Canouan Island Back to Caribbean

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Courtesy the Pink Sands Club

Home to spectacular powder-white sand, glowing turquoise waters and a lush, mountainous landscape, Canouan (pronounced “Ka-no-on”) is a hidden gem of natural splendor and one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets.

Cheat Sheet

  • Stay…in a beachfront suite at the uber-chic Pink Sands Club
  • Experience…swimming with sea turtles in the crystalline waters of the Tobago Cays
  • Splurge…on a private villa tucked into the verdant hillside of Canouan Estate
  • Eat…in the private wine room of the Pink Sands Club’s Juliet restaurant
  • Drink…the island’s signature cocktail, the Canouan Sling
  • Visit…the nearby island of Mustique and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Cotton House
  • See…the views of the island from the 13th hole of Canouan Estate’s golf course
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries and detailed advice on the best villas to rent.

Lay of the Land

Located in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan Island and the surrounding archipelago are refreshingly quiet and relatively untouched. This tiny island—only five square miles in size and with a local population of under 2,000 people—is a secluded haven of stunning beaches and pristine natural beauty. With only two resorts on the entire island (Canouan Estate, which includes the Pink Sands Club, and Tamarind Beach Hotel) and villas prized for their privacy and solitude, Canouan is the perfect Caribbean destination for those looking to relax somewhere truly off-the-beaten-path.

The largest property on the island is the 1,200-acre Canouan Estate. The complex boasts 14 privately owned villas, a renowned championship golf course designed by Jim Fazio and the glamorous Pink Sands Club, a boutique hotel that sits on one of the island’s loveliest beaches.

Beyond Canouan’s luxurious resorts, the island itself is quiet, low-key and relatively undeveloped (it lacked running water and electricity until the 1990s). It boasts a few of the most pristine beaches in the entire Caribbean, like Godahl, known for its powder-white sand and incredible emerald-hued seawater. The ocean surrounding Canouan boast this same amazingly crystalline bluish-green color, making it not just a haven for swimmers, but a snorkeling and diving paradise: a large barrier reef hugs the Atlantic side of the island, creating a shallow lagoon locally referred to as ‘The Bath’ for its tepid temperatures and transparent water.

Getting There

Fly into Barbados (four hours from New York City) then take a small connecting flight to Canouan (about one-and-a-half hours with three stops on other Grenadines islands first). Pink Sands Club also offers VIP airport assistance and, if desired, private jet transfers directly from Barbados to Canouan (20 minutes).

When to Go

High season runs from December through May, but year-round temperatures range from 70-85 degrees.

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