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ustique’ssugarplantationsweresoonabandoned

and became overgrown by the encroaching

jungle leaving only the sugar mill at Endeavour and its

cotton house. The island was eventually purchased

in 1958 by Lord Glenconner (the Honourable Colin

Tennant) under whose guidance the island began

to flourish again. Mustique remained relatively

quiet although its reputation as an idyllic getaway

was growing. In 1960, HRH The Princess Margaret

accepted a 10-acre plot of land as a wedding gift

from Colin Tennant and a new era began.

The Mustique Company was formed in 1968 and

the airport opened the following year. It was around

this time that the first new villas (mainly designed by

Oliver Messel and Arne Hasselqvist) were built and

the Cotton House opened as an inn. Improvements

continued, including new roads, reliable electricity

and communications, a desalination plant, a medical

clinic and air transport services. An educational trust

provides local children with schooling and a medical

trust provides all islanders with medical insurance.

The Mustique Company acts as custodian for

the entire island and its mandate is to protect the

environment and retain the privacy and tranquillity

that has made Mustique the ideal, peaceful and

secure Caribbean hideaway.

Mustique is such a peaceful island you may find

yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches;

even renowned spots such as lovely Macaroni Beach

remain tranquil and uncrowded. Apart from a large

plain in the north, the island is essentially composed

of seven valleys, each with a white sand beach and

wooded hills that rise to a height of 495 feet.

The only anchorage in Mustique is Britannia Bay,

which is also where the public jetty and wharf are

located. There is a Mooring Fee of EC$200 (US$75)

for up to three nights. Mustique is a port of entry to

St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Customs and

Immigration are located at the airport. Mustique

Moorings (call VHF 16/68) control the 28 moorings.

Vessels carrying more than 25 people are prohibited.

Rental jeeps, ‘mules’ (heavy-duty golf carts),

motorbikes and mountain bikes are available from

Mustique Mechanical Services. There are a few taxis

available in Lovell Village and at the airport.

Nature walking and equestrian trails are in

abundance and a great way to experience the island

at your leisure. The Equestrian Centre has horses to

suit every riding level and offers treks up into the hills,

or rides through the surf on a white sand beach.

There is a clinic across from the airport with an on-

call doctor available (Tel: 488-8353).

With a harbour front focal point, Lovell Village is

the commercial heart of the island. Fresh fruit and

vegetables can be purchased from Stanley Junior’s

stall on the waterfront and groceries can be bought at

Corea’s Food Store and the Mustique General Store.

The famous Basil’s Bar & Restaurant is just across

the road. Now in its 22nd year, the annual Mustique

Blues Festival is held every year in late January/early

February at Basil’s. The only hotels on the island are

the exquisite Cotton House & Spa, and Firefly, a small,

exclusive, privately-owned boutique hotel with just six

intimate fantasy rooms. The Firefly bar is a wonderful

spot to enjoy their famous cocktails while taking in

the sunset!

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Mustique

Britannia Bay

– Although rather choppy, Britannia Bay is the

only suitable anchorage in Mustique. The water is sparkling clear

and is wonderful for snorkeling and swimming. Take care entering

by boat as the Montezuma Shoal (just west of the bay) is quite

hazardous. There is a red and black beacon on the reef, stay at

least quarter of a mile away.

Lagoon Bay

– If you follow the southward road out of the village

and then the shoreline path, you will happen upon this delightful

beach with perfect swimming conditions.

Gelliceaux Bay

– This is one of the ten marine conservation

areas in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. These areas are important

marine habitats set aside for special management. The snorkeling

here is sublime.

Macaroni Bay

– One of the most spectacular beaches on the

island, which also makes it one of the most popular. There is a

covered picnic area here and the swimming is delightful.

L’Ansecoy Bay

– This wide beach is located at the north end

of the island. Offshore lies the jutting hulk of the French liner,

Antilles, which went aground in 1971.

Endeavour Bay

– Ideal conditions for picnicking, swimming,

paddle boarding and snorkeling.

Beaches & Anchorages