Bequia remains one of the most unspoiled and natural of all the Caribbean islands, with a population that numbers just under 5,000. The island was once a busy center for whaling and boat building and Bequia still retains its traditions and skills based on the sea.
The second largest island of the Grenadines, Bequia lies 9 miles / 14.5 km southwest of St Vincent. It is about 5 miles / 8 km long and 0.5 miles / 0.8 km wide. The terrain is quite different from that of St. Vincent as Bequia (meaning “island of the clouds” in ancient Arawak) boasts rolling hills instead of mountains. There is a large difference between the coastlines on either side of the island with both rocky terrain and sweeping white sand beaches.
Small, beautifully lush and on the quiet side, Bequia has its own unique culture. Sailors have long known Bequia as one of the premier sailing and cruising destinations of the Grenadines and the Eastern Caribbean. The superb anchorages, coupled with the traditional nautical lifestyle, attract yachts of every size and description from around the world. The sailing season culminates in the annual Easter Regatta.
The atmosphere is reminiscently West Indian and the inhabitants, who enjoy a comfortable standard of living, are friendly and polite. With fewer than five thousand inhabitants, it feels like home from the moment you arrive. Bequia still retains its old-world charm and small island friendliness, but with modern touches like internet cafes and ATM machines. Without needing traffic lights and no-parking signs, Bequia has managed maintained it’s intimate coastal community feeling while still offering all the conveniences of home. The beaches are typically vacant, a private coastal retreat like you would see in travel brochures. You won’t need to get up at 4 am to save a beach chair, there is no crowd to beat. Relish the privacy and friendly intimacy that Bequia can offer. By your second day on the island you won’t need to tell the taxi driver where you are staying; he will already know you!
By the end of your vacation you will create friendships that will last a lifetime. One stay here will make you come back year after year.