NEW 2024 EDITION! Bequia's top 5 "must-do" things to do
THE BIG LITTLE ISLAND
For an island of just 7 square miles, Bequia punches above her weight and offers visitors an almost overwhelming list of things to do. There’s more than enough to stretch all the activities across multiple trips to this little rock in the Caribbean Sea. It’s certainly possible to achieve most of it on a two-week vacation, but you’ll need to bolt on another fortnight to chill in a hammock on the beach just to recover. Hmmm, not a bad idea actually!
If you’re feeling very energetic, the link to our 2-week itinerary blog is here;
Given the above introduction to this fun-filled island, we have chosen to focus here on a more achievable (and indeed essential) list of activities for your “things to do” radar. This blog has been newly written in late 2023 to give you the very latest information. If you can tick the boxes on the five items below, then we can guarantee that you will have had the time of your life and will be planning a return trip before you have even boarded the plane back home!
1. TAKE A BOAT TRIP (OR IDEALLY SEVERAL BOAT TRIPS)
Bequia island is (and has always been) inextricably linked to sea. Blackbeard famously visited the island in 1717 and many boats of all shapes & sizes come & go into Admiralty Bay every single day of the year. However, you don’t need to be a pirate, or a sailor for that matter, to enjoy time on the water.
Bequia is part of the 32 islands & cays that make up the wonderful country of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Its prime location within the island chain makes the ideal base from which to take day (or overnight) trips to a number of paradise locations. You can leave the harbour after sunrise and get back before the sun sets into the Caribbean Sea, returning with a wealth of memories, salty & sun-kissed skin, and a content smile on your face.
BOAT TRIP OPERATORS OVERVIEW
The Friendship Rose
A traditional wooden schooner offering an all-inclusive experience to Mustique & the Tobago Cays. A day on this vessel (that used to be the only water transport available between Bequia & St. Vincent) will probably be the highlight of your trip. The food, service & staff are exceptional and you can even get involved with pulling up the sails and steering the boat.
A spacious & stable trimaran which travels weekly to Mustique & the Tobago Cays and occasionally to Darkview waterfalls on St. Vincent too.
An impressive 63ft monohull boat offering a real sailing experience and maximum group numbers of 10 people.
Go James Bond style on this speedboat. Small group sizes and more time at your desired location!
Other boat operators are also available, so just ask us for details.
THE TOBAGO CAYS
The number one excursion on your list (and probably quite rightly so) is a day trip to the idyllic Tobago Cays. These are part of a national marine park, consisting of five uninhabited cays, the island of Mayreau (population 270), and three islets. There is a four-kilometre long reef that encloses four of the cays, namely Petit Bateau, Petit Rameau, Baradal, and Jamesby. The fifth cay, Petit Tabac, was featured in one of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and is situated just outside the reef to the east.
PARADISE ON EARTH - THE IDYLLIC TOBAGO CAYS NATIONAL MARINE PARK
You will see that as you progress south on your boat trip, past the billionaire’s paradise of Canouan island, the sand becomes blindingly white, with a talcum powder consistency. Every boat trip will involve snorkelling and swimming with hawksbill & green turtles which is always a pleasure. Our advice is to try and pick a boat trip that also incorporates a lunch stop and swimming at Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau island. You couldn’t wish for a more picture postcard setting as you tuck into freshly grilled lobster at a beachside restaurant and bathe in the clear, warm water. The pictures you snap and share will make your friends & family green with envy – you’ve arrived at a quintessential paradise island.
Boat options to the “cays”
The Friendship Rose Caribbean Schooner
ST. VINCENT – LEEWARD COAST
If you can only fit in one more boat excursion on this particular vacation, then we’d highly recommend a sail up the leeward coast of St. Vincent. The mainland lies just 9 miles across the Bequia channel. Take your time on a leisurely day trip that will provide a magical adventure, leaving you thirsting for more.
