Kingstown#10 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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Before you set sail for the remote isles of the Grenadines, take some time to explore Kingstown, St. Vincent's colorful capital city located along the island's southern coast. Punctuated by cobbled streets, rolling hills and a bustling harbor, Kingstown lures travelers with its arresting scenery and its vibrant market area.
For a spectacular view of the area, consider making the uphill trek to Fort Charlotte – a colonial-era fort that can be reached via taxi. Recent visitors said it's an interesting stop for its arresting views and far-reaching history. If you don't want to make the journey to Fort Charlotte, consider simply meandering downtown.
For exquisite architecture, head to Bay Street and admire the Georgian-style arches lining the city's 18th-century buildings. For souvenirs and fresh fruits and veggies, head to the vibrant Kingstown Produce Market (a three-story complex found at Upper Bay, Hillsboro and Bedford streets). And for more restaurants and storefronts, head to Grenadines Wharf, at the end of Bay Street. If you have a bit more time to explore, consider the Botanic Gardens or Dark View Falls.
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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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