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Milton Cato 1915-1997

Milton Cato was a key figure in the development of democracy and independence in St Vincent and the Grenadines. From a poor family, he pulled himself up through a scholarship to grammar school, and after serving in the Canadian Volunteer Army in the War, was called to the bar in 1949. He returned from London to set up business in Kingstown and became...

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...

Union Island

The most southerly of the islands, Union Island is 40 miles from St Vincent and only three miles long by one mile wide with two dramatic peaks, Mount Olympus and Mount Parnassus. Arrival by air is spectacular as the planes fly over the hill and descend steeply to the landing strip. The road from the airport to Clifton passes a mangrove swamp which is being...

Petit St Vincent

Locally referred to as PSV, this is a beautiful, privately-owned, 113-acre island with one of the Caribbean’s best resorts, the Petit St Vincent (rates vary during the year from US$510d to US$800d, FAP, includes room service and all facilities, plus 10% service and 7% tax, closed September/October, no credit cards). The island is owned and managed by Hazen...

Palm Island

Also known as Prune Island, is another privately-owned resort, about a mile from Union Island, with coral reefs on three sides. The island was developed by John and Mary Caldwell, after they had made several ocean voyages. John is the author of Desperate Voyage, a book describing his first ocean crossing; he sailed from the USA to Australia to meet Mary,...

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),...

Entertainment - St Vincent

Several hotels have live music some evenings. Emerald Valley Casino, T4567824. Call for transport, closed Tue. Basils Too, T4584205. Offers lunch, dinner and dancing on Villa Beach by Young Island. Check for happy hours at bars for lower-priced drinks, snacks and often entertainment. Aquatic, in Villa (see restaurants). Is the main nightspot on the island,...

Entertainment - Bequia

Jump ups on Tue at Plantation House, Thu at Frangipani with barbecue and steel band, Tue and Sat at Harpoon Saloon with steel band, occasionally at De Reef, sometimes Sat night at Friendship Bay, string band several nights a week at Gingerbread. Check bars for happy hours. There is something going on most nights either at Admiralty Bay or Friendship Bay,...