Bequia Island is smaller than most Caribbean islands and consequently has much more of a community atmosphere where everyone is friendly. There is a big expat community here too which is mainly made up of people from the UK and Canada, but also from USA, Germany and France. There are many bars and restaurants and you can almost guarantee seeing someone you know in most of them! Night life here is as you would expect it in the Caribbean to be – a hive of music, culture, beach barbeques and a dash of rum punch. During high season, there is a very busy social buzz amongst the local residents and the villa owners who frequent the islands during those months. During mid-season, there is a visible change which is lovely as it gets quieter but there is still good social life. When it’s low season, it is very quiet as most permanent residents return to their native country for a holiday. In addition to this there are some big events that take place across the year that simply cannot be missed.
The Music festival in January is a must. The atmosphere is electric at the event, which lasts for four days. It’s also been said it’s “The best kept secret in the Caribbean.” Another absolute must is the sailing regatta at Easter. Sailing in the Grenadines is probably the best in the world with its constant trade wind and many islands with lovely anchorages. Even for non-sailors this is a wonderful event as there are so many functions and games that take place. In fact, Bequia is very famous for scuba diving and snorkelling too -perhaps as it’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful waters in the world. This is likely to be one of the reasons it’s so popular with painters and writers. It isn’t difficult to be inspired by this location and lifestyle
If you’d like to explore further afield then the walking and hiking is good here as there are many trails leading to remote beaches, alongside mountain walks with stunning views. Just a little further out, via a one-hour ferry trip, St Vincent also offers a massive selection of trails and hikes. Soufriere Volcano is a particularly stunning hike as are the Vermont Nature trail, Dark View Falls and Montreal Gardens. There’s no need to do it in one go as there are some picturesque lodges for overnight stays. Just a two-and-a-half-hour ferry trip away you will find Union Island. There are even more trails to remote beaches and boat trips to the famous Tobago cays and Mayreau island. This is another lovely little place you can spend a few days in some local accommodation.
Bequia has a very special appeal and when you’re here, it’s easy to see why.