John and Mary Caldwell
Island is home of the famous Palm
Island Resort, established by Mary and the late John Caldwell.
John was the author of the book “Desperate Voyage,” where
he described his ill-fated passage from the U.S. to Australia to
rejoin Mary after the war. They
eventually ended up in the Caribbean. John was known for planting palm trees everywhere he went,
earning the nickname “Johnny Coconut,” so
we can thank him for some of the palm-lined scenery we enjoy
today in the Caribbean.
They acquired Prune Island
(later known as Palm Island) and established a resort.
John was a show unto himself, and entertained guests with
his friendly charm and many stories.
Sadly, he passed away in 1998, and the resort
has since been sold, renovated, and re-opened under new
Palm Island is a day anchorage
might work it into your schedule as a lunch stop while en-route between Mayreau,
Tobago Cays, Union, or PSV.
The anchorage is fairly spacious, so just pick a spot and go
in. It gets deep fairly quickly, so you’ll need to come in
close to anchor.
Casuarina Beach on the west side
of the island is absolutely beautiful, with its picture-prefect
blend of golden sands and bright turquoise water.
This is one of the loveliest resort beaches I’ve seen
in the Caribbean, and certainly ranks in my Top 20 Caribbean
Beaches list. A swim here is a must.
Palm Island Resort
The world-famous Palm
Island Resort is spread over the entire island. This
holiday paradise offers all-inclusive hotel and villa accommodations at astronomical rates.
While the resort is definitely beautiful, their rates under new
management are now as steep as the PSV Resort, which is far
superior, in my opinion. It is no longer financially
viable to consider adding a night at the Palm to your cruising
is a path known as “Highway 90” that winds its way through the tall coconut groves
around the resort, providing resort guests with a great venue
for that pleasant morning stroll. Unfortunately, the
new ownership has imposed limitations on where cruising
visitors can venture on the island, and Highway 90 is now
off-limits. A very pleasant security guard is on duty to
make sure you stick to the beach in front of the resort.
They don’t call this place a
paradise for nothing. If
you do manage to follow the shore around to the windward
side of the island, you will be treated to a spectacular view of
the reef surrounding the island.
World’s Coolest Customs
Stop at the Sunset Bar for a
cold beverage after your swim, or perhaps have lunch. The
bar extends to a shaded patio on the edge of the beach, offering
a great place to sit, enjoy the scenery, and watch the world go
resort is a port of entry for resort guests, and as such, has a
Customs inspection station on the premises - the main bar at the
Sunset! At certain times of the day, a Customs
Inspector can be seen sitting at the bar, clearing guests into
and out of the country. Definitely something you don’t
see every day. Where can I apply for a job like