Originally a handful of private houses built for friends of Tom and Gladdie Johnston, the founders and architects of Moonhole, Moonrise now comprises about fourteen homes. After the death of Gladdie Johnston, we formed a Homeowner's Association to help maintain the houses and the natural beauty of our unique location. A few of us rent our homes as we continue to work and are unable to spend the entire winter on Bequia (much as we would like to!)
Bequia is not developed like some other Caribbean destinations. There are no golf courses, casinos or cinemas. Rather, Bequia has unspoiled charm, beauty and friendliness. Its people are independent and proud of their sea-faring history. It is one of the last few islands where whaling is permitted, limited to two whales a year caught by harpoons hand thrown by men in sailboats. Bequia has excellent restaurants, interesting shops, several beautiful beaches for swimming, a tennis court, diving, snorkeling and sailing. The island has resisted large-scale tourism. Cruise ships visiting the harbor are limited both by number and by size. Tourists are accommodated in small hotels, apartments, and rental homes. Bequia is a mecca for sailors, and the yachting crowd anchors in Port Elizabeth, a spacious harbor.