Union Island's Mountains and Bays
Duration: Half Day
Union Island is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and most dramatic islands in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and one of the best ways to discover its natural wonders is to explore on foot. This memorable coastal hiking tour will take you all the way round this small island, over remote mountain ridges and alongside secluded bays and stunning white sandy beaches, where you can enjoy magnificent vistas in tranquil surroundings.
Your hiking adventure starts by walking westwards from Clifton, Union Island’s largest town, along the main road to Ashton, which will enable you to enjoy some wonderful views of the island’s southern coastline. On the way you will see a shallow, sheltered lagoon which is protected by Frigate Island and an offshore reef system. Frigate Island is actually an isthmus, linked to the main island by a narrow strip of sand and lush mangroves. We soon stroll through the charming village of Ashton and along the coast until the road comes to an end in the remote and hilly south west tip of the island.
From here we head down a track to the beautiful secluded beach at Chatham Bay on the west coast, where you can enjoy the solitude and views of the sailboats bobbing on the water before we continue onwards down another track. This second path runs along the rocky ridges of Union Island’s volcanic interior, passing rugged cliffs, dense forest and the dramatic Mount Taboi on the way. Rising 1000ft above sea level, this is Union Island’s tallest peak and the highest point in the Grenadines.
Walking northwards, we arrive at the pristine white sands of the north coast. This spectacular stretch of coastline is home to the beautiful Richmond Bay and Belmont Bay, the two main beaches on the island. Following the road from Belmont Bay, you can get also gain a glimpse of Belmont Salt Pond, which is surrounded by mangroves and inhabited by an abundance of birds and wildlife.
We continue hiking along the paved road until we arrive back in the heart of Clifton town on the southeast coast. Here you can relax and enjoy some delicious local food and refreshments in one of the many bars and restaurants along the Clifton Harbour waterfront. If you want to venture off the beaten track during your holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a tour of Union island is a great place to start.
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