Grenadine Air Alliance Magazine 2016

The Caribbean Islands of Mustique, St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Grenada and the like in the Eastern Caribbean are artfully illustrated in the inflight magazine of the Grenadine Air Alliance, Mustique Airways and SVG Air.

The Caribbean Islands of Mustique, St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Grenada and the like in the Eastern Caribbean are artfully illustrated in the inflight magazine of the Grenadine Air Alliance, Mustique Airways and SVG Air.


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Flight Schedule ................................ 2<br />

Sunnybrook’s Life-saving<br />

Breast Cancer Research ...................4<br />

The Islands ...................................... 6<br />

Vermont Nature Trail .................... 16<br />

Destination Wedding .................... 20<br />

Art in Bequia ...................................25<br />

Sailing St. Vincent<br />

& the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s .......................... 28<br />

La Grenade Family of Grenada ......35<br />

Cover Photo of<br />

Beautiful Tobago Cays of St. Vincent<br />

by Jonathan Palmer<br />

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publication without written permission is strictly prohibited.<br />

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure correct information,<br />

the publishers cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions<br />

or changes. The advertising content is the sole responsibility of<br />

the advertiser and the publishers accept no responsibility for any<br />

statements or claims made therein.<br />

The <strong>Grenadine</strong> <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Alliance</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> <strong>2016</strong> is published on<br />

behalf of Trans Island <strong>Air</strong>, SVG <strong>Air</strong> and Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways by:<br />

West Indies Publishing Ltd.<br />

P.O. Box W883, St. John’s, Antigua<br />

Tel: (268) 461 0565<br />

Email: wip@candw.ag<br />



EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1st, 2015 TO MARCH 12th <strong>2016</strong><br />


Daily Flt. #603 at 10:15<br />

Daily Flt. #605 at 10:00<br />


Daily Flt. #603 at 10:30<br />

Daily Flt. #607 at 14:00<br />


Daily Flt. #605 at 10:35<br />

Daily Flt. #609 at 13:45<br />


Daily Flt. #605 at 10:45<br />

Daily Flt. #609 at 14:00<br />


Daily Flt. #614 at 16:30<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:30<br />


Daily Flt. #606 at 13:00<br />

Daily Flt. #614 at 16:30<br />


Daily Flt. #608 at 13:00<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:30<br />


Daily Flt. #608 at 13:00<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:30<br />


EFFECTIVE MARCH 13th <strong>2016</strong> TO NOVEMBER 5th <strong>2016</strong><br />


Daily Flt. #603 at 10:00<br />

Daily Flt. #605 at 10:00<br />


Daily Flt. #603 at 10:30<br />

Daily Flt. #607 at 13:30*<br />


Daily Flt. #605 at 10:30<br />

Daily Flt. #609 at 13:20*<br />


Daily Flt. #605 at 10:45<br />

Daily Flt. #609 at 13:30*<br />


Daily Flt. #614 at 16:00<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:00<br />


Daily Flt. #606 at 12:30*<br />

Daily Flt. #614 at 16:00<br />


Daily Flt. #608 at 12:30*<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:00<br />


Daily Flt. #608 at 12:30*<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 16:00<br />


HEWANORRA, ST. LUCIA EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 20th 2015 TO APRIL 30th <strong>2016</strong><br />

Please note: Flight #908 will operate ONLY between December 15th 2015 to January 15th, <strong>2016</strong><br />


Daily Flt. #905 at 11:30<br />

Daily Flt. #907 at 17:00<br />


Daily Flt. #906 at 15:00<br />

Daily Flt. #908 at 16:15<br />


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 20th 2015 TO APRIL 30th <strong>2016</strong><br />


Fri., Sat & Sun Flt. #803 at 11:00<br />

Daily Flt. #807 at 14:00<br />


Fri., Sat & Sun Flt. #806 at 13:15<br />

Daily Flt. #814 at 16:30<br />



HEWANORRA ST. LUCIA EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST <strong>2016</strong> TO FEBRUARY 28TH <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

** Service to Hewanorra and George Charles, St. Lucia Effective February 29th, <strong>2016</strong>.<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:00<br />

**Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 11:10<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:25<br />

**Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 9:40<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:50<br />

**Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:10<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 11:10<br />

**Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:35<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:15<br />

**Daily except Wed Flt. #642 at 15:55<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:15<br />

**Daily except Wed Flt. #642 at 15:55<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:15<br />

**Daily except Wed Flt. #642 at 15:55<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:15<br />

**Daily except Wed Flt. #642 at 15:55<br />


**Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 15:40<br />


***Please note these flights depart 15 minutes earlier effective March 13th <strong>2016</strong> to November 5th <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Therefore the departure time will be 10:00. ****Please note these flights depart 30 minutes earlier effective<br />

March 13th <strong>2016</strong> to November 5th <strong>2016</strong>. Therefore the departure time will be 17:00.<br />


Daily Flt. #603 at 10:15 ***<br />

Daily except Wed. Flt. #141 at 09:30<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 09:40<br />


Mon–Sat (except Public Holidays) Flt. #131 at 07:30<br />

Daily Flt. #135 at 16:50<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #141 at 09:30<br />

Daily Flt. #605 at 10:15***<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #141 at 09:30<br />

Daily Flt. #605 at 10:15***<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 09:40<br />

