat transfers and pre-ordering food and supplies. A variety of shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment, kiteboarding, diving and other watersports activities are all available just a 5 minutes water-taxi ride away on Union Island. www.palmvillarental.com | keith@millerpublishing.net Palm Villa, Palm Island, St. Vincent and The Grenadines

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Discover Petit St. Vincent Resort A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, PSV is the epitome of a ‘secluded and unplugged’ private island paradise. Tucked away in a tranquil corner of the southern Grenadines, and recognized as a 2015 Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Winner in the International Hideaways and Top Beach Resort categories, the hallmark of PSV is barefoot elegance accompanied by unobtrusive attentive service. With just 22 spacious 1-bedroom cottages and 2-bedroom beach villas, discretely nestled amongst 115-acres of tropical beauty, PSV caters predominantly to discerning guests in search of an exclusive vacation experience that combines both luxury and escape. All of the accommodations benefit from absolute privacy and offer the ultimate in serene seclusion. There are no TVs, telephones or Wi-Fi in the rooms and there is no need to hang up the Do Not Disturb sign: a red flag flying outside guarantees guests are not interrupted, while hoisting a yellow flag summons room service and the prompt arrival of a waiter in a mini-moke. Residents can dine in private or at either of two restaurants, one hillside and one beachside, where accomplished chefs offer a variety of creative cuisine inspired by locally-caught seafood and PSV’s organic island-grown herbs, fruit and vegetables. There are weekly beach barbecues with great local music, and occasional special culinary events hosted by

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visiting chefs and vintners who give wine and rum tastings as well as cooking lessons. And to create an extra special vacation memory, PSV guests can enjoy a private picnic lunch or candlelight dinner anywhere on the island. Blessed with over a mile of delightful white sand beaches and surrounded by the clearest, bluest, most crystalline seawater imaginable, PSV is a haven for outdoors relaxation or leisurely activities such as non-motorized water sports or day trips to surrounding islands. For the more adventurous, the resort is particularly proud of its excellent, state-of-the art Dive Centre, operated by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau, which caters to both divers and snorkelers and offers underwater safaris with on staff marine biologists and naturalists. Of course PSV is all about savouring life, so guests can unwind in two yoga pavilions or enjoy unadulterated pampering at the Balinese-run luxury spa and wellness centre. Getting to Petit St. Vincent has never been easier, as the resort now utilises a private aircraft charter with Mustique Airways (the longest operating airline in the Grenadines), which provides a round trip Barbados-Union Island route exclusively for PSV guests. Those guests who prefer to fly in their own private jet can be accommodated at the nearby Canouan Island airport, from where they will transfer to PSV by private boat.


For beach restaurant reservations: (784) 458-8801 For hotel reservations: +1 (800) 654-9326 or +1 (954) 963-7401 info@petitstvincent.com www.petitstvincent.com

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Adams Apartments

Barefoot Suites

Bay Hill Apartments

L: Arnos Vale, St. Vincent W: www.adamsapts.com T: 784 458-4656 | F: 784 456-4728 E: info@adamsapts.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$36 - $55 Rooms: 9

L: Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent W: www.barefootyachts.com T: 784 456-9526 / 9334 | F: 784 456-9238 E: barebum@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$90 - $140 Rooms: 5

L: Cane Garden, St. Vincent W: www.bayhillapartmentsvg.com T: 784 456-5419 / 4480 | F: 784 456-1301 E: bayhillapts@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$65 - $95 Rooms: 10

Beachcombers Hotel

Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina

Buccament Bay Resort

L: Villa Beach, St. Vincent W: www.beachcombershotel.com T: 784 458-4283 | F: 784 458-4385 E: beachcombers@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 48 | Page No.: 62/63

L: Blue Lagoon, Ratho Mill, St. Vincent W: www.bluelagoonsvg.com T: 784 458-4308 E: info@bluelagoonsvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 19 | Page No.: 59

L: Buccament, St. Vincent W: www.buccamentbay.com T: 784 457-4100 | F: 784 457-4200 E: reservations@buccamentbay.com Distance from airport/mins. 40-45 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 102

