Palm Island [VHF:16] was for many years an uninhabited island called Prune Island. John and Mary Caldwell fell in love with it, built a small hotel, and planted palm trees. John was a real character, with early sailing experiences outlined in his famous book, Desperate Voyage. John had a long and interesting life. After he died, Palm Island was bought by a big hotel group and upgraded to a first-class resort.
The anchorage is off the docks and holding is fair in 15-20 feet, with a sand bottom. The anchorage can be rolly, so try it for lunch and, if you feel comfortable, stay overnight.
You can use the dock for your dinghy, but use a stern anchor to keep it from riding underneath, where it will be damaged. Leave plenty of room for local boats to come onto the outer end and south side of the dock.
Palm Island’s Casuarina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Windwards. It is a gorgeous expanse of golden sand, lapped by translucent turquoise water: the ultimate picture-perfect Grenadine beach. When you step ashore, turn right and you will find a boutique that sells essentials, casual wear, and souvenirs.
The main Royal Palm [VHF: 16, $$$$$] restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and the Sunset Grill Beach Bar and Restaurant is open some nights for dinner. It is all pleasant, but geared to the well-heeled in secluded surroundings.
Yachts are welcome to enjoy the beach area around the Sunset Beach Bar and the shoreline to the south. You can walk along Casuarina Beach if you stay fairly close to the water’s edge. Please respect the privacy of the hotel rooms and facilities. Reception may be able to arrange a tour for prospective guests.