Daily Flt. #614 at 17:30****<br />

Daily except Wed. Flt. #141 at 17:40<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:45<br />


Mon–Sat (except Public Holidays) Flt. #311<br />

Depart Mustique at 07:50<br />

Daily Flt. #315 Depart Mustique at 16:30<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:10<br />

Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 17:10<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 17:30****<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 10:10<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 17:10<br />


Daily except Wed. Flt. #641 at 10:35<br />

Daily except Wed. Flt. #642 at 16:45<br />

Daily Flt. #616 at 17:30****<br />


Sunnybrook’s life-saving breast cancer research<br />

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto is home to some of Canada’s most<br />

innovative breast cancer researchers. Working out of Sunnybrook’s Louise Temerty Breast<br />

Cancer Centre – the largest facility of its kind in the country – these researchers are inventing<br />

the future of breast cancer care.<br />

“Our experts are connected to breakthroughs that have made treatment more effective<br />

and with fewer side-effects for women,” says Dr. Eileen Rakovitch, the Temerty Centre’s<br />

medical director. “In all of the work we do, the goal of extending and saving lives, as well as<br />

improving quality of life, is front and centre.”<br />

Wave of the future<br />

Undergoing chemotherapy is never easy. In addition to side-effects that affect daily<br />

living, patients can wait months to learn whether the drugs are doing their job.<br />

“The 1.5 million women worldwide who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year<br />

need to know early on whether their chemotherapy is working,” says Dr. Greg Czarnota,<br />

head of Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Research Program.<br />

A high-tech monitoring technique co-invented by Dr. Czarnota addresses this need.<br />

Known as WaveCheck, the technology combines traditional ultrasound imaging with new<br />

software to detect responses to chemotherapy in breast tumours, making it possible for a<br />

woman to know what’s happening inside her body just weeks – not months – into chemotherapy.<br />

This allows doctors to know quickly whether a change of course is necessary.<br />

WaveCheck has been used successfully in clinical studies at Sunnybrook with more than<br />

100 breast cancer patients. The research continues and has been expanded to include<br />

women at other cancer centres in Canada and the United States.<br />


Research to aid younger patients<br />

Young women with breast cancer have different needs than the broader patient population.<br />

Research shows they’re more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive forms of the<br />

disease, they face unique complications of their treatment such as infertility and premature<br />

menopause, and are at greatest risk of psychological and social distress. These women<br />

often face the diagnosis while they’re building their careers, considering starting families of<br />

their own or already parenting young children.<br />

Sunnybrook medical oncologist Dr. Ellen Warner was instrumental in creating a program,<br />

called PYNK, that provides these patients with the support system they need to get through<br />

treatment and recovery. PYNK also conducts studies that improve treatment for young<br />

women.<br />

Dr. Warner, along with other breast cancer experts across Canada, is leading the establishment<br />

of a national biobank with patient, tumour, treatment and recurrence data and<br />

biological specimens – for example, tumour and blood samples – from breast cancer<br />

patients aged 40 and younger. Biobanks are indispensible to cancer research, as they play a<br />

role in the discovery of cancer risk factors and in the design of personalized treatments.<br />


The Islands<br />

La Soufrière<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways<br />

St. Vincent<br />

The largest island in the country of St.<br />

Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s – ‘mainland’ St.<br />

Vincent – is approximately 21 miles long and<br />

11 miles wide. Its neighbours are St. Lucia to<br />

the north and Grenada to the south.<br />

Their soon to be opened ‘state of the art’<br />

international airport will definitely make this<br />

paradise an easy getaway holiday destination.<br />

The island does not have mega-resorts,<br />

wild night life or shopping malls, but what<br />

it does offer is some of the finest natural<br />

beauty to be found anywhere in the Eastern<br />

Caribbean – it’s an eco-tourist’s paradise.<br />

In the north is a semi-active 4,048-foot<br />

volcano, La Soufrière, up which more energetic<br />

visitors can hike and enjoy unparalleled<br />

views. The less adventurous may choose<br />

to visit the oldest botanical gardens in the<br />

western hemisphere, on the outskirts of the<br />

capital, Kingstown. Here you’ll find a famous<br />

breadfruit tree, a direct descendant of the<br />

ones brought from Tahiti by Captain Bligh of<br />

‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame.<br />

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The lush volcanic soil is perfect for<br />

agriculture and St. Vincent produces an<br />

abundance of fruit and vegetables which<br />

supply many other nearby islands. In the<br />

beautiful Mesopotamia Valley you’ll find<br />

picturesque terraced farms and banana plantations.<br />

If you’re wondering how to cool off<br />

on a hot day, you can visit one of the many<br />

waterfalls and take a refreshing dip.<br />

The charming capital, Kingstown has a<br />

great market, a variety of stores and numerous<br />

restaurants serving delicious local<br />

cuisine. On the south coast, you’ll find<br />

many small, friendly hotels and also the<br />

popular yacht harbours at Young Island and<br />

Blue Lagoon. St. Vincent has become one<br />

of the major yachting centres in the region<br />

and being just a stone’s throw from Bequia,<br />

northernmost of the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s, it’s the<br />