Cobblestone Inn

Eco Bay Guest House

Fort View Apartments

L: Kingstown, St. Vincent W: www.thecobblestoneinn.com T: 784 456-1937 | F: 784 456-1938 E: info@thecobblestoneinn.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$80 - $100 Rooms: 26

L: Arnos Vale, St. Vincent W: www.ecobayguesthouse.com T: 784 456-1844 / 011 44 794 601 6186 (UK) E: info@ecobayguesthouse.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$160 - $260 Rooms: 3

L: Edinboro, St. Vincent T: 784 451-2005 E: fortview97@yahoo.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$40 - $45 Rooms: 7

Grand View Beach Hotel

Grenadine House

Haddon Hotel

L: Villa Point, St. Vincent W: www.grandviewhotel.com T: 784 458-4811 | F: 784 457-4174 E: grandview@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer • US$129 | Winter • US$154 Rooms: 19 | Page No.: 62/63

L: Kingstown Park, St. Vincent W: www.grenadinehouse.com T: 784 458-1800/593-0996 | F: 784 458-1333 E: stay@grenadinehouse.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates:Summer • US$150-$210 | Winter • US$170-$230 Rooms: 18 | Page No.: 58

L: Kingstown, St. Vincent W: www.haddonhotel.com T: 784 456-1897 | F: 784 456-2027 E: info@haddonhotel.com Distance from airport/mins. 7 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$105 - $165 Rooms: 19

Hillside Apartments

Hotel Alexandrina

Marina Hotel (at St. Vincent Yacht Club)

L: Villa, St. Vincent W: www.hillsideapartmentssvg.com T: 784 457-5134 | F: 784 457-4678 E: hillside@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$60 - $115 Rooms: 6 | Page No.: 64

L: Prospect, St. Vincent W: www.hotelalexandrina.com T: 784 456-9788 / 528-6000 | F: 784 456-9799 E: hotelalexandrina@aol.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$90 - $250 Rooms: 27 | Page No.: 64/65

L: Ratho Mill, St. Vincent T: 784 457-2827 E: ernestadams@hotmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$118 - $125 Rooms: 5

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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Mariners Hotel

Paradise Beach Hotel & Spa

Richview Guest House

L: Villa Beach, St. Vincent W: www.marinershotel.com T: 784 457-4000 / 1-800-223-1108 (USA) | F: 784 457-4333 E: frontdesk@marinershotel.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$85-$155 | Winter • US$95-$175 Rooms: 21 | Page No.: 60/61

L: Villa Beach, St. Vincent W: www.paradisesvg.com T: 784 457-4795 / 570-0000 | F: 784 457-5577 E: info@paradisesvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$85 - $125 Rooms: 17 | Page No.: 62

L: Sion Hill Bay, St. Vincent W: www.richviewguesthouse.com T: 784 482-9500 / 533-4137 E: richview06@yahoo.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$80 - $90 Rooms: 14 | Page No.: 64

Ridgeview Terrace Apartments

Rosewood Apartment Hotel

Seasplash Apartments

L: Ratho Mill, St. Vincent W: www.ridgeviewterrace.com T: 784 457-4153 / 430-1015 | F: 784 457-5959 E: info@ridgeviewterrace.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$120 Rooms: 5

L: Rose Cottage, Villa, St. Vincent W: www.rosewoodsvg.com T: 784 457-5051 | F: 784 457-5141 E: rosewood@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$78 - $86 Rooms: 10

L: Indian Bay, St. Vincent W: www.seasplashapartments.com T: 784 431-1085 | F: 784 451-2777 E: info@seasplashapartments.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$100 - $110 Rooms: 7 | Page No.: 62

Sky Blue Beach Apartments

Sunset Shores Beach Hotel

Tranquillity Beach Apt. Hotel

L: Indian Bay, St. Vincent T: 784 457-4394 | F: 784 457-5232 E: skyblue@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer • US$60-$70 | Winter • US$78-$84 Rooms: 7

