Select holiday accommodation in Bequia in the Caribbean
Bequia is a Caribbean jewel, a tiny island that’s part of the Grenadines and a place of such quiet, unspoilt charm that once you’ve visited, you may find it hard to leave. Once known only to sailors, today Bequia’s delights are becoming known to world travellers who are taking advantage of the island’s many self-catering villas and apartments to make this their Caribbean home from home.
Beyond the sea
Much of Bequia’s appeal lies in its island status – in the 18th century, as the French and British fought for control of the island, it gained a reputation as a hiding place for pirates. Small wonder then that its waters are so popular today with visitors, many of whom plump for boat hire or charter a vessel to see more of this tiny island’s 7 sq miles and gorgeous coastline.
Snorkelling and fishing are fun activities too, and easy to arrange once you’ve settled into your Bequia holiday accommodation. The marine life in the crystal clear Caribbean blue waters around Bequia are an underwater heaven for divers and Bequia is considered one of the best places in the whole of the Caribbean to explore the coral reefs, caves and wrecks that litter the sea.
Those who like to work hard for their food will be thrilled at the thought of catching their own dinner to cook over a barbecue at their own self-catering villa on Bequia. The waters around the island are known for their fabulous sea life – imagine catching a barracuda or tuna, marlin or kingfish! That would certainly make a memorable holiday a simply unforgettable one.
Bequia’s an island of adventure
Bequia’s charms are not confined to its shoreline and waters. An island tour in an open-backed taxi will reveal the landscape that has been wowing visitors for generations but an even better way to see Bequia is to hike its dusty roads and forgotten trails that will take you through forests and meadows and reveal tiny villages and hamlets. Plan your route before setting off from your Bequia holiday accommodation and don’t forget plenty of water and lots of sun block.
For more conventional sightseeing, head for the island capital’s of Port Elizabeth, which lies on Admiralty Bay. The harbour is a bustling and buzzing area during the day, while the many shops and boutiques will give you a chance to stock up on mementoes and gifts.
Of course, you’re on holiday so it’s time to kick back and relax – try a cocktail in one of the beach bars or tuck into the freshest of seafood in a local restaurant. Balmy nights are meant to be spent watching the stars on a deserted beach and Bequia can certainly provide both the stars and the beach.
Bequia enjoys a typical Caribbean climate with all-year-round sunshine. Winters are dry while the summer months can be showery. Temperatures range from a very pleasant 21-29C in winter and 24-32C in summer. Those unused to fierce heat or with pale skin should always take care to cover up during the hottest part of the day – stay close to your Bequia holiday rental villa for shelter when you need it.
Travellers from Australia and New Zealand who have a Bequia holiday rental as their final destination will first arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. From there both BA and Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Barbados’s Grantley Adams Airport and then it’s a connecting flight on to JF Mitchell Airport in Bequia, an hour away.