Bequia Island

Overview

Introduction

At only 5 mi/8 km long and 3 mi/4 km wide, Bequia is the largest of the Grenadine islands. Bequia (pronounced BEK-way) is still a small place, both in size and in the number of inhabitants (only about 5,000). Its heritage is intertwined with boatbuilding and whaling—it was one of the region's best-known whaling stations in the late 1800s.

Limited whaling still occurs today, and Bequia retains a nautical ambience, partly because of the many visiting yachts, but also because of the generations of seafaring families who are still residents of the island.

Even if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on land, you'll find a lot to like about Bequia. Its tropical bays, picture-perfect beaches and rolling green hills make it a delightful place to relax. Port Elizabeth is the island's main town and port—it's less than 0.5 mi/1 km long and two blocks wide. Restaurants and small shops line Main Street and the seawall, called Belmont Walkway.

The small fish and vegetable market by the ferry pier is always busy—vendors sell everything from T-shirts to carvings, homemade jams, fish and tomatoes. Just south of the main ferry pier are two docks for dinghies and yacht tenders.

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