L: Villa Beach, St. Vincent W: www.sunsetshores.com facebook.com/SunsetShoresBH T: 784 458-4411 | F: 784 457-4800 E: info@sunsetshores.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 32 | Page No.: 64/65

L: Indian Bay, St. Vincent W: www.tranquillityhotel.com T: 784 458-4021 E: info@tranquillityhotel.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$70 Rooms: 7

L: Villa, St. Vincent W: www.uniquepropertiessvg.com T: 784 532-9696 / 456-1616 E: info@uniquepropertiessvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Call for details Rooms: 3

L: Young Island, St. Vincent W: www.youngisland.com T: 784 458-4826 | F: 784 457-4567 E: frontdesk@youngisland.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 29 | Page No.: 60/61

Grenadine Island Villas

Real Grenadines

Sotheby’s International Realty

For villa rentals throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines W: www.grenadinevillas.com T: 784 529-8046 / 457-3739 E: enquiries@thegrenadinescollection.com Rates: Refer to Website | Page No.: 102

For villa rentals throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines W: www.realgrenadines.com T: 784 485-8888 or (784) 533-1122 E: info@realgrenadines.com Rates: Refer to Website | Page No.: 102

For villa rentals throughout St. Vincent & The Grenadines W: www.svgsothebysrealty.com T: 784 458-3118 / 214 288-3299 (Cell) E: admin@svgsothebysrealty.com Rates: Refer to Website | Page Nos.: 1, 106-109

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Young Island Resort

L: Ratho Mill, St. Vincent W: www.whitesandsinc.net T: 784 528-9855 / 433-3334 E: whitesandsinc@gmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$120 Rooms: 16 | Page No.: 60

MANAGEMENT

White Sands Cottages

VILLA RENTALS

Villa Seascape

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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Bequia Beach Hotel

Bequia Plantation Hotel

Bob’s Place

L: Friendship Bay, Bequia W: www.bequiabeach.com T: 784 458-1600 | F: 784 458-1700 E: info@bequiabeach.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 58 | Page No.: 96

L: Admiralty Bay, Bequia W: www.bequiaplantationhotel.com T: 784 458-4308 E: info@bequiaplantationhotel.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 9 | Page No.: 98

L: Lower Bay, Bequia E: christiex5@hotmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • Rates on Request Rooms: 3

Caratal Apartments

Cassava House

De Reef Apartments

L: Bequia Estate, Bequia T: 784 457-3739 / +44 (0) 800 0484814 (UK) E: thegrenadines@mac.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer • From US$700 p/wk Winter • From US$1,000 p/wk Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 96

L: Lower Bay, Bequia W: www.cassava-house.com T: 784 527-9188 / UK: 00 44 7836 256750 E: contactus@cassava-house.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • Rates on Request Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 105

L: Lower Bay, Bequia T: 784 458-3484 / 3412 / 784 494-3688 (Cell) F: 784 457-3103 E: dereef@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer • US$90 | Winter • US$120 Rooms: 6 | Page No.: 97

Dragonfly Villa

Firefly Plantation Hotel

Frangipani Hotel

L: Lower Bay, Bequia W: www.dragonflyvilla.co.uk T: UK 00 44 7836 256750 / SVG (784) 527-9188 E: contactus@cassava-house.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • Rates on Request Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 105

L: Spring, Bequia W: www.fireflybequia.com T: 784 458-3414 or 430-6813 | F: 784 457-3305 E: info@fireflybequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 30 Rates: Summer • US$395 | Winter • US$495 Rooms: 4 (+ 2 Bedroom Cottage) | Page No.: 97

L: Belmont, Admiralty Bay, Bequia W: www.frangipanibequia.com T: 784 458-3255 | F: 784 458-3824 E: reservations@frangipanibequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$65-$220 | Winter • US$85-$275 Rooms: 10 | Page No.: 93

Ginger Lily Villa

Gingerbread Hotel

Island Inn Apartments

L: Baie De Sucre, Bequia T: 784 457-3739 / 3888 E: info@bluelagoonsvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • Rates on Request Rooms: 5 | Page No.: 102

