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Dear Visitors,<br />

Welcome to our very special island!<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> has been described in the press as “the perfect Caribbean Island”<br />

and few who have visited would disagree with this assessment! Far from being<br />

just another Caribbean island resort, it is instead a big little island with friendly<br />

independent-minded people, lush green hills, fertile valleys, stunning views and<br />

above all, a unique, magical charm that captivates everyone.<br />

During the high season, don’t miss our annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks<br />

Celebration, the <strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Association’s annual four-day <strong>Bequia</strong> Mount Gay<br />

Music Fest at the end of January and of course the world famous <strong>Bequia</strong> Easter<br />

Regatta.<br />

While you are here, we hope you will visit our <strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism office, located at<br />

the end of the main jetty in Port Elizabeth. This cool haven is the ideal place to get<br />

advice and information about <strong>Bequia</strong>, pick up copies of invaluable free publications<br />

such as “<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong>”, and “<strong>Bequia</strong> This Week”, purchase stamps, postcards,<br />

and water as well as souvenir items.<br />

The <strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Association is committed to making <strong>Bequia</strong> even more<br />

“perfect” for everyone and we work hard to achieve this goal. Our official website<br />

www.bequiatourism.com is constantly updated and is the number one online<br />

source of information about the island.<br />

We hope that you enjoy reading this latest edition of <strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong>, and most<br />

of all that you enjoy your stay and will come back to <strong>Bequia</strong> soon!<br />

With best wishes.<br />

Sabrina Mitchell<br />

President, <strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Association<br />

P.O. Box 146 BQ, <strong>Bequia</strong>, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, W.I.<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3286 | Fax: (784) 458 3964 | bequiatourism@vincysurf.com<br />

Open 7 days a week throughout the year<br />

www.bequiatourism.com<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

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Contents<br />

This magazine has been created to give<br />

you a glimpse of the welcoming hotels<br />

and guesthouses, restaurants, beautiful<br />

scenery, numerous activities, rich culture<br />

and the special warmth which <strong>Bequia</strong> has<br />

to offer all its visitors. It is presented to<br />

you with our compliments.<br />

Calendar of Events . ............ 2<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Easter Regatta . ....... 4-5<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Mount Gay Music Fest . 8-9<br />

Simple Facts ................. 10<br />

Getting Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

Where to Stay . ............... 17<br />

Dining & Nightlife . . . . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

Shopping . ................... 26<br />

Sightseeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28<br />

Yacht Services ............... 34<br />

Land & Water Sports .......... 38<br />

Calendar of Special Events & Public <strong>Holiday</strong>s <strong>2016</strong><br />

* Denotes Public <strong>Holiday</strong><br />

January 1*<br />

January 21 - 24<br />

January 22<br />

March 14*<br />

March 24 - 28<br />

March 25*<br />

March 28*<br />

May 2*<br />

June 6*<br />

June 18 - 21<br />

New Year’s Day<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Mount Gay<br />

Music Fest<br />

Mustique Blues Festival<br />

in <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

National Heroes Day<br />

Rotary Interschool<br />

Sport’s Day<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Easter Regatta<br />

Good Friday<br />

Easter Monday<br />

Labour Day<br />

Whit Monday<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Carnival<br />

June 24 - July 5<br />

July 4*<br />

July 5*<br />

July 9<br />

August 1*<br />

October 27*<br />

December<br />

December 25*<br />

December 26*<br />

December 31<br />

St. Vincent Carnival<br />

(Vincy Mas)<br />

Carnival<br />

Carnival<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Rotary Club<br />

Fisherman’s Day<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Basketball<br />

Tournament<br />

Emancipation Day<br />

Independence Day<br />

Nine Mornings Festival<br />

Christmas Day<br />

Boxing Day<br />

New Year’s Eve<br />

Fireworks Display<br />

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With special thanks to the <strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Association<br />

which has helped make the publication of this edition of<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong> possible, and to Hermus Ashton (Trembler)<br />

and Gideon and Bronte Ollivierre for all the ‘behind the<br />

scenes’ hard work in getting the magazine cleared and<br />

distributed. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or<br />

in part of this publication without written permission is<br />

strictly prohibited. Whilst every effort has been made to<br />

ensure correct information, neither the Publishers nor the<br />

BTA can be held responsible for any errors, omissions or<br />

changes. The advertising content is the sole responsibility<br />

of the advertiser and the Publishers accept no responsibility<br />

for any statements or claims made therein.<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong> is published by<br />

West Indies Publishing Ltd.,<br />

P.O. Box W883, Woods Centre,<br />

St. John’s, Antigua<br />

Tel: (268) 461 0565 | Fax: (268) 461 9750<br />

wip@candw.ag | www.westindiespublishing.com<br />

Copyright © 2015<br />

West Indies Publishing Ltd.<br />

Photography by Wilfred Dederer unless indicated<br />

Cover photo: Wilfred Dederer


Simple Facts<br />

Location & Physical Features<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> is situated at approximate latitude<br />

13°17’ north and longitude 61°8’ west,<br />

between St. Vincent (to its north), and<br />

Mustique (to its south). The total area is<br />

seven square miles, and is of very varied<br />

topography. Originally a volcanic island,<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> has fertile plains in Friendship, Spring<br />

and Industry which are the sites of former<br />

plantations. Excellent beaches are located on<br />

both the windward (east and south-east) and<br />

leeward (west) sides.<br />

Capital<br />

Port Elizabeth<br />

Population<br />

4,851 (2001 Census)<br />

Time Zone<br />

Atlantic Standard<br />

Language<br />

English is the official and working language.<br />

There are several businesses, especially<br />

amongst those serving the yacht industry,<br />

where French or German are also spoken.<br />

Currency<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> uses the Eastern Caribbean<br />

dollar, which is exchanged at the rate of<br />

US$1 to about EC$2.67 ($2.60 in hotels<br />

and stores). Both US and EC dollars are<br />

accepted by stores, restaurants and hotels,<br />

as are travellers’ cheques and most major<br />

credit cards. Check if credit cards can be<br />

used when making reservations for meals<br />

or accommodation and enquire at retail<br />

establishments before you buy.<br />

Business/Tourism Information<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Association (BTA)<br />

Box 146 BQ, Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3286<br />

bequiatourism@vincysurf.com<br />

www.bequiatourism.com<br />

The BTA is located at the end of the Main<br />

Ferry Dock. Opening hours: Nov-June: Mon-<br />

Fri 8.30am-6.00pm; Sat 9.00am-2.00pm;<br />

Sun and public holidays 9.00am-12.00 noon.<br />

July-Oct: Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.30pm; Sat<br />

9.00am-1.00pm; Sun and public holidays 9.00-<br />

11.00am. “<strong>Bequia</strong> This Week”, published by<br />

Outhouse Graphics Inc., is available from the<br />

BTA office, hotels, bars, and restaurants and<br />

also online via the BTA website.<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3649<br />

outhouse@vincysurf.com<br />

SVG Tourism Authority<br />

2nd Floor, NIS Building, Upper Bay St.<br />

Kingstown<br />

Tel: (784) 452 2100<br />

www.discoversvg.com<br />

Climate<br />

Winter temperatures range between 70°F<br />

and 85°F (21°C and 29°C), summer between<br />

75°F and 90°F (24°C and 32°C). Winters are<br />

dry, summers showery.<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

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BEQUIA EASTER REGATTA<br />

MARCH 24-28, <strong>2016</strong><br />

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For more information contact: The <strong>Bequia</strong> Sailing Club<br />

Email: bequiasailingclub@gmail.com<br />

www.bequiaregatta.com


Thirty-four unbroken years of dedicated<br />

direction by the all-volunteer <strong>Bequia</strong> Sailing<br />

Club has seen the legendary <strong>Bequia</strong> Easter<br />

Regatta evolve from a small, local sailing gettogether<br />

into the biggest sporting and tourism<br />

event in the country.<br />

Success breeds success, and with the vital<br />

support of its sponsors, the regatta has<br />

continued to grow. Regatta 2013 saw the<br />

Sailing Club celebrate a record-breaking<br />

entry of 54 yachts and 29 local “doubleenders”,<br />

emphatically affirming <strong>Bequia</strong>’s status<br />

as the largest yacht regatta in the southern<br />

Caribbean. In fact, <strong>Bequia</strong>’s four-day Easter<br />

Regatta is renowned the world over for its<br />

unique blend of thrilling local boat racing,<br />

exciting, superbly-run yacht racing and the<br />

warm, small-island hospitality that is <strong>Bequia</strong>’s<br />

trademark.<br />

On the yacht side, the <strong>Bequia</strong> Easter<br />

Regatta’s CSA-accredited series of races<br />

continue to draw sailors from near and far to<br />

take part in this hugely popular event. Yachts<br />

are divided into Racing Class, two Cruising<br />

Classes (including one for live-aboards and<br />

cruisers who are not regular competitors),<br />

and two One-Design Classes. The biggest<br />

draw in recent years has been <strong>Bequia</strong>’s J/24<br />

One-Design Class whose six-race series in<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> also decides the annual J24 Southern<br />

