Bequia is one of the remaining Caribbean gems that have not swayed in favor of over-development and cosmopolitan influences unlike many of its neighboring island countries. At only 7 miles in total area, you get to explore the many wonders of Bequia while you’re on a day stop in the cruise port. We have listed some of the most happening places and exciting things to do in Bequia on your cruise ship stop.
Beaches – Bequia is blessed with pristine beaches perfect for easing the mind and forgetting about your worries, also with a lot of opportunities for water sport activities. Princess Margaret Beach, just down from Port Elizabeth, is a picturesque 500-yard stretch of fine golden sand bordered by cedar and almond trees with a beach bar tucked away discreetly at one end. Lower Bay, to the South of Princess Margaret Beach is equally beautiful but livelier because of its three beach bars. It’s the perfect beach to kick it back with a rum drink in hand. If you want to stay away from the crowds, Friendship Bay and Industry Bay on the windward side are your spots.
Port Elizabeth – Nestled deep inside Admiralty Bay, Port Elizabeth is Bequia’s charming main town. Get around the quaint little town that has retained its Caribbean character despite of the cosmopolitan influences brought by sailors and settlers from the world over. The main streets is lined with wooden buildings of all sizes and colors — shops, boutiques, workshops and restaurants all perfect for a relaxed Caribbean town photo-op.
Admiralty Bay – Admiralty Bay is one of Caribbean’s most beautiful natural anchorages. Surrounded by steep emerald hills and pearly white sand beaches, it hosts yachts of all sizes all year long. Watch the boats as they get in and out of the peaceful harbour while you’re hanging out on a terrace of one of the many bars and restaurants on the scenic waterside path, the Belmont Walkway.
Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary – Run by Orton (Brother) King, Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary has been saving the Hawksbill turtles from extinction since 1997. Browse around the sanctuary and learn about the plight of these lovable creatures due to natural and man-made causes. Watch the little ones in various ponds and containers as they await their release into the ocean three years after they hatch. So far, the sanctuary has released more than 2,000 turtles, contributing largely to the increase of turtle population.
Bars and restaurants – Replenish your energy after a day of going around the sites and destinations of Bequia. De Reef, located right above the beach on Lower Bay is a laid back bar where you can enjoy a game of scrabble and backgammon while waiting for your lunch. If you’re looking for excellent coffee and cake, or home-made ice cream, Gingerbread on Belmont Walkway is your go-to place. For affordable treats, go to Mac’s Pizzeria for some lobster-topped pizzas, or Nando’s, an intimate hideaway where the menu for the day depends on what the Chef has caught.
The small island of Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a stunning array of activities and destinations perfect to fill your day at port with excitement.