L: Belmont, Admiralty Bay, Bequia W: www.gingerbreadhotel.com T: 784 458-3800 E: ginger@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$100 | Winter • US$230 Rooms: 10 | Page No.: 96

L: Friendship Bay, Bequia W: www.islandinnsvg.com T: 784 457-3433 | F: 784 457-3431 E: islandinn@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$85 | Winter • US$95 Rooms: 6

Keegan’s Beachside

Kingsville Apartments

Lime House Villas

L: Lower Bay, Bequia W: www.keegansbequia.org T: 784 458-3530 / 530-4959 E: keegansbequia@yahoo.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer • US$50-$120 | Winter • US$96-$100 Rooms: 16 | Page No.: 97

L: Lower Bay, Bequia W: www.kingsville-apartments.net T: 784 458-3932 | F: 784 458-3000 E: kingsville@karibcable.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer • US$85 | Winter • US$110 Rooms: 8

L: Spring, Bequia W: www.bequiavillas.net T: 784 457-3092 | F: 784 457-3092 E: limehouse@bequiavilla.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 104

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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Ocean Breeze House

Ravenala House

L: Crown Point, Bequia W: lookyonderbequia.com T: 784 457-3362 / 528-9855 / 532-4353 E: info@lookyonderbequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 6

L: Spring, Bequia W: www.bequiaholiday.com T: 784 457-3092 | F: 784 457-3092 E: limehouse@bequiavilla.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 104

L: Lower Bay, Bequia W: www.ravenala-bequia.com T: 784 531-4142 / 784 570-1946 E: enquiries@ravenalabequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 4 | Page No.: 105

Sea Shells Apartments

Spring House Bequia

Sugar Reef Bequia

L: Belmont, Bequia W: www.seashellsbequia.com T: 784 458-3656 | F: 784 458-3656 E: seashellsbq@hotmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 15 Rates: Summer • US$79 | Winter • US$105 Rooms: 4

L: Spring Estate, Bequia W: www.springhousebequia.com T: 784 457-3707 / UK: (+44) 2035-140-002 / USA: 800 324-9530 E: info@springhousebequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 10

L: Crescent Beach, Bequia W: www.sugarreefbequia.com T: (784) 458-3400 E: info@sugarreefbequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 8 | Page No.: 97

Sugarapple Inn

Sweet Bequia Homes

The Nest & Treetop

L: Friendship Bay, Bequia W: www.sugarappleinn.com T: 784 457-3148 | F: 784 458-3985 E: info@sugarappleinn.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates:Summer • US$96-$150 | Winter • US$132-$200 Rooms: 8

Tranquility & Burke House L: Moonhole, Bequia Plumrose L: Port Elizabeth, Bequia W: www.sweetbequiahomes.com T: USA (276) 415-2753 | T: 784 530-4363 (Local) E: info@sweetbequiahomes.com Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 8 | Page No.: 102

L: Belmont, Bequia W: www.thenestbequia.com T: 784 458-3667 E: treehouse@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$100 | Winter • US$155 Rooms: 2 | Page No.: 104

The Village Apartments

The Yacht Club Hotel

Tropical Hideaway

L: Belmont, Bequia W: http://villageapartments.bequia.net T: 784 458-3885/457-3026 | F: 784 458-3883 E: tvabqsvg@vincysurf.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$70 Rooms: 7

L: Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia W: www.yachtclub.vc T: 784 457-3361 / 784 532-1320 E: jennie@yachtclub.vc / paul@yachtclub.vc Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer • US$65 | Winter • US$85 Rooms: 4 | Page No.: 96

L: Bequia Estate, Bequia W: www.tropicalhideawaybequia.com T: 784 532-1690 / 784 458-3676 E: info@tropicalhideawaybequia.com Distance from airport/mins. 20 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 6 | Page No.: 105

Villa Barbara

Villa Bellegarde

L: Ocha, Bequia W: www.villabarbarabequia.com T: 784 593-5703 / 784 493-7333 E: villabarbarabequia@hotmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 30 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 3

L: LaPompe, Bequia W: www.svgsothebysrealty.com T: 784 497-7186 / 214 507-2718 (USA) E: admin@svgsothebysrealty.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 104

