Macaroni Beach#7 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
If you came to Mustique (the Grenadines' exclusive retreat just 18 miles southeast of St. Vincent) to sprawl across blindingly white sand or sit beneath a rustic palm hut facing turquoise waters, head straight to Macaroni Beach, which visitors praise for its beauty. This isolated strip of sand along the island's eastern shoreline makes an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and surfers.
Many reviewers are quick to call Macaroni Beach the best in the Caribbean, especially since the island's exclusivity means it's never crowded. However, others complained of seaweed and wild waves.
But this tranquil sanctuary isn't necessarily an easy daytrip. Mustique, which is owned by the Mustique Company, prides itself on its exclusivity and privacy. Though you're welcome to lounge along Macaroni's powdery sands free of charge, you'll have to either hop the ferry from St. Vincent or charter a private boat to take you there. Ferries are offered once a day a few times a week. If you plan to arrive by private charter, you'll have to make arrangements with the Mustique Company as there are designated areas for visitors to drop anchor. If you would prefer sun and splendor without the high price tags, head to Bequia.
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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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