|There is far more to
Bequia than just its beaches, its quaint waterfront
bars and shops, and its sleepy yet bustling little
main town and harbour.
Most visitors to the island, even
if they are only here for the day, take time to
explore - either by taking an Island Tour in one of
Bequia's famous open backed taxis, (takes about 3
hours) or by renting a car
and exploring for themselves. How better to get to
see the whole picture, and understand why Bequia is
such a fascinating, special place, so full of
Island Tours are what Bequia
taxi drivers do best: leisurely and informative, you
will get to see as much or as little as you want,
and always with full commentary! Tours are tailored
to your wishes - just agree a price beforehand.
Enquire at the Tourism Office for recommended
Travel a short distance away from
the heart of the island in Port Elizabeth, and you
will find lush green meadows, deserted beaches,
spectacular views down the Grenadine islands,
densely wooded hillsides, fishing villages,
boat-builders executing a skill passed down for
generations, artists' studios, windswept hillsides
alive with sheep and goats, fabulous flora and
fauna, and a real sense of history and heritage
hidden just below the surface.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Mary's Anglican Church, Port Elizabeth
beautiful old church was erected in 1829,
replacing the older structure which was
destroyed in a hurricane. Imported ballast
bricks as well as local limestone were used in
its construction, which may go some way towards
explaining its cost, which at the time was
recorded at some 4,700 pounds.
church's cool, simple interior contains many
fascinating memorial tablets to some of
Bequia's earliest settlers, as well as present
day stained glass memorials to some of
Bequia's illustrious and much loved residents.
north shore of Admiralty Bay, just outside of Port
Elizabeth and on the way to Hamilton Fort, is the
small fishing village of Hamilton. Colourful boats
pull up on the sandy shore and small rum shops dot the
the northern point of Admiralty Bay, beyond
Hamilton village. The original structure is
long gone, but both French and English cannon
retrieved from the waters around Bequia are
now placed there; the view alone is worth the
visit. The defence of the entrance to
Admiralty Bay was a priority for the British.
In 1771, the harbour was described as being
"very fine, where Ships of Force may safely
ride", and ideal for careening (no such
harbour existed in St. Vincent).
Due south of Hamilton Fort, on the small
headland above Lower Bay, there was a second
fortification, and the approach from St.
Vincent was covered by additional
emplacements a few hundred feet North of
Hamilton Fort. Eleven cannon in all were
recommended for these three batteries, at a
total estimated cost of 1500 pounds - a huge
sum in those days.
Spring and Industry
out of Port Elizabeth (along the only road) and you
will come to the lush meadow of Spring, with tall
waving coconut palms, and quietly grazing cows, horses
and sheep. This land was once the Spring Plantation -
one of the largest on Bequia, and the ruins of the old
sugar mill are still standing.
(left) is still a working one, now
growing mainly fruit. The Firefly Hotel,
present owner of the plantation, is built on
the foundations of the plantation's 18th
century estate house.
Spring's ruined sugar mill
growing in Industry
Industry Bay - site of another former
off the "main" road, behind the coconut palms
are some crumbling overgrown ruins and an old
well which are an evocative reminder of the
area's past, and well worth exploring.
beach here is the perfect "get away from it
all" spot, with good snorkelling on the reef
when the water is calm. A small traditional
inn set right on the beach is famous for its
perfect setting and great full moon
OldHegg Turtle Sanctuary
headland brings you to Park Beach, now home to
Bequian Orton (Brother) King's turtle sanctuary.
A true labour of love, Brother King has been
providing a nursery for young Hawksbill turtles
The turtles are cared for from birth
to about 18 months when they are tagged and
returned to the ocean. A former skin-diving
fisherman, Brother King welcomes visitors
enthusiastically and delights in sharing his
passion and knowledge with others.
highest accessible point in Bequia, with
sweeping views first over Admiralty Bay as the
road winds upwards, and then from the summit,
down over the southern Grenadines. The
inhabitants of Mount Pleasant are a close knit
community, many descendants of the English and
Scots settlers who first came to Bequia in the
18th century and 19th centuries.
