Monday, August 31, 2020

Bonaire

Bonaire Flag


"Diver's Paradise"


Why visit Bonaire?
Ideal for the avid diver and outdoor nature lovers wanting adventure sports, beaches, bird watching, caves, cliffs, coral reefs, deep sea fishing, desert landscape, diving, eco adventures,  hiking, horseback riding, kiteboarding, mountain biking, relaxation, snorkeling, underwater life, sailing, wildlife, windsurfing and yachting.


Photo Credit: Pixbay


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Aloe products, driftwood goods, framed prints, glass artwork, salt products
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Banana Hasa (fried plantain). Guiambo (soup). Kokada (coconut candy). Pastechis (stuffed pastries). Pika Siboyo (condiment). Sopi di Yuwana (iguana soup).
  • Local Drink to Try: Cadushy (liquor). Captain Don's Whiskey. Koamati Tequila. Rom Rincon (spirit). Salu Gin. Tekibon (spirit).

History
  • In 1499, Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci arrived and claimed for Spaniards.
  • In 1636, the Dutch took possession of the island.
  • In 1863, slaves were emancipated.
  • In 1951, the first hotel opened, Hotel Zeebad.
  • In 1984, Hilma Hooker, cargo ship was confiscated for 25,000 lbs of marijuana and sank.

Fun Facts
  • Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) identified around 365 species within their waters.
  • An estimated 15,000 Flamingos are counted every year.
  • Hurricane Felix did hit the island in 2007.


Photo Credit: jimimages/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Carnival, International & Local Fishing, Maskarada, (February) Harvest Festival, Simadan Festival (June) Dive Festival, Dive Into Adventure Bonaire, Wave Challenge (July) Bonaire Arts Day, (September) Blessing of the Fishing Fleet, Fishing Tournaments,  (October) Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race, International Sailing Regatta, Sailing Regatta, and (December) Bari Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Queen's Birthday & Rinc, Labor Day, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Bonaire Flag Day, Antillean Day, Kingdom Day, and Christmas Day.

Good to Know
  • Not a beach resort destination, considering it has few small beaches and not great for walking.
  • The entire coastline is declared as a marine sanctuary.
  • Spearfishing is prohibited.
  • Raised donkeys, goats, pigs and sheep are known to freely roam around.
  • Crystal clear waters make for a diver's paradise with visibility to 150 feet.
  • More than 185 miles of mountain bike trails and paths.
  • Dive gloves are not permitted in effort to protect the coral reefs.
  • Vessels moor rather than drop anchor to preserve coral and marine life.
  • Tourism industry is unevenly regulated and inspections do not commonly occur. 
  • Medical care and treatment does not meet our Western standards.
  • Prevalent Diseases: Dengue & Zika Virus.
  • Right turns at red stop lights is not permitted.
  • Public minibuses are inexpensive and run nonstop during the day with no fixed schedule.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 180 days.

Hurricane Season is June - November. 
Fortunately, situated outside the Hurricane Belt, rarely directly impacted.

  • Coolest Season: January
  • Humid & Hottest: May - October
  • Peak Season: November - April
  • Shoulder Season: May - October

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Landhuis Karpata, Misha's Bridge, Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park, Trans World Radio & Washikemba Manor.
  • Museums: Bonaire Museum of Natural History, Museo Boneiru, Museo Chich'i Tan & Musée Terramar de Kralendijk.
  • Popular Attractions: Aletta’s Goat Farm, Bachelor's Beach, Bari Reef, Barcadera Cave, Bonaire Marine Park, Brandaris, Cargill Salt Pans, Coral Casino Bonaire, Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, Dos Pos, Flamingo Sanctuary, Fort Oranje, Klein Bonaire, Kralendijk, Lac Bay, La Machaca, Mangazina di Rei Cultural Park, Mount Brandaris, Rincon, Pekelmeer Lagoon, Playa Chikitu, Playa Funchi , Sorobon Beach, Tanki Maraka Heritage Park, The Bonaire Botanical Garden, Thousand Steps, Washington Slagbaai National Park and Willemstoren. 


Kralendijk, Bonaire. Photo Credit: falco/Pixabay 




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Friday, August 28, 2020

Aruba

Aruba Flag



"One Happy Island"



Why visit Aruba?
Desert landscape paradise ideal for beach barbecues, casino gambling, cave explorations, excellent restaurants, golf, horseback riding, natural wonders, nightlife, relaxation, shopping, walking, waterskiing, white sand beaches, windsurfing and water sports.