This day will incorporate a relaxed sail, incredible scenery, a bit of hiking, refreshing waterfalls, cold beer & rum punch, plus a tasty fresh fish lunch on the beach. The views of the La Soufriere volcano are also breath-taking. What's not to love?! And here’s the best part. St. Vincent offers a truly authentic experience, the Caribbean of 30 years ago, and it's off any tourist radar. On our trips we have been lucky enough to enjoy the Dark View waterfalls all to ourselves! To get this experience, perhaps avoid cruise ship days. Chris & Louise at “The Lookout” have a schedule for every season.
Boat options to St. Vincent’s leeward coast
Gusto! (shared group tours, so best value for money)
Also possibilities for private charters on boats such Sweet Janina, Michael’s Tours, High Rider & Clara Tours.
LOUISE FROM THE LOOKOUT ENJOYING A NATURAL SHOWER AT DARKVIEW FALLS
So now you’ve found your sea legs, let’s take a boat journey to a place fit for royalty, business leaders, and rock stars. The private island of Mustique has long been a place of intrigue & fascination, fuelled by stories about Princess Margaret’s wild shenanigans on this tiny island measuring just over 2 square miles.
Despite the fact that it is a playground for the rich & famous, it is still part of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and isn’t as pretentious as you may imagine. Although it's an exclusive destination, by law beaches in SVG are available for all to enjoy.
Mustique is not too dissimilar to Bequia, but the roads are impeccably maintained, the grass is groomed, and the transportation is mostly by chauffeured golf cart.
We’d recommend that you take a tour around in an air-conditioned taxi van as soon as you arrive. The island is tiny, so an hour covers everything. You will get to see where Mick Jagger lives and which villa Prince William chooses to rent when he comes on holiday.
There are choices for lunch such as the up-scale Cotton House Hotel, but most folks choose to stay local at Basil’s Bar. The prices here are quite reasonable and you can virtually jump off the deck into Britannia Bay to go snorkelling with neon coloured fish, rays, and turtles. We guarantee you will see plenty of turtles! There’s also a fish market and a pretty row of boutiques and food shops just behind the beach to visit. Pick up some delicious pastries from the bakery to fuel you on the journey home – yum!
Boat options to Mustique
The Friendship Rose Caribbean Schooner
ISLE A QUATRE & PETIT NEVIS
The closest islands to Bequia offer yet more paradise experiences and they’re right there on your doorstep! There aren’t really any weekly schedules of boat trips here like the Tobago Cays & Mustique, but ask around and it’s possible to get a plan together. Maybe team up with other tourists you may meet to share the costs, or choose the reassuringly expensive (but exclusive) private charter option.
We’d recommend that you start by anchoring up in the sheltered bay at Petit Nevis where the snorkelling is excellent and it’s possible to take the short swim ashore. Pack a pair of trainers in a wet bag and take a hike around. There’s a “Robinson Crusoe” style beach on the far side to get that shipwrecked feeling and the views from the top of the island are lovely. Then set sail to the windward side of Isle A Quatre for more snorkelling and a fish & lobster BBQ on the beach – now we’re talking!
Boat options to Isle a Quatre & Petit Nevis
2. PUT ON YOUR HIKING SHOES & GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Bequia is a stunningly beautiful island, with jaw-dropping scenery and unique charm.
We think the best way to truly understand its beauty is to slow down. Take a stroll, a walk, a hike, and ramble off-road & out into the wilderness. It’s surprising how quickly you can get off the beaten track on this remote island in the Caribbean Sea.
The beach can wait until later, this is your chance to do something a little different and experience big rewards. An opportunity to explore, discover, burn calories & earn those cocktails & ice creams!
If you choose to stay with Chris & Louise at The Lookout, they’d be more than happy to guide you to incredible destinations. The great news is that there are several lovely hikes that are suitable for a range of ages & abilities.
PEGGY’S ROCK (“MA PEGGY”)
Some people say that you haven’t visited Bequia unless you have climbed “Ma Peggy”. Perhaps not entirely true, but it is something that should be very high on your island agenda that’s for sure.
