Palm Tree Shadow on a Caribbean Beach with Turquoise Caribbean ocean and Union island: Casuarina Beach, Palm Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Contributor:John Insull / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:48 MB (2.6 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:5019 x 3346 px | 42.5 x 28.3 cm | 16.7 x 11.2 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:18 April 2013
Location:Palm Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This Caribbean island, shaped rather like a whale, was renamed in the mid 1960’s. It was originally called Prune Island and had been a swampy uninhabited anchorage for yachters. The devastation of a once beautiful island can be traced back to the seventeenth century. A French entrepreneur realised that he could make a fortune by providing lime for cement. He blew up the coral reefs and felled the indigenous forest to fuel the kilns. The Texan John Caldwell, known locally as ‘Johnny Coconuts’, took out a 99-year lease from the government and began to fill in the swamps and plant palm trees. This small resort is a ten-minute boat ride from nearby Union Island, a southern island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Palm island covers an area of about 130 acres and is now a secluded resort and remains a popular overnight stop over for yachts cruising these islands. The main beach, Casuarina Beach, has a rose hue, the sand being made up of from small bits of white shells and pink coral.