Natural Bridge Aruba, Aruba. Photo Credit: Dave Drury/Unsplash



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Aloe Vera products, art, blue pottery, cheeses, chocolate, and jewelry.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bolita di Keshi (fried cheese balls). Bolo Preto (fruit cake). Cocada (coconut candy). Cala (bean fritters). Funchi (cornmeal porridge). Pan Bati (bread). Pastechi (snack).
  • Local Drink to Try: Balashi (beer). Da’ Killer Blue Whale (cocktail). Golden Shell (cocktail).
    Palmera (rum). Pelican-Rita (cocktail).


Photo Credit: Mali Ancor/Pixabay 


History
  • In 1636, claimed by the Dutch.
  • During 1920, oil dominated their economy. Leading supplier to Exxon, known to fuel U.S. Naval Ships during World War II.
  • In 1960, travel tourism began.
  • During 1980, Exxon closed their facility.
  • In 1986, separated from the Netherlands Antilles.
  • In 2004, Valero Energy Corporation took over Exxon facilities.
  • In 2012, Valero Aruba Refinery closed.

Photo Credit: gregorykirkjohnson/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • During World War 11, a German cargo ship anchored near Aruba was suspicious to supplying German boats. Rather, then surrender upon request, the captain sank the cargo ship.
  • Five industries drive their economy: aloe export, gold mining, petroleum refining, phosphate mining and tourism.
  • Home to one of rarest species in the world.


Photo Credit: vivianaveloso/Pixabay 


Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Aruba International Bike Week, Betico Croes Memorial 10K Run & 5K Fun Walk, Bon Bini Aruba Festival, Carubbian Festival, Carnival, (February) Aruba International Half Marathon (21K), (April) International Boulevard Race (10K), (May) Aruba Hi-Winds, One Cool Summer, Soul Beach Music Festival, (June) KLM Aruba Marathon, Windsurfing Festival (August) International Pro-Am Golf Tournament, International Regatta, (September) Aruba Reef Care Project (October) Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, (November) International Beach Tennis Tournament, and (December) Dande Festival.
  • Holidays: New Years Day, GF Betico Croes Day, National Anthem & Flag Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, King's Day, Ascension Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Photo Credit: Helmut Mueller/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Daylight savings time not observed.
  • Rougher seas on the eastern and northern coast.
  • Apply sunblock regularly as the trade winds will make the sun feel less than it actually is.
  • A popular honeymoon destination.
  • Lizard Hunting is illegal.
  • The endangered Rattlesnake does not rattle a warning before striking!
  • Topless sunbathing is only permitted on private nude beaches.
  • Tourism industry is unevenly regulated and inspections do not commonly occur. 
  • Local law is based on Dutch Law.
  • Posting bond for release is not practiced upon detainment.
  • Quality medical care is limited.
  • Has no decompression chamber.
  • Prevalent Diseases: Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika Virus.
  • Children are required to ride in the back seat of vehciles.
  • Children under 5 years of age are required to be in a child safety seat.
  • Taxis do not have meters.
  • Buses tend to run every 15 minutes between 5:45AM - 6PM and every 40 minutes between 6PM - 11:30PM.


Photo Credit: Vlad Man/Pixabay 



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination required from select countries. 

Hurricane Season is from June - November. 
Situated outside of the Hurricane Belt it's rare to be directly impacted, if so likely to occur between August - October.


  • Coolest Season: December
  • Humid & Hottest: September
  • Peak Season: January - March
  • Shoulder Season: April - August


Photo Credit: gregorykirkjohnson/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Blackstone Beach, Boca Keto, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins & California Lighthouse.
  • Museums: Aruba Aloe Museum, Aruba Archeology Museum, Aruba Historical Museum, Community Museum, Fort Zoutman Historical Museum, Haystack Museum, Horse Bay, Model Trains Museum, Museo di Antiguedad Aruba, Museum of Industry & Numismatic Museum. 
  • Popular Attractions: Alhambra Casino, Alto Vista Chapel, Antilla Shipwreck, Arikok National Park, Aruba Ostrich Farm, Aruba Waterpark, Ayo, Beth Israel Synagogue, Blue Parrotfish Water Park, Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Bushiribana Ruins, Casibari, Casibari Rock Formations, Crystal Casino, Divi Tree, Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Eagle Beach, Etnia Nativa, Excelsior Casino, Fontein Cave, Harbourtown Market, Haystack Hill, Hoolberg, Mount Jamanota, Museo Historico Aruba, Natural Bridge, Oranjestad, Palm Beach, Philip's Animal Garden, Quadirikiri Cave, San Nichols, Schooner Harbour, Seaport Casino, Seven Mile Beach, Splash Park Aruba, St Anna Church, The Blue Parrotfish Water Park, The Butterfly Farm, Wilhelmina Park & Yamanota Hill.



