After a short sail westward from the Tobago Cays we landed in Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau, a small island with beautiful beaches and spectacular views from the unnamed village atop the hill. Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with a population of about 270, mostly fisherman.
When we arrived in the morning, the local fisherman were hard at work, surrounding the mooring area with seine nets and manually hauling them in, trapping bait fish to use to catch mahi mahi and other bigger fish in the deeper water. These guys worked all day, taking a short break for lunch, and I know this because we lazily watched them from our beach chairs under the palm trees with umbrella drinks in our hands.
Feeling a little guilty about being so hedonistic, I decided to get my rear end off the beach chair and take a walk up to the village and over to Saline Bay on the other side of the island. When I say a walk "up" to the village, I mean "UP!". But because the island only has an area of about 1.5 square miles, I thankfully didn't have to walk up for long.
Dinner later that night was at Salt Whistle Bay restaurant, set in the open among the palm trees, each table built of stone with its own thatched roof. Not only was the atmosphere casual and cozy, the food was fabulous, all locally caught fish and home grown veggies.