The hike is a little challenging (without being intimidating) and accessible to those who are at least of average mobility & fitness. It also provides that feeling of being “off the beaten track” and it’s likely that you won’t bump into another sole for the entire ramble.
Sweaty brows & sore legs will be rewarded with a truly jaw-dropping view. The 360-degree vista from the summit provides all the Instagram content you will ever require. Make all your friends & family envious of your tropical location & momentous achievement. And to cap it all, you can complete the whole experience in 2-3 hours and be sipping a beastly cold beer at the beach to finish.
The hike is named after Peggy Kydd who apparently had incredible eyesight and used to regularly take the hike to sit up on the rocks at the summit. She would look out to sea & point out where the shoals of fish were to the fisher folk in their boats down below. Real teamwork!
Important note: The land on which Ma Peggy is located is private and this includes the route to get there. This must be respected. Please do not tackle the climb before gaining authorisation from the landowners. Chris & Louise can help with this and will guide any guests who stay at The Lookout - all part of the service!
THE MAJESTIC 360 DEGREE VIEW IS WELL WORTH THE CLIMB UP TO MA PEGGY!
BULLET POINT & BEQUIA HEAD
The area of Bequia Head is located beyond the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and (as you will see from viewing a map of the island) this makes up a very large portion of the island - apparently in the region of 600 acres. It’s completely development free, uninhabited, and consists of shady woodland, making it perfect rambling territory.
The main hike is a simple out & back route, with generally flat terrain through woodland that doesn’t feel very Caribbean at all. The ultimate goal is to reach as far as the path goes and the island ends. This is known as “Bullet Point” where the reward is a breezy and impressive view over to St. Vincent.
However, there are many paths hikers can take in this vast area. One such diversion is around half-way out, where you can deviate towards the Atlantic coast and another viewpoint we refer to as “window rock”. Well worth it, but tricky to find without guidance. We’d recommend that if you visit Bequia Head without a guide, just go & explore. Yes, you will get lost on the countless paths, but it’s a relatively small peninsula with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. If you have a reasonable sense of direction, you can’t get lost for too long, and won’t need to call for helicopter rescue before nightfall (we hope!)
We plan to compile a detailed blog about hiking in this area, so watch this space.
HOPE BEACH & RAVINE BAY
Most visitors to Bequia spend a good portion of their time in & around Princess Margaret & Lower Bay beaches. It’s not surprising, they are lovely. Both beaches boast beautiful stretches of white sand with clear, warm waters to bathe & swim, and there’s a sprinkling of beach bar/restaurants to pop in to for refreshing drinks & tasty food. However, it’s also worth seeking out the island paths less travelled, especially the ones that lead to tranquil, deserted beaches like those found at the bays of Hope & Ravine.
Hope Beach is accessible from both Mount Pleasant & an area called Camel above Port Elizabeth. This is a genuine “Robinson Crusoe” style beach with driftwood washing up on the sand, zero development, swaying palms, and rolling Atlantic Ocean waves. Unless you’re a very competent swimmer or surfer, we’d recommend that you don’t go much more than waist deep due to the unpredictable rip tides. Take a seat at the rustic wooden benches set up in the shade and enjoy the calming vibes. It’s likely the only other folk you will share this experience with is the few cows that graze in the meadow behind the beach. They sometimes take a wander down the sand – can’t blame them really!
Also accessible via Mount Pleasant is another remote bay known as Ravine. This is smaller than Hope but has a nice picnic area under the palms and a blowhole at the far end. It’s possible to do this hike as a loop, arriving at the beach via the Mount Pleasant track and leaving by clambering up the volcanic rocks near the blowhole, leading to the next bay along called Friendship.
THE REMOTE & SELDOM-VISITED HOPE BEACH
SPRING TOP VIEWPOINT
Most island taxi tours will incorporate a stop at Springtop viewpoint. It’s a lovely spot, with outstanding views in all directions and a particularly great vista across to St. Vincent. Rather than taking the hot & hilly climb up Pea Patch road, there is another way to the summit on foot.
