Mustique Island is a small private island in the Grenadines. The island covers 1,400 acres and has several coral reefs. The land fauna includes tortoises, herons and many other species. Its year-round population of about 500 mostly live in the villages of Lovell, Britannia Bay, and Dover.
The history of the island of Mustique, and of the Grenadines in general, dates back to the 15th century, when Spanish sailors first sighted this more or less linear group of small rocky islands and named them ‘Los Pájaros’ or ‘the birds’, because they resembled a small flock of birds scattered across the sea in flight. During the 17th century the islands were renamed the Grenadines by pirates, who used the sheltered bays to hide their ships and treasure. The islands were later utilized by European planters to grow sugar cane. This lucrative industry lasted until the nineteenth century, when the extraction of sugar from European-grown sugar beet dramatically lessened the worldwide demand for tropical sugar. Mustique’s sugar plantations were abandoned and eventually swallowed up by scrub, leaving remnants such as the sugar mill at ‘Endeavor’ and its ‘Cotton House.’ The Plantation House was built in the 18th century.
Mustique was purchased in 1958 by Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner, under whose guidance the island began to be developed. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, accepted his gift of a 10-acre plot of land as a wedding present in 1960, and she built a residence called Les Jolies Eaux. In 1979 Mustique Island was transformed from a family estate into a private limited company with the homeowners as shareholders.
The sland is owned by the Mustique Company, which in turn is owned by the island’s home owners. The island has approximately 100 private villas, many of which are rented out. In addition there is one hotel called the Cotton House and one privately owned four-bedroom hotel called Firefly.
Today Mustique retains its natural beauty and tranquility, protecting the environment and offering guests one of the most secure and pristine islands in the world. Mustique is a picturesque and secluded island surrounded by nine beaches of pure white sand, with gently swaying coconut palms and warm turquoise waters.
Macaroni Beach is perhaps the most famous of Mustique’s beaches and is situated on the east coast of the island. Other popular beaches on the Atlantic or Caribbean are Endeavour, Lagoon, L’Ansecoy and Simplicity,several of which have picnic hut facilities.
Find beautiful solitude in a walk around this gorgeous island, a boat tour, or perhaps a little horseback riding on a secluded powder white sand beach. Take it easy, you deserve it.
To enjoy Mustique Island at your own pace, and in wonderful peace and solitude, put your walking shoes on. In addition to walking paved roads, there are a number of hiking trails around our island that take in hilly woodland as well as some of our beautiful beaches and bays. Organized hiking tours can be arranged.
Diving & Snorkeling
Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular past-times on Mustique Island. The turquoise waters provide the perfect backdrop for your undersea explorations. In 1971, the SS Antilles struck a reef not far off of the island and sank, offering under-sea lovers today a fascinating dive. Other popular dive sites around Mustique include All-Awash, Pillories, Dry Rock Southand Coral Glen.
For a fascinating peek into secluded bays, coves and gardens of the famous, take to the water. Mustique sailing will take you on a tour of the island by boat, you will see some of the resplendent private homes owned by the rich and famous, as well as idyllic beaches, the Cotton House, and much more. Better yet, charter a catamaran or go bare-boating and enjoy snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, and more as you sail the Grenadines on your private yacht.
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