ideal place from which to start your cruise.<br />

St. Vincent’s rich heritage, vibrant culture<br />

and breathtaking beauty make it an unforgettable<br />

destination – somewhere between<br />

heaven and earth ... but a little closer to<br />


Bequia<br />

Bequia, the name derived from a Carib<br />

Indian word meaning ‘Island of the Clouds’,<br />

lies nine miles south of St. Vincent and is just<br />

7 square miles.<br />

Bequia is home to just under 5000 people.<br />

The inhabitants, some of whom are descendants<br />

of 19th-century Scottish sailors, are<br />

friendly, easy-going and always happy to strike<br />

up a conversation with broad smiles on their<br />

faces.<br />

The island is steeped in sea-faring traditions<br />

such as boat-building, fishing and<br />

whaling. Although there’s an airport, the<br />

majority of visitors still arrive by boat. It<br />

wasn’t so long ago that the local ferry, the old<br />

schooner Friendship Rose, would be piled<br />

high with passengers, fruit, vegetables and<br />

possibly a few goats and chickens as well.<br />

The main harbour at Admiralty Bay is one<br />

of the most popular cruising yachtsmen’s<br />

hang-outs in the region. Along the waterfront<br />

you can find a number of great places to eat,<br />

drink and party – all within a few minutes’<br />

walk of each other.<br />

The picturesque capital of Port Elizabeth<br />

has a sleepy, old-world ambience and you can<br />

walk from one end to the other in 20 minutes.<br />

There’s a great handicraft market and also an<br />

excellent fresh fruit and vegetable market. Ask<br />

for directions and you could be told to ‘turn<br />

left at the almond tree’.<br />

Apart from world-class beaches, and excellent<br />

snorkelling and diving, there are some<br />

wonderful hiking trails. Worthwhile is a visit<br />

to the rugged east coast, which is wind-swept,<br />

thinly populated, and has stunning views of<br />

the Atlantic.<br />

Bequia - sweet, sweet, sweet!!!!<br />

Mustique<br />

The mere mention of Mustique conjures up<br />

images of fabulous villas, European Royalty<br />

and glamorous pop-stars; certainly, this privately<br />

owned island, originally purchased and<br />

developed by Colin Tennant in 1958, is a playground<br />

for the rich and famous.<br />

However, there’s a lot more to Mustique<br />

than glitz and glamour. For starters, the<br />

three square mile island has some of the finest<br />

beaches in the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s – Macaroni<br />

Beach, on the east coast, is consistently rated<br />

as one of the ten top beaches in the southern<br />

Caribbean, with its ‘Whiter than White’ sand<br />

and its ‘Bluer than Blue’ water, and a shaded<br />

picnic area under the palms.<br />

Although small, Mustique is fairly hilly, so<br />

walking long distances can be fairly hard work<br />

Bequia<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways<br />


– the best way to get around is by mule (not<br />

a donkey, but a gasoline-powered golf cart)<br />

– though if you drive one you’ll know why<br />

it’s called a mule!. For genuine equestrians,<br />

there’s also an excellent stable where you can<br />

hire thoroughbred horses and gallop down<br />

deserted white sand beaches.<br />

With its gently rolling hills, low-key ambience,<br />

amazing beaches and great diving, it’s<br />

easy to see why the island is such a popular<br />

destination. Britannia Bay, the yacht harbour,<br />

is the main focus of activity with a small<br />

fishing village, a couple of stores and the<br />

legendary Basil’s Bar, home to the annual<br />

Mustique Blues Festival.<br />

The building of private homes has been<br />

limited to 140, and the island, whilst offering<br />

a complete infrastructure of roads,<br />

water, electricity and other facilities, retains<br />

a leisurely feel and a distinctive character of<br />

tranquil elegance that is uniquely Mustique.<br />

The Southern <strong>Grenadine</strong>s<br />

It was when tourism was introduced in<br />

the 20th century that the <strong>Grenadine</strong> islands<br />

really started to flourish with their dazzling<br />

beauty, crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches<br />

and spectacular coral gardens.<br />

Although the islands lie close together,<br />

each has a charm and character of its own –<br />

from the elegant grandeur of privately-owned<br />

Mustique, the rich diversity of Canouan, the<br />

timelessness of Mayreau, the exclusivity of<br />

Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent Resorts,<br />

the relative bustle of Union Island to the pure<br />

wonder of the Tobago Cays.<br />

The Tobago Cays, a pristine marine park,<br />

must surely be the jewel in St.Vincent’s crown<br />

– five deserted islands set behind a horseshoe<br />

reef in one of the most magnificent settings<br />

it is possible to imagine. Accessible only by<br />

boat, the cays are one of the natural wonders<br />

of the western hemisphere and a must for any<br />

visitor.<br />

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Mustique<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways

