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The jewel of the Caribbeans: unspoiled islets, white beaches and long reefs
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The Tobago Cays are part of the Grenadines, in the Windward Islands, the wildest and probably most spectacular Caribbean islands.
They are a must in a travel itinerary here. In fact, the Tobago Cays are a protected area made of few uninhabited islets and the fifty shades of blue of the sea in between. We visited the Tobago Cays on a sailing boat as most tourists do. There's a lot of room to moor on white sand, and there are also some buoys. There may be many boats, but even during the Christmas holidays we didn't feel it was too crowded.
As an alternative, you can go to the Tobago Cays as part of an organized tour.
(For map, itinerary and general info click here: travelling in the Caribbeans).

Panorama over Tobago Cays, Grenadines, Caribbeans
Panorama over the Tobago Cays, in the Grenadines
The five islands
The Horse Shoe Reef protects four islands. Petit Rameau boasts a beautiful white beach with palms. On one side there are also some tables where they serve fish and lobsters. If this is not enough, you can walk among cactuses up to the top of the small hill at the center of the island: from here you have a fantastic view over the Tobago Cays Marine Park. You'll take some of the most beautiful photos of your trip.

Baradal island is small, with a strange sandy peninsula, around which many turtles and some travellers are always swimming.
Turtle at Tobago Cays
Turtle at Tobago Cays
Jamesby island is just a little more than a rock with a beautiful beach that may be used as the base to go kite-surfing (between this island and the coral reef, the passage of bigger boats is not allowed, and kitesurfers may enjoy the place).
Usually you go from one island to the other of the Tobago Cays with the dinghy of your sailing boat; even better it is to travel by kayak.
Petit Rameau, Tobago Cays, the Grenadines, Caribbean Sea
Petit Rameau, Tobago Cays, exploring by kayak the Grenadines and the Caribbeans
Outside the Horse Shoe Reef, but inside the World's End Reef (beyond this, the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of miles, and then Africa!) there is the tiny island of Petit Tabac. Getting here by kayak is doable but a bit tiring, while you can moor your boat near the downwind coast of the island

This islet is often deserted and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches not only of the Tobago Cays but of the whole travel itinerary in the Grenadines. Palms and crystal clear water of all the shades of blue are a perfect postcard view.
Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays
Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays, with one of the most beautiful beaches of the Grenadines
Around all of the islands mentioned above, snorkeling is amazing. Turtles, corals and fish are easily spotted, the water is crystal clear and the sea-bed is not deep.

The best snorkeling is probably on the Horse Shoe Reef. Unfortunately the corals are not as colourful as they were in the past, but they are still beautiful. The kayak or the dinghy allow visiting different parts of the coral reef.
Kayak at Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays
Kayak at Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays
While snorkeling on the coral reefs of the Tobago Cays you may meet a ray or a peaceful shark.
Shark at the Tobago Cays on the coral reef
Shark at the Tobago Cays on the coral reef

For many other photos, at higher resolution, of the Tobago Cays, click on this photogallery:
Photos Tobago Cays
All photos from the wonderful Tobago Cays

And for many other photos of the other Caribbean islands, check this photogallery:
Photos Caribbean
All photos of the Caribbeans: Martinica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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