BEQUIA

Look Yonder Cottages

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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The Cotton House

Firefly Hotel

Starfish Haven

L: Mustique W: www.cottonhouse.net T: 784 456-4777 | F: 784 456-5887 E: reservations@cottonhouse.net Distance from airport/mins. 3 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 15 | Page No.: 113

L: Mustique W: www.fireflymustique.com T: 784 488-8414 | F: 784 488-8514 E: info@fireflymustique.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$595 - $695 Rooms: 5

L: Mayreau W: facebook.com/StarfishHavenMayreau E: starfishhavenmayreau@gmail.com Rates: Summer/Winter • US$125 - $200 Rooms: 3 | Page No.: 123

Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club

Canouan Resort

L: Canouan W: www.tamarindbeachhotel.com T: 784 458-8044 | F: 784 458-8851 E: info@tamarind.us Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$270 | Winter • US$310 Rooms: 40 | Page No.: 117

L: Canouan W: www.canouan.com T: 784 458-8000 | F: 784 458-8885 E: reservations@canouan.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 30

Anchorage Yacht Club

Bougainvilla Hotel

Clifton Beach Hotel

L: Clifton, Union Island W: www.aycunionisland.com T: 784 458-8221 E: stay@aycunionisland.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • Refer to Website Rooms: 10 | Page No.: 132/133

L: Clifton Harbour, Union Island W: www.grenadines-bougainvilla.com T: 784 458-8678 / 8878 E: laquarium8678@gmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 4 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$110 - $165 Rooms: 12 | Page No.: 134

L: Clifton, Union Island W: www.cliftonbeachhotelsvg.com www.facebook.com/CLIFTONBEACHHOTELSVG T: 784 458-8235 E: cliftonbeachhotel@gmail.com abigail.hazell@cliftonbeachhotelsvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer • US$70-$90 | Winter • US$80-$100 Rooms: 12

David’s Beach Hotel

Lambi’s Guest House

Stone Cottage

L: Bigsand Beach, Union Island W: www.davidsbeachhotel.com T: 784 485-8447 E: mail@davidsbeachhotel.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer • US$1,000 - $1,500 Winter • US$1,100 - $1,650 Rooms: 10 | Page No.: 136/137

L: Clifton, Union Island W: http://lambisunion.weebly.com/guest-house.html T: 784 458-8549 Distance from airport/mins. 3 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$40 Rooms: 25

L: Between Ashton & Clifton, Union Island T: 207 230-9287 (USA) / 784 432-1660 (Dec.-Apr. - SVG) E: twig390@gmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer/Winter • Call for details Rooms: 1 | Page No.: 142

The Islander’s Inn

Palm Island Resort

Petit St. Vincent Resort

L: Big Sand, Union Island W: www.theislandersinn.com T: 784 527-0944 | E: theislandersinn@gmail.com Distance from airport/mins. 5 Rates: Summer/Winter • US$80 - $130 Rooms: 8

L: Palm Island | Rooms: 41 | Page No.: 148-149 W: www.palmislandresortgrenadines.com T: 784 458-8824 | F: 784 458-8804 E: frontdesk@palmislandsvg.com Distance from airport/mins. 10 Rates: Summer • US$845 - $1,405 Winter • US$960 - $1,535

L: Petit St. Vincent | Rooms: 22 | Page No.: 152-153 W: www.petitstvincent.com T: 1 800 654-9326 / 954 963-7401 | F: 954 963-7402 E: info@petitstvincent.com Distance from airport/mins. 25 Rates: Summer • US$1,100 Winter • US$1,400 - $1,700

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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Air-conditioning

Property on the Beach

No. of Restaurants on Property No. of Bars on Property

IN-ROOM AMENITIES

Conference/Meeting Rooms

Television Kitchen Facilities/Kitchenette in all or some rooms Coffee/Tea Making Facilities Private Balcony/Patio

Wheelchair Accessible

Room Service

Pool Free Wi-Fi/Wired Internet in Rooms or Public Areas

EXTRAS

HOTEL FACILITIES

Property Near the Beach

Facebook - Find this Hotel on Facebook Watersports

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION - ALLIED MEMBERS Member Category

