Saltwhistle Bay Beach#4 in Best Things To Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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When it comes to finding the perfect place to lay your towel, it's hard to compete with Saltwhistle Bay's powdery sands. Composed of a pure white shoreline shaded by palm and grape trees and fringed by aquamarine waves, Saltwhistle Bay Beach draws boaters and sun-worshipers alike to its sandy oasis.
Recent visitors claimed Saltwhistle is nothing but serene and full of breathtaking views, though some complain that noisy local vendors can distract from the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. To find a sandy stretch away from badgering salesmen, head north. The beach flanks the upscale Salt Whistle Bay Resort, a popular stopover point for the yachting set. You'll find plenty of seafarers docking here for a quick swim and delectable meal at the club.
Saltwhistle Bay rests along the northern tip of Mayreau, located to the west of the Tobago Cays. You can reach Saltwhisle via ferry from St. Vincent; ferries run several times throughout the week, and the trip takes approximately 3 1/2 hours. One-way and round-trip tickets can be purchased on board. For a current schedule, consult the SVG Tourism Authority'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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