Frequently asked questions about holidays in Bequia
Here’s a small selection of some of the questions we’re sure you’ll have about holidaying in Bequia. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01373 814244 if there is anything else you need to know.
Do I have to fly from Gatwick?
We fly you to Bequia via Barbados or St Lucia with a connecting flight on to Bequia. Currently all flights to the two islands depart from Gatwick, apart from the occasional flights from Manchester.
Please also see our detailed flight information.
What is the cost of living like?
Very reasonable. A simple lunch – say a salad and a couple of beers – would cost around £7-10 per head. Dinner including drinks would cost between £18-£30 per person, depending on the venue. We can give more details if you wish. Supermarket shopping is similar to UK prices although some items are vastly more expensive, many are much cheaper than you would find at home.
I am a vegetarian – will I have any problems?
Most restaurants will offer vegetarian options, if a little limited, but you will find the supermarkets and the local markets have an abundance of delicious fruit and vegetables and of course if you eat fish you will find this in plentiful supply.
What is the food like?
Bequia has a surprising number of really good little local restaurants which our clients adore. Specialities using local produce and spices are served almost everywhere and well worth trying. There are a few smarter restaurants too with excellent international fare. We have compiled a list of places to eat that you will find useful and will send you this with your final documentation.
What are the shops like?
There are a couple of supermarkets which are pretty well stocked and a selection of small local shops around the harbour. There is a good food market open every day and several local stalls selling whatever is fresh that day.
What do your representatives do for clients on the island?
They will meet you at the airport on arrival and will take you to your accommodation and they will pick you up and take you to the airport on your departure day. We also have a British born ‘Island Ambassador’, Nicola Redway, who has lived on the island for nearly 20 years. She is always on hand to help and advise.
Is it easy to get around?
Very easy. Being so tiny there are many things that are within walking distance but for all other journeys local taxis are always on hand for reasonable cost. The island is too small to really justify vehicle hire but it is available.
How child-friendly is Bequia?
Children and families are very much welcomed to Bequia. Children of all ages love the relaxed atmosphere, the casual restaurants and the safe blue ocean.
What about the weather and hurricanes?
Weather patterns around the world are becoming more and more difficult to predict and the Caribbean is no exception. Historically the Caribbean has two seasons, wet & dry, with the wet season running from June to November and the dry season from December to May. However, in recent years we have seen above-average rainfall in the dry season but less than expected in the wet season! Tropical showers can happen at any time of the year, of course, but rarely last for more than a few minutes. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year but reaching their peak during the summer months. The Hurricane season for the Caribbean region is officially from June to November, but the last direct hit of a hurricane on Bequia was 1955.