Caribbean Championship.<br />

The regatta’s eagerly anticipated local boat<br />

races draw ever greater crowds of followers<br />

each year. The design of the traditional <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

double-ender or “two-bow” boat is based on<br />

that of the 26-foot New England whaleboats<br />

which regularly visited the Grenadine waters<br />

during the first half of the 19th century. Today’s<br />

double-ender boats are now built purely to<br />

race, but within the fleet there is one notable<br />

exception. The fully restored and rebuilt 140-<br />

year old Iron Duke - cornerstone of “Old Bill”<br />

Wallace’s legendary <strong>Bequia</strong> whaling fleet in<br />

the late 19th century - continues to proudly<br />

compete in the regatta to this day.<br />

Lay Day Sunday is when most yachtsmen<br />

take the chance to relax and enjoy the start of<br />

Sunday’s local boat races and the ever-popular<br />

Sandcastle Competition, or just to chill out<br />

with the landlubbers on one of <strong>Bequia</strong>’s many<br />

beautiful beaches. A fearless few however<br />

choose to compete in Easter Sunday’s “Round<br />

the Island” single-handed Yacht Race - the<br />

ultimate seamanship challenge for the solo<br />

sailor and his yacht.<br />

Easter in <strong>Bequia</strong> marks a major peak in the<br />

tourism season. Hotels, villas and apartments<br />

are booked far in advance, restaurants and<br />

bars prepare to welcome hundreds of visitors,<br />

and a variety of shore-based activities are<br />

organised. Regatta fever is in the air and<br />

just about everyone is infected with the<br />

excitement of being in <strong>Bequia</strong> to celebrate<br />

tradition and excellence in sailing on the<br />

island’s biggest weekend of the year.<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

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St. Michael’s<br />

Catholic Church<br />

Dinghy<br />

Dock<br />

Fuel Dock<br />

Market Square<br />

Market Dock<br />

Public Restrooms<br />

Tranquil Garden on the Shoreline<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Tourism Office<br />

Main Ferry Dock<br />

Almond Tree<br />

Main Dinghy Dock<br />

Belmont Walkway<br />

Yacht Garbage<br />

Disposal<br />

ADMIRALTY BAY<br />

FRONT STREET<br />

Post Office, Customs<br />

& Immigration<br />

ROAD TO SPRING AND INDUSTRY<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Anglican<br />

Church<br />

BACK STREET<br />

Library<br />

Pharmacy<br />

Police Station<br />

Seventh Day<br />

Adventist Church<br />

Clive Tannis<br />

Playing Field<br />

Dinghy Dock<br />

Northw<br />

Point<br />

LEGEND<br />

Main Roads<br />

Secondary Roads<br />

Churches<br />

Forts<br />

CARIBBEAN SEA<br />

Hamilt<br />

Batter<br />

Rocky<br />

Bay<br />

A<br />

Prince<br />

Points of Interest<br />

Beaches<br />

Gas Stations<br />

Police Stations<br />

Medical Clinic<br />

Hospitals<br />

Airports<br />

Lower Bright<br />

Moon Hole<br />

Big Cay<br />

West Cay<br />

Belle Point<br />

Upper Bright<br />

PAGET FARM<br />

Adams Bay<br />

James F. Mitchell Airport<br />

Lowe<br />

Bay<br />

LOW<br />

LA P<br />

Banks<br />

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Man Point<br />

L’Anse<br />

Chemin<br />

LONGUE<br />

CHEMIN<br />

Bullet<br />

Cay<br />

Bullet Bay<br />

Bends Bay<br />

Diable Point<br />

Shark Bay<br />

Northwest<br />

Point<br />

HAMILTON<br />

Hamilton<br />

Battery<br />

Rocky<br />

Bay<br />

PORT<br />

ELIZABETH<br />

CINNAMON<br />

GARDEN<br />

REFORM<br />

SPRING<br />

Spring<br />

Plantation<br />

O’CAR<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Maritime<br />

PARADISE<br />

Museum<br />

The Old Hegg<br />

PARK Turtle Sanctuary<br />

INDUSTRY<br />

Park Bay<br />

Industry Bay<br />

Spring Bay<br />

Anse La Coite<br />

HOPE<br />

Brute Point<br />

Admiralty Bay<br />

Hope Bay<br />

Princess Margaret<br />

Beach<br />

BELMONT<br />

Mount Pleasant<br />

Lower<br />

Bay<br />

Mount Pleasant Bay<br />

LOWER BAY<br />

FRIENDSHIP<br />

Rocky Bay<br />

FARM<br />

LA POMPE<br />

Friendship<br />

Bay<br />

Ravine Bay<br />

ATLANTIC OCEAN<br />

Saint Hilaire Point<br />

© West Indies Publishing 2014. Map not to scale.<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

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13th ANNIVERSARY<br />

BEQUIA MOUNT GAY<br />

MUSIC FEST<br />

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JANUARY 21 – 24, <strong>2016</strong>


Top quality acts with broad-based appeal<br />

for all musical tastes at a variety of venues,<br />

consistently excellent presentation and<br />

outstanding support from Title Sponsor<br />

Mount Gay Rum and other local sponsors<br />

have all led to <strong>Bequia</strong>’s unique musical event<br />

proudly reaching its twelfth anniversary this<br />

year.<br />

Built around the hugely popular annual<br />

“one-night-only” <strong>Bequia</strong> performance of Basil<br />

Charles’ Mustique Blues Festival, the <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Tourism Association’s <strong>Bequia</strong> Music Fest<br />

consistently earns rave reviews.<br />

The event, held over four days at the end<br />

of January, is well established as a major<br />

fixture on the season’s calendar, with a loyal<br />

following of regular visitors captivated by the<br />

informal, up-close-and-personal atmosphere<br />

and the range of truly top quality music.<br />

Yachtsman put it on their itineraries, visitors<br />

book their holidays to catch it and spread the<br />

word to others and residents of <strong>Bequia</strong> and<br />

St. Vincent can’t wait for January to come<br />

around.<br />

The main venue for <strong>Bequia</strong> Music Fest is at<br />

‘De Reef’ right on the beach at Lower Bay,<br />

with performances on Friday and Saturday<br />

night and all afternoon on Sunday.<br />

Other venues showcase artistes on a more<br />

intimate scale throughout the weekend<br />

including opening night with a steel pan<br />

orchestra at the Frangipani Hotel on<br />

Thursday and a Saturday afternoon “Blues<br />

and Jazz Jam and Lime” by the beach at<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Beach Hotel in Friendship Bay.<br />

Last year, the exciting young Bajan band<br />

‘Nj3O’, UK chart toppers ‘Cover Drive’ and<br />

soca giants ‘Soka Kartel’ drew huge crowds<br />

to Saturday night’s six-hour show, keeping the<br />

audience on their feet till after 2am.<br />

You can be sure that <strong>Bequia</strong>’s 12th<br />

anniversary Music Fest in January 2015 will<br />

be another winning formula, with old and<br />

new friends coming together to create a<br />

very special weekend of great music, great<br />

performances and great vibes!<br />

Niles<br />

For more information visit www.bequiatourism.com/bequiamusicfest<br />

or email musicfest@bequiatourism.com<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

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Simple Facts<br />

Princess Margaret Beach<br />

Electricity<br />

Electricity is 220V, 50 cycles AC. 110V<br />

appliances may be used with an appropriate<br />

transformer.<br />

Clothes<br />

Casual, lightweight resort wear is appropriate<br />

year round. Bathing suits are considered<br />

inappropriate in the town. Visitors are<br />

requested to dress accordingly. Topless<br />

swimming and sunbathing causes offence to<br />

the people of <strong>Bequia</strong> and visitors are asked to<br />

respect this. Camouflage clothing is illegal.<br />

Customs & Immigration<br />

Located in the Revenue Building in Port<br />

Elizabeth directly across the road from the<br />

Main Ferry Dock.<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3769 Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-<br />

6.00pm (Overtime (OT) 4.00pm-6.00pm),<br />

Sat 8.30am-12noon (OT 3.00pm-6.00pm),<br />

Sun and public holidays 9.00am-12noon and<br />

3.00pm-6.00pm (all OT). For yacht clearance<br />

refer to Yacht Services page 38.<br />

Police Station<br />

Port Elizabeth (behind hospital)<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3350<br />

VHF Channel 16 “ZedQS<strong>Bequia</strong>”<br />

Local bookshop<br />

Coastguard<br />

Tel: (784) 457 4578<br />

VHF Channel 16 “Juliet8Foxtrot”<br />

Revenue Office/Post Office<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3211<br />

Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-12noon and 1.00pm-<br />

3.00pm. Foreign exchange accepted in US<br />

dollars only and change provided in EC dollars.<br />

Stamps are always available at the BTA office.<br />

Banks & Financial Institutions<br />

Full banking services are available in <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

from The Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.<br />

ATM machines accept Visa and Mastercard.<br />

Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines<br />

Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3700<br />

info@bosvg.com<br />

www.bosvg.com<br />

Mon-Thur 8.00am-2.00pm; Fri 8:00am-5:00pm<br />

MoneyGram – Money Transfers<br />

Bayshore Mall<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3062<br />

Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm<br />

Consulates, Embassies & Foreign<br />

Government Representatives<br />

British High Commission – Barbados<br />

Tel: (246) 430 7800<br />

www.ukinbarbados.fco.gov.uk<br />

Canadian High Commission – Barbados<br />

Tel: (246) 629 3550<br />

bridgetown@international.gc.ca<br />

Canadian High Commission – Trinidad<br />

Tel: (868) 622 6232<br />

pspanconsular@international.gc.ca<br />

(for visa applications)<br />

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France, Honorary Consul – St. Vincent<br />

