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Key Info

Off Leeward Highway, Montrose, Kingstown

Price & Hours

Free

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Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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St. Vincent's lush 20-acre park holds a reputation as the longest standing botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere, with roots dating back to 1765. Inside, you'll encounter a broad collection of tropical flora and fauna, from flamboyant mahogany and breadfruit trees to exuberant parrots. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the garden's versatile array of natural spices—such as cinnamon and nutmeg—hanging from centuries-old tree limbs.

Recent travelers recommend visiting in the morning and tagging along on a guided tour. "You'll learn some fascinating facts about tropical plants and the grounds are much larger and more beautiful than you might expect," reports one TripAdvisor user, adding "Go early before the air heats up." You'll find the gardens just northeast of Kingstown off of Leeward Highway. The Botanic Gardens welcome visitors from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day. Entrance is free; however, a guided tour costs around $5 USD, and it's considered polite to tip your guide. For more information about the Botanic Gardens, consult the Botanic Gardens Conservation International official website.

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This cluster of small, uninhabited isles perched at the east end of Mayreau boasts some of Grenadine's finest underwater sites. The remote cays' calm, clear waters teem with bright coral reefs and exotic marine life. In 2006, the area was named a wildlife reserve to maintain its natural setting. As a result, yachts are not allowed to drop anchor here, so you'll feel like you've discovered untouched Caribbean waters. One TripAdvisor user describes the Tobago Cays as "One of the most beautiful places to sail to and simply relax."

A wide variety of diving, snorkeling, and sailing companies offer excursions to Tobago Cays. Friendship Rose Cruise, a reputable charter company, offers full-day sailing and snorkeling excursions via schooner from Bequia to the cays. Boats depart every day at 7 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.; breakfast and lunch are included. A full-day cruise costs around $380 XCD (roughly $140 USD) per adult; children under five can sail for free. For more information on the Tobago Cays, visit the SVG Tourism Authority's website.

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