Canouan<br />

Unspoiled and virtually undiscovered,<br />

Canouan is a lush tropical paradise in the<br />

southern <strong>Grenadine</strong>s with wide, white sandy<br />

beaches, crystal clear and calm blue waters,<br />

lush, green hilly terrain, and one of the largest<br />

living coral reefs in the Caribbean that teems<br />

with brightly coloured aquatic life offering<br />

incredible diving and snorkelling.<br />

Canouan is located in the heart of the<br />

<strong>Grenadine</strong>s, within easy reach of neighbouring<br />

Mustique, Mayreau and the Tobago Cays<br />

and 110 miles southwest of Barbados. With<br />

direct flights from Barbados, Puerto Rico,<br />

and St. Vincent, visitors can now enjoy painless<br />

air access.<br />

Canouan is just five square miles in size<br />

and formerly a community of some 700<br />

farmers and fishermen. The now expanding<br />

local population still includes fishermen,<br />

proud of their community heritage as boat<br />

builders and harvesters of the sea. Models<br />

of the traditional wooden boats are still lovingly<br />

constructed by hand. Laughter prevails<br />

as a vital ingredient of this community, and<br />

the sounds of happy children and elders create<br />

a feeling of traveling into an easier place<br />

and time. Canouan manages to retain a distinct<br />

quality inherited from another time in<br />

history.<br />

Boasting an airport runway, a luxury<br />

resort with one a spectacular championship<br />

18-hole golf course designed by Jim Fazio<br />

and a natural harbour for yachts, Canouan<br />

has become more and more popular with<br />

visitors. The variety of amenities, restaurants<br />

and accommodation has grown and there are<br />

now many excellent value guesthouses where<br />

visitors will be assured of a warm welcome. In<br />

spite of all the development, the principal settlement<br />

of Charlestown retains its distinctly<br />

Union Island<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways<br />

Caribbean flavour and has not lost any of its<br />

island charm.<br />

Mayreau<br />

Situated 7 miles south of Canouan and<br />

with a population of only 250, Mayreau can<br />

only be reached by sailing boat or ferry –<br />

once there it’s very hard to leave.<br />

This little gem of the Caribbean has<br />

unspoiled, postcard picture beaches and bays<br />

and is ideally situated for a ‘land and sea’ vacation.<br />

From there it is easy to take short trips<br />

by sail or speedboat to the nearby islands.<br />

Days can be spent picnicking and sunbathing<br />

on the wide swathes of deserted beaches or<br />

snorkelling in the calm, clear waters – this is<br />

the quintessential place to get away from it all.<br />

Mayreau is a small island and therefore<br />

perfect to explore on foot. With only one<br />

main road running between Saltwhistle Bay<br />

and Saline Bay, the island’s entire length can<br />


Southern <strong>Grenadine</strong>s<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways<br />

be walked in an hour. A short hike up ‘Station<br />

Hill’ brings visitors to the picturesque village<br />

of Old Wall with its quaint church from<br />

where there are spectacular vistas of the<br />

Caribbean Sea and nearby islands. There are<br />

several bars and informal restaurants offering<br />

home cooking, refreshments and where<br />

guests are treated like long lost friends.<br />

Known for its safe anchorage, Saltwhistle<br />

Bay in the north has a beautiful tree-lined<br />

beach and exceptionally calm water that is<br />

perfect for swimming. All of the beaches<br />

have powdery white sand and even the windward<br />

beaches are protected by reefs.<br />

There’s no glitz and glamour in Mayreau<br />

and life hasn’t changed much in the past 40<br />

years or so – it’s an undemanding place with a<br />

timeless charm where simple pleasures make<br />

a stay here well worthwhile.<br />

Palm Island<br />

It was originally called Prune Island. The<br />

former owners (John Caldwell and his wife<br />

Mary) renamed it Palm when they set about<br />

to transform the island into a truly palm<br />

island by planting hundreds of coconut trees.<br />

Rob Barrett, the proud owner of Palm<br />

Island, has made it into what can arguably be<br />

called the perfect resort location.<br />

It is located just about a mile from Union<br />

Island where a private boat will meet and<br />

transport you to this privately owned and<br />

exclusive island resort which is all that is on<br />

this 135 acre island paradise.<br />

White sandy beaches and crystal clear<br />

water surround Palm Island. It is the perfect<br />

getaway for nature lovers and those who want<br />

to relax and do nothing but enjoy this fabulous,<br />

all-inclusive resort. Casuarina Beach, a<br />

special favourite amongst resort guests, runs<br />


along the entire western side of the island.<br />

Non-resident visitors are always welcome<br />

provided that prior arrangements are made.<br />

Union Island<br />

Located just 40 miles south of St.<br />

Vincent, Union Island, the crossroad of the<br />

<strong>Grenadine</strong>s, is often called ‘Little Tahiti’<br />

because of its high, almost vertical peaks<br />

which, on a clear day, are visible from St.<br />

Vincent’s capital, Kingstown.<br />

For yachtsmen, Clifton Harbour (like<br />

Bequia) is a main provisioning stop, and the<br />

place to obtain fuel, ice, water or internet<br />

access. The main harbour has two small marinas,<br />

moorings, and a great anchorage behind<br />

Newland’s Reef close to two interesting and<br />

somewhat unique islands – Newland’s Island<br />

(unique as it has a population of one) and<br />

Happy Island (unique because it was built by<br />

an enterprising gentleman named Shanti. He<br />

spent a year dumping several boat-loads of<br />

sand, conch shells, coconut and palm fronds<br />

into an area of water just inside the reef thus<br />

creating his own island).<br />

The town of Clifton is a ‘bustling’ by<br />

<strong>Grenadine</strong> standards and boasts great places<br />

to eat at reasonable prices. There are several<br />

stores and water-front guest houses, and the<br />

local people (the island has a population of<br />

around 2,500) are warm and friendly.<br />

With a small airport and several local boat<br />

operators, Union is the perfect place for a day<br />

cruise to the central <strong>Grenadine</strong>s, being less<br />

than an hour from the neighbouring islands<br />

of Mayreau, Petit St. Vincent and the Tobago<br />

Cays, none of which can be accessed by air.<br />

There are regular flights to Union not only<br />

from St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique and<br />

Canouan, but also from Barbados.<br />

Petit St. Vincent<br />

Photo © Jonathan Palmer – Mustique <strong>Air</strong>ways<br />


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a Successful Family Business<br />

