|Yacht Charter Visit to Union Island, Grenadines, Caribbean|
|Written by Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters|
|Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:47|
Union Island - Clifton
As part of the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Union Island is the southernmost island in this nation of islands and a great stop on a crewed yacht charter while cruising in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. With a little over 3,000 residents, Union Island has two main towns of Clifton and Ashton and boasts an International Airport, however the international travel part of the airport description is meant to be international flights within the Caribbean as being to locations outside of the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and no night time flights are allowed as there are no runway lights. Even with an “international” airport, visiting by crewed yacht charter is one of the easiest ways to visit this lovely Caribbean Island.
Union Island, like many neighboring Caribbean Islands has a colonial plantation history. However, rather than a colonial plantation history of sugar cane and molasses, the plantations on Union Island were planted with Sea Island Cotton, similar to the lowlands and Barrier Islands in South Carolina. The Sea Island Cotton Tree can still be found on the island as well as the ancestors of the many African Slaves that were brought to this island during the colonial plantation period to work the Sea Island Cotton fields.