François Truchot<br />

Tel: (784) 457 2136<br />

Emergency Tel: (784) 493 3995<br />

ftruchot@vincysurf.com<br />

German Embassy – Trinidad<br />

Tel: (868) 628 1630/1/2<br />

Emergency: (868) 460 9687<br />

info@ports.diplo.de<br />

Kingdom of the Netherlands, Honorary<br />

Consul – St. Vincent Camille H. Crichton<br />

Tel: (784) 456 2822<br />

stvincent@nlconsulate.com<br />

Republic of China (Taiwan) Embassy –<br />

St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 456 2431<br />

rocemsvg2@gmail.com<br />

Venezuelan Embassy – St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 456 1374<br />

embassyofvenezuela-sanvicente@<br />

vincysurf.com<br />

Religions<br />

Anglican, Roman Catholic, Evangelical,<br />

Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness,<br />

Spiritual Baptist, Pentecostal and others are<br />

represented on the island.<br />

Driving<br />

Driving is on the LEFT.<br />

Visitors wishing to drive a rented vehicle<br />

must obtain a local driving permit, available<br />

from the Revenue Office in Port Elizabeth on<br />

production of a valid international or national<br />

driving licence from their own country, and<br />

payment of a fee of EC$65. It is valid for six<br />

months.<br />

United States of America Embassy –<br />

Barbados<br />

Routine Queries (246) 227 4193<br />

Emergency (246) 227 4000<br />

bridgetownacs@state.gov<br />

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Simple Facts<br />

Medical Facilities<br />

Emergency: Tel: 999<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Casualty Hospital and Clinic<br />

Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3294<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Clinic<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3328<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Hospital Doctor’s Quarters<br />

After hours and private visits<br />

Tel: (784) 454 3514<br />

Milton Cato Memorial Hospital<br />

Kingstown, St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 456 1185<br />

Gabriel Glynn<br />

Homeopathic Practitioner and Therapist<br />

O’Car Reform<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3462/530 8529 (cell)<br />

Gabrielglynn@yahoo.com<br />

Holistic Physiotherapy Ltd.<br />

Andrea Battermann<br />

Physiotherapist Colourful and Shiatsu boutique, Practitioner Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 528 2525<br />

info@holisticphysiotherapy.org<br />

Dr. Gregory Thomas, Chiropractor<br />

Port Elizabeth, upstairs <strong>Bequia</strong> Venture<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3937<br />

Emergencies: (784) 457 3785<br />

Imperial Pharmacy<br />

Port Elizabeth (at entrance to hospital)<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3373<br />

Mon-Thurs 8.00am-7.00pm; Fri 8.00am-<br />

6.00pm; Sat 6.00-8.00pm Sun and Public<br />

<strong>Holiday</strong>s 9.00am-12.00pm<br />

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Veterinary Services (small animals)<br />

Unique Animal Care<br />

Port Elizabeth behind Port Hole restaurant.<br />

Pet supplies and medications. Dr. Colin Boyle,<br />

veterinary surgeon, holds clinics once per<br />

week on Fridays.<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3538<br />

Couriers<br />

DHL Worldwide Express<br />

Agent: ACS Computer Services, upstairs GYE<br />

O’Car Reform<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3967/457 1172<br />

Federal Express<br />

Agent: Solana’s Boutique, Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3554<br />

Telecommunications<br />

Full telecommunications service (fixed line,<br />

mobile and internet) is provided by LIME (St.<br />

Vincent & the Grenadines) Ltd. SIM cards<br />

are available. The LIME office in <strong>Bequia</strong> is on<br />

Front Street opposite the vegetable market.<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3999<br />

Mobile services are also provided by Digicel<br />

(GSM network) with 30 day SIM cards for<br />

visitors – available from the Digicel Office at<br />

the <strong>Bequia</strong> Technology Centre.<br />

Tel: (784) 532 9574/458 3045<br />

Karib Cable is now a fixed line provider.<br />

Their offices are located on Back Street,<br />

opposite Doris Fresh Food.<br />

Tel: (784) 570 3903.<br />

Prepaid phone cards are sold at a number<br />

of outlets at the end of the main jetty, in<br />

denominations of EC$10 up to EC$200.<br />

Internet Services<br />

There are a number of internet service<br />

establishments with most internet facilities<br />

offer additional services including fax,<br />

photocopying, scanning, printing and<br />

lap top plug-in. Please refer to www.<br />

westindiespublishing.com for a more<br />

detailed listings.<br />

Health, Beauty & Fitness<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> offers a number of establishments<br />

specializing Fitness, Massage Therapy,<br />

Reflexology, and Beauty Salons. Please refer<br />

to www.westindiespublishing.com for a more<br />

detailed listings.<br />

Marriages<br />

Sometimes we just cannot help ourselves<br />

and we decide to take the plunge on a<br />

whim or there are others that would<br />

like to plan an island wedding. <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

provides the opportunity for both. Visitors<br />

must be resident in St. Vincent & the<br />

Grenadines for one full day before they<br />

are entitled to apply for a special marriage<br />

licence which will permit them to marry<br />

during their visit. There are two wedding<br />

planners on the island, please refer to<br />

www.westindiespublishing.com for a more<br />

detailed listings.<br />

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Getting Here<br />

Travel by Air<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> can be reached via Puerto Rico,<br />

Barbados, St. Lucia (Hewanorra Airport),<br />

Martinique, Grenada and Trinidad. There<br />

are scheduled flights to and from these<br />

international gateways. Same day connections<br />

from Barbados to <strong>Bequia</strong>’s small modern<br />

airport can be made through Mustique<br />

Airways, SVG Air or Grenadine Air Alliance<br />

As an alternative to flying directly into<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>, or if travelling from gateways other<br />

than Barbados, visitors may fly into St. Vincent’s<br />

E. T. Joshua Airport on LIAT, then take the ferry<br />

from St. Vincent to <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

Please note that the airport in <strong>Bequia</strong> is not<br />

open after dark. Check your travel agent, the<br />

relevant airlines or ferry companies for current<br />

schedules.<br />

Domestic Flights – Mustique Airways/SVG<br />

Air (Grenadine Air Alliance) fly between St.<br />

Vincent, Canouan, Union and <strong>Bequia</strong> returning<br />

twice daily (early morning/late afternoon).<br />

SVG Air also offers a private jet service<br />

throughout the Caribbean.<br />

There is a departure tax of EC$50 (US$19)<br />

payable when leaving St. Vincent or any of the<br />

Grenadines on international flights.<br />

Regional Carriers<br />

Grenadine Air Alliance (GAA)<br />

E.T. Joshua Airport, St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 456 6793<br />

LIAT<br />

E.T. Joshua Airport, St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 458 4841<br />

www.liat.com<br />

Mustique Airways<br />

Tel: (784) 458 4380<br />

info@mustique.com<br />

www.mustique.com<br />

SVG Air<br />

Tel: (784) 457 5124/5777 and 458 3713<br />

res@svgair.com<br />

fltops@svgair.com<br />

www.svgair.com<br />

Vincy Aviation Services<br />

Tel: (784) 456 5600<br />

www.vincyaviation.com<br />

NOTE: All regional carriers require reconfirmation<br />

of flights 24-48 hours before travel.<br />

Ferries<br />

A regular and efficient ferry service operates<br />

between <strong>Bequia</strong> and St. Vincent. Sailing time<br />

jetty to jetty is about one hour. Three<br />

companies, Admiralty Transport, (784) 458<br />

3348, <strong>Bequia</strong> Express (784) 457 3539 and<br />

Jaden Inc. (784) 451 2192 offer frequent and<br />

convenient sailings. An air-conditioned ferry<br />

terminal is located at the Kingstown Wharf.<br />

If requested in advance, <strong>Bequia</strong> Express will<br />

delay departure Monday to Friday of their last<br />

ferry service at 6:00pm to accommodate late<br />

flight arrivals.<br />

Island Hopping with The Friendship Rose<br />

This traditional sailing schooner offers a<br />

regular schedule of cruises to Mustique and<br />

the Southern Grenadines. One way tickets<br />

can be purchased making island hopping<br />

easy. The Friendship Rose offers connections<br />

to the following islands: Canouan, Mayreau,<br />

Palm, Union and Petit St. Vincent.<br />

Tel: (784) 529 8046/455 0969<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3888 Harbour Office<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3739 Belmont Office<br />

www.friendshiprose.com<br />

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Port Elizabeth shops<br />

Inter Island Ferries<br />

MV Barracuda<br />

Tel: (784) 455 9835<br />

Mon & Thurs – Sails from Kingstown to<br />

Canouan, Mayreau and Union<br />

Tues & Fri – Sails from Union to Mayreau,<br />

Canouan and Kingstown<br />

MV Gem Star<br />

Tel: (784) 526 1158<br />

Tues & Fri – Sails from Kingstown to Canouan,<br />

Mayreau and Union<br />

Wed & Sat – Sails from Union to Mayreau,<br />

Canouan and Kingstown<br />

There are no scheduled stops in <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

