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is the largest island in the southern part of St. Vincent's
Grenadines. With its dramatically mountainous outline, Union
stands out from afar. Clifton, the main harbor, is protected by
a reef which shows off its brilliant kaleidoscopic colors and
patterns as you sail in.
A pleasant anchorage is just behind Newlands Reef, but if you
prefer to be nearer the action, anchor anywhere off the town.
Union has always been a very genuine Grenadine Island, the
commercial center of the southern Grenadines with an excellent
harbor and, until recently, it had the largest airport.
In the last decade it seems like a whole new place. Everyone you
meet is cheerful and genuinely happy to talk to visitors. The
town is clean and picturesque with several new, locally run
stores catering to visitors. A couple of bars provide perfect
street-side viewing points for watching the world go by. The
market, with many colorful stalls, has been rearranged round a
pleasant green square.
The change has been happening slowly over some years, but now it
has all come together to make it so pleasant that it has become
a favorite for many of us. The pace is leisurely but you have
over half a dozen good restaurants, the provisioning is very
good for the Grenadines with a really wide choice of fresh
produce. Basic services like docking, water, laundry and
internet connections are readily available.
Clifton, the main anchorage, has always been spectacular, open
to the east and protected by a barrier reef. The waters colors
are brilliant green and turquoise and the water very clear.
Union also has two other excellent anchorages. Chatham Bay in on
the lee side of the island is a magnificent bay with a long
beautiful beach backed by steep hills. It feels wild and far
away, but this will not last too long as roads have been build
on the hill tops and houses are likely to be built. The
anchorage off Frigate Island is on Union’s south coast and
fairly remote, though well within dinghy range of Ashton,
Union’s other main settlement. Ashton is a pleasant local town
with lots of rum shops, small supermarkets, and a couple of
restaurants whose prices are excellent. While here visit all you
can, but especially Sparrows Beach Club (free bus) and Happy
Union has become a major kite surfing center and you can usually
watch a great deplay of kites in action out on th reef.
An attempt was made to construct a marina in Frigate Bay with
lots of walls being built. The company went bankrupt and work
stopped, but the remains provide a pleasant footpath from
Frigate Island all the way into Union.
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