reconstructed plantation house, now a 6-room
inn, offers a glimpse into the past, with an
intriguing display of petroglyph rubbings from
St. Vincent - said to be over 5000 years old -
and more recent locally excavated treasures
from the colonial age.
courtesy Lynn McKamey
southern side is and always has been, the heart of the
island's seafaring activities. The first view, from
the crest of the hill road out from the harbour, is
the broad sweep of Friendship Bay, with the island of
Mustique in the distance. Below amongst mango trees is
one of the few areas where traditional staple crops of
cassava, corn and pigeon peas are still
bay's west end, working local fishing boats are pulled
up on the beach, and steps lead to the main road and
village of La Pompe. This sea-side road leads
to the small fishing community of Paget Farm.
Despite the use of outboards engines, the presence of
a small fishery and the advent of the airport beyond
the village, life has not changed much here in
Perhaps the best way to really
get to know Bequia and its hidden treasures is on
foot. Early morning or late evening are the ideal
times of day - but whenever you go, remember to take
water, a hat and sunscreen! Just exploring the
winding roads on Bequia can be a revelation, but
there are also smaller trails and disused roads to
take you deep into the heart of the island.
sure you can identify the vicious
"Brazil" plant (Latin name - Comocladia
Dodonaea (L.) Urban). "Brazil" is a member
of the Anancardiaceae family - to which
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak also belong,
and the effects of contact are similar.
All of these toxic plants
produce an an allergenic oil, urushiol,
which causes severe itching followed by
blistering two or three days after even the
slightest contact with leaves or bark in
which the sap is running.
Wash skin with cold water if you
think you have had contact; also wash
clothing you have been wearing.Do NOT
Hiking & Tours in Bequia and St.
Firefly Plantation Tours, Spring
Firefly Plantation Spring Bequia
| Built on the
foundations of an 18th century estate
homestead, Firefly Plantation is set in 30
acres with hillsides of wild cinnamon and
orchards producing oranges, grapefruit,
bananas, breadfruit, guava, Bequia plums,
sour cherries, mangoes and a variety
of exotic crops. Enjoy a leisurely guided
walk (approx 45 mins) through the grounds
with our head groundsman who will give a
brief history of the plantation and sugar
Sample fruits and vegetables in
season and learn about the various crops,
herbs and flowers growing there. Please
wear suitable walking shoes.
EC$10 per person - children welcome!
Afterwards enjoy a refreshing drink at
our bar, or a delicious lunch or dinner in
the hotel restaurant overlooking the
Tel: (784) 458 3414
Ramblers Hiking Tours
Bequia's Mount Peggy
Hiking Tours offers guided hiking for those
wishing to explore Bequia and St. Vincent.
Enjoy locations rarely visited, as you are
guided from secluded beaches, through forest
trails, to wind swept mountain tops with
stunning views, while learning more about
the history and culture of the people and
For full details of the various
guided hikes provided, including short
videos and photos of many of the hikes,
The nearby island of St. Vincent, capital
of the island state of St. Vincent & the
Grenadines is rich in both natural resources -
tropical rain forest, active volcano, lush fertile
valleys, waterfalls, some reached only by sea, the
Botanical Gardens (the oldest in the Western
Hemisphere) - and historical sites. Echoes of the
island's chequered past of brave Carib resistance,
French and British occupation, and colonial rule in
both the pre- and post emancipation eras abound.
The dome of
St. Vincent's volcano
The capital, Kingstown
is a busy, no nonsense town with newly
opened cruiseship berth, ferry and freighter
docks, Government buildings and courthouse,
cathedral, fish market, vegetable market and
an astonishing array of shops, both large
Bananas are still island's main
source of industry and employment, supplying
especially British supermarkets with
deliciously sweet "Windward Island"
The pace, attitude and
topography in St.Vincent are in striking
contrast to neighbouring Bequia, and a visit
to this beautiful volcanic island is highly
day tours to the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union
Island, Canouan, Mustique and the spectacular
waterfalls of St. Vincent.
Go whale & dolphin watching or
snorkelling with turtles.
us for private charters, island transfers,
sunset cruises, island eco tours, and hotel
our Grenadine islands; we get you there quickly
Tel: (784) 457 4477/5555
Fax: (784) 457 5577
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