Welcome to the Tobago
Cays Marine Park!
The Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP), located in St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, houses a series of globally significant
habitats including coral reefs, sea turtle nesting sites and
feeding areas, and small systems of mangroves. The marine
portion of the park surrounds five uninhabited cays, the
populated island of Mayreau, and three islets. The four-kilometer
long Horseshoe Reef, the longest of the four main reef
systems in the TCMP, encloses four of the cays (Petit
Bateau, Petit Rameau, Baradal, and Jamesby) with the fifth
cay (Petit Tabac) lying just outside the reef to the east.
The Tobago Cays are known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the
Southern Grenadines and are of significant economic,
cultural, social, and environmental value to St. Vincent and
The TCMP provides a home to a wide variety of animals and
plants that thrive on the Cays and in the protected waters
of the TCMP. The systems of coral reefs found in the TCMP
contain many of the species native to this part of the
Caribbean biogeographic region. Sea turtles, conchs,
lobsters, and iguanas all take refuge in the protected area.
The TCMP is made up of a 50 sq. km sand-bottomed lagoon
which encompasses a series of beaches surrounding the
uninhabited islands of the Cays. Around the windward sides
of Mayreau, Union Island and the Cays exists the most
extensive and well-developed coral reef complexes in St
In addition to its coral reefs, TCMP also features small
systems of mangroves, a salt pond in Mayreau, and sea grass
beds. Principal terrestrial vegetation types include beach
vegetation and forests.
Whether you visit the Cays by yacht, day tour, cruise ship,
or water taxi hired on one of the nearby islands, as soon as
you have taken in some of the overwhelming beauty of the
Cays, you will want to explore.