Grenadines Journals

Queen for a week in the Grenadines

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A March 2004 trip to Grenadines by jilldg1

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Quote: The Grenadines are sheer bliss. Don't go with activity in mind, though; there's nothing to do but sip BBC’s (Bailey’s, banana, and coconut), admire the views, and make friends with the parrotfish. Do go now, however, before this relatively undiscovered Caribbean gem starts getting too much publicity!

Petit St. Vincent Resort

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There is no air-conditioning at Petit St. Vincent Resort. No TV. No room keys. And no pool. And yet, I left there feeling as if it might have been one of the most decadent places I’ve ever stayed. Maybe it was the jaw-dropping price tag, the afternoon tea on the beach, the inch-thick steaks that were barbecued for me one evening. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that privacy is what makes Petit St. Vincent so special—and what draws the honeymooners and celebrities out in droves. When you arrive on Union Island in the Grenadines, you take a 20-minute boat ride to the lovely island of Petit St. Vincent. You might be surprised to see that the island...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Palm Island

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Palm Island is not a showy resort, but it’s decadent all the same. Set on its own 113-acre private island, this breezy 39-room all-inclusive hotel has plenty comfortable rooms (though I must admit I was worried when I saw the gigantic mosquito net above the bed), but the atmosphere, lovely tropical surroundings, and excellent service stood out most. When we first arrived, the hotel took real pains to make us feel at home. After an unexpected 1-night layover in Barbados (note: the local airport—Union Island—has no lights, so you can only arrive during daylight hours), we arrived in the Grenadines weary. Palm Island’s boat, waiting dutifully at the marina, whisked us over to the island,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Happy Island

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A favorite for locals and tourists in the Grenadines is Happy Island, a tiny sandbar where a local man lives and tends bar. In fact, this island is so small that you wonder what the poor fellow does when a storm comes.

He serves you a beer, and it’s up to you to decide what you pay for it. If four people stop by, the island is totally packed. A few brave souls ventured in for a swim after having a drink or two, but the huge number of crabs was rather daunting.

If you ask your resort about the island (Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent are both close), they’ll probably help to arrange transportation. It’s only located about 3 minutes by boat from Union Island.

Getting to the Grenadines

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Getting to the Grenadines is no easy feat. After a slew of problems, I thought I’d take a moment to give you a few pointers: Most connections go to the Grenadines from Barbados, St. Lucia, and Puerto Rico. There are two main airlines serving the Grenadines: Trans Island Air (www.tia2000.com) and SVG (www.svgair.com). Neither is luxurious, and both are fairly expensive. We booked on the carrier Mustique Airways, but what this place does not tell you on its website (www.mustiqueair.com) is that all the airlines in the Grenadines except SVG are part of a coalition, so it doesn’t ma...Read More