Member Name

Airlines/Charters

LIAT 784 458-4841 SVG Air 784 457-5124 LOG Enterprises Ltd. 784 456-2936 St. Vincent Brewery 784 457-2800 SVG Solidarity in Action Inc. 784 456-4762 Dive Bequia 784 458-3504 Dive St. Vincent 784 457-4948 Grenadines Dive 784 458-8138 Indigo Dive 784 493-9494 Serenity Dive 784 528-8030 Facey Trading 784 457-5047 Courts (St. Vincent) Ltd. 784 456-1325 SVG Ministry of Tourism 784 457-1502 Health Solutions Inc. 784 451-2836 Sailorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilderness Tours 784 457-1712 Gonsalves Liquors 784 457-1881 Fantasea Tours 784 457-4477 Sea Breeze Nature Tours 784 458-4969 All Access Management Group 784 455-3639 Heritage Museum & Science Centre 784 593-3763 Mustique Company 784 488-8000 SVG Tourism Authority 784 456-6222 A.I. Real Estate 784 457-2087 All Islands Recycling 784 453-4150 Jamaica Bickles 784 451-2029 Flow Wine Bar/Flowt Beach Bar 784 457-0809 Vee Jayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant 784 457-2845 St. Vincent Distillers Ltd. 784 458-6221 C.K. Greaves 784 457-1074 SVG Taxi Drivers Association 784 526-2586 LIME (Cable & Wireless) 784 457-1901 Coreas Caribbean Adventures 784 456-2158 Chic Concepts 784 496-2442 Going Places Travel 784 457-1841 A Caribbean Wedding 784 528-7444/457-3209 Trends Events Management Serv. 784 533-2525 Exquisite EventSVG 784 494-8100 Barefoot Yacht Charters Ltd. 784 456-9526 Sail St. Vincent and The Grenadines 784 533-2909 Tradewinds Yacht Club 784 457-3361

Beverage and Distributor Beverage Manufacturer/Distributor Car Park & Event Rental Venue Dive Shops/Operators

Distribution Furniture/Appliance Store Government Ministry Hemodialysis Clinic Land Tours/Operator Liquor Stores/Distributor Marine Tours Marketing & Public Relations Museum Mustique Island Management Company Parastatal Authority Real Estate Agent Recycling Agency Restaurants & Bars/Wine Bar Rum Distillery Supermarket (Wholesale/Retail) Taxi/Transport Services Telecom Tour Operators/Cruise Agents Travel Agent Wedding and Event Planners Yacht Charters/Sailing

Tel:

Website www.liatairline.com www.svgair.com www.hairounbeer.com svgsolidaritycarparks@vincysurf.com www.divebequia.com www.divestvincent.com www.grenadinesdive.com www.indigodive.com serenitydive@hotmail.com atoney@faceycommodity.com www.facebook.com/courtssvg www.tourism.gov.vc healthsolutionssvg@gmail.com www.sailorswildernesstours.com www.gonsalvesliquors.com www.fantaseatours.com www.seabreezenaturetours.com allaccessmg@gmail.com lystraculzac_wilson@hotmail.com www.mustique-island.com www.discoversvg.com donp@vincysurf.com allislandsrecycling@gmail.com vbrowne@kpgroupsvg.com www.flowwinebar.com veejaysrestaurant@gmail.com www.sunsetrum.com www.ckgreaves.com bigpops54@hotmail.com www.lime.com www.coreastours.com ladymarksman@hotmail.com www.going-places.tv www.acaribbeanwedding.com trendsevents.svg@gmail.com www.exquisitesvg.com www.barefootyachts.com www.sailgrenadines.com stvincent@trade-winds.com

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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A

Action Bequia Anchorage Yacht Club

70, 71 132, 133

B

Backyard Adventures 43 Bagatelle Restaurant 88 Barracuda Restaurant & Bar 142 Beachcombers Hotel 62, 63 Beachcombers Restaurant 52 Bequia 66-109 Bequia Beach Hotel 3, 96 Bequia Beach Hotel Day Passes 79 Bequia Plantation Hotel 98 Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina 59 Bougainvilla Hotel 134, 143 Buon Appetito 117

