This seafaring island boasts about 6,000 residents and a rich history as a traders' hideaway. Boatbuilding and seafaring are in Bequia's blood, and you'll enjoy that sense of historical perspective as you visit. Today, yachtspeople gather here, attracted by the expansive, deep-water port at Admiralty Bay. Uncrowded beaches, golden sand, sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing await you on this lush island. By night, you'll enjoy your choice of international cuisine or local dining choices.
With its mountainous, forested terrain and abundant beaches, Canouan Island can be reached by private charter from Palm Island. Just three square miles in total, Canouan remains relatively undeveloped despite its reputation for glamorous seaside resorts. A panoramic view of the island's interesting topography can be had from the peak of 900-foot Mount Royal. Stroll through the streets of Charlestown, a classic old-time Caribbean town, and the island's only village center.
Smack-dab in the middle of the Grenadines Islands is Mayreau, which can be reached by private charter from Palm Island. On a map, the island looks a bit like a frog that's about to jump, but when you arrive, you'll find a lovely, paradisiacal place with just 254 residents. On Mayreau, you'll that find miles of scenic, palm-fringed beaches surrounding this gem, which is accessible only by boat. If you can bear to pry yourself away from the sugar-white sand, excellent snorkeling and warm ocean waters, hike up to the top the hill for spectacular island views of the Tobago Cays . Mayreau's waters are protected under the aegis of nearby Tobago Cays Marine Park. As you explore Mayreau on foot, say hello to the locals, who'll be glad to see you. Pause for refreshment - and a taste of island life - at one of the village's small restaurants, which cater to the yachting crowd that gathers here.
Literally a dot on the map, Mopion more of a large sandbar than an island, located just off the coast of Petit St. Vincent. If the name Mopion is unfamiliar, the place itself won't be - this oft-photographed beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the region, according to Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. Reachable by day charters from Palm Island, Mopion is an interesting spot for snorkeling amid coral, or just having a picnic on the windswept, utterly treeless beach.
From rock stars to royalty, the tiny, shiny gem called Mustique has attracted the glitterati for decades. Just three miles wide and one mile long, is about as peaceful as Caribbean islands get. Operated by a private company, the island is extremely low key, with little to do unless you happen to have your own luxury villa, as some of the world's wealthiest people do. Nonetheless, it's an interesting side trip if you'd like to rub elbows with the rich and famous in protected environs that fairly scream "money."
Known as PVS by the locals, this private island paradise can be found on day trips from Palm Island, aboard the Pink Lady or Ginger . The southernmost pearl in the Grenadines strand, there's not much to do on unspoiled Petit St. Vincent. You'll come here just to snorkel, swim, bask in the sun and enjoy the gorgeous, verdant island surroundings, as well as the steady Windward Island breeze that keeps you cool.
The big island of St. Vincent boasts rugged terrain borne of ancient volcanic activity, and it resulting combination of forested wild lands, beaches and picturesque port city of Kingstown make it popular and photogenic. Fairly dripping with vegetation in some areas, and dominated by a 4,000-foot volcanic peak, St. Vincent is ringed by white- and black-sand beaches, with thundering surf on the rugged Atlantic coast, and placid shores on the Caribbean coast.
Accessible from Palm Island by day sails aboard the Pink Lady, nearby Tobago Cays is an amazing collection of five minor islands in the Grenadines chain and one of the best, unspoiled natural marine areas in the world. On your visit, expect an outrageous undersea experience. You can snorkel or swim in the crystal-clear water, dive the reefs and explore the colorful and abundant coral and fish that teem around you. If you opt to stay dry, bird watch with the help of knowledgeable park rangers, who can help you learn more about the islands' singular role as a haven for native and migratory birds as well as sea life and turtles.
With beaches, bars, restaurants, a bustling community and a small airport, Union Island is a popular day trip from Palm Island for diving adventures and island tours. In the town of Clifton, you can shop for everything from handicrafts to fine jewelry, linens or designer clothing. You can also spend the day either hiking or cycling through miles of roads and designated hiking trails. Fort Hill is a popular stop for panoramic views, as are The Pinnacle and Mount Tobaoi, at 1,000 feet. After you've conquered the island, return to the beach for a swim, or cool off with an island drink or sample the fresh seafood in any of a number of local restaurants.