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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Trinidad & Tobago (tuh-BAY-go)

Trinidad & Tobago



"Rainbow Country", "Land of the Humming Bird", & "Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve"



Why visit Trinidad?
For the ecotourism nature lovers to enjoy bird watchers, biking, boating, butterflies, caves, cultural festivals, diving, golf, hiking, kayak, mangrove swamps, mountains, nightlife, rainforest, sailing, temples, and zip lining.


History
  • Around 5000 BC, inhabited by Mesolithic Indians.
  • In 1498, Christopher Columbus arrived.
  • 1595, Walter Raleigh discovered Pitch Lake, the natural lake of tar which was used to asphalt and to caulk his ship.
  • In 1797, the British invaded.
  • In 1834, slavery emancipated.
  • In 1877, became a British Colony.
  • In 1899, Trinidad and Tobago united politically.
  • In 1962, became an independent member of the British Commonwealth.
  • In 1976, became a Republic.

Fun Facts
  • Trinidad's economy is petroleum and petrochemicals. 
  • Tourism economy is strongest at Tobago. 
  • Asphalt from Trinidad is not only used locally but throughout the world as well.
  • Trinidad is the birthplace of the acoustic steel pan. Inspired after World War 11 from oil drums left on the island. 
  • Creator of the limbo dance.
  • Angostura Bitters, was used to calm upset stomachs in battle. Today, a secret recipe used to flavor cocktails.
  • Leatherback Turtles, in one season are known to nest up to six times; at intervals of 9-11 days and laying over 700 eggs. Hatchlings developing between 55-70 days. 

Photo Credit: Kevin Langaigne/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Ferries connect Port of Spain with Scarborough & San Fernando.
  • Due to low salinity and high silt Trinidad has no significant coral.
  • On Little Tobago, red billed tropic birds are best sighted between October - June.
  • It's illegal to wear camouflage clothing.
  • Island plentiful in snack stands and stalls, has no commercial fast food chains.
  • An Island Drink is made with ginger beer (or sorrel) from hibiscus blossoms mixed with cinnamon and spices.
  • You may enjoy reading, The House for Mr Biswas written by V.S. Naipal.
  • You could be inspired to visit after watching, Swiss Family Robinson (1960).
  • Trinidad is largely industrial.
  • Topless sunbathing is illegal.
  • Leatherback Turtles usually nest between March - September, ideally from April - July. 

Hurricane Season is June - November. 
Bordering the Hurricane Belt they usually escape most hurricane, however are subject to tropical storm conditions between August - September.

  • Coolest Season: December - February
  • Humid & Hottest: May
  • Peak Season: November - April
  • Shoulder Season: October - December & April - June

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Archbishop’s House, Childhood Home of V.S. Naipaul, Fort George, Fort Abercromby, Glenroy Tunnel, Hayes Court, Lopinot Historical Complex, Mille Fleurs, Roomor, Stollmeyer's Castle, The Arima Dial & The Lion House.
  • Museums: Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum, National Museum & Art Gallery, The University of the West Indies Zoology Museum & Woodford Square.
  • Popular Attractions: Arima Valley, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Banwari Trace Archaeological Site, Caroni, Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Caroni Swamp, Central Bank Auditorium, Chaguaramas Peninsula, City Centre Mal, Cleaver Woods Park, Dorrington Gardens, Dragon's Mouth, El Cerro del Aripo, Emperor Valley Zoo, Galera Point Lighthouse, Glenroy Tunnel, House of Angostura, Little Carib Theater, Macqueripe Bay Zip Line, Magnifient Seven, Maracas Bay, Maracas Beach, Mille Fleurs, Mount St Benedict Monastery, Nariva Swamp, Oropuche Rivers, Ortoire, People's Mall, Pitch Lake, Port of Spain, Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens, San Fernando Hill, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, The Drag, Tobago Forest Reserve, Queen's Park Savannah and Yerette - Home of the Hummingbird. 
  • Annual Events: (March) Carnival, (August) Santa Rosa Carib Festiva, (September) Film Festival, (October) Festival of Lights

Maracas Beach, Maracas Bay Village, Trinidad & TobagoPhoto Credit: Thruston Benny/Unsplash



Why visit Tobago?
Ideal for the traveler seeking a secluded tropical paradise in an uncrowded atmosphere with for beautiful lush beaches, biodiversity, diving, Hindu temples, relaxation, rain-forested hills, unspoiled scenery and water sports.


