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    The Tobago Cays

    Like I always say, St. VINCENT and the GRENADINES is HEAVEN/PARADISE

    The tiny and remote Tobago Cays are close to paradise until the yachts arrive and smother the shoreline
    By GARY A. WARNER - The Orange County Register
    Michael Goulding
    The tiny and remote Tobago Cays is a buried treasure, with a parade of yachts to watch as they sail by.


    It's good to arrive early at the Tobago Cays.

    The three-masted sailing ship I booked passage on arrived shortly after dawn at the little cluster of islands at the southern end of the Caribbean. My small group pretty much had the place to itself. We picked a prime stretch on one of the larger islands - little more than sandbars, really - and spread out our blankets, sunscreen and snorkel gear.

    I've been to Hawaii and Mexico, Spain and the Philippines. But of all the places I've swam in the world, here, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, was the most beautiful water I've ever seen. An almost electric aquamarine - almost artificial looking, as if the bottom of the sea was an enormous swimming pool painted a brilliant white.

    I jumped in and snorkeled among parrotfish by a reef. What seemed like a thousand small silvery fish engulfed me, a miniature world that passed me by with little notice. Up on the beach, palms shaded a nice stretch of sand just off the waterline.

    But nowhere quickly became somewhere as the morning progressed. At first, our boat was one of only two in the little bay. But by 10 a.m., the parade of yachts began. The sails just kept coming over the horizon. Soon there were eight on our little bay alone. I took a short hike to the other side and there, stretched out to the horizon, were 22, then 31, then 46 and finally 56 boats parked in various coves.

    It was an internationally eclectic group. The French seemed to prefer catamarans and the Americans and English mono-hulled boats. I could make out Australian and Spanish and Mexican flags fluttering from the sterns, too. There were a few barks and mega-yachts in the mix. All anchored in rows.

    Luckily, no ship much larger than a sloop arrived. The five islands that make up the Cays are spread across an area about 40 miles long and 10 miles wide between the larger islands of St. Vincent to the north and Grenada to the south. But because the waters are so shallow - usually no more than 75 feet deep - the Tobago Cays are impossible for the cruise ships to navigate. It's the preserve of yachts and a few smaller ships that can make the trip without getting stuck on a sand bar.

    That doesn't mean you have to own your own boat to get there. Day boats from resorts on Union Island in the Grenadines often make the trip, and they were so plentiful by midday that the beautiful beach began to take on a bit of the feel of Coney Island on the Fourth of July.

    The boats pulled directly up onto the beach, their huge bulk blocking out the views of the Caribbean. I moved my towel a couple of times, but each time there would be another boat gliding along, then intentionally running ashore, a crewman jumping off the bow to tether a line to a nearby palm tree. You had to do the limbo just to walk down the beach.

    By noon, all the shady spots were gone. One group of yachters came ashore with a gas grill and another with a big wooden picnic table, which they chucked off a dingy and into the surf, then floated it to shore to prepare a lunch in paradise for their well-heeled guests.

    Each of the string of tiny islands with a beach filled with swimmers, sunbathers and snorkelers. Our area was filled up with kids from the Semester at Sea program, who beached themselves for an afternoon sans books.

    Vendors arrived by a small boat and began stringing up lines for T-shirts to sell. One palm tree on a nearby islet on closer inspection turned out to be a cell phone tower in the shape of a palm tree, so the yachties could keep up to date with the goings on at the Boarse, NYSE, Nasdaq or Footsie.

    By midafternoon, I was ready to go. A beautiful paradise had been most definitely found - by too many fellow travelers. The bikini-clad woman standing on a catamaran yakking in French into her cell phone summed up the scene.

    But for those of us who came early, the Tobago Cays at their best can feel like Gilligan's Island - with perhaps just a few too many Thurston Howells in their yachting caps (and with second wives who looked more like Ginger than Lovey).

    IF YOU GO:

    GETTING THERE: The Tobago Cays are amazingly beautiful, but it takes time and money to get there. Start by flying to either Barbados or St. Vincent. From there, fly SVG Air, a scheduled air-taxi service with daily flights to Union Island. Plan on $100 roundtrip with taxes and fees.