However, by special arrangement, the ‘Gem<br />

Star’ will call in to <strong>Bequia</strong>, if there are passengers.<br />

This is an interesting, old fashioned and<br />

inexpensive way to see the Grenadines.<br />

MV Jaden Sun<br />

Tel: (784) 451 2192<br />

Inter-island, air conditioned, fast ferry<br />

servicing the Grenadine islands within the<br />

same day.<br />

Be aware that schedules are subject to<br />

change and cancellation without notice, due<br />

to maintenance and other causes.<br />

PLEASE CHECK THE FERRY COMPANIES<br />

FOR FARES and TIMES OF SAILING or call<br />

the BTA at (784) 458 3286.<br />

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Getting Here<br />

Fresh local fruit<br />

Passport/Visas<br />

All visitors must have valid passports and<br />

proof of return or on-going travel plans,<br />

whether by sea or air. Entry is usually granted<br />

for 30 days and is renewable at the discretion<br />

of the Immigration Department.<br />

Visas are not required for most countries.<br />

However, the following countries do require<br />

a visa: Lebanon, Syria, Nigeria, Jordan, Iraq,<br />

Iran and the Dominican Republic. Port<br />

Elizabeth is the port of entry for customs<br />

clearance. Customs and Immigration are<br />

centrally located in the Revenue Office in<br />

Port Elizabeth, along with the Post Office. For<br />

opening times see page 8.<br />

Ports<br />

For those travelling by yacht the official port of<br />

entry is Port Elizabeth.<br />

Duty Free<br />

The following items are duty free but must<br />

be fully declared: wine or spirits not exceeding<br />

one quart in all; tobacco, not over half a<br />

pound; cigars, not more than 50, or cigarettes,<br />

not more than 200.<br />

Restricted items: drugs, arms, ammunition,<br />

spear guns, fresh fruit, vegetables and<br />

uncooked meat.<br />

Health Requirements<br />

No vaccinations are required unless in transit<br />

from, or having visited, an infected area<br />

within six days of arrival. Drinking tap water<br />

is perfectly safe, but bottled, purified and<br />

mineral water are also readily available.<br />

Travel Agencies<br />

Cigi Travel<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3795<br />

gtvl14@hotmail.com<br />

Going Places Travel<br />

Bayshore Mall<br />

Tel/Fax: (784) 458 3062<br />

stvincent@going-places.tv<br />

bequia@going-places.tv<br />

Grenadine Escape<br />

Tel: (784) 433 2488<br />

www.grenadine-escape.com<br />

info@grenadine-escape.com<br />

Grenadine Island Villas (Local flight agents)<br />

Front Street<br />

Tel: (784) 529 8046/455 0969<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3888 Harbour Office<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3739 Belmont Office<br />

www.grenadinevillas.com<br />

Just <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Tel: 44(0) 1373 814244<br />

info@justbequia.co.uk<br />

www.grenadinevillas.com<br />

Immersion Excursions<br />

Tel: (504) 342 4929<br />

info@imexcursions.com<br />

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Where to Stay<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> has every type of accommodation to offer, always well run and well kept, with that special<br />

relaxed atmosphere and personal, friendly service which reflects the spirit of the island and its<br />

people. <strong>Bequia</strong> tends to attract the visitor who prefers the tropical delights and laid back living of<br />

the smaller islands, where the beaches are secluded and there are no high-rise hotels to mar the<br />

scenic views. Thankfully the island has not attracted any so-called five-star ‘luxury’ commercial<br />

hotels; instead, the wonderful, friendly accommodation ranges from stylish four-star and comfortable<br />

three-star hotels to well-appointed luxury villas and budget guest houses which include breakfast<br />

and dinner featuring real home-cooking. The larger beach front hotels also have first class restaurants<br />

and bars, offering evening entertainment, a full range of water sports, and other sports such<br />

as tennis. Please note that a 15% government tax is added to hotel rates plus a 10% service charge.<br />

Credit cards are widely accepted, but it is always wise to double check when booking.<br />

The below listed hotels offers any visitor the chance to experience the Caribbean we all dream<br />

of. The <strong>Bequia</strong> Beach Hotel and Firefly Plantation Hotel brings Mustique island quality to <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

Need we say more. The Frangipani and Gingerbread Hotels offer you the privilege to experience<br />

traditional Caribbean homes converted into hotels. De Reef Apartments offers you a fabulous and<br />

affordable place to bring the entire family. Finally, Octopus Villas provides the visitor the option to<br />

customize their holiday by providing access to both its ocean front villas and/or 63’ yacht.<br />

Simply stated, <strong>Bequia</strong> offers the visitor a place where modern life has touched only where it<br />

needs to, so that you can still sense, see and breath the true Caribbean ambience. See you soon!<br />

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Where to Stay<br />

RECOMMENDED HOTELS:<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Beach Hotel<br />

Friendship Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 1600<br />

info@bequiabeach.com<br />

www.bequiabeach.com<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Beach is a luxurious boutique<br />

resort with wonderful beach-front suites.<br />

Experience the true Caribbean at this<br />

secluded, independent hotel, on an<br />

untouched island claimed to be one of the<br />

Caribbean’s best kept secrets.<br />

De Reef Apartments<br />

Lower Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3484/494 3688<br />

dereef@vincysurf.com<br />

Conveniently located, this popular, modern<br />

accommodation, is set in beautiful gardens and<br />

just two minutes from Lower Bay Beach. Six<br />

self-contained, one, two and three bedroom<br />

apartments with living/dining area and fully<br />

fitted kitchens, air-conditioned rooms, ceiling<br />

fans, cable tv, hot and cold showers and<br />

spacious terraces.<br />

Firefly Plantation Hotel <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Spring<br />

Tel: (784) 488 8414<br />

info@fireflybequia.com<br />

www.fireflybequia.com<br />

A delightful Caribbean boutique hotel, set<br />

within a lush 250 year old plantation with<br />

spectacular views and private balconies. WiFi,<br />

A/C, large swimming pool, great local food,<br />

friendly staff and service. In-house<br />

restaurant and bar. The two bedroom<br />

Plantation Cottage is ideal for families.<br />

The Frangipani Hotel<br />

Belmont<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3255<br />

info@frangipanibequia.com<br />

www.frangipanibequia.com<br />

With spectacular views of Admiralty Bay,<br />

the centrally located Frangipani Hotel, Bar<br />

and Restaurant offers elegant garden units<br />

or charming old-styled rooms in the original<br />

family home. Catering to everyone – an<br />

experience you will never forget.<br />

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Gingerbread Hotel<br />

Belmont. Tel:<br />

(784) 458 3800<br />

ginger@vincysurf.com<br />

www.gingerbreadhotel.com<br />

Gingerbread’s <strong>Bequia</strong> suites were built to<br />

evoke the design and style of the colonial<br />

days, with covered porches overlooking<br />

Admiralty Bay - all with spacious bathrooms<br />

and full kitchen facilities. There is one<br />

air-conditioned king-sized studio and two<br />

comfortable economy apartments.<br />

Gingerbread also offers an elegant restaurant,<br />

waterfront cafe, barbeque under the trees<br />

and dive shop. A short and pleasant walk<br />

along the bayside takes you to restaurants,<br />

shops and the town of Port Eliza- beth with<br />

spectacular beaches close by.<br />

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Where to Stay<br />

RECOMMENDED VILLA<br />

RENTAL COMPANIES:<br />

Staying in a villa or private home is one of<br />

the best ways to enjoy your stay on <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

Homes range from one to five bedrooms<br />

and from simple to absolute luxury. A few<br />

accommodations are on the waterfront –<br />

most others have ocean views. Either way,<br />

you are never more than a few minutes<br />

from the beach.<br />

Octopus Villas<br />

Belmont<br />

Tel: 1 784 432 5201<br />

www.octopus-caribbean.com<br />

hello@octopus-caribbean.com<br />

Staying in these private villas is the perfect<br />

way to relax and unwind. The stylish villas<br />

can be rented individually or combined to<br />

accommodate larger groups. The villas are<br />

set on lush hillside above Admiralty Bay,<br />

commanding stunning views of the ocean<br />

and island. Conveniently located in Belmont,<br />

just a few minute’s drive from Port Elizabeth<br />

and the nearest beaches.<br />

Villas<br />

Villas<br />

Stylish and Unique Villas with<br />

Stunning Ocean Views<br />

www.octopus-caribbean.com<br />

hello@octopus-caribbean.com<br />

1 784 432 5201<br />

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Dining & Nightlife<br />

B<br />

The harbour, Port Elizabeth<br />

equia may be a small island, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the excellent range of<br />

friendly bars, fine restaurants, informal cafés and pizzerias with lively night-time entertainment<br />

available to suit your every mood. Our recommended restaurants and bars are the best places to<br />

start to discover <strong>Bequia</strong>. We invite you to sample the island’s wonderful mixture of local delicacies,<br />

