Bequia's Beaches and Bays
Duration: Half Day
Thousands of people flock to St Vincent and the Grenadines every year, largely due to the fact that this stunning island nation is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world. Each island boasts its own unique natural treasures, and exploring on foot will enable you to venture off the beaten track and discover some wonderful hidden gems. This tour will take you to the idyllic island of Bequia, the second largest of the Grenadines, where accessible walks and hikes will lead you to some of the country’s prettiest bays and beaches.
Situated nine miles south of St Vincent, Bequia measures just seven square miles and is the northernmost of the Grenadines Islands. Because the island isn’t as easy to reach as others in the chain, it has fortunately retrained its relaxed, sleepy feel, which makes it an idyllic escape for those dreaming of a secluded paradise. Crystal clear turquoise waters lap the shores of powdery white-sand beaches, most of which are fringed by lush, tropical forest and shady palms swaying lazily in the breeze. The picture-postcard scenery is truly breathtaking.
Despite being a small island, Bequia offers a variety of stunning bays and beaches to explore, and one of the best and most fun ways to discover them is to hike. Most beaches are linked by paved roads, which will lead you through villages and over dense forested ridges, and they are easily accessible to all. Each stretch of Bequia’s coastline is beautiful, but some of the most popular beaches on the leeward coast include Princess Margaret Beach, named so because Princess Margaret enjoyed swimming here in 1958, and Lower Bay Beach, where there is no shortage of restaurants and bars to keep your energy levels up on the way. If you look closely, sea turtles can often be spotted here along the rocky tips. On the windward coast you will find Friendship Bay, a long, wide sweeping beach and a popular place for sailing and water sports, and the romantic Spring Bay, which is often empty so you may be lucky enough to have the beach all to yourself. The nearby Industry Bay, Hope Bay and Park are also worth a visit.
Bequia is quite hilly so be prepared for some physical exertion, but the secluded beaches and stunning coastal views make it well worth the effort. Make sure you take the time to savour this charming island. Offering peace, tranquillity and paradise surroundings, you couldn’t wish for more from a holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
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