Caribbean Tourism

Accommodations

Cricket Grenadine Style

Cricket is played throughout the Grenadines on any scrap of ground or on the beach. In Bequia, instead of the usual three stumps at the crease, there are four, and furthermore, bowlers are permitted to bend their elbows and hurl fearsome deliveries at the batsmen. This clearly favours the fielding side but batsmen are brought up to face this pace attack...

Excursions

La Soufrière The highest peak on the island, La Soufrière volcano, rises to about 4,000 ft. In 1970 an island reared itself up out of the lake in the crater: it smokes and the water round it is very warm. Hiking to the volcano is very popular, but you must leave very early in the morning and allow a full day for the trip. About two miles north of Georgetown...

Young Island

A tiny, privately-owned islet, 200 yds off St Vincent. Pick up the phone at the crossing to see if you will be allowed over. Fort Duvernette, on a 195-ft high rock just off Young Island, was built at the beginning of the 19th century to defend Calliaqua Bay. To visit it, arrangements must be made with the hotel, who will provide a guard to accompany you....

Kingstown

The capital, Kingstown, stands on a sheltered bay where scores of craft laden with fruit and vegetables add their touch of colour and noisy gaiety to the town. However, much land has been reclaimed and continuing dock works shield the small craft from sight, except at the north end of the bay. Looking inland from the bay, the city is surrounded on all sides...

Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays are a small collection of islets just off Mayreau, protected by a horseshoe reef and surrounded by beautifully clear water. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and there is diving and snorkelling on Horseshoe reef and wall. There are day charters out of St Vincent, Bequia and Union Island. Anchor damage, together with...

Mustique

Lying 18 miles south of St Vincent, Mustique is three miles long and less than two miles wide. In the 1960s, Mustique was acquired by a single proprietor who developed the island as his private resort where he could entertain the rich and famous. It is a beautiful island, with fertile valleys, steep hills and 12 miles of white sandy beach, but described by...

Mayreau

A small privately-owned island with deserted beaches and only one hotel and one guest house, though there is a plan to develop tourism. You can reach it only by boat. Once a week, however, the island springs to life with the arrival of a cruise ship which anchors in the bay and sends its passengers ashore for a barbecue and sunburn. In preparation for this...

Canouan

A quiet, peaceful, crescent-shaped island 25 miles south of St Vincent, with very few tourists and excellent reef-protected beaches. The beach at the Canouan Beach Hotel is splendid with white sand and views of numerous islands to the south. There are no restaurants outside the hotels and only basic shops. The main anchorage is Charlestown (bank, grocery),...

Accommodation - Union Island

L-B Anchorage Yacht Club, Clifton, T4588221, F4588365. Full marina service, French restaurant, terrace bar, steel band or piano music, room, cabana or bungalow, plane and yacht charters, agents for LIAT and Air Martinique. A-E Clifton Beach Hotel and Guest House, T/F4588235. Rooms, cottages, apartment, rather dilapidated and run down but comfortable...

Accommodation - St. Vincent

There is aGovernment tax of 7% on hotel rooms; most add a 10% service charge; a/c is not generally available, it is often worth asking for a fan. In Kingstown On Upper Bay St, B Cobblestone Inn, PO Box 867, T4561937, F4561938. Upstairs in a building which used to be a sugar and arrowroot warehouse, a/c, mostly quiet but avoid room 22, noisy from street...

Accomodation - Mayreau

LL Salt Whistle Bay Club, T4588444, F4588944, contact by radio, VHF h 16, boatphone 4939609, T613-6347108, in UK T0800-373742. 10 rooms, MAP, yacht charters and picnics on nearby islands), B-C Dennis’ Hideaway (5 rooms).

Accommodation - Canouan

LL Carenage Bay Resort & Golf Club, T4588000, F4588885, Email: i...@canouan.com 178 rooms/suites, luxury, casino, on 800 acres, has taken over the northeast of the island, golf, diving, gym, health club, sailing, windsurfing, tennis, yacht charters, 4 restaurants, 3 bars. LL Canouan Beach Hotel, PO Box 530, T4588888, F4588875, Email: joen...@caribsurf....

Accomodation - Bequia

Hotels & Guest Houses L-AL The Old Fort, on Mount Pleasant, T4583440, F4573340, Email: oldf...@caribsurf.com A 17th-century French built fortified farmhouse, probably oldest building on Bequia, magnificent views, idyllic restaurant (must book), animals in spacious grounds include donkeys, kittens, peacocks, pool with view of 25 islands, beach within...

Accommodations

Hotels A Government tax of 7% on hotel rooms; most add a 10% service charge; a/c is not generally available, it is often worth asking for a fan. Camping Camping is not encouraged. There are no organized campsites.