February 25, 2006

Tobago Cays
Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

I can see why so many sailors call the Tobago Cays the Mecca of the Caribbean&#8212this place is like touching a postcard.

Shades of beautiful turquoise water surround three tiny uninhabited islands, in this protected preserve near Mayreau. A popular mid-day destination, there are three or four-dozen boats anchored here, enjoying the view, the beach, and/or a snorkeling session or two.

There are a couple of fishermen zooming around (with engines too big for their boats) to the yachts and catamarans, selling overpriced fish and lobster. The crew couldn't resist some fresh tuna for dinner.

I believe I've been searching for this place for a long time—it's visually stunning. I could ramble on, but I'll let the photos and this short movie clip speak for me. The Italians and I are in agreement, this was truly one of the most relaxing and enjoyable days we've had aboard the Odessa.

The captain is sleeping out in the cockpit tonight, still frazzled about the anchor. I think Luca and Laura are going to get off the boat with me in Bequia. They've been asking how much it costs to rent a house or an apartment on each of the islands we've been at. It sounds like you a pick up a long-term place in Union for around $400 EC ($150 USD) a month. I think I'd rather live in Central or South America instead.

Carnival begins this weekend and continues until Wednesday; I hope there's room available at the guesthouse that Andy recommended to me. At $68 EC ($25 USD) a night it's not cheap, but one of the most inexpensive guesthouses I've heard of in this neck of the woods.

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