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September 8, 1990 marked the day of the first check-in, and signaled<br />

the start of a journey into the exciting world of catering to and<br />

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It is on this type of connection that Beachcombers has grown to<br />

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Understandably, the staff increased commensurate<br />

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Beachcombers expanded, with the changing<br />

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The physical plant was replaced with a more<br />

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A traditional English Tea featuring beautiful<br />

tea settings, sweet and savory treats and live<br />

music in the open-air restaurant overlooking<br />

the pool and ocean, happens every Wednesday<br />

and Sunday from 4-6pm. A delicious BBQ<br />

with buffet-style sides and Classic Caribbean<br />

Steel Pan music makes Beachcombers a good<br />

‘lime’ on Saturday nights. On weekends, during<br />

Happy Hour, you often find locals, guests<br />

and visitors to St. Vincent enjoying breath-taking<br />

sunsets on the pool-side deck overlooking<br />

the ocean. Further expansion in 2015 has<br />

provided for sixteen more rooms, a 300 person<br />

state-of the-art Conference and Banquet<br />

Room versatile enough to accommodate<br />

business meetings, conferences and weddings.<br />

From the humble beginnings of a six-room<br />

facility, Beachcombers today offers forty-eight<br />

(48) rooms of six (6) different categories,<br />

catering to diverse travel and comfort needs.<br />

Forty (40) employees working diligently every<br />

week to deliver consistent and excellent service.<br />

Beachcombers is proud to be one of the<br />

larger hotels on the island of St. Vincent, but<br />

the one thing that has not changed, is that<br />

stay-over guests and walk-in persons who use<br />

the bar, restaurant, spa and other facilities, can<br />

still find themselves being served and catered<br />

to by the warm and welcoming owners, who<br />

are always ready for a conversation.<br />


Vermont Nature Trail<br />

Travelling to the Caribbean always<br />

evokes images of relaxing on a beach<br />

in front of crystal clear blue waters,<br />

snorkeling through coral reefs and breezy nights<br />

filled with the calls of tree frogs. Somehow,<br />

hiking through mountainous terrain and/or rain<br />

forest is just is not anywhere in that dream. This<br />

is a shame. Besides the beach, the sea, surfing,<br />

fishing, whale watching and sailing, hiking is<br />

becoming a cornerstone of the eco-tourism<br />

age, and St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s is in<br />

the forefront. Our island nation offers hiking<br />

trails suitable for all fitness levels. The Vermont Nature Trail, buried deep in St. Vincent’s<br />

mountainous heart on the outskirts of the Buccament Valley, is a great example of a medium<br />

level trail.<br />

Hiking is a great activity for anyone. No special training is needed, other than a desire to see<br />

the beautiful natural contrast St. Vincent’s terrain has to offer – though good walking shoes are<br />

a must.<br />


Located in St. Vincent’s southern<br />

interior, nine miles from Kingstown,<br />

the Vermont Nature Trail offers great<br />

hiking for all ages and abilities. In this<br />

10,870 acre reserve, you can enjoy two<br />

miles of clearly marked hiking trails<br />

through a variety of forest habitats.<br />

Informative signs describe the fauna<br />

and flora you may encounter as you<br />

make your way through lush woodlands<br />

to the St. Vincent Parrot Look-Out on<br />

the far side of the reserve.<br />

The Vermont Trail is a true forest<br />

path. Shrouded by a canopy of trees, it<br />

makes its way through a hidden world<br />

of rock-strewn streams, tropical and<br />

plantation trees and a trove of bird<br />

species. Sightings of the rare St. Vincent<br />

Parrot are practically guaranteed.<br />

Listen for their unmistakable calls and<br />

then look out from the view point as<br />

they fly above the forest canopy in front<br />

of you.<br />

For the birders that are out there,<br />

this is also the habitat for the Whistling<br />

Warbler, Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush,<br />

the Crested Hummingbird, Redcapped<br />

Green Tanager, Green Heron and<br />

several other interesting species.<br />

Now, you can plan your holiday to<br />

include a hike through the lush forests<br />

of St. Vincent, a walk along white<br />

sand beaches with clear blue waters,<br />

whale watching, a secluded day trip<br />

to a romantic cove to snorkel, and<br />

nights spent listening to the beautiful<br />

caribbean sounds. That is a holiday<br />

to remember, and it can be your new<br />

reality. See you soon on the trail!<br />


For some local luxury

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Destination Wedding<br />

by Zahra <strong>Air</strong>all<br />

Wedding on Petit St. Vincent<br />


“ I DO! ”<br />

Whether exclaimed with excitement or whispered with solemnity, these two small words<br />

reflect the passion, love and hope shared by two people embarking on a lifetime journey<br />

together. There is an extraordinary essence that filters through the air when he looks deeply<br />

into her eyes, his hands wrapped around hers. There is an unheard enchantment that echoes<br />

thought the moment as she blushes at him, revealing a smile only he could elicit. And in that<br />

perfect collection of seconds where their lips acquaint for the first time as husband and wife<br />