West Indian, international or even more exotic cuisine. Dine on the waterfront in the harbour, by<br />

the beach with the sea just a few steps away or high up in the hills overlooking the sea and islands<br />

beyond. The following restaurants listed below are guaranteed to satisfy your culinary desires.<br />

Seafood is served fresh daily, with local vegetables and produce. Nightlife is mainly centred around<br />

the hotels, restaurants and bars, which regularly feature local string and steel bands, country music,<br />

reggae, ‘ jump ups’ and barbecue nights. If you prefer quiet romantic dining, with just the stars and<br />

the sound of the sea for company, there are some truly memorable locations to choose from. The<br />

following is a selected list; however, it is always advisable to check opening times and entertainment<br />

details beforehand. Most restaurants can also be contacted on VHF Channel 68. VAT (15%) is added<br />

to meal and drink bills. Most restaurants also add a 10% service charge.<br />

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www.bequiabeach.com | +1(784) 458 1600 | Friendship Beach, <strong>Bequia</strong>


Dining & Nightlife<br />

Recommended Hotel Restaurants:<br />

Bagatelle and Blue Tropic<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Beach Hotel, Friendship Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 1600/454 8111<br />

Known as the two most elegant restaurants<br />

on the island, The Blue Tropic, set in a<br />

stunning tropical garden, offers delicious<br />

gourmet dishes with a Caribbean Flare.<br />

Bagatelle serves a delightful menu on the<br />

beach where you can sink your toes in the<br />

sand and gaze at the moonlit ocean.<br />

Firefly Plantation Hotel <strong>Bequia</strong> -<br />

Restaurant and Bar<br />

Spring<br />

Tel: (784) 488 8414<br />

Chefs freshly prepare modern Caribbean<br />

dishes using locally sourced ingredients.<br />

Service is friendly and attentive; prices<br />

reasonable. Dine in a smart, casual,<br />

open-air setting with beautiful views of<br />

the Plantation and sea. Excellent cocktails<br />

and wine list. Open for breakfast (highly<br />

recommended), lunch, dinner, cocktails and<br />

drinks. Reservations suggested.<br />

The Frangipani Hotel, Bar and Restaurant<br />

Belmont<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3255<br />

Offering gourmet cuisine with a Caribbean<br />

flavour. To complement this exquisite<br />

dining experience, you can choose from<br />

a wide variety of fine imported wines.<br />

A wonderful place to meet - the Frangi<br />

beach bar also boasts the best cocktails on<br />

the island. Join us for the Thursday night<br />

barbeque and ‘jump up’ with live steelband<br />

music. Reservations recommended.<br />

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Recommended Restaurants & Bars:<br />

De Reef<br />

Lower Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3958/494 3688<br />

VHF 68<br />

Beach bar and restaurant on this popular but<br />

uncrowded beach. Informal dining for lunch<br />

and dinner. Specializing in seafood and curried<br />

conch. Three course dinner by reservation<br />

only.<br />

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Shopping<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>’s primary shopping area is in and around the island’s capital, Port Elizabeth, where<br />

flowers bloom in planters and roadside gardens and small brightly painted stores abound along<br />

the waterfront. This delightful heart of the island offers every facility with a simple, intimate charm<br />

and traditional hospitality for which <strong>Bequia</strong> is famous.<br />

Just about everything in Port Elizabeth<br />

is located on its one central, shoreside,<br />

main street reaching the fishing village of<br />

Hamilton in the north, and, just on from<br />

the town’s centre, along the Belmont<br />

Walkway which borders the south shore of<br />

Admiralty Bay.<br />

Shops, boutiques, a pharmacy, grocery<br />

stores, covered markets selling fresh fruit,<br />

vegetables and freshly caught fish, souvenir<br />

stalls, restaurants, cafés and bars, banks,<br />

the Post Office, Customs and Immigration,<br />

the Police Station (off Back Street) and<br />

the BTA office – are all within easy walking<br />

distance.<br />

Just off the Main Ferry Dock are our<br />

public washrooms and showers.<br />

One of the images we all have in mind<br />

when traveling to the Caribbean is relaxing<br />

on the beach with the elusive book we<br />

have been meaning to get to. <strong>Bequia</strong>’s<br />

bookshop will not only open your eyes to<br />

the Caribbean authors but it also carries<br />

the latest best sellers. Besides a good<br />

selection of paperback and hardcover<br />

books, it stocks postcards, courtesy flags,<br />

nautical charts, <strong>Bequia</strong> Ordnance Survey<br />

maps and art work. A cool place to browse<br />

and find that special something. Just off of<br />

Front Street is the charming Sweety Bird,<br />

which offers fresh, local juices and simple<br />

lunches.<br />

During your leisurely walk along Belmont<br />

Parkway – a delightful, partly shaded<br />

water’s edge path which winds alongside<br />

the bay, linking shops, restaurants, hotels<br />

and bars. Just past the the Frangipani<br />

you will find you will discover a number of<br />

stores carrying a full range of beach and<br />

swim gear, hammocks, traditional island<br />

maps, delightful informal clothing including<br />

top quality t-shirts, caps and sandals,<br />

sundresses great gifts and souvenirs,<br />

postcards and art work.<br />

Just a few steps further you will discover<br />

Vintages is a new wine shop in the<br />

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Gingerbread building and Maranne’s Ice<br />

Cream Parlour. A little further on are the<br />

gaily painted premises of Dive <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

Returning to the town centre, the BTA<br />

office, located at the end of the main<br />

ferry jetty is the place to buy water,<br />

stamps, <strong>Bequia</strong> Sailing Club souvenirs and<br />

postcards. You can also pick up your extra<br />

copies of <strong>Holiday</strong> <strong>Bequia</strong>, as well as the<br />

invaluable weekly guide to what’s on in<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> – <strong>Bequia</strong> This Week.<br />

Opposite the BTA is the Bayshore Mall<br />

– a small shopping centre which contains<br />

some dozen shops including a Travel<br />

Agency, an ice-cream parlour, stationery<br />

store, delicatessen, and two boutiques.<br />

Further north, past the Revenue Office<br />

and Post Office, is the covered fish and<br />

vegetable market on the water’s edge,<br />

with its own dinghy dock. There are also<br />

a number of small t-shirt, casual wear and<br />

gift boutiques here, plus a bakery outlet<br />

with delicious fresh bread and baked<br />

goods and a small bar. An ancient almond<br />

tree provides welcome shade inside the<br />

market courtyard. Opposite the market is<br />

a boutique that carries bali-style furniture<br />

and gifts. Shipping all over the world is<br />

available.<br />

As an age-old seafaring island, <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

caters exceptionally well for visiting<br />

yachts. There are a number of first-rate<br />

shipwrights, carpenters, repair specialists,<br />

sail lofts and general marine and fishing<br />

supply shops in and around Port Elizabeth,<br />

and a varied selection of grocery stores<br />

and delicatessens which cater for both the<br />

simple necessities and the most refined<br />

gourmet tastes. Deliveries to your yacht or<br />

to your rental villa can easily be arranged.<br />

The building of model boats is a <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

speciality – even H.M. Queen Elizabeth<br />

II has an example in her collection. You<br />

can see both the intricate workmanship<br />

in progress, and the fabulous models<br />

of schooners, brightly-coloured yachts,<br />

traditional ‘double enders’ and <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

whaleboats. Walk past the vegetable<br />

market to find first of two Model Boat<br />

Shops (ask to see the workshop outside,<br />

under the breadfruit tree), and then a little<br />

further along the road, you will find the<br />

second one with its busy workshop right<br />

on the premises. Take your time to look,<br />

choose, and then to look again. The quality<br />

and detail is quite magnificent and the<br />

finished models true works of art.<br />

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Sightseeing<br />

Frangipani, Belmont Walkway<br />

Port Elizabeth<br />

Pick up an island map from the BTA Office<br />

at the end of the main jetty and set out to<br />

discover the delights of <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

Wander along the quaint waterfront<br />

at Port Elizabeth with its bars, cafés and<br />

fascinating shops spread out along the coastal<br />

main street. Watch a fabulous sunset from a<br />

beachside bar or café.<br />

Just a few minutes stroll from the centre is<br />

the lovely St. Mary’s Anglican Church built of<br />

local limestone and imported ballast bricks.<br />

The church was erected in 1829 on the site<br />

of an earlier structure which was destroyed<br />

by a hurricane in 1798, and houses intriguing<br />

memorial tablets recording the lives of some<br />

of <strong>Bequia</strong>’s earliest settlers.<br />

Continuing on, you will find the meandering<br />

waterfront Belmont Walkway, which has<br />

recently been restored through the fund<br />

raising efforts of the group, Action <strong>Bequia</strong>.<br />

The next fund raising goal is to extend the<br />

walkway into a coastal trail to Princess<br />

Margaret Beach. An interesting and cool<br />

stroll along this edge of Admiralty Bay will<br />

reward you with more unusual shops, dive<br />

shops, bars, cafés and excellent restaurants.<br />

In the opposite direction, taking the main<br />

road north out of Port Elizabeth past the<br />

Revenue Office and Post Office, covered<br />

t-shirt market, vegetable market and small<br />

shops, you will come to <strong>Bequia</strong>’s two Model<br />

Boat-Builders’ Workshops. Watch these<br />

craftsmen continuing your own boat on<br />

commission and have shipped it to you.<br />

A few yards before the Hairoun Beer<br />

Depot, one block in from the main road, is<br />

the <strong>Bequia</strong> Maritime Museum. Opened by<br />

Lawson Sargeant of Sargeant Bros. Model<br />

Boats, and son of one of the great <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