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Courland Monument, Fort King George, Fort Milford, Mystery Tombstone & Speyside Water Wheel.
  • Museums: Tobago Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Argyle Falls, Buccoo Reef, Crown Point, Englishman's Bay, Gilpin Trail, Ingram Island, Little Tobago, Main Ridge, Pigeon Peak, Plymouth, Scarborough, Store Bay, Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve and Turtle Beach.
  • Annual Events: (March) Buccoo Goat & Crab Race Festival, Carnival, Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament, (July) Tobago’s Heritage Festival, (August), Santa Rosa Carib Festival, (September) Film Festival, San Fernando Jazz Festival, (October) Blue Food Festival, Festival of Lights


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Grenada (grih-NAY-duh)

Grenada Flag



"Spice Island"


Why visit Grenada?
Travelers seeking a distinctive culture to enjoy deep sea fishing, diving, fresh spices, hiking, history, mountain waterfalls, unspoiled landscapes, picturesque seaports, sailing, snorkeling, thick forest, water sports and white sand beaches.


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Baskets, chocolate, fudge, jam, jewelry, rum, spices, and stamps.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Callaloo (soup). Coconut Drops (snack). Curry Goat (popular). Lambi (conch dish). Nutmeg Ice Cream (dessert). Oil Down (national). Pelau (chicken dish). Sweet Potato Pudding (dessert).
  • Local Drink to Try: Carib (beer). Cocoa Tea.

History
  • In 1498, Christopher Columbus arrived.
  • In 1520, named by the Spaniards.
  • In 1649, the French settled on the island.
  • In 1783, Treaty of Versailles, the French lost power to Britain.
  • In 1834, slavery was abolished.
  • In 1950, began working towards as a tourism destination.
  • In 1961, Bianca C (a 600 passenger Italian ocean liner) caught on fire and sank. The largest Caribbean ship wreck.
  • In 1974, became a sovereign state.
  • In 1983, with threats to American Medical Students at St George University, late President Ronald Reagan had forces from the United State and Regional Security System invade.


Levera Beach, Grenada Photo Credit: Elaine Brewer/Unsplash 



Fun Facts
  • Consists of the main island and six smaller islands south of Grenadine.
  • Provides an estimated 20% of the world's supply of allspice, cinnamon, clovers, ginger, mace and nutmeg.
  • It takes between 7 - 15 years for nutmeg to mature bearing any fruit. Production begins after twenty years. Nutmeg, is the seed of the tree and mace, is the reddish dry lacy covering of the seed.
  • Nutmeg is abundantly grown.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament, Grenada Sailing Festival, Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival, (March) Carriacou Carnival, (April) Carriacou Maroon Festival, (May) Grenada Chocolate Fest, (June) Fisherman's Birthday Festival, (August) Carnival, Carriacou Regatta, Sailing Regatta, Spice Mas, & (December) Parang Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Good Friday. Easter Monday, Labor Day, Whit Monday, Feast of Corpus Christi, Emancipation Day, Carnival, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & Boxing Day.

Good to Know
  • Offers small rivers with waterfalls flowing from the mountains into the sea.
  • Situated on the southern edge of the hurricane belt.
  • Popular island day trips to Carriacou & Petite Martinique.
  • On Carriacou a fire truck meets all incoming flights.
  • Story telling is a tradition you may hear tales about, "Anancy", a trickster spider (originating from West Africa), "La Diablesse", the well dressed drive and "Ligaroo", the werewolf (both French inspired).
  • You may enjoy reading, Island in the Sun written by Alec Waugh.
  • To inspire your trip you may enjoy watching, Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Island in the Sun (1957).
  • Known for the collectible postage stamps.
  • Home to five chocolate factories.
  • Daylight savings not observed.
  • Tourism industry is unevenly regulated and safety do not commonly occur. 
  • Possession, trafficking, or using illegal drugs are severe with fines and long jail sentences.
  • Most hotels and restaurants accept USA currency; change tends to be in local currency.
  • Consensual same sex sexual relations is illegal and punishable up to 10 years’ in prison.
  • Traffic moves to the left side of the road. 
  • Seat belts are mandatory, violators are fined 1,000 XCD ($400USD).


Photo Credit: Gary Stephen/Pixabay 


This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 3 months.
  • Required Vaccination from select countries. 

Hurricane Season is June - November. Usually impacted between July - September.

