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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Caribbean for Less in Bequia


5. Oddball Day

The Tobago Cays are five pristine islands where you can snorkel with sea turtles.  

Spend a day away from Bequia and set sail for the Tobago Cays on the Friendship Rose, a restored schooner that was built on the island and once served as its main ferry. The day trip starts at 7 a.m. and isn’t for those with wobbly sea legs, but the cays — five tiny, uninhabited, palm-studded islands — are worth the hour-long trip. On the outbound sail, catch a glimpse of the Moonhole complex, a development of houses built from rocks, driftwood, and whalebone into a rocky headland in the sixties. (The property is off-limits to nonresidents.) After the morning sail, snorkel around the cays (snorkeling equipment provided) and swim with the sea turtles who flock there. Then, replenish with an onboard lunch of Creole chicken, plantains, and coconut cake. Afterward, find a spot on the beach or take a nap in a hammock under the sails. On the ride back, enjoy a few bottles of Hairoun lager, the national beer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The trip gets you back to Port Elizabeth at 5:30 p.m., in time for the famous lobster pizza ($42 for a large) at Mac’s Pizzeria (784-458-3474).

Published on Jan 5, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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