EXPLORE UNION ISLAND
Union Island is located in the southern Grenadines. It is approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, and has around 2,500 residents living in two main villages: Clifton and Ashton.
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Union’s airport is located on the east coast, near Clifton, and along the waterfront at Clifton is the jetty for the inter-island ferry service. Clifton Harbour is a large bay that provides a natural and popular anchorage for visiting yachts. Customs clearance is available here.
Running along the spine of our island is a chain of volcanic pinnacles, ridges, cliffs and dry forest. The tallest peak is Mount Taboi at 999 ft – which is the highest point in the Grenadines. Along both leeward and windward coastlines there are white sand beaches, bays and protected anchorages.
Clifton is the busier of the two main villages on Union due to the ferry wharf, the airport, and the very popular yacht anchorage of Clifton Harbour. Colourful and vibrant, Clifton reflects the international feel that is brought here daily by yachting enthusiasts and visitors who use Union Island as a base for exploring the Southern Grenadines. Customs & Immigration is also located here. The village is especially lively during the annual Easterval celebrations.
Along the main street you will find a good selection of bars, coffee shops, boutiques, eateries, supermarkets, specialist yacht provisioners, and internet cafés. The open air market opposite Hugh Mulzac Square and the wharf is well stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Clifton Harbour is an animated bay with yachts, fishing boats, ferry, and water taxis painting a busy and fascinating scene. There are plenty of bars and restaurants located along the waterside to keep you well fed and watered. Overlooking Union’s airport is Fort Hill. Once the location of a 17th century canon battery, this 400ft high peak is good place to enjoy panoramic views of Clifton Harbour.
Union is a small island and one of the best ways to explore it is to walk. In addition to paved roads there are a number of walking tracks around the island making for great exploration. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you if you are walking as well as some form of sun protection. Basic maps are available from the Tourism Office on the main street in Clifton.