Bequia Island Travel Guide

  • Bequia Island
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    New York, London, Paris, Bequia
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Bequia Island Things to Do

  • Tobago Cays

    As enjoyable as it is snorkeling the coral reef surrounding the Tobago Cays, it’s equally enjoyable snorkeling the seagrass beds. There are fewer fish, but the beds are full of Green Turtles munching on the seagrass.

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  • Swim with Turtles

    As enjoyable as it is snorkeling the coral reef surrounding the Tobago Cays, it’s equally enjoyable snorkeling the seagrass beds. There are fewer fish, but the beds are full of Green Turtles munching on the seagrass.

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  • Snorkel the Tobago Cays

    The Tobago Cays feature some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. A horseshoe shaped reef surrounds the cays and the crystal clear water teems with colorful fish and coral.

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  • The Friendship Rose

    It will set you back $125, but, if you don’t have a boat of your own, it’s tough to beat the all-day sailing cruise from Bequia to the Tobago Cays on the Friendship Rose, a hand-built, 100-foot long, classic wooden schooner. The trip leaves at 7:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Sailing with a cold...

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  • The Moonhole

    The "Moonhole" is a large natural arch on the western tip of Bequia which derives its name from the fact that the moon can be seen through the arch at certain times of the month. The arch itself is only moderately interesting and wouldn’t be worth mentioning were it not for the unusual dwellings built directly below the arch and in the surrounding...

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  • Princess Margaret Beach

    Located on the south side of Admiralty Bay, Princess Margaret Beach is one of Bequia's most popular beaches. The beach begins just beyond the Belmont walkway and the shops and harbor front of Port Elizabeth and is named after the former English Princess, who once swam at the beach. It's a fairly typical Caribbean beach, meaning it's a pretty good...

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  • Easter Regatta

    Every year the island of Bequia hosts a sailing regatta Easter weekend. The event is one of the biggest events on the island and draws sailors from around the world. Even if you aren’t a sailor, it’s a fun event to attend. The sailboat races are enjoyable to watch, but seem to be little more than an excuse to party. There are various events during...

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  • Tour the Moonhole - a fantasy in stone

    A tour of the Moonhole complex is a must see on Bequia. The island is so beautiful and unspoiled that it is sure to inspire one’s most incredible construction fantasies. This fantasy in stone was begun in the 1960’s by the Johnston family. They took advantage of a natural rock arch to create the first of 20 eco-friendly rock dwellings where one can...

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  • Lower Bay Beach

    Lower Bay is a fabulous beach, excellent for swimming in crystal clear water. The beach has a couple of bar/restaurants, but is not too crowded. For more on this beach, see my Lower Bay travelogue.

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Bequia Island Restaurants

  • Idyllic

    Just sit outside and have a drink or a meal, breakfast lunch or dinner. It's an idyllic spot and you can swim right off the beach.

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  • Sports Bar with AC

    Great Sports Bar/Restaurant right in Port Elizabeth. All Major Sports Channels, Pool Table and Darts. Family Atmosphere until late night. Good Cheesesteaks, Burgers and Main Dish Salads. Don't miss the Flying Fish Sandwiches. Lamb and veggie wrap. Chock full of delicious veggies, salad which can be scarce in the Grenadines! Also the delicious...

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  • Comfort Food - Bequia

    This place has more of a restaurant feel to it, a relaxing space. You could dress up or down. We had pumpkin soup and pasta with basil sauce. It was good. One of the few bigger restaurants on the island attached to a hotel. It has a separate entrance.

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  • The Best Pizza

    For a small island, you will not believe this pizza. Better than I can get in Barbados and in some cases the US, anyday. Ever had a Lobster Pizza. In season it's the best. But your not limited to Pizza. Varied menu, but I highly recommend the Pizza. Lobster Pizza, and the Meats Pizza

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  • Watch Out for the Overproof Rum!

    I did not eat here although I did manage a few drinks. The roti looked and smelled wonderful, but I never got around to tasting it. Liston will pour you a killer rum punch - complete with overproof rum so watch out. There are picnic tables outside to watch the sunset or you can sit inside and hang out with Liston. This is a great place to just hang...

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  • Best Breakfast on the Island

    We ate breakfast one day upstairs - formal and one day downstairs - not formal. Upstairs was a great bacon, eggs, and tropical fruit platter complete with a lime squash or sorrel juice. Downstairs was just like the States, coffee and sweet rolls. Great service and good food. The sorrel juice was fresh squeezed and tasty. I never tried it before!

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Bequia Island Nightlife

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    by Chinacat1969 Written Mar 23, 2005

    The Whaleboner is right next to the Frangiapani which is another great nightlife spot. The band Brown Sugar plays on Saturdays and many people go out to dance the night away. We got an impromtu rain storm which was very refreshing.

    Dress Code: Casual - totally casual.

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Bequia Island Transportation

  • Friendship Rose

    On Bequia you simply have to sail on the Friendship Rose. The schooner is magnificent and you can trip to Tabago Cays or as we did to Mustique. The snorkelling is super but beware the Sea Urchins!! You are wined, champagned and dined like royalty and the experience will never be forgotten. I even steered the schooner wow!! We had a marvellous long...

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  • Dollar buses

    The dollar buses are the local transport system. These minivans are quite plentiful, and you can hop on them at any of the bus stops. They have a flat fee of 50 cents (EC) which makes them a great deal. They run a route from Port Elizabeth, past the turnoff to Lower Bay and above Friendship Bay. The dollar buses have the additional charm of...

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  • taxis

    There are taxis who will take you anywhere on this little island just to the right off the ferry dock. It costs about 10.00 to get to most places outside of Port Elizabeth. Once you have your bearings, however, the local "dollar buses" are a much cheaper option as they are the local public transport.

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Bequia Island Shopping

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    by Chinacat1969 Written Mar 23, 2005

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    The fish market is located behind the Rasta veggie market downtown. When a fisherman comes in with his catch, a guy blows a conch shell and everyone heads for the fish house. We ended up with some red snapper and butter fish. It is quite an experience and if flies bother you don't go. We paid about $2 US or 6 EC per pound and for an extra 3 EC the fish guy cleaned and gutted our fish for us.

    What to buy: What ever is on the table and be quick about it. You have to pay 1 EC for a bag if you don't bring your own.

    What to pay: Pay what is asked and take up the offer of the cleaning. They have all the correct tools and these people are very cool.

    The Fishmonger

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Bequia Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Machineel Trees

    Along the beaches, as in other parts of the Caribbean, you will find the big beautiful Machineel trees. They are usually accompanied by warning signs, but you should learn to recognize and avoid them. I am told they produce nasty boils if the sap comes in contact with your skin (so don't stand under them when it rains!!) and the fruit and leaves...

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  • Machineel Tree

    Along the beach these trees usually having warning signs on them. Your skin may become irritated. They look like a huge ficus tree. Don't stand under it either when it's raining.

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Bequia Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Bolders Reef

    Bolders Reef is an easy drift dive, with very little current. A large variety of soft and hard corals can be found and my highlight was seeing sea horses on this dive. When the dive master pointed at them I expected a small creature and I was surprised as to how big they are here in Bequia. Lots of other fish and marine life, the reef was teeming!...

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  • Dive Bequia

    Bequia offers turquoise and crystal clear warm waters, yet another divers paradise. I enjoyed two dives with Dive Bequia who were very accommodating and send me out with an excellent local dive guide who must have dived with a magnifying glass - since she pointed out sea horses and other macro items that I would have never found. Their operation...

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