Accessed by the road to “Level”, a rough 4x4 track traverses the ridge along to the viewpoint. This is traffic-free and shady in parts, plus the climb is more gradual and less noticeable versus the steep road alternative.
Pack a picnic and spend some time at the top, enjoying the breezy views before descending back to civilisation. This area is particularly wonderful at sunset and hang around to watch the full moon rise. However, we’d also recommend a visit when the moon is not so bright and the lack of natural light pollution means that you will see one of the most wonderful, starry skies you could ever imagine. It’s also possible to watch the international space station pass over at 17,500 miles per hour. You can get an app to be alerted about the timings and direction of travel. It orbits the earth every 93 minutes – wow! At first you may think it’s a shooting star, but then realise it’s a moving office full of astronauts. You can, of course, also see shooting stars up here too. Make a wish.
ST. HILAIRE POINT
Start this hike with a visit to the wonderful and recently refurbished & upgraded Bequia Heritage museum. Allow a couple of hours to absorb all the information.
As you look out to Friendship Bay from the museum you can see the green pasture at St. Hilaire point to your left. We’d recommend that you take a hike around this gloriously, uninhabited section. Follow the road down from the museum and scramble across the green grass. Go up & over the hill beyond the half-finished brick building. Now find a perch on the rocks on the far side. You can enjoy the welcome breeze, a view across to Mustique, and the waves from the Atlantic Ocean crashing below you against the rocks.
With over 30 dive sites within a 5-10 minute speed boat ride out into Admiralty Bay, Bequia draws scuba divers from all around the world. If you’re qualified then great, go and get stuck in. If not, maybe you’d like to take the opportunity to become qualified or at least have a taster session. The two dive shops along the Belmont Walkway will have you enjoying underwater life in no time. Check out Ron at Bequia Dive Adventures located next to Mac’s Pizza or Cathy at Dive Bequia who has a pretty little dive shack a little further along the Belmont Walkway.
It’s also possible to organise a snorkel tour with one of the dive operators. Make sure it includes a stop at Moonhole for a snorkel and this is the best (& only) way to view the private reserve. Tom and Gladdie Johnston formed the Moonhole company in 1964 and constructed Flintstone-like stone houses on the 30-acre site. Truly fascinating. Before heading back to dry land, skip across to the other side of the bay to snorkel at “Devil’s Table”.
This tour will help you to understand that Bequia’s underwater landscape is just as impressive as the scenery above the sea. If you’re planning a day at the beach, make sure you pack a snorkel & fins too. Turtles, rays, and hundreds of tropical fish are right there in the waters surrounding Bequia. The best snorkelling spots lie at the south end of Lower bay & Friendship bay, at Crescent Bay (when waters are calm), and if you carefully snorkel amongst the boats anchored off Princess Margaret beach, you’ll likely to see plenty of underwater life to stimulate you.
To quote Dive Bequia this is “the best kept secret of the Grenadines...healthy fringing reefs, exhilarating drift dives and diverse marine life - Bequia has it all”.
THIS LOVELY VIDEO FROM CANYON DUNCAN FOLLOWS BEQUIA DIVE ADVENTURES ABOVE & BELOW THE WATER
Until you’ve taken an island taxi tour, you will realise that you have barely been scratching the surface of what Bequia has to offer. An excursion aboard one of Bequia’s unique taxis will undoubtedly increase your knowledge and admiration for this island paradise. Enjoy the cooling breeze and unobstructed views from the open sided pick-up taxis, with bench seating in the rear. We recommend splitting a 3-4 hour island tour into two bite sized chunks. For part one, ensure your friendly driver includes Spring top viewpoint & picnic spot, Mount Pleasant, Hamilton & Friendship. Basically, cover the north & centre of the island and then on a second trip you can tackle the southern half of Bequia.
Have a chat with your driver and try to incorporate these part one highlights;
Hamilton Fort viewpoint
Admire an incredible panoramic view stretching across from Port Elizabeth to the three west coast beaches and out to the Moonhole peninsula. Obligatory photos straddling a cannon!