… there is magic.<br />

So what better way to enhance that magic than getting married right here in St. Vincent<br />

& the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s. Wiggle your toes in the sand or walk down through Botanical Gardens.<br />

Have an intimate ceremony with your own steel orchestra or musician, or maybe just let the<br />

ocean’s orchestra serenade you on a deserted island. Entertain all of your family and friends<br />

and treat them to a tropical fantasy aboard a schooner where your fantasy will commence<br />

from the moment you arrive.<br />

St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s flora and fauna offers more varied settings than the<br />

Vincentian sunset. Remember, the beach is only the beginning. This is your wedding, your<br />

honeymoon, your dream vacation all bundled into one amazing voyage, so why not relax<br />

from the moment you board the plane or ship?<br />

Besides offering the perfect destination for your wedding, St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s<br />

can also offer professional wedding planning services whether it is just for two or an assembly<br />

of friends and family from around the world.<br />


A Caribbean Wedding<br />

courtesy of Wilfred Dederer<br />

Wedding on Petit St. Vincent<br />

How can our wedding planner help you escape the dreaded wedding mania?<br />

Pros! Your wedding planners have a wealth of experience and can turn your pinterest<br />

board into an unforgettable experience.<br />

Island people! They’re familiar with the island, so after emailing, skyping, pinterest<br />

sharing and whatsapping, they can recommend the perfect venue for ceremony, reception<br />

and bridal shoots.<br />

Connected! It’s all about networking, which means hairstylists, make-up artists, musicians,<br />

caterers/chefs, flowers, photographers, entertainers, bands, steel pan orchestras,<br />

doves, butterflies, and anything else you need to make you day perfect, are all within the<br />

wedding planner’s reach. This could also mean better package for your budget.<br />

Legal Liaisons! Your wedding planner will brief you on the documents you need to<br />

carry with you and assist with the legal preparations for your wedding, including recommending<br />

the perfect marriage officer.<br />

Runners! That’s right - they will do all the running around for you. Confirming bookings<br />

with vendors and preparing the décor for the ceremony and reception are nothing for<br />

you to worry about.<br />

So Relax and Fall In Love … Again!<br />

Recommended Wedding Planners<br />

Petit St. Vincent<br />

info@petitstvincent.com<br />

www.petitstvincent.com/weddings<br />

T: 954 963 7401<br />

Total Advantage Travel<br />

www.totaladvantage.com<br />

travel@totaladvantage.com<br />

T: 1 800 419 1635 & 416 240 7700<br />

A Caribbean Wedding<br />

suzanne@acaribbeanwedding.com<br />

www.acaribbeanwedding.com<br />

T: 784 528 7444<br />


Basil’s Bar • Mustique<br />

Established in 1976, Basil’s Bar Bar is is built built on on stilts stilts on on a rock a rock overlooking the<br />

the majestic majestic Britannia Britannia Bay. Bay. Voted Voted “one “one of of the the best best bars in in the world” by<br />

Newsweek since 1987, and capturing the #37 spot on CNN Travel’s list<br />

of the World’s 50 Best Beach Bars. It’s “a place where sailors party with<br />

business moguls, fashion models, gardeners, rock stars and school<br />

teachers”. Basil’s has a reputation as one of the finest seafood restaurants<br />

in the Caribbean.<br />

Join us year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and our Wednesday<br />

night BBQ Jump-up. Basil’s is home of the only Blues Festival in the<br />

Caribbean happening January 21 20 – February 4, 2, 2015, <strong>2016</strong>, and our New Year’s<br />

Eve celebration should not be missed.<br />

At Basil’s in in Villa, Villa, just just across from from Young Island on on St. Vincent, carries gift<br />

items and contemporary furniture from Bali and other parts of Asia. Our<br />

Boutique at at Basil’s Bar Bar on on Mustique features great great silks silks from India, casual<br />

wear, silk Kaftans by Camilla, and our famous Basil’s Bar T-Shirts.<br />

Just up the road from from Basil’s Basil’s Bar Bar is is the the Mustique General Store which<br />

stocks fine wines, cheeses and and gourmet products. Across Forever features<br />

antiques from Bali and India, furniture from Asia and beyond, a magnificent<br />

collection of contemporary pieces, home furnishings, fabulous lighting,<br />

accessories and more. Like us on Facebook, and check us out when you<br />

next visit Mustique<br />

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Mustique • St. Vincent<br />

www.basilsbar.com<br />

Tel: (784) 488-8407/8350/8405<br />

Fax: (784) 456-5825

Julie Lea<br />

Capturing Caribbean Culture:<br />

Art in Bequia<br />

It is our thoughts of Caribbean culture - its customs,<br />

ideas, the behavior of its people - coupled<br />

with beaches and blue seas that drive our desire to<br />

holiday in islands like St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s.<br />

