Things To Do Around Bequia
- Plan a day trip to the Tobago Keys with on the Friendship Rose, an original Bequia schooner. Your hosts serve breakfast, lunch, tea, and endless drinks
- Mustique, the island of Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger and other rich and famous, is but an hour’s sail away. Ask Winnie, our office manager, to help you charter a boat for the trip. Swim at Macaroni Beach, take a tour of the island, and have lunch at Cotton house or the famous Basil’s Bar, right on the beach.
- St. Vincent, an hours ferry ride away, boasts a beautiful botanical garden, and an active volcano. Take a taxi tour of the island or plan a day of climbing Soufriere, the volcano. You can drive part of the way, but it’s an hours hike to the top. Definitely worth the trip… the view is magnificent. While you’re there, visit the local shops and have lunch at the Cobblestone restaurant. Ask Winnie to arrange to have you met at the ferry. Your driver can take care of you for the day and show you whatever you’d like to see.
- From Moonhole, walk to the village of Paget Farm, which is just past the airport. On the other side of the village on the left, you’ll find Athneal Olliviere’s little whaling museum. If it is open, it’s worth the trip to see Sam McDowell’s original whaling paintings, copies of which are on sale in picture and postcard form at the Bequia Bookstore. Athneal was Bequia’s most famous harpooner, a true Bequia legend.
- Before you get into town, turn off at Friendship Bay for a swim and lunch on the beach. You can also swim at Low Bay, further on toward town, or at Princess Margaret Beach, one of the best on this island. Have Winnie call about the condition of the beaches (smooth, wavy etc.) and the availability of lunch at both places.
- Contact Dive Bequia for a great day of diving or snorkeling.
- If you swim at Low Bay, be sure to stop at Victorine’s. There you’ll find beautiful hand screened silk scarves and other artwork. She’s not open every day so have Winnie call first.
- Take a taxi to the Old Fort for a wonderful lunch.
In Port Elizabeth
- Go left at the old Barclays’ Bank building and up the stairs to Local Color. Visit Local Color for hand screened T-shirts and other clothing. Noah’s Arcade has wonderful local crafts. You can have a great lunch overlooking the harbor at Gingerbread House, once owned by Pat Mitchell, the former wife of Son Mitchell, the Prime Minister. Be sure to buy a copy of her book, “Bequia Sweet”. It has the best pictures of Bequia you’ll find, and is a great reminder of your holiday.
- You can also have lunch at Mac’s Pizzeria, also overlooking the harbor.
- The Frangipani Hotel is a wonderful spot right on the beach. Visit it for lunch, dinner and the “jump up”. Have Winnie call to find out which night.
- For a special lunch or dinner, try the Plantation House on the harbor. You can also swim there and have lunch by the beach.
- Take a taxi to the Turtle Farm, where sea turtles are raised and nurtured before being released. Definitely worth the trip.
- Spring Plantation puts on a great curry lunch on Sundays, often with a band. You’ll find all of Bequia there.
- If you are shopping for food in Port Elizabeth, use Doris’ Fine Foods. She has the best selection at reasonable prices. The Rastafarians have an open-air market across the street. You can buy fruits and vegetables from them as well, but negotiate your price and make sure the quality is good. Doris is a safer bet.
The Bequia Tourism Association website has up-to-date information about all the wonderful things to do on Bequia, history and more. www.bequiatourism.com
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