What a great place to cruise! There are 21 large and 579 small islands in the 57 mile beautiful stretch of the Grenadines. Union Island is the southernmost island controlled by St. Vincent with all islands south of the Martinique channel controlled by Grenada.
Union is a beautiful island with generally friendly people and a charming downtown. We arrived at the end of the season when jobs are scarce and, unfortunately, some people were making money the old-fashioned way: theft.
We were there only two days and a local couple was robbed at knife point and a cell phone was purportedly taken from an unlocked sailboat. Last, but not least, the 45′ sailboat La Sorella which was moored right behind us was stolen while we slept. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems odd to steal a large sailboat. What do you do, put out both sails to make a fast getaway at 8 knots? Anyway, they made it further than I thought and were captured 8 days later in St. John in Antigua.
The anchorage, when you’re not being robbed, is spectacular and well protected by Thompson and Center Reef. It is unhappily crowded with many abandoned and derelict boats, but we did find a nice spot between them.
A local man named Janti Ramage solved the problem of discarded conch shells littering downtown Clifton. He hauled them all to the end of Thompson Reef and built a man-made island out of discarded conch shells. Over the years he has expanded Happy Island to a nice size bar, restaurant and living quarters. He finished up the place with outstanding food and reasonable drink prices.