Mayreau Island

Mayreau Island

Things to do - general

Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, with an area of about 1.5 sq. miles, and a population of less than 300. The island is mostly populated by fishermen and supported by tourism. The population is centered in Old Wall village, located on a hilltop in the southwest of the island. It is accessible by boat. Electricity is provided by a Vinlec, the state electricity company. There is a single lane concrete road leading from Saltwhistle Bay to Saline Bay and through the village, and a new series of simple roads have been built to allow access to the island’s eastern beaches. The top of the island is crested with the small school, several restaurant/bars, two provisioning shops, and two churches. The school has about 50 students in Grades 1-6. The island gets much of its water from three catchments set on the east side of the island. Saline Bay is named for the salt pond just east of the sandy beach. Salt was harvested and exported in times past but is now only harvested for local use. Mayreau also has a small resort area; Saltwhistle Bay. It is a popular and beautiful spot for anchoring yachts. From the crest of the hill beside the Catholic Church, there is a beautiful overlook of the Tobago Cays, Canouan, and Union Island.

Country St Vincent and the Grenadines
Visa requirements

No Visa requiremant

Languages spokenEnglish, Creole
Currency usedEastern Caribbean Dollars
Area (km2)3

Sports & nature

The Tobago Cays, a world renowned marine park in your backyard, no stay at Mayreau would be complete without enjoying that playground. And after that, your Private Island Navigator stands at the ready to make sure you do everything you could possibly imagine from swim with the turtles, do yoga on the beach, snorkel with the reef fish, scuba dive to an underwater volcano or sunken ship, learn to kite surf, read a book, sail to Chatham Bay for lunch or to Canouan for a round of golf, Plant a few fruit trees for the benefit of the village residents, or absolutely nothing at all.

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Nightlife info

At night the Mayreau Island offers a variety of attractions. you can choose from A candle lit table set at the end of the beach, with the waves washing up at your feet. Or a twilight boat trip to Mopion Sandbank for the ultimate private island dining. Or, don’t even leave your residence – have the 5 course meal delivered to your own hideaway.

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Culture and history info

Mayreau is located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a British commonwealth country. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located 100 miles west of Barbados and 27 miles south of St. Lucia. The Grenadine islands extend southward from the main island of St. Vincent. Mayreau is in close proximity to airports on Union (2miles) and Canouan (4 miles). Union Island and Canouan Island are collectively serviced by Liat, SVG Air and Mustique Airways. Canouan Island is capable of accommodating jets as large as 737s. Regardless of which airport is used, one of several luxury Tribu boats will meet you and whisk you over to Mayreau in complete comfort.

Many world class resort destinations are close enough to convenient speedboat over to for lunch, a round of golf, or a horseback ride. Mustique is only 20 miles away; PSV is 6 miles; and Palm Island is a mere 2.7 miles.
Mayreau is hot and dry. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures are 30 and 24 degrees Celsius (86 and 75 Fahrenheit) respectively. Rainfall is only 100 mm (4 inches) per year concentrated in the periods May - June and October - November. Sea surface temperature varies between a low of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in February/March to a high of 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) in September/October.

Although the climate is hot, the constant trade winds will have a pleasant cooling effect during the day. Its tiny population and absence of commercial development are precisely what makes Mayreau such an attraction - with lush greenery and beautiful beaches, it really does seem to be a paradise island. The island's population live in just one village, atop in a hill in the south-west. Equipped with a few restaurants, bars and a small stone church, it is a wonderfully peaceful place from which you will be able to see stunning views of the surrounding islands.

The island is mostly populated by fishermen and supported by tourism. The residents are largely descendants of the workers who were originally employed by the St. Hilaires. Like throughout much of the Caribbean, Mayreau had a history of slavery, but was one of the first islands to switch over to share cropping.

The school has about 50 students in Grades 1-6. Upon completing their primary / elementary education, students attend secondary schools on the main island, St. Vincent.

The island gets most of its deliveries from the Gemstar and Barracuda boats that deliver food, mail, and any other supplies ordered from St. Vincent and the larger Grenadine islands. Recently, a fast ferry service was launched and this has provided a more convenient and still affordable means for the local population to travel to and from surrounding islands.

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