Two remarkable ladies, Julie Lea and L.D. Lucy in<br />

Bequia, have spent between them over fifty years<br />

creating works and venues, teaching and displaying<br />

the culture of Vincentians in various mediums so<br />

that visitors and locals alike can gain easy access to<br />

keepsakes and works of art and open the world to<br />

the wonderful Vincentian Caribbean Culture.<br />

Julie Lea discovered art at age five and has<br />

never stopped. Julie culminated her formal training<br />

with a degree in Art from George Washington<br />

University in Washington, D.C. Julie and her family<br />

discovered Bequia in 1978, cruising on a charted<br />

48 foot schooner. “We sailed into Bequia at dawn.<br />

While the others went ashore after an all-night passage<br />

from the Pitons, I stayed on board and started<br />

painting. It changed the direction of my art.”<br />

by artist and fashion designer Jeremy Payne<br />

by L.D. Lucy<br />


y Dinks Johnson<br />

Oasis Art Gallery and Gift shop<br />

From that time until 2005, Julie found<br />

ways to spend time in Bequia, so much so<br />

that Julie and her husband finally purchased<br />

a permanent residence in 2005. From 1978<br />

onward, Julie has produced countless numbers<br />

of painted works and published three<br />

books: Bequia Reflections: An Artist in the<br />

Caribbean, To An Island in Africa, and, finally,<br />

Bequia A Feast of Colour. Bequia Reflections: An<br />

Artist in the Caribbean and Bequia A Feast of<br />

Colour are books that not only reflect her own<br />

work but also other visiting Australian artist<br />

Peter Carr’s perceptions of St. Vincent. To An<br />

Island in Africa chronicles three years in the<br />

life of Dr. Vivian Usborne Child, (currently<br />

95 years young) who was dedicated to helping<br />

people, not just in St. Vincent and the<br />

<strong>Grenadine</strong>s, but also in East Africa.<br />

When visiting, you will find Julie busy<br />

painting in her studio, or teaching adults<br />

water colors and volunteering in children’s<br />

programs. If not in Bequia, visit www.<br />

juliesavagelea.com to view a great deal of her<br />

collected works.<br />

British born L.D. Lucy arrived in Bequia<br />

via Canada twenty years ago. A self-taught<br />


artist, Lucy opened Oasis Art Gallery and Gift<br />

Shop in 2009 because she saw Vincentian artists<br />

did not have a place where cutting edge art and<br />

old world art could be found together. From<br />

its inception, Lucy went in with the mandate -<br />

everything you see here is made in our country<br />

of St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s. Now in its<br />

seventh year, Oasis Art Gallery and Gift Shop is<br />

for from being just a little gallery in the seaside<br />

town of Port Elizabeth, Bequia. It has become<br />

a must see site, as its collection is truly a cross<br />

section of Vincentian arts and crafts. You will<br />

discover paintings from established and burgeoning<br />

artists, pottery, model boats, jewelry,<br />

coconut cosmetics, prints, cards, carvings,<br />

sculptures and souvenirs.<br />

A unique place where you will find “Old<br />

World” meeting the “New World”, Oasis Art<br />

Gallery and Gift Shop can be found upstairs<br />

behind the Porthole Restaurant. Make sure to<br />

take the time to see it.<br />

Culture is not only what makes a place<br />

memorable, but establishes the foundation to<br />

making lasting friendships. Now when you visit<br />

St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s and you have seen<br />

these ladies’ work, you will gain a better understanding<br />

why you want to come back to see us<br />

soon because it should not be just about the<br />

beach and the sea.<br />

Julie Lea<br />

L.D. Lucy<br />

We provide a retail outlet for fine imported wines<br />

and liquor as well as local and imported beer, bottle<br />

water and soft drinks, teas, coffee and cider.<br />

Distributor for Mount Gay Rum and Remy Cointreau<br />

porducts in the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s. We offer a carefully<br />

selected inventory to suit your taste and budget.<br />



Sailing St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s<br />

Photos by: Wilfred Dederer<br />

The act of sailing evokes all kinds of images and feelings. St. Vincent has played its<br />

part in sailing’s colorful history, and that history in turn has left its mark on every<br />

aspect of the island. Here you will find full time cruisers, vacationers who come to<br />

taste St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s through chartering, and visitors and competitors who come<br />

to spectate and/or participate in competitive sailing events such as Bequia’s Easter Regatta.<br />

The history of Caribbean seamanship goes all the way back to the beginning, circa two thousand<br />

years ago, when the first inhabitants arrived out of South America on canoes. Columbus<br />

brought the sail, and for over three centuries, these waters were home to merchantmen and their<br />

square riggers, filled to bursting with riches of all sorts; naval officers from Spain and France<br />

and Britain and the Netherlands were relied upon to defend the merchantman from the countless<br />

pirates and privateers, always on the lookout for plunder. St. Vincent & the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s, in<br />

particular, would come to play a large role in the story of the region for its boat building enterprises<br />

in the late 19th century to support the whaling and cargo industries.<br />


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Fiercely independent, world travellers<br />

and retirees, cruisers are people who have<br />

decided freedom and tranquility are of<br />

the highest priority. These people have<br />

purchased their sailing vessels to live<br />

aboard full time so that they may travel<br />

from one island to the next when the urge<br />

hits them. Cruisers will run from island<br />

to island throughout the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s and<br />

