Guide to Bequia
For a small 7 square mile island there’s a surprising variety of things to do and see. Plus everything you want is nearby!
Bequia has a typical Caribbean climate – bags of sunshine, around 80 degrees year round with gentle cooling sea breezes. Like the other islands, there are tropical rain showers – but these generally last just a few minutes.
The best time to visit is mid-November to May – the weather leads you to the beach…
Bequia Heritage Museum
The Museum at the far end of Friendship Bay explores Bequia’s famed maritime history, including boat-and shipbuilding and whaling. It also gives a fascinating insight into the lives of indigenous people who settled in Bequia and in the region going back thousands of years. One of the buildings has a fine display of Amerindian pottery and artefacts almost all found on Bequia, together with a selection of items dating from the European period of Bequia’s settlement. There is an impressive collection of fascinating relics from Bequia’s 1700 year history including maps, charts, and early photographs. Reproductions of rare antique Bequia maps, postcards and books are also available to purchase. This museum has been lovingly created by a team of dedicated local people and there are experts on site to answer any questions. This is well worth a visit.
Bequia Island Tour
We believe that no visit to Bequia is complete without a tour of the island where you can enjoy its beauty and tranquility. Gideon Taxi will be happy to arrange island tours for our guests. The tour will take you to all corners of the island including Spring and Industry Bay, Fort Hamilton, Museums along with photo opportunities to enjoy the wonderful picturesque views of the nearby islands and cays. The tour will also include a visit to the white sand beaches of Lower Bay and Princess Margaret and many other places.
St Vincent Day Trips
Nature lovers, scuba divers and hikers will all love St Vincent. From the comfort of a bus tour to the challenge of hiking to the top of La Soufriere volcano there are fabulous activities for everyone to enjoy. Visit tropical gardens, go bird watching or take in a cricket match on your day trip to St Vincent. The ferry boat takes about an hour from Port Elizabeth, Bequia – Kingstown on St Vincent.
Scuba diving & Snorkelling
The best kept secret of the Grenadines…relaxing reefs, exhilarating drifts and diverse marine life. What a fantastic place to learn to dive! Warm, crystal clear water, tropical fish and an abundance of beautiful sea fans and corals make learning to dive an experience you’ll never forget. Bequia has a wonderful, varied assortment of beaches for swimming, snorkelling and sunning. Snorkelling is particularly good at Spring Bay and Industry Bay on the windward side of Bequia. These gorgeous beaches make a great base for snorkelling trips. Dive Bequia or Bequia Dive Adventures both of which are located on the Belmont Walkway in Port Elizabeth can arrange diving courses, snorkelling trips or even just rent equipment.
Deep Sea Fishing
Tour the Grenadines, go deep sea fishing or have an authentic traditional beach BBQ picnic. Michael Tours can arrange many day trips on his 32 ft. power yacht. Michael Tours is a truly local experience not to be missed! Each trip is custom designed for each guest.
Many companies, including Octopus can organise day trips to Tobago Cays and Mustique. The Tobago Cays is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. This stunning horseshoe reef is the world’s third largest in the world and is also a National Marine Park. The Cay’s have an astounding array of marine life. Snorkel with turtles or dive the multi-coloured reef with it’s vibrant colourful fish. Take a stroll on one of the many white sand deserted islands or simply lie under the shade of a palm tree. All cruises are fully inclusive.
Model boat building
This ancient craft is a strong part of Bequia’s heritage and there are several workshops on the island which will welcome visitors, as well as a maritime museum with an intriguing collection of historic photographs of bygone days.
Spring Plantation was one of nine plantations operating in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although now in ruins, parts of the plantation are well preserved and give an interesting insight into the history of Bequia. Firefly Plantation can organise interesting tours of the estate with its abundant crops of delicious produce.