St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hiking#11 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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If you're itching to explore, St. Vincent offers numerous picturesque trails. Thrill-seekers will get a kick out of trekking up the imposing La Soufriere volcano, but they should note the climb requires endurance, appropriate attire and the company of a licensed tour guide. The Rabacca trail, a popular route along the windward coast of St. Vincent stretches all the way up to the crater's edge. Another option is hiking one leg of the trip and arranging for someone to pick you up at the end. The Rabacca trail welcomes visitors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. To plan your trip and reserve your tour guide consult the SVG Tourism Authority's La Soufriere page.
Nature lovers looking for some fresh air with a side of spectacular scenery should head just 5 miles north of Kingstown to the Buccament Valley to embark on the Vermont Nature Trails. These routes do not require as much stamina as the Rabacca Trail. Plus, they boast a rich array of wildlife, such as St. Vincent's rare parrot, the green herron, the crested hummingbird, as well as other species. Visitors are welcome on the Vermont Nature trail from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. It is strongly advised that you stop by the visitor center upon entering to get oriented before beginning your hike. For more information, consult the SVG Tourism Authority's hiking page.
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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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