A shopping jaunt is not complete without visiting the model boat builders of Bequia. The two that spring to mind are Sargeant brothers and Marvin’s. These beautifully crafted model boats are expensive, but you will witness first-hand the skill and man hours required to make them. When Queen Elizabeth II visited the island in October 1985, she parked the royal yacht Britannia out in Admiralty Bay. She was presented with a model replica when she set foot on the red carpet in Port Elizabeth – how wonderful.
Wind your way up the hill, tackling several hairpin bends, before stopping at a couple of places for amazing views out to Admiralty Bay and down across the Grenadine islands – strung out like a kite’s tail to the horizon. On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as Grenada which lies 70 miles to the south.
As soon as you descend into the Spring valley, working your way north from Port Elizabeth, you start to feel like you’re on a different island. There are many foreign-owned villas dotted along the “Hollywood Hills” of Bequia. Obligatory stops are the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and Springtop viewpoint. Also, try to take time to visit the Firefly Plantation and Grenadine Sea Salt which is located in a beautifully refurbished old mill at the entrance.
For the second half of your taxi tour, we’d recommend a visit to the Bequia Heritage Museum in Friendship Bay. Then wind your way along the coast heading south through the areas of La Pompe and Paget Farm, before finishing up for the rest of the afternoon at The Liming hotel about 1km further along from Bequia’s tiny airport. Take a $75 USD day pass ($50 USD in the summer months)
The day includes a 2-course lunch, two cocktails, use of the infinity pool, sun loungers and beach, plus the tennis court if you’re feeling energetic. Stay around for sunset, before heading home.
5. SAVOUR LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AND HAVE A TIPPLE OR TWO, TOO!
Bequia is not renowned for Michelin star, fine-dining establishments, but that’s just part of its rustic charm. There’s certainly a huge variety of tasty, freshly-cooked cuisine on offer to please everyone. Moreover, most food is locally sourced, fresh, and organic. The upside of the largely informal restaurant scene is that you don’t have to worry about getting too dressed up to dine out. Most places are also located on the waterside or at least offer amazing views, so the whole package on offer is quite wonderful.
There are more than 30 restaurant options on this tiny island, so we are not going to list them all here. However, we’ll take you through the highlights of the international & local cuisine on offer.
Macs Pizza & Kitchen
This island institution on the Belmont Walkway is arguably Bequia’s most popular restaurant. The waterside location is wonderful and the owners, Kevin & Drasi, have added a large front patio area since taking over the reigns in 2016. The menu goes way beyond just pizza, although that particular food item is very, very good. Let’s put it this way, Mick Jagger & David Bowie once sailed across from the neighbouring island of Mustique just to sample the lobster pizza!
This is less of a “hideaway” since the sign was placed on the Lower Bay road junction a few years ago. However, it remains a lovely local eatery where you feel like you have entered Fernando’s house for a meal – which is essentially what you have done! On certain days, there’s a set 3 course dinner with choices of starters & mains such as slow cooked lamb or freshly-caught, grilled snapper, all finished off with a tasty dessert like Guinness Cake with Maranne’s ice cream. Yum!
New to the Bequia restaurant scene in 2022 is Provision. If you fancy a lazy afternoon grazing on small plate fusion cuisine and sipping a few cocktails – there’s no better place than this garden restaurant in Lower bay. “Big Country” Joe is a talented chef, singer, & musician and if you book an evening meal at this establishment, he often takes off his apron at the end of the night and entertains the diners with an impromptu gig.
PROVISION HAS AN INTIMATE GARDEN SETTING AND SERVES UP SOPHISTICATED FOOD & COCKTAILS
Located across the bay in Ocar, Coco’s is another long-established favourite with locals & tourists. Great home-cooked grub is served up daily such as grilled snapper, West Indian curry, and fish chowder. This place also comes alive on a Friday night, with live music and dancing late into the night.
The food on offer here is excellent and some ingredients come fresh from the estate where it is based. A great option for a more “special” dining experience to perhaps celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Start the evening with a “caveman” punch and end it with chocolate samosas and coconut ice cream.
