Canouan Relaxing on the Beach
Written by Missy Johnston
Canouan Island was pulled from virtual obscurity in the 1990’s by the building of two major resorts on the island. As part of the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, Canouan offers those visiting by crewed yacht charter on a yacht charter itinerary of the Caribbean Windward Islands a taste of that which luxury resorts on land offer given the relative wildness of the undeveloped Caribbean of years past.
Prior to resort building on Canouan, the island was very undeveloped, with little local industry, shops or commercial businesses. Indeed today on the island, outside of the resort areas, goats and chickens run wild and locals must travel on the ferry to St. Vincent to stock up on most needed staples.
Scuba Diving on the Barrier Reef
Canouan is a tiny island, only 3 miles in total land area, located 25 miles south of the island of St. Vincent. Partially surrounded by a one mile long coral reef on the Atlantic side of the island, Canouan offers protected anchorages and long expanses of protected pristine sandy white beaches for visiting guests on a crewed yacht charter cruise of the Caribbean Windward Islands.
What to do on Yacht Charter on Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean
Resorts: Yachting guests arriving via private crewed charter yacht, are welcome at all the major resorts on Canouan. Enjoy eating in excellent restaurants, drinking in beach bars, golfing, and enjoying luxury spa treatments.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Pink Sands Club: This Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the first and the only Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Caribbean, has 5 restaurants, the Mandarin Oriental Golf Club, and a full-service spa. The Pink Sands Club, a mini hotel with additional villas, covers over 1200 acres encompassing 2/3rds of the island. The luxury spa features individual massage rooms including two over the water spa palapas with glass floors. This resort is home to the only championship 18-hole golf course in the Grenadines. The par-72 Jim Fazio course is played on the first nine holes which run along the bay, while the second nine holes climb up a hillside of for great views of Canouan and the surrounding islands.
The Tamarind Hotel and Yacht Club: The smaller Italian run Tamarind Resort features 40 hideaway rooms and suites, several restaurants, a beach bar, and a full-service spa.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: Along the one-mile barrier reef facing the Atlantic side of Canouan, is world class snorkeling and scuba diving.
There are also miles of protected white sandy beaches to enjoy. Canouan, a tiny island of only 3 square miles offers both natural Caribbean beauty on land and underwater, along with luxury resort activities for those so inclined while on a yacht charter of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.