  • Coolest Season: January - February
  • Humid & Hottest: April - September
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: June - November

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Christ of the Deep, Duquesne Petroglyphs, Fort Frederick, Fort George, Leapers Hill & The Priory.
  • Museums: Carriacou Museum, Grenada National Museum & Rome Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Annandale Falls, Blessed Sacrament Church, Carenage,  Concord Falls, Dougaldston Estate, Esplanade, Gouyave, Grand Anse Beach, Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Cooperative, Grenada Golf Course, Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, Grand Etang National Park, Grenville, L'Anse Aux Epines Beach, Levera Beach, Magazine Beach, Melville Street, Morne Rouge Beach, Mount St Catherine, Mt Carmel Falls, Pearls Beach, Point Salines, Portici Beach, River Antoine Rum Distillery, Sauteurs, Seven Sisters Falls, Spice Island & St George.



Saint George, Grenada. Photo Credit: Richard Todd/Pixabay 



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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St Vincent & the Grenadines (grehn-uh-DEENZ)

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Flag


"Peace & Justice"


Why visit St Vincent?
A great tropical escape for the adventurous traveler not requiring pampering with cultural courtesy to enjoy beautiful white sand beaches, culture, fishing villages, hiking, lagoons, sailing, waterfalls and water sports.


History
  • In 1675, the Carib's welcomed a ship wreck of survivors.
  • During 1700, the islands frequently changed control between Britain and France.
  • In 1797, several Carib's relocated to the Bay Islands, Honduras and Roatan. 
  • On 1832, slavery was abolished.
  • In 1979, volcano La Soufriere erupted.

Photo Credit: Ernie A Stephens/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • Light industry, offshore banking and tourism is expanding; during the interim their economy is agriculture, arrowroot and bananas.
  • The Grenadines, consists of nearly 600 islets extending 60 miles between St Vincent and Grenada.
  • Royal yacht, HMS Britannia was presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Bequia.
  • Mustique, an exclusive isle is home to celebrities for privacy.
  • Arrowroot can grow to the height of five feet.

Good to Know
  • Daylight savings time not observed.
  • Ferry service between St Vincent & Bequia.
  • Some areas offer few to no commercial restaurants.
  • On St Vincent, the west coast offers the most sights and the east coast boasts dramatic scenery.
  • Bequia is popular amongst cruising yachts given their boat building and repair expertise.
  • You may enjoy reading, City of Arches written by Vivian Child and Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to Present written by Peter Hulme and Neil Whitehead.
  • Movie to inspire your travels, Pirates of the Caribbean (2003).
  • Grenadines is not recommended for limited accessible travelers.
  • Watchout for Sea Urchins. Quick treatment, urinate on quill infected area.
  • Blackouts are common in Grenadines. 

Photo Credit: Richard Todd/Pixabay 



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 12 months.
  • Required Vaccination from select countries. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.
 
Hurricane Season is June - November.

  • Coolest Season: December - April
  • Humid & Hottest: June - July
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: May - June and November


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Fort Charlotte
  • Museums: Bequia Boat Museum & National Trust
  • Popular Attractions: Barrouallie, Basil's Bar, Belmont Lookout, Black Point Tunnel, Botanical Gardens, Caribbean Lifestyles, Cumberland Bay, Dark View Falls, Falls of Baleine, Fort Duvernette, Georgetown, Indian Bay Beach, Kingstown, Layou, Marriaqua Valley, Montreal Gardens, Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Owia Salt Pond, Soufriere Volcano Trail, St Mary's Church, St George's Cathedral, Petit Byahaut, The Fish Market, Trinity Falls, Upper Bay Street, Vermont Nature Trail, Wallilabou Anchorage, Wallilabou Bay, Wallilabou Heritage Park, & Young Island


Photo Credit: Ernie A Stephens/Pixabay 



Why visit Grenadines?
A great tropical escape for the adventurous yachting traveler not requiring pampering with cultural courtesy.
 

Your Must-See & Do
  • Popular Attractions: Canouan, Grand Bay, Mayreau, Moon Hole, Mustique, Mt Toboi, Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Palm Beach, Saltwhistle Bay, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays and Union Island.

The Grenadine Islands trail south from St Vincent in order of: Bequia (BEK-way), Mustique, Canouan (can-ah-wan), Mayreau (and Tabago Cays), and Union Island (Palm Island and Petit St Vincent to the south).
  • Bequia and Union Island cater to budget conscious travelers.
  • Unspoiled beaches with turquoise waters attract travelers to Mayreau, Mustique, Palm Island and Petit St Vincent.



Photo Credit: Ernie A Stephens/Pixabay 



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