Caribbean Tourism

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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),...

The Grenadines

The Grenadines, divided politically between St Vincent and Grenada, are a string of 100 tiny, rocky islands and cays stretching across some 35 miles of sea between the two. They are still very much off the beaten track as far as tourists are concerned, but are popular with yachtsmen and the ‘international set’.

Places to Eat - Union Island

Food is expensive in all the shops and stalls as it has to be imported, but there is a good French-run shop at Clifton for food and drink, visit it before sailing to the Tobago Cays. Clifton Beach hotel has a good restaurant and bar. The Anchorage restaurant has been criticized for serving bland, overpriced food, the occupants of the shark pool are given...

Places to Eat - St Vincent

Kingstown is improving with new restaurants offering better choice for dining out. The better restaurants, eg the French Restaurant, are in the beach area several miles east. Vee-Jay’s restaurant on Lower Bay St is friendly and offers good local food, open Mon-Sat 1000-1900, Fri until late, also Vee-Jay’s Rooftop Diner & Pub on Upper Bay St, T457-2845/...

Places to Eat - Mayreau

Good food and drinks at reasonable prices can be found at Dennis’ Hideaway. J & C Bar and Restaurant, has the best view of the harbour with soft music, boutique, room for a large group, good lobster, fish and lambi, for parties of four and over the captain’s dinner is free; Island Paradise, everything is prepared fresh, good lobster, fish and curried...

Places to Eat - Mustique

Basil’s Bar and The Raft, T4584621 for reservations. For seafood and nightlife, open from 0800, entrées EC$10-75. Locals’ night on Mon with buffet for EC$35 excluding drinks and dancing, Wed is good. On Sat go to the Cotton House. Reservations required at the Cotton House and Firefly. Up the hill from Basil’s is the local Piccadilly pub, where rotis and...

Places to Eat - Bequia

Apart from hotel restaurants, Mac’s Pizza on Belmont Beach, T4583474, is recommended. Very popular, get there early or reserve in advance, even in low season, also takeaways, try the lobster pizza, pricey but covered with lobster, don’t add other ingredients. Le Petit Jardin, Back St, T4583318. French and international, open daily 1130-1400, 1830-2130,...

Food & Drink

The national dish is fried jackfish and breadfruit. The island’s rum is called Captain Bligh, and the local beers are Hairoun and EKU. Hairoun is excellent and won a gold medal at the 1993 Brussels beer festival.