More off the beaten path, Union Island feels the least touristy of the islands in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The island may be tiny but its stunning views and local charm will win any visitor over. Known as a great spot for sailors, it is also a great base to explore other southern Caribbean countries such as nearby Barbados and Grenada.
Only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, you cannot go wrong with where you stay. Of the 14 Union Island hotels on the island, 13 have a star rating of 3, 4, or 5 for their impeccable customer service and beautiful hotel rooms.
If you want to be more central, Clifton is the main town on the island with plenty of local eateries and souvenir shops. Wander around Captain Hugh Mulzac Square or hike to The Fort at the top of the city for incredible 360 views.
Clifton is also a great place to stay if you are hoping to take a day trip out to Tobago Cays Marine Park for some snorkeling and swimming with turtles. Do not miss Kitebeach, an up-and-coming area for kite surfing. You can even kite over to the water-locked Happy Island Bar for a fruity cocktail or cold, local beer.
For a more luxurious but affordable stay in Clifton, check in to Kings Landing Hotel. Near the hotel is the delicious Joy’s BBQ, a locally owned restaurant with savory dishes and homemade fruit juice. In case you are looking for cheaper hotel options, you may like Sunwings Union Island or The Clifton Hotel.
About a mile from Clifton are David’s Beach Hotel and Islander’s Inn. They are ideally located near Richmond Bay and Big Sand. With mountains serving as a backdrop to the white sand and turquoise sea, it is one of the most scenic areas on the island. While you are there, enjoy Sparrows Beach Club, which can serve you lunch right on the beach.
For a truly luxurious escape, Palm Island Resort is on its own island off the coast.
The other main town towards the western side is the more residential Ashton. The town is incredibly close to a number of beaches. Pack a picnic and your snorkeling gear to enjoy the more secluded Campbell Beach, watch the sunset with locals at the popular Chatham Bay, or trek down to Bloody Bay and hang out with the turtles.
Ashton is also a great place for hiking as it is near Mount Taboy, Union Island's tallest peak.
While Union Island has its own small airport, you will most likely fly into a bigger island and take a smaller plane over. The two main airports are Argyle International Airport on Saint Vincent and Canouan Island Airport on Canouan Island.
Argyle is barely a year old with both an international and domestic terminal and flights that go as far as Toronto. Canouan is much smaller with only one terminal and two airlines. If you are flying out early or getting in late, the airports have 59 and 48 hotels respectively.