    Stay at a resort or inn on Union Island. Unless you charter a yacht, the most popular way of getting to the Cays is a day boat. Most of the day boats I saw on Tobago Cays were operated by Captain Yannis Day Charter. The $75 price for the day from Union Island includes food and drinks. palm@vincysurf.com or 784-458-8513. Most boats must pay a daily fee of $10 per person. Children under 12 are half price. Additional fees are required for scuba diving. Ask if the prices are included.

    MORE INFORMATION: Tobago Cays Marine Park Office, Clifton, Union Island, 784-485-8191, or e-mail to tcmp191@hotmail.com.

    CLICK ON IT: Welcome to St Vincent & The Grenadines. The official St. Vincent and Grenadines Web site. Or Tobago Cays Marine Park, with good lists of accommodations, restaurants and charter companies that can take you to the Cays.

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    beautiful indeed.


    From SLU dey got daily one day trips over deh by flying to union island.


    hope to visit one day

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    SVG is one place I must make it to before I leave this earth there and TNT have always been on my short list of places to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Abughani View Post
    SVG is one place I must make it to before I leave this earth there and TNT have always been on my short list of places to visit.
    Make sure U go 2 Bequia... Best place on Earth 2 me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro Samurai View Post
    Make sure U go 2 Bequia... Best place on Earth 2 me...
    There self is the reason i want to go, have always heard about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Abughani View Post
    There self is the reason i want to go, have always heard about it!
    Been there many times and I aint gonna stop going there at all... The beaches, the food, the women, my mom's hideaway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro Samurai View Post
    Been there many times and I aint gonna stop going there at all... The beaches, the food, the women, my mom's hideaway...
    Woman woman woman woman....

    Your mom owns a villa or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Abughani View Post
    Woman woman woman woman....

    Your mom owns a villa or something
    Yeah bruh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro Samurai View Post
    Been there many times and I aint gonna stop going there at all... The beaches, the food, the women, my mom's hideaway...
    WHEY yuh ah COME VINCYLAND fah INSTEAD of TRINIDAD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    WHEY yuh ah COME VINCYLAND fah INSTEAD of TRINIDAD?
    Man, gwan eh... Doh forget I got Vincy heritage in me...

    Why do U like Trini women instead ah Vincy women...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Abughani View Post
    SVG is one place I must make it to before I leave this earth there and TNT have always been on my short list of places to visit.
    bequia is really nice. I was fortunate to get a lil tour of the island when i was there. And for those who took the boat from trinidad to tobago during a storm, that ride have NUTTIN on the ride to bequia. Lord have mercy, i thought i was goin and dead cuz the boat jus kept rockin and dippin to d side. i was surprised nobody ain fall out d boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro Samurai View Post
    Man, gwan eh... Doh forget I got Vincy heritage in me...

    Why do U like Trini women instead ah Vincy women...


    WHEY MEK yuh TINK ah LIKE TRINI WOMEN over VINCY WOMEN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post


    WHEY MEK yuh TINK ah LIKE TRINI WOMEN over VINCY WOMEN?
    Cuz yuh cyar stop tawk bout them... I doh see yuh givin' Vincy women a bligh... Mudderwuk!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro Samurai View Post
    Cuz yuh cyar stop tawk bout them... I doh see yuh givin' Vincy women a bligh... Mudderwuk!!!
    I didn't KNOW I was GIVING TRINI WOMEN ah BLIGH. Nevertheless, VINCY WOMEN R the CREAM of the CROP in the CARIBBEAN, so they do not NEED ah BLIGH. If given a BLIGH, it just ADDS to MYSTIQUE of the VINCY WOMAN.

    Doh FORGET it is the VINCY WOMAN that has been IMMORTALIZED in MUSIC by ROOTSMAN, not the TRINI.



    The VINCY WOMAN is a GODDESS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    I didn't KNOW I was GIVING TRINI WOMEN ah BLIGH. Nevertheless, VINCY WOMEN R the CREAM of the CROP in the CARIBBEAN, so they do not NEED ah BLIGH. If given a BLIGH, it just ADDS to MYSTIQUE of the VINCY WOMAN.

    Doh FORGET it is the VINCY WOMAN that has been IMMORTALIZED in MUSIC by ROOTSMAN, not the TRINI.



    The VINCY WOMAN is a GODDESS.
    Think what U may... De Powa of de Vincy knows he love a Trini woman bad and why is it Vincy men flockin' towards Trini women like bears do with honey...

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