Paradise for Water Lovers

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a sailing destination

"You can snorkel nose to nose with endangered green turtles in the sea grass, or test your mettle snorkeling Horseshoe Reef where the occasional barracuda or shark may surprise you."

Bequia
Bequia (pronounced bekway), is a green and hilly S-shaped outpost of the Grenadines, our most northerly stop on seven day cruises from Grenada, and our favorite. The anchorage in Admiralty bay is cluttered with interesting vessels, from the most expensive yachts in the world to rusting freighters. Sailboats of all sorts; bareboats, charter boats, catamarans, and monohulls, sloops, ketches and schooners abound. Cruising yachts from every corner of the world, with crews of young adventurers, retired couples or even singlehanders flying flags as colorful and varied as the fish in the sea. Take an island tour and visit the old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables brought in that morning from St. Vincent, and sip a cool beverage at one of the string of bars and restaurants on the scenic waterside path, the Belmont Walkway. Try your communication skills on the international sailors sitting around you. Our friend Ruthie, the owner and cook of the Whaleboner, will prepare us a wonderful meal or any fish we've caught island style (jerk).

Tobago Cays
The Tobago Cays is a nature reserve of five minuscule, uninhabited islands surrounded by coral reefs and is only accessible by boat. From this spectacular anchorage, you can snorkel nose to nose with endangered green turtles in the sea grass, or test your mettle snorkeling Horseshoe Reef where the occasional barracuda or shark may surprise you. Not to be missed is the lobster lunch or dinner cooked island style by the locals on the beach of Petit Bateau Island.

Union Island
Union Island has a variety of things to do. Climb a mountain, hike a nature trail, swim at the beach or snorkel a reef. Union Island is famous for its lobster and conch. Enjoy a rum punch in one of the many local bars while listening to steel pan bands playing authentic West Indian music. Chatham bay is unspoiled, not even electricity has arrived there yet. Five small local eating establishments on the beach offer West indian meals to visitors.


External Link: Official Site of the Bequia Tourism Association
External Link: Facebook Page for Whaleboner Restaurant and Bar. Whaleboner is one of Bequia oldest family run restaurants and is located on the beachfront and features local dishes created from their home grown produce.

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