Saltwhistle Bay Mayreau
Mayreau is a small island located between Canouan and Carriacou in the Grenadines. Saltwhistle Bay incorporates the entire northern tip of Mayreau thus offering you the choice of two beaches – the leeward and the windward – the latter being considered world-class by windsurfers and kite boarders.
Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with an area of about 1.5 sq. miles, and a population of about 300. The population is centered in an unnamed village, located on a hilltop in the southwest of the island. It is an isolated community, accessible only by boat. Electricity was only recently (2002) provided by a central generator located on Saline Bay. There is a single-lane concrete road leading from the wharf on Saline Bay through the village to Saltwhistle Bay. The top of the island is crested with the small elementary school; the telecommunications building; the beautiful brick and stone Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, christened on May 12, 1930, and a Pentecostal church. From the crest of the hill behind the Catholic Church, there is a beautiful overlook of the Tobago Cays, Canouan and Union Island.
Saltwhistle Bay is probably the most picturesque anchorage in the entire Grenadines, with its sweeping crescent beach of white sand lined with tall coconut trees. If there ever was a definitive paradise beach destination, this is it. You will want to brag about this place when you return. Bring your camera and lots of film.
Mayreau also has a boutique resort located on Saltwhistle Bay, a particularly beautiful spot for anchoring yachts. This small anchorage, home to the Saltwhistle Bay Resort, will guarantee you a fairly isolated beach experience.
Saltwhistle Bay Mayreau Resort
The Saltwhistle Bay Resort is one of the most unique resort properties in the Caribbean. It has eight stone cottages scattered among the palm trees and flowering shrubs, just a few paces from the beach. You have to look hard to see them, and as a result, the privacy of their guests is guaranteed. Each cottage is individually named and features wooden shutters, ceiling fans, a stone-built shower, and batiks on the walls.
A charming stone and palm-thatched outdoor dining and bar area is set in the palm trees along the beach. Each table is surrounded by a circular stone wall and is covered by a thatched roof. At night, the soft lighting creates a dining atmosphere that is totally exotic and something that must be experienced. The food is excellent, very reasonably priced, and the service is friendly and personal.
This is a great spot to pull up a cooler full of refreshments and a picnic basket. Watch the afternoon pass slowly by as you recline under the shade of a coconut tree. If you need something from the boat, just swim out. At the south end of the beach near the dock, island residents have set up a number of thatched huts from which they sell T-shirts, shells, and various kinds of local jewelry and art. The infamous “Yellow Man” hangs out on this part of the island when he is not out hustling tourists, as this is where he conducts his beach barbecues and cooks the lobsters he sells.
There is also a surf beach on the windward side of the island that is easily reached, and definitely worth exploring. If you are so inclined, follow the beach on the windward side to Saline Bay. The views of the surrounding islands and reef formations make for a great outing, an experience enjoyed by only a few visitors.
The Cross-Island Expressway
You must not visit the island without making your way to the village at the top of the hill. There was a time when you had to endure the “wrath of the path” to reach it from Salt Whistle Bay. It featured extreme hazards such as a very steep incline, slippery mud, broken glass, boulders, and various free-range farm animals.
In 2002, the Government made good on a promise to pave that path, and Highway #2 became a reality. The road is totally passable, even at night, despite the steep grade. This road finally makes access to the four restaurants and services in the village from Salt Whistle Bay totally feasible. Previously, it was always recommended that visitors access the village using the paved road from Saline Bay. Since Saltwhistle is the prettier of the two anchorages, you can now stay here and have it all.
Saltwhistle Bay Mayreau MAP
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