Bequia means island of clouds in Arawak. Don’t let the name deceive you: Bequia’s lush hills are much lower than the peaks of St. Vincent, 10 miles to the north, so they don’t catch as many showers.
Bequia is a favorite among yachts, expats and vacationers, most of whom will come back again and again to enjoy its hospitable, laid back and friendly atmosphere.
Where to go
The main port Admiralty Bay and the “town” Port Elizabeth are situated on the leeward coast. The bay is a large natural harbour, so there are always yachts anchored at the pretty beaches lining it.
Port Elizabeth has a charming waterfront: take a stroll from the vegetable market at the North end, follow “front street” with its many shops, boutiques, arts and crafts vendors and bars/restaurants.
You can keep going along the Belmont walkway, it continues as a hilly track to Princess Margaret Beach and ends at Lower Bay Beach.
The more energetic can walk to Spring, a former plantation on the eastern coast of the island and from there further north to the turtle sanctuary at Industry.
Don’t feel like walking? There are many friendly taxi drivers proud to take you on a tour of their island. This way you can visit Friendship Bay (also reachable by foot of course!) in the south of the island, home of boat builders, fishermen and whalers.
Click here for a very detailed map of Bequia
Evenings in Bequia you’ll find plenty opportunity to enjoy a relaxed Caribbean nightlife and socialize with some of your new found friends. Enjoy!
Main Events are the Bequia Easter Regatta, you guessed, this takes place at Easter.This is fun for landlubbers and sailors alike.
The Bequia Blues festival takes place around the 20th of January in association with Basil’s Bar Mustique.
A weekly calendar of events is here.
How to get here:
By plane: There are direct shared charter flights from Barbados all year, from Saint Lucia from December through April.
By boat: There are daily ferries from Saint Vincent. Please note that the last one currently departs Kingstown at 18.00. The taxi ride from the Saint Vincent airport to the ferry dock takes about 45 minutes. The ferry ride itself is 1 hour.
Ferry schedules are subject to change. Please contact us for the latest updates.