Saltwhistle Bay Beach
The Location: This white sand beach occupies the north coast of Mayreau (population 250), the smallest inhabited island in the chain known as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the Lesser Antilles Island arc.
The Activity: Sailing
There’s no airstrip on Mayreau, making boats its only lifeline to the outside world. Fortunately, Saltwhistle Bay Beach was made for sailboats, thanks to the protected moon-shaped bay on the leeward side of a small isthmus. A small upscale resort provides 10 guest suites (and a gourmet restaurant), but most visitors are day-trippers arriving by yacht to soak up the sun on the secluded white sand beach, enjoy a meal at one of a handful of restaurants, or have a drink at The Last Bar Before the Jungle. There’s no park fees to anchor at Saltwhistle Bay Beach, and it’s become the defacto starting point for exploring the nearby Tobago Cays Marine Park, known for its pristine waters with high visibility for snorkeling/diving.
What Else to Do: On the windward side of the isthmus, you’ll find prime conditions for windsurfing and kite boarding. Off beach, it’s all about strolling — Mayreau’s 1.5-square miles are easily explored on foot. You can access the island’s single road at the dinghy dock at Saltwhistle Bay Beach, and take it up and over to Saline Bay on the south side. During the hour-long walk, you’ll bisect Mayreau’s sole village, which is technically unnamed, but referred to as Old Wall Village. Stop at the Catholic Church, located at the top of the village, for a picture-perfect panorama of Tobago Cays from the viewpoint out back.
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