to Mayreau Island in the Southern Grenadines!
situated about 7 miles South of Canouan.
Mayreau has a population of only about 200 in the one village on the highest
hill of the island.
Mayreau is the only island in the Grenadines that is predominantly Catholic. From the charming church on "Station Hill",
the highest hill on the island one has a magnificent view over all the Southern Grenadines, including the clearly visible reefs of the Tobago Cays.
As Mayreau is only 3 miles from the Tobago Cays,
which have no land accommodation, this is a great location for a "land and sea"
vacation: Be land based on Mayreau and take excursions by sail or speedboat to
the neighboring Southern Grenadines, none of which are more than 6 miles away.
Mayreau is a beach lovers
paradise: in the north of Mayreau is Salt Whistle
Bay, a perfect half moon beach, separating the Atlantic
from the Caribbean side
with a sand spit only 50 yards wide, fringed by palm trees.
The windward side
of Mayreau is one huge deserted beach, you could spend days picnicking, sun
bathing, and snorkeling in the underwaterworld of Mayreau Garden.
southwestern,leeward beach is Saline Bay, nearly a mile of white sand with calm,
clear water,ideal to bring your family! Overlooking Saline Bay is
bar and restaurant.
Diving around all of Mayreau is fantastic, most
dives are also suitable for beginners.
The island is close to
Union with its small airport connecting it to Barbados, Carriacou, Grenada and
Martinique. Because of that we usually suggest starting a crewed yacht
charter in Bequia or
St. Vincent and disembarking in Union Island or Mayreau. This way you get to see most
of the Grenadines in a relatively short time.
History: After the
original settlers, Indians from South America, the island has been in the
possession of French settlers and plantation owners. They brought enslaved people to the island, mostly from
West Africa. When slavery was abolished, little materially changed for the
population, people still relied on farming and fishing. As a result, a lot of
men went to sea to work on freighters to support their families though tourism
has some great potential.
Apparently the English were not too interested for
a long time, so the island has remained in French Catholic possession.
Now, most of the island is
still privately owned, Canadians are investing, apart from the village which is mostly government land.