Often overlooked by most tourists, those “in the know” pop up the Mt. Pleasant hill to secure one of the few tables available in this breezy, local restaurant. It serves arguably the best lobster and rum punch on the island, so there’s two great reasons to make a beeline for this establishment.
You simply can’t dine closer to the water if you bag a front table at Laura’s. Buenos Airies couple, Carlos & Laura, work hard to deliver home-made pasta dishes, tasty fish ‘n’ chips, and many other delights in a lovely setting overlooking the bay. Probably THE place to be on New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks without even leaving your table and to dance the night away post-midnight.
WATERSIDE DINING AT LAURA'S
Pull up a chair under the mango tree in Dawn’s lovely garden restaurant and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Not a bad way to start the day!
Sugar & Spice Café
Who needs Starbuck’s & Costa when you have the Sugar & Spice Café. One of the newest additions to the Bequia culinary scene, having only opened in the summer of 2023. The views and atmosphere at this prime location on the Belmont Walkway are divine and the menu doesn’t disappoint either. Coffee, smoothies, paninis and a tempting daily cake selection. If you can resist the cinnamon rolls that are still warm out of the oven, then you have incredible will power!
It’s hard to find a better setting to kick off your day. Sip on your morning coffee and even take a few steps from your table for a dip in the sea before your breakfast arrives. Nice fresh pastries are baked daily.
CHEAP LOCAL EATERIES
Try a Roti
The Roti is a popular Caribbean street food. It’s a flour pancake or wrap, similar to a tortilla, and is filled with various options including curried chicken, goat, shrimp, lobster, or vegetarian ingredients. There are so many variations across the island, so why not set yourself a challenge to try as many as possible and rate each establishment during your stay. The same can be done for all the different interpretations of rum punch – hic! Recommended places for Rotis are Petra’s in Lower bay, the Porthole restaurant, and Sweety Bird in Port Elizabeth. There’s also a takeaway-only place that is located diagonally opposite the entrance to Doris’ food store on back street.
This street food from Trinidad is inexpensive and, despite the appearance, incredibly tasty and addictive! A “double” consists of two soft, flat, deep-fried dough called bara with a runny, flavourful chickpea topping called channa. Additional toppings include cucumber chutney, pepper sauce, roasted pepper sauce, sweet tamarind sauce, mango sauce, chadon beni sauce, and coconut chutney. Amanda & Akim set up their doubles stall under the almond tree on front street, Port Elizabeth every Tuesday & Friday.
Another local dish that you may not have tried before is Callaloo soup – you simply must. It is a combination of leaves such as spinach or dasheen, mixed in with seasonings, meat and coconut milk. Most establishments will serve up their versions of this dish, so ask around. The home-made version at De Reef in Lower Bay is recommended.
Maranne’s Ice Cream
You’ve probably burned off plenty of calories with all the hiking and hill climbing, so you deserve an ice cream! There’s no better spot than Maranne’s located next to Dive Bequia on the Belmont Walkway. She makes home-made ice creams with flavours such as rum & raisin, coconut, and passion fruit. She also sells tubs of natural yoghurt which combine wonderfully well with the island’s fresh fruit & organic honey. Ask if she has some rum sauce to pour over your ice cream too – to die for!
FOOD PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Upper Crust Bakery
Andy & Indra bake once a week and will deliver direct to you. They have an extensive menu of bread products and BBQ food. “Chelsea’s Chicks” (run by their daughter) also delivers fresh eggs to your door.
Just behind the beach at Friendship Bay you will find a garden centre with hundreds of tropical plants & palms on display for sale. Nestled in the trees are also many hives with industrious island bees making sweet Bequia honey. If they have some to sell, they will advertise on the chalk board sign at the entrance. Catch it while you can!
Fresh Fruit 'n' Veg
If you are self-catering, you may also wish to take advantage of the fresh fruit & vegetables. Most of this is sourced from St. Vincent and you can order from Ranees Food Supplies who will deliver a box of fresh produce on the ferry for you to collect at the Bequia wharf. Alternatively, visit a local fruit & veg stall in the harbour such as Darkie’s. That’s your 5-a day sorted!
