Bequia is a quiet island of gingerbread and goodwill where you can have a spectacular beach all to yourself or walk in the hills to the sound of tree frogs It is an island where everyone has time to stop and talk and there are friends around every corner. You meet them in the small boutiques and the cheerful beach front bars and restaurants. Bequia has a variety of pristine dive sites from calm colorful reefs in shallow water to dramatic walls that drop away into deep blue. Most can be reached in ten minutes in one of our high-speed dive boats custom built for our waters. We keep our diving as varied as possible and sometimes suggest special excursions south to the Grenadines or north to a spectacular dive site close by an exotic tropical waterfall. The water is about 80°F, so wet suits are not normally necessary. Bequia, PADI, Dive Bequia, packages, SCUBA, padi, scuba diving, bequia, dive packages, scuba vacations, padi scuba vacations, caribbean dive packages, diving, St.Vincent, bequia dive, grenadines, scuba, Grenadines, Caribbean, Gingerbread, Frangipani, Village Apartments, dive. St Vincent, Grenadines, Caribbean, ecotourism, travel, honeymoon, weddings, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, mayreau, PSV, Tobago keys, paradise, vacation, hotels, beaches, getaway, blues, festival, carnival, tropical, volcano, waterfall, botanical, gardens, holiday, getaway, islands Just seven square miles in size, but with a real life of its own, this exquisite Caribbean jewel is the first link in the chain known as the Grenadines that runs between the two island states of St. Vincent and Grenada . Bequia is at once small enough to get to know, and to feel at home in, yet large enough to provide surprising variety. Port Elizabeth nestles in the curve of Bequia’s famous yachting anchorage, Admiralty Bay . The unique charm of Bequia has a lot to do with her population – a friendly mix who trace their ancestry to Africa , Europe , and the British Isles . Most Caribbean islands can offer some beautiful coral sand influenced colour in the water. St. Vincent has mostly black sand volcanic beaches, sand that is so silky it makes your skin purr. Looking up to the rising mountains, raw and awesome, you really know you are in a different world. However, the St. Vincent Grenadines do have that magical coral white sand. The Grenadines all have coral sand, lagoons and the best sailing in the world. You always see the next island but get to feel the open sea between. The Tobago Keys just overwhelm first time visitors. The dream of tropical lagoons is embodied in this small cluster of uninhabited islands. A flight in a small aircraft between Union Island and St. Vincent is a memory to treasure. You see the whole panoply of tropic splendor, lagoons, white sand, coral reefs and the islands of the Tobago Keys, Mayreau, Palm, Cannouan, Mustique, Bequia and the stunning approach to St. Vincent and its rugged grandeur. The new American Eagle flights from San Juan landing at Cannouan provide the opportunity to take the commuter connection from there to Bequia which should also give you that absolutely stunning view of the Tobago Keys. Bequia means Island of the Cloud from the old Carib word Becouya. Pronounced Bek-Way, this island lies nine miles south of St. Vincent and is the largest of the Grenadine Islands, measuring over seven square miles. It is an island on which life is completely oriented to the sea, little changed by time. This island was originally inhabited by the Arawaks, and later by the Caribs. The spirit of the Bequia people is so congenial that visitors enjoy both building and renting houses in their favourite areas, whether in Spring, Belmont, Friendship or some other quiet corner. A tourist booth is available at the entrance to the main wharf. The people here speak English, so please ask first before taking a photograph of an individual. Here you can watch men build their boats by hand. Boats that have been built here include double-ended sailing dinghies, fishing boats, cargo vessels and sailing yachts. Loren Dewar still keeps busy building Bequia dinghies at the boatyard. The shipwrights of Bequia have a long tradition of building wooden sailing vessels. Today, the industry is carried on by model boat-builders who display their exquisitely crafted replicas in their workshops. The chance to pick one up as a souvenir is by itself worth a trip to Hamilton, Bequia. The Sargeant family takes custom orders for individualized yachts and production charter boats. The children of Bequia are boat-builders as well. When they are too young to build the real boats they make boats from coconut shells and hold races. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world. It can be reached by boat and plane and its seclusion means that it has retained its age-old tradition of boat building, whaling and fishing. Gold sand beaches encircle the island. It's an excellent area for sailing, and scuba diving and snorkeling. Seven miles of fringing reef ring the island where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, teeming with life and little explored. The quaint waterfront of Port Elizabeth is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. Good bargains can be found on souvenirs in the unique craft shops. Please keep in mind that prices are fixed; attempts to barter are not considered to be in good taste. Bathing suits should never be worn in town or along the main road without adequate covering. Taxis can be found to get around the island. Water taxis are also available, but as some are uninsured, and do not carry adequate life-saving equipment, enter these boats at your own risk. Water taxis which are accredited by the Bequia Tourist Committee have numbers on the bow. Bequia's population is about 6,000 and the community is made up of fishermen, sailors, master boat-builders and whalers. The ritual whaling has been done for centuries with sail boats and hand-harpoons, with the whaler taking as much risk as the whale. Catches average one a year and in no way threaten the species. Commercial whaling was a mainstay of the economy on Bequia in the late 19th century. Whalers would go out in open double-ended boats from Bequia and Canouan. When a whale was caught, the meat, bones and teeth were distributed to the crews and sold to the islanders. The Bequia Easter Regatta is a popular annual event that was started in 1967. This race has events for all classes of boats and is a great spectator event. The Bequia Sailing Club organizes it. Into its fifteenth year, the regatta will be sponsored by Heineken and Pepsi. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are located in the south Eastern Caribbean about 90 miles west of Barbados - the likely place that you would disembark then continue your flight to St. Vincent. The Grenadines are some 32 islands and cays stretching south from St. Vincent. Only 8 of the Grenadines are populated and 4 of these have small Airports: Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union. The remainder are bird sanctuaries and havens for hikers and snorklers. All are volcanic in origin, deeply embayed with inlets where clear aquamarine waters shallow up on fine white sand beaches. The larger islands include Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Palm, Petit St. Vincent, Mayreau and Union. There are some uninhabited islets and rocks including the famous Tabago Cays. All the Grenandines have lovely soft white coral sand beaches and clear water, ideal for snorkelling, diving and sailing. Although a visit to these islands may at times seem like a step into the past, there is a measure of one's pleasure that has little to do with clocks. Where warm breezes blow. Discover a beautiful getaway; a hideaway that is not as commercial as most others, but offers the visitor an uncommon vacation with plenty of variety. This is the land - St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The true boys of St. Vincent are men of the sea. This fact defines the type of visitor that finds these islands truly enchanting. The big island of St. Vincent has rugged mountainous terrain, lush forest and many uncluttered beaches and inlets that more than imitates an Amazon getaway. Yet the island is sufficiently small (133 sq. miles - 18 miles long and 11 miles wide) that there is never the dread of being lost to civilization with a good guide. This most fertile of Caribbean islands has been fed by volcanic ash as recently as April 1979 - and provides for its inhabitants enough fruit and vegetables to make them self-sufficient. The Soufriere volcano which is to the north of the island is itself a wonderful attraction for the energetic and adventurous visitor. On the south west coast of the island is Kingstown the small bustling capital, built on a broad bay between two hilly promonitories. From Kingstown, highways wind their way northward along both coasts: the Atlantic or Windward coast is rugged, with pounding surf and rocky shores, providing dramatic landscapes; the Caribbean or Leeward coast offers spectacular scenery and most of the island's beaches. The most beautiful beaches in St. Vincent lie along the south coast, some of the best being at Villa, four miles from Kingstown.