boatbuilding families, it details the peak<br />

period of ship building in <strong>Bequia</strong> with old<br />

photos, boatbuilding families’ memorabilia,<br />

and replicas of some of the great schooners<br />

built on the island.<br />

Continuing along this road, on Admiralty<br />

Bay’s north shore and through the village of<br />

Hamilton, you will come to the site of the<br />

18th century Hamilton Battery, located<br />

high above Admiralty Bay, which guarded<br />

the harbour from attack. From this elevated<br />

lookout point there are wonderful views of<br />

the harbour and across the bay. Enjoy the<br />

nature trail around the point and spot native<br />

birds and reptiles.<br />

If you would rather not walk or hike in such<br />

tropical climes, you can always rent a jeep, or<br />

arrange a taxi tour with one of the open back<br />

vans under the Almond Tree and explore the<br />

island at your leisure. There is much more<br />

than just the beautiful scenery to discover.<br />

Ask at the BTA office for more information<br />

including fares.<br />

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Arts & Crafts<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> has always been rightly famous for<br />

its boatbuilding (both large and very small)<br />

but the island is today also rich in many<br />

other creative skills. Small stalls scattered<br />

along the waterfront in the harbour offer an<br />

amazing variety of local talent from paintings,<br />

needlecraft, crochet, macramé, carvings, black<br />

coral jewellery, papier-mâché and scrimshaw, to<br />

culinary items – homemade preserves, sweets<br />

and cakes. Throughout the island there are<br />

studios and galleries to visit and artists to meet.<br />

(Some studios can be visited by appointment<br />

only, so check with BTA office for details).<br />

Other Points of Interest<br />

For something completely different, and fascinating<br />

for all the family, take the time to visit<br />

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary (www. turtles.<br />

bequia.net) located in the rugged, northeastern<br />

part of the island, and reached by continuing<br />

on the road north to Park Bay. The drive is<br />

scenic and will take you past Industry Bay and<br />

over the hillside into Park Bay where <strong>Bequia</strong>n<br />

Orton G. ‘Brother’ King has spent most of each<br />

day since August 1995 tending his beloved<br />

and endangered Hawksbill turtles. A retired<br />

professional skin-diving fisherman, Brother King<br />

is a committed, informed and very entertaining<br />

individual. His greatest pleasure is to give<br />

you a fully guided tour and explain his mission<br />

to others. Responsible for having increased<br />

the seriously dwindling turtle population in<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>, his project is purely a selfless, dedicated<br />

passion and with no financial reward. You will<br />

be made to feel a very welcome visitor to<br />

this worthy and educational sanctuary. There<br />

is an entry fee of EC$10 or US$5 which goes<br />

towards the upkeep and running costs of the<br />

sanctuary. Any donations over and above this<br />

amount are welcomed. Imagine the amount<br />

of fish required to feed 200 hungry growing<br />

turtles!<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> has a long history as a whaling nation<br />

and the Whaling Museum in La Pompe is<br />

worth a visit.<br />

The extraordinary, privately-owned complex<br />

of stone dwellings known as Moonhole is<br />

located on the western tip of the island. Built<br />

in the 1950s by American Tom Johnston, the<br />

complex is an internationally famous architectural<br />

landmark. The Moonhole rock arch and<br />

compound are not open to the public and<br />

may only be viewed from the sea. Please reduce<br />

speed and do not anchor off Moonhole<br />

to avoid damaging the fragile marine environment.<br />

Best Beaches<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> is blessed by an encirclement of<br />

glorious stretches of sandy beaches, some<br />

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Sightseeing<br />

secluded and all clean and uncrowded.<br />

Bathe in the clear, safe waters, perfect for<br />

swimming, snorkelling, sailing, diving and<br />

other water sports.<br />

Princess Margaret Beach is a lovely<br />

ribbon of golden sand, just down from Port<br />

Elizabeth. The beach was formerly known as<br />

Tony Gibbons Beach; until Princess Margaret<br />

enjoyed a dip there in 1958.<br />

There is a cliff pathway linking Princess<br />

Margaret beach to the popular, expansive<br />

Lower Bay. Fringed by fishing boats and nets,<br />

its casual atmosphere is further enhanced<br />

by a number of very good, and reasonably<br />

priced bars and restaurants – including the<br />

world famous De Reef with its popular<br />

Sunday afternoon music jam and Keegan’s<br />

with its delicious, reasonably-priced homecooking<br />

and Saturday night barbecue –<br />

making Lower Bay a favourite location both<br />

during the day and in the evening.<br />

Friendship Bay, only a short ride from<br />

Homemade <strong>Bequia</strong> jams for sale!<br />

town on the south side of the island, offers<br />

a long, wide sweep of beach and excellent<br />

conditions for diving, sailing and snorkelling.<br />

Also on Friendship Bay is the <strong>Bequia</strong> Beach<br />

Hotel’s main restaurant, Blue Tropic, and the<br />

Bagatelle Restaurant & Bar on the beach.<br />

Between the bays of Friendship and Spring<br />

is Hope Bay, with its remote beach. Here<br />

the rather shallow waters and the long lines<br />

of breakers from the Atlantic Ocean make<br />

the spot ideal for first-rate body surfing<br />

and windsurfing. However, the strong<br />

undertow demands that this is for the more<br />

experienced surfers only. With no hotels or<br />

bars in the vicinity, take a friend, something to<br />

drink and maybe a picnic. Look for signposts<br />

or ask for directions.<br />

Along the main road out of the harbour<br />

is the romantic and secluded shallow beach<br />

at Spring Bay, behind which are acres of<br />

tall palm trees and a working Caribbean<br />

plantation which form part of Firefly<br />

Plantation Hotel <strong>Bequia</strong>. A guided tour of<br />

the plantation and ruined sugar mill lasts<br />

approximately 45 minutes. You can sample<br />

fruit and vegetables in season, crush your<br />

own sugar cane juice and learn about<br />

coconuts, bananas and various herbs and<br />

flowers; bookings suggested and children<br />

welcome.<br />

Just north of Spring is the inaptly named<br />

Industry Bay. But fear not, there is no heavy<br />

industry here or anywhere else on the<br />

island. It’s a glorious palm-fringed beach,<br />

wonderful for snorkelling, and with surf<br />

particularly suitable for surfing beginners. A<br />

word of caution – there can be a quite strong<br />

undercurrent at times. Lastly, a short road<br />

walk from Industry Bay over the headland<br />

will bring you to Park, with its palm shaded,<br />

isolated beach, home to the Old Hegg Turtle<br />

Sanctuary. Not so great for swimming, but a<br />

wonderful point from which to explore on<br />

foot the undeveloped northern reaches of<br />

the island.<br />

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Lower Bay<br />

Taxi Fares<br />

Taxi rides are inexpensive and as all the drivers<br />

are justifiably proud of their island, they will<br />

take you to the most interesting, scenic and<br />

unusual places, all in a leisurely three-hour ride,<br />

or tailored to suit your own time requirements.<br />

Most vehicles are radio operated on VHF 68<br />

and will do airport and ferry pick-ups and<br />

drop-offs.<br />

A recommended list of the local taxi fares<br />

is available from the BTA office. Visitors are<br />

advised to agree the fare in advance as well as<br />

determining whether the charge is in EC or US<br />

dollars.<br />

Recommended Car Hire:<br />

B&G (Gideon’s) Jeep & Moke Rental<br />

Tel/Fax: (784) 458 3760<br />

gideontaxi@vincysurf.com<br />

Challenger Taxi & Rentals<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3811/455 9163<br />

challengertaxi@yahoo.com<br />

DeBest Taxi & Tour Service<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3349/530 4737<br />

friendshipgapt@karibcable.com<br />

Gunno Taxi Service<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3768/497 5659<br />

gunsalvo@hotmail.com<br />

KMG Rental Service<br />

Tel (784) 532 4821/454 9163<br />

kmgrentalservice@gmail.com<br />

Parnell’s Moke Rental Tel: (784) 457 3066<br />

Phil’s Car Rental Tel: (784) 458<br />

3304julies2007@hotmail.com<br />

Sunrise Rentals<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3086/593 3631<br />