Finding the perfect spot for a sundowner is a cinch on Bequia. Every bar incorporates either a stunning view, a unique location, or some other charming aspect that will keep you thirsting for more – quite literally!
Being in the Caribbean, rum is the drink of choice with popular local brands such as Sparrow’s, El Dorado, and Captain Bligh’s. This can be sipped neat with a little ice or mixed with a soft drink such as ginger ale. Beware of the brand “Sunset” – the world’s strongest rum at 84.5% ABV!! This is often part of the ingredients to local rum punch, so if you don’t want to lose your senses (and a day or two of your holiday), we’d suggest that you limit your intake or request a different base rum. You have been warned!
Also, keep your ear to the ground about organised "rum shop tours" that are a great way to socilaise and see areas of the island that most tourists never get to see.
The local beer is Hairoun (pronounced Hi-roon) and is a very pleasant brew, especially when consumed ice cold on the beach. Carib is another popular brand found in this area of the Caribbean. For a true taste of the West Indies, opt for a Guinness stout.
The Cocktail Lab
Hot off the press – Ivor & Judit only opened up to thirsty customers in December 2023. Based at the Bequia Marina in Ocar (behind Coco’s restaurant), this classy bar & lounge serves up sophisticated and unique cocktails from an extensive six page menu. The views across the bay from the breezy deck are wonderful and it’s also a great sunset spot too.
IVOR (A.K.A THE BEQUIA ALCHEMIST) DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST!
Watching the sunset from this floating bar is a wonderful experience. The set up is impressive, with lethal cocktails, solar powered lighting after dark, an on-board toilet, swinging bar seats, and a water taxi service to collect you from any dock within Admiralty Bay. It’s also possible to swim, paddle board, or kayak to the bar, but getting back after several drinks may prove more tricky!
This is the place to sip cold beer and people watch. It’s located right at the junction to front street in Port Elizabeth, so within sight of the ferry wharf, the taxi rank under the almond trees, and the stall holders who set up along the main street.
Jack’s Beach Bar
Surely one of the world’s best beach bars. Jack’s serves up tasty burgers, fresh fish, and pretty awesome Pina Coladas. Add in friendly staff, a great atmosphere, and a location right on the sands of Princess Margaret beach and that’s why there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. Saying that, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to beach bars.
In central Lower bay lies this rustic, wooden shack that doesn’t have a happy hour…..it has a happy 3 hours, from 4-7pm every day! There’s also live music jam sessions that break out on Sunday afternoons.
If you really can’t be bothered to move from your sun lounger, then local vendors like Fay & Lennox at the Lion’s Den will not only rent you a lounger, but also bring a cold drink to you whenever your heart desires. You’ll find these pop up shacks on Princess Margaret beach.
What a picturesque setting to soak up a Bequia sunset whilst sipping on a rum punch! The Plantation Hotel offers the added incentive of a “buy one get one free” happy hour on rum punch and specials on ice cold buckets of Hairoun beer. To cap it all, the snacks menu served at this time is tasty and incredibly good value for money. Sit back and nibble on fish bites, BBQ chicken wings, and mini 4 inch pizzas. There’s not many places in the world where you can get such a glorious experience for so little money.
TO SUMMARISE BEQUIA'S TOP FIVE
Li'l’ ole Bequia has so much to inspire, stimulate & entertain. The host of activities on offer go way beyond sipping a rum punch & reading a good book on a beach hammock (although that’s certainly a lovely way to while away an afternoon). Yes, it’s a sleepy island that is largely off the main-stream tourist radar, but a boring rock in the Caribbean Sea it is not.
You will notice that this top 5 list does not even include the most popular beaches or shopping. Naturally, these are things you must do too. One guarantee is that once you have found Bequia, it won’t be your last visit, so you will have plenty of opportunity on future trips to eventually tick all the boxes.
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