Discover Bequia Island on a Yacht Charter Holiday
Between its beautiful, deserted beaches, quaint local bars and restaurants and sparkling blue water Bequia (pronounced “beckway”) is easily one of the most beautiful islands in the whole of the Grenadines.
The locals are friendly and laid-back making the location the perfect romantic and idyllic location for couples or perfect for groups who love the beach and water. The little bars and restaurants scattered on the water’s edge offer some find local dishes and you can eat whilst looking out on the breath-taking surroundings.
A Quick Snapshot of Bequia
Measuring at only 7 square miles Bequia is a small island. The population is around 4,300 and the native people are primarily of African, Scottish and Island Carib descent. The island’s hills are much lower than the peaks found in St. Vincent (located 10 miles north) which means Bequia is not as prone to as many rain showers.
The island’s capital, Port Elizabeth, is home to the ferry terminal and the airport can be found at Paget Farm. Other prominent areas of Bequia include Spring which is home to a former coconut plantation and Park Bay, where the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is found.
Why Visit Bequia?
Tourism has affected some of the larger Caribbean islands on a massive scale, with huge all-inclusive hotels popping up in many locations. This makes it more difficult to find areas untouched and still prevalent with the true Caribbean way of life – Bequia however is able to offer just that, oozing the charm and authenticity of the true Caribbean.
What Is There to See and Do in Bequia?
The water surrounding Bequia is a beautiful turquoise and perfect for sailing. The harbour in Admiralty bar is perfect for visiting yachts with sheltered and safe anchoring and an abundance of services. The lively yachting community is a must-visit for those interested in discovering the Grenadines on a sailing holiday. One of the busiest times is the Easter Regatta.
For such a small island Bequia boasts a lot to see and do. Behind the bay lies Port Elizabeth. The capital is a village filled with beautiful colours wooden buildings, and Anglican Georgian church and scenic waterside path called the Belmont Walkway, which is lined with bars and restaurants. Just Beyond the Belmont Walkway you will find the unspoilt Princess Margaret beach (named after Princess Margaret herself who used to visit from her villa on Mustique).
As mentioned previously, Bequia has maintained the local vibe and as there are no all-inclusive hotels visitors are “forced” to engage in local life. If you are visiting Bequia as part of a sailing holiday you can either sleep aboard your yacht charter or can sleep on land and get around the island of motorboats and open back pick-up vehicles (the local taxis).
Tobago Cays & Mustique
From Bequia you can take a trip to the fabulous Tobago Cays. If you are interested, you can also visit the mysterious island of Mustique and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. If you are thinking of a sailing holiday which takes in a number of the Grenadine islands you can spend a few days exploring the island and its surroundings.
If you are into scuba-diving Bequia offers some fantastic locations. If you are an advanced diver there are various wrecks and shallow caves to explore. It is common to see Hawksbill turtles, moray eels and lobsters, among other fish.
Interested in Visiting Bequia?
If you are interested in visiting the beautiful island of Bequia Kalimba Caribbean Tours can help. Our independent yacht charters are perfect for couples or groups and we can put together an itinarery exactly to suit your budget and desires... Contact us for prices and info!