Tobago Cays Cruise Port

Port of Tobago Cays: An Overview

This collection of five uninhabited islands comprise much of Tobago Cays Marine Park, dubbed the "Jewel in the Crown" of the southern Grenadines since its establishment in 1997.

A horseshoe reef shelters the islands, making them fantastic snorkeling. Small sailing vessels, including Star Clipper's Royal Clipper, Club Med 2, Island Windjammers and some Windstar ships call here. But it's primarily the domain of private yachts and day charters.

Commercial cruises shuttle passengers to Petit Bateau for beach barbecues. Infrastructure on the tiny island is limited to a few picnic tables, but the white, sugary sand beaches and calm turquoise water make it an alluring spot. An uphill hiking trail offers nice views of the Grenadines. Locals from nearby islands also arrive on cruise days to sell their own freshly cooked seafood and side dishes. Small boats with names like Magic Carpet, More Fresh and Never Give Up Never bob offshore, and their owners will shuttle snorkelers out to the reef for a small fee.

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Snorkeling: The system of coral reefs harbor some of the region's best underwater sights. You're likely to spot stingray, pufferfish, box fish and, if you're lucky, sea turtles. Head to Baradal Turtle Sanctuary for a chance to see green turtles and hawksbill sea turtles.

Another of the cays' uninhabited islands, Petite Tabac, was a film location for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The local currency is the East Caribbean dollar. But given the lack of commerce, you won't need a lot of cash here. U.S. dollars are accepted, but expect to get change back in East Caribbean dollars. For current exchange rates, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language

English is the official language of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor

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