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Part of the stunning chain of 32 Caribbean islands known as the Grenadines, Bequia –pronounced beck-way – is an unspoilt haven of sheer tranquillity. Those looking for a little piece of paradise need look no further than this small isle full of white sandy beaches, blue waters, coral reefs and friendly people. The tiny seven-mile wide island is the perfect destination for a peaceful, idyllic and enchanting getaway.

Access to Bequia is fairly limited but the island does have a small airport for connections with surrounding islands. There are also regular scheduled ferries to and from the beautiful and quaint town of Port Elizabeth.

History

Bequia was originally inhabited by a small population of native Island Carib people until it was settled in 1720 by a handful of French families. In 1763, Grenadine and the islands were ceded by the French to the British. The influence that can still be felt most on Bequia now, however, is Scottish as many descendants of early settlers from Scotland still live on the island today.

During the early 18th century, the sugar industry developed considerably on the island, with other related products following soon after such as rum and molasses. Spring Plantation, one of nine plantations from these times, is now in ruins. However, parts of the area are well preserved and give an interesting insight into the history of Bequia.

Piracy historians believe that Bequia was the base of the famous Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the Pirate. Others think that pirate Henry Morgan anchored in Admiralty Bay during hurricane season.

Island activities

Diving, hiking and sailing are all popular pastimes on Bequia. The beautiful coral reefs and waters around the island offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean and several easily accessible ship wrecks and shallow caves can be found. Hawksbill turtles, lobsters, moray eels and many kinds of fish can often be spotted when diving in the area.

A wonderfully varied array of both popular and remote beaches and secluded spots can be found on the island, some of which are only accessible by hiking. For a trip with a difference visit nearby St Vincent, or follow the Vermont nature trail and experience the spectacle of more than 500 parrots in flight. More experienced and daring hikers can enjoy the challenge of climbing the Soufrière active volcano, also situated on St Vincent.

Food and nightlife

Many of the restaurants on Bequia are small, family run affairs, but this does not take away from the quality of food served. Sample local delights such as rotis – a delicious traditional West Indian pasty filled with curried meat or fish – and live lobster cooked to your preference. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner far away from the crowds or delight in a delicious meal accompanied by local string music. Experience the fun of a lively barbecue and steel band jump up, or dance the night away to local bands playing soca, reggae or rock – whatever your preference, Bequia hotels cater for all.

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