What to do on Bequia

Beaches – The island maybe small however one can be spoilt for choice when it comes to number and variety of beaches. Bequia offers crystal clear waters and is also perfect for sports diving and snorkelling. “June Field of the UK’s Guardian newspaper included Princess Margaret’s beach on Bequia in their list of the 10 best beaches in the world” Bequia Easter Regatta – A highlight of the year is the annual Bequia Easter Regatta which, for almost twenty years, has welcomed visiting yachtsmen, sailors and holiday makers. During Easter Bequia is busy not only with an abundance of activities but also its local traditions i.e. the locally-built fishing boats which have been gradually perfected and also take part in the races. Carnival – St Vincent’s carnival features a 12-day run of calypso and steel band music, colorful costume parades and lots of dancing.

Come and see some of the most beautiful costumes ever designed. Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking – Admiralty Bay is ideal for an abundance of water sport activites. Snorkelling/Scuba – Bequia diving ranks with the best in the Caribbean. There are some 35 excellent dive sites around Bequia and the nearby islands. Full certified dive operations are available. Sport Fishing – Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Marlin, Tuna, Bonito and Kingfish are just some of the fish in our local seas.

It’s no problem to arrange a fishing boat for a day out fishing. Yacht Charters – Please visit our stay and sail page for more information. Arts and Crafts – Visitors will find a variety of local arts and crafts in the boutiques of Port Elizabeth and at artists’ studios around the island. Model boats, scrimshaw, woodcarving, stained glass, ceramics, and crochet are among the artworks Bequians and foreign expats do here. Spring Plantation – is a romantic 200 year old working plantation overlooking Spring Bay. It used to be a 19th century sugar factory. The ruins are now the location for The Spring Pottery where you can see pottery being made and an exhibition of works for sale. Moon Hole – It’s facinating unique architectural style is based on the concept of living in harmony with nature and taking full advantage of the Caribbean environment, as interpreted by Tom Johnston, the designer.

To achieve these goals, these Flintstones houses have been designed on sites overlooking the sea, maximising both views and breezes. Tours can be arranged. Mustique – Just an hours sail from Bequia will take you to the home of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Princess Margaret and the like. This island can be ideal for a days visit by sail or power boat. Tobago Keys – are a famous small collection of coral islands with some of the most spectacular waters in the world. With clear and turquoise blue waters, the area is quite simply breathtaking.

Day trips can be arranged. St. Vincent is just 9 miles north of Bequia. With regular ferries throughout the day, it is one of the most naturally spectacular and undeveloped of the large Caribbean islands. Below are full and half day trips that can be made to some of the natural wonders of this island: Our Volcano – St. Vincent’s La Sofriere rises majestically to over 4000 ft. It last erupted in April 1979. A tour of La Soufriere volcano takes you along the picturesque windward coast of St. Vincent, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. Mesopotamia Valley – a richly fertile valley thickly planted with local crops.

A sight to behold. Vermont Nature Trails – leads one through tropical rain forest where vistors have a chance to see the rare and unique St. Vincent Parrot (Amazona Guildingii) and Whistling Warber. Good for bird watching the habitat around the trails houses several unusual species of birds. The Botanical Gardens – were first established in 1765 making them the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.

The gardens feature a descendent of the original breadfruit tree brought to the island by Captain Bligh in 1793 and has many ancient and impressive specimens of flowering plants, palms, cycads, and tropical trees. Falls of Baleine – The spectacular waterfalls are situated in the lush tropical rainforest at the northern tip of St. Vincent. Cool waters come cascading from the mountaintops to reside in a pool at the base. These falls can be easily reached by boat… and much much more…

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