Palm Island History



Palm Island was originally known as Prune island and, despite the allure of its sandy beaches, was uninhabited and contained quite a lot of swampland in its low-lying interior.

In 1966 the island was leased by John and Mary Caldwell for 99 years from the St. Vincent & the Grenadines government. They reclaimed much of the sodden interior by planting coconut palms, a habit John had developed on many of his previous voyages, earning him the nickname Johnny Coconuts. Fittingly, Prune Island became Palm Island and the couple began constructing a 10-room hotel called the Palm Island Beach Club which they ran for the next 30 years. Their hotel business was eventually sold and redeveloped into an award-winning, upscale holiday destination.

Palm Island Resort