Usually reached by sea, Bequia (pronounced beck-way) is an enticing blend of old and new and covers only 7 square miles. There are just 5000 permanent residents – many of them expats – which creates a laid-back atmosphere and charming inhabitants to welcome you to a surprisingly diverse range of attractions, shops and restaurants.
The first stop of any visit should be Port Elizabeth, a bustling little town with a proper heart to explore, not just a line of stalls along the bay. As promised, there is a wide selection of restaurants, from local food to fine dining, including French cuisine, French – Creole, and even Mexican food! In the colourful stores visitors can see the traditions that have been kept alive on the island in the work of the artisans, in particular the famous model boats, which can be made to order and are all hand-painted. Shops featuring local art and handicrafts are set beside lovely little cafés and friendly bars so that you can sit with a cool drink, snack or locally made ice cream and enjoy the view whilst you plan your next steps. We enjoyed this charming blog about a recent visit to the boat builders on Bequia.
Don’t forget to visit Spring Bay or Friendship Bay for low key relaxation. Spring Bay is quite secluded with a picturesque location and is generally calm for snorkelling, while Friendship Bay is easier to get to and has more restaurants and bars so you don’t have to bring a picnic! There are several bays & beaches to choose from, whether you want to snorkel, swim or just get a bit of sun.
Hiking is very popular on the island and there are some really exciting trails, as well as more sedate walks. You may aim to take in the striking views from the top of Mount Peggy, where on a clear day you can see all the Grenadines islands down to Grenada! You may prefer hiking through lush vegetation to experience a stunning views, or an almost-deserted cove for a cool swim, or discover the exotic wildlife & birds, such as sea turtles at The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary! Click here for a wikiloc map of a short hike up to Mt Pleasant, about 1.5 hours and some really great views:
Horizon Grenada has some fantastic itineraries through the Southern Caribbean, we can help make sure that you include this tiny jewel of an island in your next adventure!
Special note: the dates have been announced for the next Bequia Mount Gay Music Festival – it is scheduled for the 23-26 of January 2014, with the Mustique Blues Festival falling on the 24th… don’t miss it!
Horizon Grenada is pleased to recommend these partners in our Welcome Club, who offer our charter clients special discounts for products and services:
Dawn’s Creole Restaurant & Café * 10% off dinner and drinks
The restaurant is located in the Creole Garden Hotel at Lower Bay specializing in authentic West Indian cuisine and international tropical dishes.
Creole Garden Hotel – Lower Bay, Bequia Tel: 784 458 3154
Dive Bequia * 10% discount plus a free introduction to scuba for minimum of 2
Dive Bequia has been operating on Bequia for almost 20 years and together their international staff have 66 years diving experience. It is Bequia’s only PADI Gold Palm Resort (awarded to dive shops who excel in providing quality services to traveling divers.) Patient instructors and dive masters offer outstanding services to beginners and experienced divers.
Belmont, Bequia Tel: 784-458-3504 http://www.dive.bequia.com
Doris’ Fresh Food * 10% off purchases
Tucked away on the Back Street behind customs. Doris’ is the perfect place to stock up on provisions. The outside doesn’t give away the gourmet delights that await inside. You can fax your “list” to Doris prior to your arrival and your groceries will be delivered to your yacht.
Port Elizabeth Tel:784-458-3265
VHF68 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frangipani Hotel *10% on hotel accommodations only
Restored as an inn some three decades ago, the Frangipani has been a family home for over 100 years. With spectacular views of Admiralty Bay, the inn offers elegant garden units with individual balconies overlooking the yachts in the bay.
Tel: 784-458-3255 Web site: www.frangipanibequia.com
Kenny’s Taxi Service
Kenny Simmons’ motto is, “Courteous, Dependable and Reliable” and he lives up to it. Island tours and airport pickup, always available on VHF Channel 68.
Tel: 784-458-3053 Cell: 784-532-1493
Noah’s Arcade * 10% discount on purchases
A selection of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, hammocks, copper jewelry, resort wear, Caribbean books and travel guides, maps, charts, prints and much more …
Belmont Walkway at the Frangipani Hotel Tel: 784-458-3424
Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop * 5-15% discount depending on size
All kinds of model boats including a superb model of the HMY Britannia received in person by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her very special visit to the island in 1985. Our variety of models include; whaling boats, schooners, endeavor, sailing boats, coconut boats, and they can custom make to your requirements.
Maria’s French Terrace Restaurant * 10% discount off meals and drinks
Traditional French cuisine is the essence of Maria’s French Terrace, an upscale waterfront restaurant with a superb view of beautiful Admiralty Bay. Choose from the daily menu board, or from their extensive a la carte menu. Lobster dishes are a specialty – select your own from their live lobster pool.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Sunset Happy Hour from 17.00 – 19.00.