Located on the far western tip of Bequia, the fascinating architectural style of Moonhole is based on the concept of living in harmony with nature while taking full advantage of the Caribbean environment, as interpreted by Tom Johnston, the American designer who first purchased and developed the site in the 1960′s. To achieve these goals, these unique houses, seemingly carved out of the solid rock, have been designed on sites overlooking the sea, maximizing both views and breezes while minimizing their impact on the environment. Although these homes have recently been closed for visitor tours, be sure to ask your boat captain to slow down as you pass by so that you can appreciate this fascinating complex of structures.
The highest point on Bequia is Mount Pleasant at 760 ft / 231.7 m. The 360° view from the top is well worth the trip and the area is popular with locals and visitors alike. Stop at the Sugar Hill Bar and Restaurant near the top for a cold beer and enjoy a view from St. Vincent to Canouan. You will soon appreciate why so many fine homes are built at the top of this mountain.
A small fishing community near the airport, and home to the Banana Patch Studio featuring scrimshaw and other artwork, is another worthwhile stop. At Paget Farm, you will be sure to see the colorful fishing boats lined up outside the fish market. If you can arrange a trip to Petit Nevis you can see the old whaling station and find out more about Bequia’s whaling tradition. Don’t forget to visit the Whaling Museum.