Yacht Charters and Off-island Day Tours<br />

The vessels in our listing offer a variety of day<br />

trips, private charters and excursions.<br />

In the course of a <strong>Bequia</strong> holiday, it is well<br />

worth exploring the surrounding Grenadine<br />

islands, and not surprisingly, sailing is the<br />

most popular choice of most visitors. With<br />

regular trade winds, limitless visibility and<br />

the Caribbean Sea’s tidal movements, the<br />

Grenadines offer some of the best blue water<br />

sailing to be found anywhere in the world.<br />

So, for something luxurious, cruising at your<br />

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own pace, sightseeing around the shores of<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> and to other nearby islands, don’t<br />

miss the wide range of fully-crewed yachts<br />

available for day, overnight or term charters.<br />

There are a number of notable yacht charter<br />

operations on <strong>Bequia</strong> and on nearby St.<br />

Vincent. Whether for one day or more, these<br />

all-inclusive trips to the fabulous Grenadines<br />

on first class boats are all available at very<br />

reasonable rates. Their skippers are mostly<br />

local seafarers, with a wealth of sailing and<br />

chartering experience and an intimate<br />

knowledge and love of the region. A private<br />

charter offers just that – privacy, plus superb<br />

cooking, relaxation and the opportunity to<br />

take whichever route you choose.<br />

The large mother-island of St. Vincent is<br />

only nine miles north of <strong>Bequia</strong>, with more<br />

than enough to keep any day-visitor busy. St.<br />

Vincent can be reached via charter flight from<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>, but most visitors prefer to take the<br />

inexpensive hour-long ferry trip from Port<br />

Elizabeth to Kingstown. Choose to sit up on<br />

deck and take in the sea air and scenery (and<br />

maybe see a school of dolphins) or travel<br />

inside in comfortable air-conditioned saloons.<br />

There is much to see and do in St.Vincent,<br />

and some of the best of it is so remote that<br />

it’s worth spending an overnight if time<br />

is available. For example, the spectacular<br />

La Soufrière Volcano, slumbering but still<br />

steaming (the last major eruption was in<br />

1979) requires a four-wheel drive vehicle and<br />

then a demanding but rewarding three hour<br />

hike to the rim. Magnificent unspoilt nature<br />

trails are a hiker’s and naturalist’s paradise,<br />

and Dark View and Baleine Falls are not to be<br />

missed.<br />

A must visit, especially on Saturday<br />

mornings, is the vibrant and colourful<br />

fruit and vegetable market in downtown<br />

Kingstown.<br />

St. Vincent’s Botanical Gardens are one<br />

of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.<br />

They were founded in 1765, originally for<br />

the production of herbs, spices and plants<br />

for medicinal purposes. The 20 acres of<br />

indigenous and imported tropical trees,<br />

shrubs, fruits and flowers are part of the<br />

National Trust and run by the Forestry<br />

Commission. Among the sights is a 230-year<br />

old baobab tree, planted when the garden<br />

was opened as well as a third generation<br />

breadfruit tree, a sucker from the original<br />

plant brought by Captain William Bligh (of<br />

“Bounty” fame) in 1793.<br />

Just a few minutes away via air charter, or<br />

after a leisurely two hour sail, is the island<br />

of Mustique. Whichever way you choose<br />

to get there, it’s a fascinating day trip to this<br />

privately owned island, famous as a hideaway<br />

for British Royals and international celebrities.<br />

Stop for a drink and/or lunch at one of<br />

Mustique’s famous bars or restaurants.<br />

There are many smaller islands in the<br />

Grenadines – all with beautiful beaches and<br />

stunning turquoise waters. Some, such as<br />

Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent, are privately<br />

owned resort islands, but day, overnight<br />

and weekend visitors are welcome when<br />

accommodation is available. Canouan has a<br />

luxury resort and golf course; Mayreau has<br />

600 inhabitants in a hilltop village and one of<br />

the most beautiful beaches at Salt Whistle<br />

Bay, and of course the Tobago Cays are quite<br />

unforgettable. Union Island is well worth a<br />

visit too!<br />

They can all be reached via sailing charters,<br />

ferries or, in some cases, air charters. Enquire<br />

at your hotel or at the BTA office for more<br />

details.<br />

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Day/Overnight Charter Boats<br />

Octopus Yacht<br />

Tel: 1 784 432 5201<br />

www.octopus-caribbean.com<br />

hello@octopus-caribbean.com<br />

Island hop aboard our elegant, crewed sailing<br />

yacht from one idyllic island to the next.<br />

Combining exceptional cruising and sailing<br />

performance with comfortable living areas -<br />

perfect for day and overnight charters.<br />

s/y ‘Silent Wings’<br />

Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 532-4874<br />

onboard@yacht54.com<br />

www.yacht54.com<br />

Fully-crewed luxury cruises to Mustique,<br />

Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union Island and<br />

beyond. ‘Silent Wings’ is a limited edition<br />

55-foot sailing yacht, which combines luxury<br />

accommodation with sailing performance.<br />

A flexible range of catering and itinerary<br />

options. Relax, indulge, feel special!<br />

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Yacht Services<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>, with its tradition of love for the sea<br />

welcomes our boating visitors. We hope<br />

that you are able to fulfill all your needs and<br />

enjoy your stay with us. Most <strong>Bequia</strong> marine<br />

service providers monitor VHF ch. 68, and<br />

some ch. 16 as well. and internationally famous<br />

seafaring skills.<br />

Cruise Tax and Charter Licence: Bareboats –<br />

Provided your bareboat charter company has<br />

paid the annual licence fee for the boat, only<br />

the cruise tax of EC$35 per person per month<br />

will be charged. Cruise tax does not apply<br />

to children under 12 or Vincentian nationals.<br />

Crewed Charter Boats – Licence of EC$5 per<br />

ft. per month or EC$30 per ft. per year, plus<br />

cruise tax of EC$35 per passenger per month.<br />

Cruise tax does not apply to children under 12<br />

years, crew or Vincentian nationals.<br />

Boat Length Annual Occasional<br />

Licence Licence<br />

Up to 30ft EC$600 EC$60<br />

31-50ft EC$1000 EC$125<br />

51ft and over EC$1400 EC$140<br />

Private Yachts (defined as a yacht whose<br />

owner is on board and is sailing for pleasure<br />

without fee paying passengers) – no licence<br />

fee. Cruise tax of EC$35 per person per<br />

month, including skipper. Cruise tax does not<br />

apply to children under 12 or Vincentian<br />

nationals.<br />

Immigration<br />

Overtime charges apply Mon-Fri: 4.00-<br />

6.00pm/Sun and public holidays: EC$50.<br />

PLEASE NOTE: It is a violation not to clear<br />

into St. Vincent & the Grenadines.<br />

Port Authority Representative<br />

Johnny Ollivierre<br />

Tel: (784) 494 9241/456 1830<br />

Customs and Immigration<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3769<br />

Located in the Revenue Office directly across<br />

the road from the main Ferry Wharf. Normal<br />

office hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4:00pm (closed<br />

12 noon-1:00pm); Sat 8.30am-12:00 noon.<br />

As with all Caribbean islands, clearance outside<br />

these office hours is possible, but will incur<br />

overtime charges for both Customs and<br />

Immigration. Yachts are therefore advised to<br />

try to clear in and out within normal office<br />

hours to avoid overtime charges. If you enter<br />

Port Elizabeth during working hours (i.e.<br />

including overtime hours), you must proceed<br />

to Customs & Immigration immediately.<br />

Clearing out can be done up to 24 hours prior<br />

to departure. Current Overtime hours and<br />

charges (per boat):<br />

Mon-Fri: 4.00-6.00pm / Sat 12.00-6.00pm<br />

Customs EC$45.80 + Cruise Tax EC$35 total<br />

EC$80.80 Sun and holidays: 9.00am-12.00<br />

noon; 3.00-6.00pm: Customs EC$63 + Cruise<br />

Tax EC$35, total EC$98.<br />

Annual Licence EC$600<br />

Occasional Licence EC$60<br />

Moorings<br />

Moorings in Admiralty Bay offered for rent are<br />

not authorized by the Port Authority and are<br />

not inspected or insured. Until such time as the<br />

Port Authority regularises this situation, users<br />

rent them at their own risk.<br />

Water Taxis<br />

Boat boys and water taxis are also un-licenced<br />

and their boats un-inspected by the Port<br />

Authority, but the following water taxi services<br />

have reputations for good seamanship and<br />

reliable service. All can be reached on VHF 68.<br />

African Pride<br />

Daffodil Marine<br />

Fat Shag<br />

McCarthy Water Taxi<br />

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Solid Waste Disposal<br />

Ashore, there is only one place to dispose of<br />

yacht garbage, located near the fish market<br />

jetty next to the vegetable market. These<br />

skips are for the exclusive use of yachtsmen.<br />

Alternatively, yacht garbage may be delivered<br />

‘at sea’ to Daffodil Marine or other reliable<br />

water taxis; a charge per bag applies.<br />

Dumping garbage in unauthorised places is a<br />

prosecutable offence.<br />

Help keep <strong>Bequia</strong> clean and green! Please do<br />

NOT dump yacht garbage in sidewalk garbage<br />

bins, under the Almond Tree or anywhere else.<br />

There is a large skip near the market for this<br />

purpose.<br />

Water & Fuel<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Marina Service Centre VHF 68,<br />

located at <strong>Bequia</strong> Marina Dock, north side of<br />

Admiralty Bay. Diesel fuel, water, ice.<br />

Daffodil Marine<br />

VHF 67 (At sea)<br />

Kingfisher Marine Service<br />

Tel: (784) 532 8006<br />

Located on the north side of the harbour;<br />

provides fuel, water and garbage disposal.<br />

Shell Service Station<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3601<br />

