Let us illustrate some of the sights and activities available in and around Union Island.
We are located at the southern end of the Grenadines chain of islands. Union Island is the commercial centre for the area. With its busy airport and shopping, it is a valuable resource for yachts. Once in Union Island, there are many things to do, from dining to more strenuous activities. We have compiled a small (and incomplete) list here. For further information, contact Erika’s.
Welcome to the Island, Man
View some wonderful photos courtesy of photographer Marcin Zurawicz
showing the beauty of Union Island and environs.
Union Island is volcanic in origin, with steep mountain ridges. It is 5 km long by 2.5 km wide. One recognizes the island from afar when approaching from the south, thanks to the point of the Pinnacle (228M), which is typical of Union.
There are many things to do in Union Island. Have a great meal in a restaurant, climb a mountain, hike a nature trail, kiteboard or swim at the beach. Don't forget to try one of the local rum concoctions! Unionites are a friendly bunch and will make you feel welcome.
At night, several restaurants offer everything from light snacks to full dinners. Union Island is famous for its lobster and conch. Both local cuisine and international fare are available on Union Island.
The West Indies Restaurant situated in the village of Clifton, adjacent to Grenadines Dive, is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. It serves Creole, French and local cuisine
Enjoy a rum punch in one of the many local bars. Listen to steel pan bands playing authentic West Indian music. Lambi's is a favourite for good drinks and authentic local fare. And stop by Twilight Bar opposite the main dock where the atmosphere is friendly, the drinks are reasonably priced and some evenings they offer live music. For the budget conscious, try Big City for good grub in Clifton's back street.
Happy Island, run by Janti in Clifton Harbour is a favourite place to chill out with a drink and watch the sun set.
Of course, you can always purchase some live lobster in Clifton Harbour and carry them back to your yacht for a feast in your own, private, environment! Lobster trapping is seasonal, so don't be disappointed when you cannot buy them between May and September.
Once you're here, there's lots to enjoy...
If you want to get away from it all, Union Island is the place for you. Enjoy quiet days of reading, while taking in the beauty of the surroundings. Relax on one of our peaceful beaches. Chatham Bay on the west side of the island is Union's most beautiful yacht hideaway, with its pristine beach has the new Aqua Restaurant for an elegant meal or to simply enjoy one of their delicious cocktails while relaxing in their freshwater pool. Belmont Beach is lovely. You can bathe here in warm, turquoise water from a fine white sand beach. An added bonus is the proximity of Gordon's Beach Bar and Grill for drinks, snacks and meals.
For the Sailor
The Grenadines are a paradise for sailors. For sailing afficionados, this region is unparalleled. Visibility in the warm, sparkling seas is crystal clear, while steady 20-knot trade winds keep your sails full. Here you will find some of the best sailing in the world.
Why not fly to Union (Erika's can arrange your flights), then charter a yacht. This puts you in the middle of the famed Grenadines islands, just around the corner from the Tobago Cays Marine Park.
For the Water Lover
For those who like to keep active, there is swimming, diving, snorkeling and kite boarding.
Union Island has become a favourite stop for kiteboarders in the past few years. Constant wind combined with some perfect bays make for kiteboarding heaven. Although kiting equipment is not yet available for rent here, those who bring their own can have a great holiday - land based accommodation, and the availability of day tours to kite destinations. For those who wish to learn this compelling sport, Union now boasts a kiting school.
Close by Union Island is the Tobago Cays Marine Park, comprised of a group of magnificent islets. The Cays are a national park and a UNICEF World Heritage Site, owned by St Vincent & the Grenadines. Horseshoe Reef is arguably the densest and healthiest sweep of coral in the Western hemisphere, with a huge variety of fish to observe. Swim with the turtles in the park – with strict regulations for fishing in place, such species are flourishing.
Mayreau, another small island nearby, has sugar-white beaches on virtually unpopulated shores. These areas are easily accessible by yacht.
Contact Glenroy Adams at Grenadines Dive to arrange for his fully qualified staff to show you the best diving locations in the region.
For the Land Lover
Van or bus tours - take a guided tour by van around the island. Union Island is small, but we have some beautiful scenery to see and lovely beaches to visit.
Drop into Erika's for a map and other local information to help you find your way around our island.
Don't forget to buy some souvenirs! Union Island has a variety of stores and shops that offer many goods and services. One good shopping area is Clifton village. There you will find supermarkets, a gourmet shop, bank, pharmacy - and Erika's! Be sure to visit the market in the centre of Clifton. You will find a good selection of produce at the colourful stalls run by local vendors.
Erika's is brim full of information about Union Island. We have a community bulletin board where you can find the thing or person you are seeking, or place your own sign on our board. We have local knowledge and can usually point you in the right direction.
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"Business owner Heather Grant, working alongside her very organised assistant, Chille, came highly recommended by numerous professional crews last year: for her extremely helpful approach, and ability to solve any logistical challenge.
The office also came enthusiastically referred to us for their telephone services, that one Captain rated as being 'the cheapest international telephone call rates in the Grenadines!'...
Most of all, they really are a very friendly set-up, only too happy to help in any way they can."
The friendliest stop in the Caribbean