Bequia is the much cooler, less bling more swing, island to Mustique. For Bequia Villa Rentals and Hotels, we’ve got the scoop on which places to stay in, what to see and what to do in Bequia. Bob Dylan christened his sailboat Water Pearl in Bequia. She was a traditional Bequia boat, having been built on the beach of this small island in the northern Grenadines in the late ’70s.
Take a Villas on Bequia. It’s one of the best islands to holiday on or live in the world. Bequia has stunning holiday beaches and great places to eat and be entertained. It is just seven square miles (easy enough to walk around) and with a population of about 5,000, Bequia stands as a reminder of how the Caribbean was 50 years ago, when only a few visitors ventured this far. Food and drink supplies here are fantastic as the island caters to super yachts and has done for many years.
There are two spa’s here to visit and relax those muscles after last night’s steel band boogie in the sand. Or you can have a holiday message therapist visit you at home. A range of spa treatments are available including Swedish Massage from US$60; Sports Deep Tissue Massage from US$70; Facials from US$90; Jetlag Eliminator from US$210, Homeopathy, Reflexology and regular Yoga classes.
Holidays in Bequia are down to earth and offer passionate travelers raw beauty combined with easy access to the local community life in a safe environment. The beaches and coral reefs here are some of the most pristine and most beautiful in the world.
Bequia, “one of the World’s best secret islands” – British Airways Highlife
A stunning green paradise, she is the second largest of the Grenadines. Admiralty Bay is a favorite anchorage for yacht owners. Approximately 4,500 people live here – an intriguing mix of native Bequians from African, Scottish, Irish, French, Indian and Carib descent and more recent settlers from Europe, America and Canada who have chosen to make Bequia their home. The island is influenced by a strong historic attachment to the sea and today’s fishermen, sailors and boat-builders are quietly proud to share their marine traditions with newcomers to the island.
Holidays in Bequia are the epitome of barefoot luxury in an out-of-the-way secluded tropical island. This Grenadine island has an atmosphere so unique one cannot quite pin down what it actually is about Bequia that makes so many fall in love instantly.
Quiet, relaxed, relatively undeveloped, yet enough to do for weeks on end and small enough to walk everywhere.
An island so rich in artistic heritage, as Bequia attracts creatives in their droves. Amble from beach to gallery, visit sculptors, silk screen printers, a pottery studio, wooden boat & scrim shaw knife studios, museums.
The MUSIC SCENE is incredibly VIBRANT with resident rock and blues, steel pan bands, folk, soca & reggae Many an undercover super star retreat to Bequia to write & escape publicity.
Bequia is friendly, relatively undeveloped, with fresh fish, peaceful beaches, breathtaking scenery and beautiful properties and hotels to stay in. Bequia lives up to all the Caribbean promises of charming architecture, quaint little ports, original rum bars, colonial relics, ancient boat building traditions and really gentle friendly people.
Along the southern edge of Admiralty Bay are several wonderful white sand beaches fringed with palm trees. Princess Margaret Beach and Lower Bay can be reached either by sea (hire a water taxi) or by land. Snorkelling is worthwhile at these two spots. Farther down the southern edge of the Bay is Moon Hole, a collection of private homes built into the rocks of the island.
Outdoor eco adventurers will find much to do on the neighboring volcanic island of St. Vincent. Mustique is only 11 miles away. Canouan and even Union Island can be seen from the point on a clear day. Each day, trips depart from Bequia for sailing, snorkelling and cruising the areas around the island and to the Grenadines.
The evenings are lively on the waterfront where a jazz or rock and roll band plays at the Auberge, sports matches are shown at the sports and entertainment bar, teams of young tourists listen to old school reggae at authentic rum bars and music shops while their parents enjoy the sunset green flash at Marias French Terrace or the original Frangipani Hotel.
Bequia attracts a highly educated, sophisticated and more often than not artistic crowd. Many of our clients are designers, photographers, gardeners and film directors. Bequia is no. 1 UK music artist La Roux’s favorite island. M.I.A. is also a devoted Bequia lover. The locals, master boat builders, once fashioned a beautiful wooden schooner for Bob Dylan, which mysteriously sank in the Panama Canal. Dustin Hoffman is said to have learnt to water-ski here unrecognised.
BEQUIA EASTER REGATTA
Bequia’s Easter Regatta is a famous four-day affair that draws visitors from around the Caribbean. Yacht races and local boat races content with shore activities and socializing for the visitors’ attention.
Bequia Carnival is usually scheduled for the end of June. Email us for more information. St Vincent’s carnival, called Vincy Mas, features a 12-day run of calypso and steel band music, colourful costume parades and lots of dancing.
BEQUIA & MUSTIQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Held in February sharing the Mustique Jazz Festival vibes and bringing in high profile jazz and blues performers. During Bequia’s music festival in February this year Rosemary Philips and Two Guitars recently returned from the 1st edition of the Bequia Music Festival where they performed and created a real storm.
BEQUIA MOUNT GAY MUSIC FEST
Last weekend in January
including Mustique Blues Festival