While the girls are here this week we decided to have a cruise round the Southern Grenadines. Our first stop was at Union Island as we had to check into St Vincent and the Grenadines. Clifton Harbour is a small port at the south of the island. We had a hard motor against wind and tide up to Union Island about 40 miles away - that's the problem with going north in this area.
Our first trip to town in the evening was by a very expensive water taxi - won't get in one again without checking the price first! Union Island is the southernmost island in St Vincent and the main yacht anchorage is Clifton Harbour, a lovely picture postcard town with a market square full of small, brightly coloured stalls selling all kinds of fruits and vegetables. This was Frankie & Georgia's first real taste of the Caribbean, when they have been before they have stayed in tourist hotels and this was their first time in a local town. The whole of the main street is colourful and brightly painted.
The first night we ate on board and then decided to stay another night to try one of the harbour side restaurants, before going on to the Cays. In the morning we went ashore again, this time in our dinghy, for a bit of shopping. The ride, due to he wind and spray turned out to be a very wet one and we all arrived ashore soaked to the skin! Although there are a few shops, again they all sell the same products and, other than a few vegetables, there was nothing that caught our eyes. Our explorations did take us to some unusual places, including a narrow street, crammed with stalls, bars, and plants making it nearly impossible to actually walk down. Following our soaking in the morning the girls decided they would prefer to eat on board that evening rather than get soaked again once they were dressed to go out.
Near the boat there was a small reef and John and Georgia set off in the afternoon for a bit of a snorkel round to look for fish.
The weather, having been nicer earlier in the week, has now changed for the worse, and we had our first rain in the evening making us glad to be safely on board!
The market square
Outside a tiny bar in a very strange alleyway
Setting off snorkelling