some more adventurous ones will pop up<br />

to Martinique to shop for some of their<br />

favorite French provisions. Cruisers will<br />

take the weekend to anchor at a favorite<br />

spot to snorkel and barbecue, or find a<br />

secluded cove to ‘lime’. If they so desire,<br />

they may even stay in their mooring, hang<br />

out in their cockpit, and watch the world<br />

go by on Caribbean time.<br />


Explore the beautiful islands of<br />

St Vincent and the <strong>Grenadine</strong>s<br />


Ti Marouba<br />

52ft long catamaran<br />

Max capacity – 40 persons<br />

Sun Spirit<br />

62ft long catamaran<br />

Max capacity – 70 persons<br />

Sky Flirt<br />

85ft long catamaran<br />

Max capacity – 80 persons<br />

Wind and Sea<br />


www.grenadines-windandsea.com • windandsealtd@gmail.com<br />

Bougainvilla, Clifton, Union Island • Tel: 1 784 458 8678 • Cell: 1 784 493 3128

Want to be a cruiser, but don’t own your own boat? A Caribbean boat charter offers all<br />

the exotic adventures of sailing, without the added complexities of actually owning a vessel.<br />

It is the ultimate self-directed, all-inclusive holiday experience, with commensurate pricing<br />

and a range of offers, from the more luxurious – if you want to be pampered, for instance,<br />

you could hire captain and crew to cater to your demands – to something a little more DIY,<br />

such as a bare boat charter, where you supply your own crew, in order to fully experience<br />

the hypnotic rhythms of St. Vincent sailing. Imagine: a new, secluded beach, bathing suits,<br />

snorkeling, diving, the catch of the day prepared right on the beach you just swam to. Just<br />

the sort of holiday friends, lovers, and family will never forget.<br />

If you are interested in finding out how to take advantage of the ultimate all-inclusive<br />

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This is not a Fairy Tale ... It is Real!<br />

Longstanding family businesses fascinate us all. The transition from generation to generation<br />

is always the greatest challenge notwithstanding the need to evolve and to modernize. The<br />

La Grenade family of Grenada has done it all, with a history of successful family enterprises<br />

dating back to the 18th century. Louis La Grenade established his family’s business legacy by<br />

becoming one of the first free men of colour to acquire extensive land holdings in Grenada, and<br />

further owned schooners to ship the sugar and spices grown on his plantation. This shipping<br />

arm formed the basis for the De La Grenade Industries we have today.<br />

The story goes that a Dutch missionary, stuck on the Banda islands in Indonesia with few<br />

material possessions, made a deal with Louis La Grenade: in return for passage, he gave the<br />

businessman some dry seeds and an exotic liqueur recipe. This two hundred (200) year old family<br />

secret recipe can be found today in La Grenade Liqueur. This international award-winning<br />

product has become a cornerstone of De la Grenade Industries. It’s those nutmeg seeds which<br />

helped transplant nutmeg production into the Caribbean, where today Grenada is the second<br />

largest nutmeg producer in the world.<br />

Parts of the estate stayed within the family over the intervening years and until Sybil La<br />

Grenade started her home products company, there were no ongoing operations on the property.<br />

Sybil began her career as a school teacher, focusing on home economics, and would eventually<br />


ise to become Grenada’s home economics<br />

supervisor in the late 1960’s. It was around<br />

this time that she started La Grenade<br />

Home Products, the precursor to today’s<br />

De La Grenade Industries. The company<br />

was incorporated in 1984. In 1990, Morne<br />

Délice Nutmeg Syrup, first developed in<br />

1969, received the Grand Gold Medal and La<br />

Grenade Liqueur, the Gold Medal from the<br />

Monde Selection in Brussels 1 ; Construction<br />

on the family’s factory had only begun that<br />

same year; heretofore the award-winning<br />

syrup was being manufactured in a house!<br />

It must be stated, Morne Délice Nutmeg<br />

Syrup was the first Caribbean food product<br />

to receive the Grand Gold Medal from the<br />

Monde Selection.<br />

Sybil’s life was tragically cut short in<br />

1991; her daughter Cécile – a US-trained<br />

food technologist, now Governor-General<br />

of Grenada – would take over, leading the<br />

transition from cottage industry to full commercialization,<br />

expanding the company’s<br />

product range which includes offerings such<br />

as Morne Délice Nutmeg Jam, Morne Délice<br />

Nutmeg Jelly, Morne Délice Guava Jam,<br />

Morne Délice Guava Jelly, De La Grenade<br />

Liqueur, De La Grenade Orange Marmalade,<br />

De La Grenade Grapefruit Marmalade, De<br />

La Grenade Pepper Jelly, De La Grenade<br />

Rum Punch, De La Grenade Seamoss, De<br />

La Grenade Ginger Syrup, De La Grenade<br />

Mauby Syrup, and De La Grenade Pepper<br />

Sauce, De La Grenade Curry Mango and De<br />

La Grenade Lime Pepper Pickle.<br />

De La Grenade has now introduced<br />

three additional line of products; Nutmeg<br />

Tamarind Dipping Sauce, Nutmeg Ginger<br />

Barbeque Sauce and a Herbal Marinade;<br />

made from fresh local herbs and spices from<br />

De La Grenade’s garden.<br />

Seek out Morne Délice after reading<br />

this article for you will not only taste a<br />

great Caribbean product to take home but<br />

also taste bit of history that you can savor<br />

with every bite. This is not a Fairy tale…<br />

It is Real!<br />

1. Monde Selection, (circa 1961), test consumer products to assure customers that the product they purchase is of great<br />

quality. Four levels of awards exist, from highest to lowest are: Grand Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.<br />


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