Island Activities on Bequia
Hiking – This is a great way to explore the island and some hikes, such as Ma Peggy, provide a rewarding & spectacular view. Ask us & we’d gladly guide you up & down from The Lookout as well as offer advice some of our other favourite walks.
Bequia Music Festival - This is an annual event, which has gained in publicity & popularity, and takes place usually on the last weekend of January. Caribbean and international musicians join the stage for 4 days, attracting thousands of music-loving visitors to Bequia.
Bequia Easter Regatta - Regatta is a highlight for both locals and visitors to Bequia. This yearly event has welcomed visiting yachtsmen, sailors and holidaymakers for more than 25 years. Visit during this time and you are sure to see not only an abundance of yacht races, but also lots of waterfront activities in addition to local traditions such as the building and racing of local fishing boats. At night, the island parties are fantastic!
Carnival - Usually beginning in late June and lasting until mid July, St. Vincent's carnival features 12 days filled with fun and excitement. Calypso, soca and steel band music fill the streets with masqueraders in vibrant costumes dancing everywhere. Bequia also celebrates its own carnival at the end of June, but at a much smaller scale than St. Vincent and other neighbouring islands.
Windsurfing (incl. Kite and SUP Boarding), Sailing, and Kayaking - Bequia offers several protected beaches that are perfect for beginners to learn the basics, while there are also challenging locations for those with more experience.
Snorkelling and SCUBA Diving - With over 30 dive sites around the island, the diving on Bequia and the neighbouring islands is some of the best in the Caribbean. Two fully certified PADI SCUBA shops operate on the island and can arrange dives for any skill level, from beginner to certified diver.
Sport Fishing - Fishing enthusiasts can find many reasons to fall in love with Bequia. The surrounding waters offer trophy-sized sport fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Marlin, Tuna, Bonito and Kingfish.
Yacht Charters - Charters can be arranged for any number of guests to fit your desired location and schedule. For more details kindly have a look at our Sail & Charter page.
Arts and Crafts - Visitors to the island will find a variety of local works in the boutiques of Port Elizabeth as well as at private artists' studios around the island. Locals create stunning articles, combining beauty and function, including model boats, scrimshaw, woodcarving, stained glass, ceramics and crochet.
Firefly Plantation – This romantic 200-year-old plantation overlooking Spring Bay once served as a sugar factory and now operates as a boutique hotel. Upon request, tours can be arranged within the enchanting ruins of this plantation.
Moon Hole - Here you will find a fascinating marriage of style and environmentalism. Moon Hole’s unique architectural style is based on the concept of living in harmony with nature and taking full advantage of the Caribbean environment. The designer, Tom Johnston, envisioned houses that have minimum impact on their surrounding environment, but still offer breath-taking views and ocean breezes. The result is homes that look artfully Flintstone-esque!
Mustique - Just an hour's sail from Bequia (or 20 minutes by power boat) will take you to the home of celebrities and royalty. Prince William & Kate went on honeymoon here and many celebrities have homes on this private island such as Mick Jagger, Shania Twain & Bryan Adams.
Tobago Cays - These islands are a world-renowned small collection of coral islands that have some of the most spectacular waters in the world. The protected natural reserve is home to some of the most amazing coral beds and aquatic life in the Caribbean. The Tobago Cays also provided the setting for some of the most memorable "Pirates of the Caribbean" scenes!
Activities on St. Vincent
Located just 9 miles north of Bequia, with regular ferries throughout the day, St. Vincent is one of the most naturally spectacular and untouched of the larger Caribbean islands. Below are examples of full and half day trips to some of the natural wonders of this island.
Kingstown - This historic city, known also as the “City of Arches”, is the capital, chief port and main commercial centre of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is a bustling city made up of spectacular arches and stone buildings, with beautiful churches and other historic buildings that are worth visiting when on the island. Here you can get a true feel of the Vincentian lifestyle when visiting the vegetable market and other beautiful sites around the city.
La Soufrière Volcano - St. Vincent's La Soufrière rises majestically to over 4000 feet above sea level. This active volcano last erupted in April 1979. Tours to La Soufrière take you along the picturesque eastern coast of St. Vincent, through banana and coconut plantations and up the foot trail that takes you to the very top. The views from the rim of the crater are truly spectacular!
Mesopotamia Valley - This rich and fertile valley, bursting with lush vegetation, is intriguing to the eye and gives visitors a unique view of Vincentian culture. The valley is surrounded by mountain ridges and is filled with thickly planted local crops with rivers and steams flowing throughout. There are several indigenous stone carvings, or better-known Petroglyphs, located close to the Yambou River, which flows within this fertile valley.
Vermont Nature Trails - Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will especially enjoy the numerous trails that lead through the rain forest in St. Vincent. Visitors have the chance to see rare and unique species, such as the St. Vincent Parrot (Amazona Guildingii) and the Whistling Warbler.
The Botanical Gardens - The gardens were first established in 1765, making them the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. They feature a descendent of the original breadfruit tree brought to the island by Captain Bligh in 1793 and are home to an impressive collection of flowering plants, palms, cycads and tropical trees.
Montreal Gardens - These gardens are located above the Mesopotamia Valley and are filled with exotic flowers growing in the rich volcanic soil. By paying a small entrance fee, visitors can wander through lush foliage in a cool, misty and quiet rainforest atmosphere.
Young Island Resort - This unique resort is located on its own 13 acre private island, just off the southern shores of St. Vincent. It is perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of St. Vincent, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy many activities such as a drink on the floating bar just off Young Island’s pristine beach, tennis or even spa treatment.
Fort Charlotte - This historic fort, completed in 1806, is perched on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, providing a magnificent view across Kingstown and down the Grenadine Islands. Fort Charlotte was used as a set for the blockbuster film “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Falls of Baleine - These spectacular waterfalls are located at the northern tip of St. Vincent and are accessible by both land and sea. Cool waters come cascading from the mountaintops and settle in a refreshing pool where visitors can swim.
Dark View Falls - The major attraction at Dark Views Falls is that there are two waterfalls above one another. They are accessible by vehicle, with a short foot trail featuring a bamboo bridge that leads to both the lower and then the upper falls. Visitors can enjoy swimming or lounging in the natural pools that capture refreshing water underneath both falls.
Trinity Falls - The Trinity Falls were given their name due to the fact that they are made up of three waterfalls that are aligned alongside one another, with a powerful force that tumbles into a wide river basin below. The trip to the falls requires a hike through St. Vincent’s rainforest, but the reward is grand when taking in the scenery that awaits you at your arrival. It is possible to swim in the wonderful pool below the falls, but one must be aware that the force of the river can be quite strong, especially in the rainy season.
Hot Springs - These natural hot springs are still very untouched and unknown to many, even Vincentians, as they lie secluded in their pure element within the hillsides of St. Vincent and away from any man-made infrastructure. Here you can lie in natural pools, surrounded with lush vegetation, and enjoy the healing warm waters that spring from St. Vincent’s core.