C

Calendar of Events 8-13 C.K. Greaves Supermarkets 46, 48 Café Soleil Back Cover, 55 Canouan 114-117 Canouan Estate & Pink Sands Club 116 Caratal Apartments 96 Caribbean Lifestyles 48 Caribbean Wedding Photography by Edson Reece 99 Carr, Peter - Paintings of Bequia 85 Cassava House 105 Chartering 20-27 Cotton House, The 113

D

David’s Beach Hotel 136, 137 De Reef Apartments 97 Digicel Inside Front Cover Diving 120-121 Doris Fresh Food 83 Dragonfly Villa 105 Dream Views Restaurant 88 Duncan, Silma 85

F Fantasea Tours Fast Facts Firefly Plantation Hotel Firefly Plantation Restaurant Firefly Plantation Tours Flow Frangipani Restaurant French Verandah Restaurant Friendship Rose, The

G

Gingerbread Café Gingerbread Hotel Ginger Lily Villa Grand View Beach Hotel

43 14-19 97 93 79 47, 55 93 52 79 92 96 102 62, 63

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Grand View Grill Grenadine House Grenadine Island Villas Grenadine Weddings Grenadines Dive Grey Goose Sailing Tours

54 58 102 99 120, 139 139

H Heron, Classic Schooner Yacht Hillside Apartments Hotel Alexandrina

I

Island Adventure Tours Island Time

24, 78 64 64, 65 139 78

J

JT Pro Center Kitesurfing School 130, 131 Jack’s Beach Bar 90 Jude’s Boat Taxi 139

K

Keegan’s Beachside

L

La Cabane Sushi & Juice Bar La Plage L’Auberge des Grenadines Lea, Julie Savage Lime House Villas Lucy, L.D.

M

Mac’s Pizza & Kitchen Mango Art Studio Mariners Hotel Mayreau Mustique

N

Nest & Treetop, The

O

Oasis Art Gallery, The Ocean Breeze House

P

Palm Island Palm Island Resort Palm Villa Papa’s Bar & Bistro Paradise Beach Hotel & Spa Paradise Restaurant & Spa Petit St. Vincent Resort Plantation Bar & Pizzeria

92, 97 143 92 88, 89 85 104 85 88 84 60, 61 122-125 110-113

R

Ravenala House Real Grenadines RE/MAX Results Realty Richview Guest House

S

Sail Grenadines 25 Sail Relax Explore 25 St. Vincent 28-65 St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty 1, 106-109, 151, Inside Back Cover St. Vincent Cocoa Company 32-35, 46 St. Vincent Distillers Ltd. 48, 49 Sam’s Taxi Tours Ltd. 41 Sapodilla Room 54 Scaramouche 24, 139 Seasplash Apartments 62 Snack Shack, The 142 Sparrow’s Beach Club & Restaurant 141 Starfish Haven 123 Stone Cottage 142 Subway 53 Sugar Reef Bequia 97 Sugar Reef Café 93 Sunset Shores Beach Hotel 64, 65 Sunset Shores Restaurant 52, 53 Sweet Bequia Homes 102

T

Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club 117 Tobago Cays Marine Park 119-125 Trade Winds Charters 24 Tropical Hideaway 105 Tropical Realism, Fine Art by Calvert Jones 48, 49 Twilight Live Music Bar 142

U

Union Island 104 84 104

105 5, 102, 103 60 64

126-145

V Villa Almaviva Villa Bellegarde Vincentian Chocolate

151 104 32-35, 46

W 146-151 148, 149 150 91 62 54 152, 153 93

Waterfront Bar and Restaurant, The 143 White Sands Cottages 60 Wilkie’s 54 Wind and Sea 24, 78, 113, 134, 135

Y

Yacht Club Bar & Grill Yacht Club Hotel Yacht Club Marina Yannis Sail Young Island

92 96 79 138 52, 60, 61


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