The calm, clear and relatively shallow waters surrounding the beautiful island of Bequia make it the perfect destination for a beach holiday entailing sun, sea and sand. Princess Margaret Beach, located footsteps away from Bequia Villas is the most convenient and stunning spot for a quick dip or long sea salt soak. The white sands of Lower Bay Beach disappear into the ocean under an onshore reef, which creates shallow pools and perfect conditions for swimming, and small children. Avid sailors consider Admiralty Bay to be one of the best natural harbors in the Caribbean due to its protective u-shape, which guards it from the tropical elements.
The best thing about being on an island with stunning natural harbors and protected shores is the endless sailing opportunities. The seafaring heritage of Bequia means boat building, sailing and regattas are a huge pastime and usually the center of social events and fun activities. If you love sailing then you won’t want to miss the annual Easter Regatta and a trip to the Bequia Boat Museum to marvel at the marine based skills of past generations.
Friendship Bay, Hope Bay, Spring Bay and Industry Bay are all a short ride from town and offer more rustic coastline spots with great conditions for snorkeling, scuba diving and thrill seekers who love surfing and windsurfing. Bequia has an abundance of marine life, vibrant reefs and 35 interesting dive sites such as The Stratmann Tug, Devil’s Table, Moonhole Wreck and Pigeon Island.
What’s a trip to a tropical destination without sampling the local Caribbean cuisine and rum. Whether by the waterfront, on the beach or overlooking a mountainous terrain, dinning in Bequia is a burst of fresh flavors amidst stylish décor such as Sugar Reef Café, Frangipani Restaurant and Bar or the infamous Mac’s Pizzeria with locally inspired toppings. If you travel for food, fun and good vibes, try the annual Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest in January complete with international music acts, good food and quality rum.
Whether on land by open-backed taxi or sailing through the sea, there are plenty of must-see attractions to explore around the island. Take in the far-reaching panoramic view of Hamilton Fort and stroll along the peaceful Belmont Walkway at sunrise. Sail to the magnificent moon hole at sunset or dare to witness the power of the ocean at the Ravine Bay Blow Hole. Get to know the various species of turtles at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and hike 900ft to the peak of Ma Peggy for an invigorating view of Admiralty Bay.