Lying 18 miles south of St Vincent, Mustique is 3 miles long and less than 2 miles wide. In the 1960s, Mustique was acquired by a single proprietor who developed the island as his private resort where he could entertain the rich and famous. It is a beautiful island, with fertile valleys, steep hills and 12 miles of white sandy beach, but described by some as ‘manicured’. The whole of the island, its beaches and surrounding waters are a conservation area. It is no longer owned by one person and is more accessible to tourists, although privacy and quiet is prized by those who can afford to live there. Most visitors are day-trippers from Bequia or other neighbouring islands on private or chartered yachts, who stay on the beach and eat at Basil’s. There is no intention to commercialize the island; it has only one petrol pump for the few cars.
You can walk, ride a horse or hire a moped to tour the island. The main anchorage is Britannia Bay, where there are 18 moorings for medium-sized yachts with waste disposal and phones. Take a picnic lunch to Macaroni Beach on the Atlantic side. This white-sand beach is lined with small palm-thatched pavilions and a well-kept park/picnic area. Swimming and snorkelling is also good at Lagoon Bay, Gallicaux Bay, Britannia Bay and Endeavour Bay, all on the leeward side. L’Ansecoy Bay in the north is a wide beach, notable for the wreck of the French liner the Antilles, which went aground offshore in 1971.
Basil’s Bar and Restaurant is the congregating spot for yachtsmen and the jet set. Snorkelling is good here too. From it there is a well beaten path to the Cotton House Hotel, which is the other congregating point. There is an honour system to pay for moorings at Basil’s Bar, EC$50 a night, EC$20 second night.
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