Located on the main road in Port Elizabeth<br />

between the main ferry wharf and fish market<br />

jetty. Fuel only.<br />

Laundry Service<br />

Daffodil Marine VHF 67, pick up and delivery.<br />

Lighthouse Laundry VHF 68,<br />

Located on main road at O’Car, close to the<br />

power station.<br />

Miranda’s Laundry VHF 68<br />

Tel: (784) 530 6865<br />

Papa Mitchie’s Laundry Service<br />

VHF 68, across the road from the dinghy dock.<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3722<br />

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Yacht Services<br />

Dockage<br />

The Yacht Club (Tradewinds), at <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Marina Dock VHF 77; Tel: (784) 457 3407<br />

Slipping/Refurbishing & Management<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Marina Service Centre<br />

At <strong>Bequia</strong> Marina Dock, now part of<br />

Trade Winds’ operation.<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3407<br />

Piper Yacht Service – Donny Lewis<br />

Tel: (784) 495 2272<br />

Chandlers & Marine Suppliers<br />

Grenadine Yacht & Equipment (GYE)<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3347<br />

O’Car Reform on the road to Hamilton, or<br />

accessed via The <strong>Bequia</strong> Marina Boatyard<br />

gye-bequia@vincysurf.com<br />

Lucos General Services<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3632 South of the Anglican<br />

Church on main road.<br />

Lulley’s Tackle Shop, Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3420 Upstairs and at the back<br />

of the ‘Missing Link’ building opposite the<br />

vegetable market. lulley@vincysurf.com<br />

Piper Marine Store<br />

on Back Street, downstairs Allick’s Sail Loft<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3856/495 2272 VHF 68<br />

Wallace & Co.,<br />

Near the Anglican Church at the entrance to<br />

Belmont Walkway<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3360 wallco@vincysurf.com<br />

Yacht Provisioners<br />

There are several grocery outlets on<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>, but the following specialise in yacht<br />

provisioning:<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Food Store<br />

Port Elizabeth, Tel: (784) 457 3928<br />

CK Greaves Supermarkets<br />

Tel: (784) 457 1074<br />

Three locations - Kingstown, Arnos Vale and<br />

Pembroke. A wide selection of local <strong>Bequia</strong> and Marina<br />

imported food available. Free delivery to<br />

Grenadines wharf and yachts. Major credit<br />

cards accepted. ckgreaves@vincysurf.com<br />

Sail Making & Repair<br />

Allick’s Sail Loft<br />

Across the road from the Dinghy Dock,<br />

entrance on Back Street<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3992 (home)<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3040 (loft) VHF 68<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> Canvas, O’Car, next to GYE<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3291 beqcan@vincysurf.com<br />

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Grenadines Sails & Canvas (North Sails)<br />

On main road to Hamilton, opposite GYE, or<br />

accessed via the <strong>Bequia</strong> Marina boatyard.<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3507/3527(evenings)<br />

VHF 16/68 gsails@vincysurf.com<br />

Engine Repair<br />

Caribbean Diesel Repair Inc.<br />

In the Anglican churchyard, Port Elizabeth<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3114 VHF 68<br />

teronecaesar@hotmail.com<br />

Kerry’s Marine Services<br />

Port Elizabeth, behind old primary school,<br />

on the road to Spring.<br />

Tel: (784) 530 8123/570 7612<br />

VHF 68 ‘KMS’<br />

vanessa_kerry_1@hotmail.com<br />

Simpson Engineering Ltd.<br />

O’Car, behind <strong>Bequia</strong> Maritime Museum<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3962<br />

For further information or assistance,<br />

contact BTA at Tel: (784) 458 3286<br />

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Land & Watersports<br />

The sea has historically played a major part in<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong>’s life and, today, equally appeals to the<br />

visitor. The beckoning crystal clear waters delight<br />

the senses and offer an abundance of treasures<br />

particularly those just waiting to be discovered in<br />

the magical undersea world.<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> is off the better known Caribbean<br />

dive site paths and consequently the reefs are<br />

less disturbed and the marine life richer in<br />

variety. Part of the leeward side of the island<br />

is a designated marine park. Spear fishing,<br />

anchoring, traps and nets are prohibited.<br />

Both experienced divers and those who have<br />

never donned tank, mask and fins before<br />

have the opportunity to explore a superb,<br />

seven mile reef which fringes the island,<br />

where the Atlantic butts up to the Caribbean.<br />

This is very strictly protected and under no<br />

circumstances can even dead coral be taken.<br />

There are excellent dive sites around <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

and the nearby islands, all easily accessible<br />

within 15 minutes by boat. For those who<br />

have never dived before, <strong>Bequia</strong> is the ideal<br />

destination to take a resort diving course.<br />

There is a large variety of marine life to excite<br />

beginners in their<br />

shallow dives, or simply to enjoy some of the<br />

best snorkelling in the Caribbean. There are<br />

some great drift dives with tunnels, caverns,<br />

walls, overhangs and hollows, all resplendent<br />

with varied coral formations, teeming with<br />

reef fish as well as lobsters, shrimp, crabs,<br />

moray eels, barracudas, angelfish, jacks,<br />

seahorses, groupers and the odd nurse shark.<br />

Terrific wreck dives and night diving are also<br />

available. Dive courses leading to certification<br />

are available.<br />

Snorkelling trips are especially good<br />

along the coast to Northwest Point and<br />

in the protected windward side waters of<br />

Friendship Bay. Snorkelling is also safe off any<br />

beach where swimming is enjoyed.<br />

Sports fishing is a popular pastime<br />

providing both excellent sport and a delicious<br />

meal! Spanish mackerel, barracuda, marlin,<br />

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mahi mahi, tuna, bonito, and kingfish are<br />

just some of the fish available. Hand lining<br />

and trolling are the only methods of fishing<br />

permitted to visitors and catches are<br />

restricted to only enough for your personal<br />

use. No fishing is allowed in protected areas,<br />

particularly the northeast coast and Devil’s<br />

Table. Spearfishing is strictly forbidden to<br />

non-residents throughout St. Vincent & the<br />

Grenadines.<br />

Sailing and sailing skills form a great part of<br />

most <strong>Bequia</strong>ns’ lifestyles. From an early age,<br />

they learn to man the double-enders, both<br />

for pleasure and for earning a livelihood –<br />

skills passed on from father to son and now<br />

via the BYATS (<strong>Bequia</strong> Youth and the Sea)<br />

Programme sponsored by the Rotary Club<br />

of <strong>Bequia</strong>. <strong>Holiday</strong>makers can charter boats<br />

for their sailing pleasure, with or without a<br />

skipper.<br />

You are, of course, welcome to use your<br />

sail-boards and to take full advantage of our<br />

glorious waters and ideal winds.<br />

Jetskis and other powered ‘recreational’<br />

vehicles are strictly forbidden.<br />

If you would rather stay dry, <strong>Bequia</strong> also<br />

offers tennis at various facilities.<br />

<strong>Bequia</strong> is the perfect island to explore on<br />

foot. Starting from any hotel or guest house, a<br />

leisurely walk of a few hours will bring rewards<br />

of beautiful scenery, wonderful flora and fauna,<br />

opportunities to meet friendly <strong>Bequia</strong>ns, and<br />

the chance to discover some of the island’s<br />

interesting little watering holes for local snacks<br />

and thirst-quenching drinks. There are many<br />

old trails and footpaths throughout the island.<br />

Please check with the BTA who will be happy<br />

to assist in recommending a guide.


Diving<br />

Dive <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Belmont Walkway Office<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3504<br />

Tel: (784) 495 9929 (cell)<br />

cathy@divebequia.com<br />

www.divebequia.com<br />

PADI 5* Dive Centre. Dive <strong>Bequia</strong> provides<br />

guided trips for certified scuba divers and<br />

instruction for beginners. Located on the<br />

Belmont Walkway, we offer a professional,<br />

safe and fun service reflected in our high level<br />

of repeat customers who return year after<br />

year. Snorkeling equipment is available to rent<br />

day/week.<br />

Land Tours<br />

Bushman’s Rough & Ready Hiking<br />

Brent Gooding<br />

Tel: (784) 495 2524<br />

HazEco Tours<br />

St. Vincent<br />

Tel: (784) 457 8634<br />

hazeco@vincysurf.com<br />

www.hazecotours.com<br />

Martine & François<br />

Nature Walk/Hiking Tours<br />

Tel: (784) 457 3898<br />

bay.ebe@gmail.com<br />

Michael Tours<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3782/455 1154<br />

michaeltoursbequia@yahoo.com<br />

Ramblers Hiking Tours<br />

Tel: (784) 430 0555<br />

donnaka.hiking@gmail.com<br />

www.hikingbequia.com<br />

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Land & Watersports<br />

Small Craft Rentals<br />

De Reef Bar/Restaurant<br />

Lower Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3958<br />

Sports Fishing<br />

Balliceaux Charter<br />

Tel: (784) 496 6147<br />

Michael Tours<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3782/455 1154<br />

michaeltoursbequia@yahoo.com<br />

Tennis<br />

Firefly Plantation Hotel <strong>Bequia</strong><br />

Spring Tel: (784) 458 3414<br />

Frangipani Hotel/Gingerbread<br />

Belmont Walkway, Admiralty Bay<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3255 (Frangipani)<br />

Tel: (784) 458 3800 (Gingerbread)<br />

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