This is the southernmost island in the Grenadines and is located midway between St. Vincent in the north and Grenada which can be seen to the south. Around 3,000 people populate the island, with the two main towns being Clifton and Ashton. The island also boasts an international airport with flights to and from Barbados, Carriacou, Grenada and Martinique. The climate on Union is semi arid due to the hills not being high enough to encourage precipitation and therefore during the dry season (Jan-June) the only water available is that collected during the rains which occur (June-Dec).
The main harbour of Clifton is a small busy port which is protected in the north by Newlands Reef, which is best avoided when sailing the area. Lagoon Reef surrounds the majority of the southern coast of union Island and provides excellent conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving. A top location for surfing can be found on the east coast at ‘Big Sands’ which is a beautiful crescent shaped beach. On the opposite side of the island is Chatham Bay, a protected anchorage ideal for yachts and catamarans. Charters are available on the island and as such Union is fantastic launch point for those wishing to sail this area of the Caribbean.