Canouan#2 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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Travelers are almost always impressed by tiny Canouan, which measures a mere 3 1/2 miles long and a quarter-mile wide. World-class spas, luxurious resorts and breathtaking coral reefs are just some of this isolated island's draws. Though recent visitors do concede Canouan isn't the most accessible island of the Grenadines' chain, travelers say its unforgettable ambiance and scenery merits the long trek to get there.
Grand Bay Beach and South Glossy Bay Beach boast particularly lovely (and free) white-sand beaches with calm swimming waters. Prefer to step off the sands and on to the greens? Then head to the Carenage Bay Beach & Golf Club located on the island's east coast to hit the championship links said to be a favorite of Bill Gates. Would you rather take the plunge below sea level? Venture to the Canouan Scuba Center on the leeward side of the island at the Tamarind Beach Hotel to arrange a diving expedition near the Tobago Cays or Mayreau. If you have the time (and the energy), climb to the top of Mount Royal; from this lookout on the north end of Canouan, you'll find unspoiled views of neighboring St. Lucia.
You can reach Canouan via plane from St. Vincent. Grenadine Air Alliance offers direct flights from Barbados and St. Vincent to Canouan. Reaching the island by yacht is another popular travel option, especially for well-heeled visitors.
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#1 Tobago Cays
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 fact, 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. Almost universally, visitors call Tobago Cays breathtaking and a must-see.
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 EC$410 (roughly $150) per adult; children 5 and younger can sail for free. Lambi Queen Tours is another company recommended by past visitors for its easy daytrip itineraries. For more information on the Tobago Cays, visit the SVG Tourism Authority's website.
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