Dark View Falls#12 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
A quick and easy 15-minute hike rewards visitors with St. Vincent's most accessible and beautiful waterfalls. However, getting there is not without excitement. To get to Dark View Falls, you have to cross a bridge, made of bamboo poles, over the Richmond River. After a short walk through a bamboo grove, you'll reach the first of the waterfalls. You can access the other falls, which is above the first, via another short hike. The falls descends to two pools, where you can take a dip.
Past travelers said Dark View Falls is a must when visiting St. Vincent. They also recommended wearing water shoes as there are rocks in the pools beneath the falls. Reviewers also appreciated the availability of drinks and food for purchase.
The falls are located about a 90-minute drive north of Kingstown. Many travelers reported reaching the falls via taxi. Admission costs EC$6 (about $2.25) per person. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with a ticket booth and welcome center, there are also picnic areas, changing rooms and viewing platforms. For more information, visit the park's website.
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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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