Bequia; the ‘big small island’, is the largest of the Grenadine Islands of the Caribbean. There are less than 6,000 inhabitants which gives Bequia a unique and very homely atmosphere. Upon your arrival at a self catering Bequia property, you will receive an unbelievably warm welcome, and it won’t take long until you have relaxed into the blissfully slow pace of life, where your watch seems a complete irrelevance!
Bequia has a magnificent maritime heritage, which lives on strong to this day. There are almost as many boats as people in Bequia and arranging sailing lessons, boat hire or a chartered vessel to explore the picture-perfect coastline is extraordinarily easy from a Bequia property rental. The sailing around Bequia is absolutely magnificent, with reliable sea breezes keeping vessels happily touring some of the clearest waters anywhere in the Caribbean. If you take snorkels, fishing rods and scuba diving gear out with you, there is no limit to the entertainment you can have, as the warm Caribbean waters teem with marine life, making Bequia a diver’s paradise. Rated among the best places to dive in the Caribbean, Bequia has over 30 easily accessible dive sites, where vividly coloured corals, fish and extraordinary creatures thrive among the caves, wrecks and reefs which surround the island. Guided snorkelling trips are also highly popular, available from almost every dive shop in Bequia.
You can also catch your supper during your stay in a self catering Bequia villa. Huge marlin, tuna, barracuda and kingfish are regularly caught off the coast of Bequia, and there are a good variety of fishing centres to choose from. Reliable trade winds also mean that windsurfing and kayaking are very popular from property in Bequia.
Away from the coast, Bequia is a fascinating island. When you are first settled into your Bequia villa, a great start to your holiday is to take the 3 hour Island Tour in the back of an iconic open-backed taxi. Completely tailored to your interests and will full, running commentary, the tour will show you the lush green meadows, thick forests, deserted hills and isolated villages which make up the island. Make sure you go to Hamilton Fort, the OldHegg Turtle Sanctuary and amazing Moonhole houses. However, to really explore the hidden treasures of Bequia, it is time to dust off your walking boots. There are many disused roads, trails and paths through the island, but remember to take your sunblock.
Evenings from a Bequia villa are simply magical. Whether you head to one of the fantastic beach cocktail bars, a local restaurant serving the finest of local delicacies or simply head down to the beach to watch the stars and listen to the surf gently caress the beach, I can think of nowhere in the world that can beat it!
The heart of Bequia is Admiralty Bay. The island’s capital, Port Elizabeth stands on its shores, and it is here that you will find the majority of shops, restaurants and facilities including banks, travel agents and pharmacies. The docks of Admiralty Bay bustle all morning then quieten down in the afternoon in sink with the rest of the town.
The climate of Bequia is sensational, with daily temperatures ranging between 24˚C and 32˚C during every day of the year. Eating outside in the evening is a definite possibility throughout the year too, as evening temperatures are still an amazing 22˚C most evenings.
Any trip to a Bequia villa starts with a flight to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) from London. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both provide direct flights to Barbados, and from there it is only an hour on to Bequia’s J.F. Mitchell Airport.