Another Walk Across an Island

Union is the southernmost of the group of islands forming Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, an independently governed country still part of the British Commonwealth.

Union Island Vibe

The first European settlers were Frenchmen who arrived in 1763 with 350 slaves. The Treaty of Versailles signed 20 years later resulted in Union Island along with the other islands comprising the Grenadines being transferred under the control of England.

Coolest dinghy dock in the Caribbean – the Bougainvillea Hotel and Restaurant converted their saltwater aquarium into a cruiser’s protected landing spot

Ownership of Union Island was held by an Englishman and then a Scotsman and finally a St Vincentian, with all of these families focusing their efforts on growing a very fine strain of cotton called Marie-Gallant.

Even the palm trees are growing weary of the unabated enhanced trade winds.

The double whammy of a bad cotton harvest and a hurricane forced the final owner to sell Union to the British Crown, which then created the Union Island Settlement Scheme. Parcels of 2-4 acres were sold to local residents at favorable credit rates.

Still discovering local fruits we’ve never before seen
Honorary Slow Food members – eating local.
Downtown grocery store
Always enjoy the artwork
Good Vibes One Love!
White Gold! Salt ponds
Solar farm funded and installed by the United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund and related entities
Street scene walking across Union
A sure sign the summit has been reached.
Destination reached – a swim and then lunch on the beach
Lunch on the beach
It must be windy all the time if the kite surfing schools are all based here. Look closely to see the foiling kite surfer.
Amidst the hardship, struggle, and challenges of upward mobility pervasive throughout the Caribbean, the worlds largest ketch (285 feet, 12 crew, $100 million to build) named Aquijo enters the harbor and drops anchor well off the beach as their draft is 33 feet.
Not everyone needs a crew of 12 and $100 mil to have fun.

2 thoughts on “Another Walk Across an Island

  1. Such life altering adventures. So happy you are sharing with us land dwellers. I’d love to see a picture of a map charting your travels.
    Love, R


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