Connecting the Grenadines
Bridging the Gap Between Carriacou and Union Island

The islands of the Grenadines are a delight for travelers.  Just a hundred miles to the west of Barbados, they run in a straight line to the south southwest from St. Vincent to Grenada.  A compact archipelago less than 70 miles in length, it includes seven island communities of distinct character, dozens of smaller islets and rocks, dramatic landscapes and splendid coral reefs. There are palm-fringed white sand beaches, cooling trade winds,  clear blue waters - everything necessary for a postcard perfect tropical paradise.  The towns and villages are easy-going, welcoming places. They are well off the path of mass tourism and much attached to a slower West Indian pace of life, but most of the families have connections with Europe or North America and are used to dealing with a cosmopolitan set of visitors.   A favorite destination for sailors, super yachts and a luxury villa owners, the island chain is also ideal for the independent traveler on a more modest budget.  Indeed, if it were not for one awkward fact, the ferry journey all the way from St. Vincent to Grenada, would surely be one of the most affordable and popular tourist routes in the Caribbean.  The inconvenient reality is an international border!

The northern Grenadines are part of the state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while those in the south are part of Grenada.  Although neither country is much larger than 120,000 fortunate souls, each takes its nation status very seriously, and the border in between is consequently a serious inconvenience both to the local population and to visitors.  The former dealt with the problem in past times by quietly ignoring it, and there are strong family connections pervading the entire chain.  Yet, despite the overwhelming cultural similarity and attempts at realizing the advantages of a customs union, no efforts have been able to overcome the individual prerogatives of the two governments. Meanwhile, increased international security pressures have made the formalities of crossing the border ever more time consuming and costly. The result is a bizarre situation where both countries have excellent fast ferry services that run to within a few miles of each other - and stop - a situation which is frustrating for locals and tourists alike.. 

But, thanks to 
a determined private ferry operator who has continued a long tradition of providing a crucial link between Union Island (St Vincent) and Carriacou (Grenada), the moderately adventurous traveler can overcome this artificial obstacle - if only twice a week! 

The Lady JJ                                       

Rest In Peace

Sadly, the Lady JJ is no more.  On May 29, while carrying cargo, a freak swell off of Frigate Island shifted the cargo and swamped the boat.  She did not sink and the crew was taken off.  Unfortunately, night descended and the Lady JJ drifted to the west.  She was not able to be located the following day and is presumed lost.  We remember fondly the years of fine service she provided the communities of Union and Carriacou, as well as a multitude of international visitors.

Passenger service had been and still is (as of June 30, 2020) suspended due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  In the meantime, Troy is in search of a new vessel to resume this essential service, the only scheduled ferry between the nations of Grenada and St Vincent. We wish him good luck in re-instating the missing link in the Grenadines and enabling passengers to travel conveniently through one of the most beautiful island chains in the world.

If you wish to contact Troy, you will find his details on the following pages.

   Click here to see how to use the Lady JJ ferry

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