Mustique#6 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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An upscale hideaway known for its pristine sands, cerulean waters and lavish cottages, Mustique came into the spotlight after Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret, decided to live here – and it hasn't stepped out since. This exclusive isle has been the highly coveted (yet unpretentious) playground of the rich and famous for decades. Tommy Hilfiger, Mick Jagger and Paul Newman are all among Mustique's A-list residents.
Visiting this gorgeous sanctuary isn't cheap. You can arrive via ferry, but it only services the island once a day a few times a week. If you arrive by charter boat, you'll need to touch base with the Mustique Company (which oversees the exclusive isle) in order to arrange a mooring. Expect to pay approximately EC$220 to EC$1,000 (roughly $85 to $370) per day, depending on boat size (larger yachts are not allowed to drop anchor here). Accommodations here are also pricey: You can bed down in one of the Mustique Company's nearly 100 luxurious villas, but you can expect to pay a nightly rate of more than $1,000.
Should you have any desire to sprawl across sun-kissed beaches, you'll want to head to Macaroni Beach, a gorgeous strip of sand flanking the island's eastern shoreline known for its scattered palm huts and azure waters. Just bear in mind, you won't find many amenities here. In fact, you'll only have access to a couple of picnic tables, so be sure to arm yourself with plenty of sunscreen and snacks. Recent visitors also mentioned the waves can be rough. You can also embark on a scuba diving or snorkeling expedition or take a scenic horseback ride along the beach.
Mustique sits about 18 miles southeast of St. Vincent. To access Mustique from St. Lucia or Barbados, you'll have to arrange for a private charter through the Mustique Company.
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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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