Places to Visit in Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, America

Places to Visit in Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, America

Union Island is one of the islands belonging to the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is situated in the vicinity of Carriacou and Grenada Islands, around 902 km away from Barbados Island. Clifton and Ashton are the major settlements of Union Island and island totally houses around 3,000 residents.


Geography of Union Island:

Union Island is sited between the latitude 12°36′ in the north and longitude 61°26′ in the west. It measures a length of 3 miles and width of 1 mile and is surrounded by the islands of Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Petit Saint Vincent and Palm Island. At an elevation of 999 feet, Mount Taboi is the highest peak on the island.

Union Island features a semi-arid climate with a dry season from December to May and rainy season from June to December.


History of Union Island:

Arawak people were the original settlers of Union Island, followed by the Caribs. It was also ruled by the French and British in the past and it became independent from the rulers along with other St. Vincent and the Grenadines islands.


How to reach the Union Island?

Union Island has its own airport with regular flights to Saint Vincent and many other Caribbean locations including Barbados, Saint Vincent, Grenada. Mustique Airways and SVG Air are the major air operators that serve Union Island Airport.

Also there are many ferry operators offering services between Union Island and St. Vincent and neighboring Palm Island, and Petit Saint Vincent.

A taxi can be hired at the airport or any of the major resorts on the island. Rental car is accessible.


Culture, Food and shopping in Union Island:

Union Island is especially known for its cultural events and weekly parties at major bar and restaurants of the island including Olivia’s Restaurant and Bar. The two major events are Easterval and Maroon.

A list of prominent restaurants in Union Island includes:

  • West Indies Restaurant
  • L_ Aquarium
  • Aqua Restaurant
  • Anchorage Yacht Club Restaurant

Clifton Village is the major shopping area housing many gift shops and art galleries.


Things to do in Union Island:

  • Surfing
  • Boat rides
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Diving


Tourist Attractions in Union Island:

Chatham Beach:

Chatham Beach is the most beautiful beach of Union Island, located on the west side of the island. Other notable beaches include Breakaway, Belmont, Campbell and Bloody Bay.


The Tobago Cays National Marine Park:

The Tobago Cays National Marine Park is the site which people visit again and again for its unforgettable snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving experiences. It is also an ideal spot to watch sea turtles. Tourists must pay EC$10 and it can be paid at Tobago Cays Marine Park office.


Palm Island:

Palm Island is the neighboring island of Union Island, situated less than a mile away. It boasts five different kinds of beaches, a top end resort and around 25 villas. Palm Island can be reached by regular ferry services.


Other places of interest in and around Union Island include:

  • Kite Surfari Kite School
  • Happy Island
  • Caribbean Kite Cruise
  • Frigate Island
  • Union Island Airport


Best time to visit Union Island:

Union Island is equally renowned for its white sand beaches and cultural festival celebrations, due to this, from April to July would be the best time to travel Union Island to enjoy the beauties of beaches and to celebrate festivals.


Where to stay in Union Island:

All the hotels in Union Island are well designed and facilitated and villas are ideal for tourists who look for budget options. Here is the list of the best hotels, resorts and villas in Union Island:

  • Palm Island Resort & Spa
  • Kings Landing Hotel
  • Bigsand Hotel
  • Marine View Hotel
  • Clifton Beach Hotel
  • Phillips-Ville Resort
  • The Islander’s Inn
  • Bouguinvilla Hotel
  • Lambi’s Guest House
  • Caribbean Stone Cottage
  • Joshua’s House
  • Amerindi Hotel
  • Beachfront Cottage
  • Mamatini Apartment
  • Almost Paradise Villa

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