The town of Clifton, which is most probably going to be your entrance to the paradise called Union island, has three beaches within five minute walk. The most fun to discover is the municipal beach which is tucked away beside one of the major hotels but absolutely separate and discrete. On top of the usual fare of white sand, exotic palms and mangroves it has a sizable picnic bench where one can eat without the danger of having sand blown into his camembert sandwich. From time to time a local or two shows up for recreation or fishing. The second beach moving north of the town center is part of the yacht club with many of the yachts moored in front of the smoothest entry into the lagoon. It has an improvised display of the love the locals have for the meat of lambi or conch thus piling up their shells in a couple of circles creating a mini reef for the little fishes – very picturesque. The third beach is further up the path along the air strip bypassing a little hill with the appropriate name of kite beach. This is the launch pad of all windsurfing activities and justifiably so since the area is more open to the trade winds. Here it is easier to be picked up by them and surf as much as your little heart desires on calm waters sheltered within the lagoon. For people with no such inclinations the spectacle itself is a must. The beach has the extra asset of access to the mini hill overlooking the area, perfect location for photos where the distance and angle reveals the full splendour of the water colouring in myriad shades of blue and green and their combinations.
The French woman who owns this restaurant is very friendly and was running the bar the evening we showed up. She told us she taught the staff her recipes. It appears a hangout for the friendly expat boaters. Nice restaurant, great food. Table cloths, candles, dress up or down. I have a feeling all are welcome. We had some steaks with roquefurt sauce, yummy! Nice breeze coming through. Probably the biggest restaurant on the island. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
A handy place to duck into during a sudden downpour and a welcome surprise. French men conversing while I perused the vast array of gourmet items on the shelves and in the deli case and freezer made me feel as if I were in France. A delicious variety of cheese, sausage, frozen steaks and lamb chops among other items. You will pay for your indulgences though $$.
The lure of poaching is universal and Union Island is a good part of this universe. Some individuals just cannot help being astray from the flock and the rules that keep it going forward. There was this fellow who on two consecutive days committed two consecutive infractions of the law. The first day he was out catching lobsters despite the fact that this was not the right season for such an activity. The following day he was out and about in his military fatigue-coloured shirt which is also forbidden by the law of the land. Apparently, this is to counter attempts to rob people under the guise of police or military officials. How bizarre, there are devils even in paradise!
Animals on Union island are up and close not unlike the rest of the Grenadines. The goats seem to be the local favourites as far as domesticated creatures go and the number of stray dogs is overwhelming. Speaking of the dogs, the job of guarding properties is bestowed to much more vicious fellows than the happy-go-lucky mutts. They know the rules of engagement and use them according to the book. Sometimes this can turn into unnerving experience. Another matter is the joy-de-vivre and dexterity of the goats and especially the young ones. In the month of January one can even encounter newborns whose task is to just sit quietly, lower than the grass sort of speak, to avoid unwanted attention – just as wild impala might do! At the other end of the animal kingdom are the sea creatures such as lambi, fish or lobster. They seem to be in high demand for provisioning the local restaurants. Lambi remnants can be found littering or decorating any possible location and even given divine status through naming hotels or boats after them. Fishes of different kinds make common appearances in restaurant plates albeit the cooking method makes them taste pretty much the same – tough! The lobster question is more delicate due to the ban on catching them during the breeding season.
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