Island of the Cloud

The beautiful island of Bequia is located just 9 miles to the south of St Vincent.

It has an area of approximately 7 square miles and its topography combines hills, coastal woodland, fertile plains, coconut plantations, steep cliffs, protected coves and bays, and pristine white sand beaches.

 The main town is Port Elizabeth which is located on the leeward side of the island on Admiralty Bay, a large natural anchorage that is sheltered from prevailing winds.

 The population of Bequia is about 4,500 and the official language is English.

 The Bequia Tourism Association office is prominently located outside the main ferry wharf. It has maps, brochures, souvenirs and its friendly staff can help you arrange tours, taxis and accommodation.



Bequia has plenty of beaches to choose from, each with its own characteristics. In general those on the Caribbean (Leeward, Western) side are calmer, with clearer waters. Those on the Atlantic (Windward, Eastern) side have slightly rougher seas, and typically fewer people on the beach.


Friendship Bay Beach

One of the best beaches on Bequia, Friendship Bay Beach is a lovely semi-circle of sand facing southeast, protected by a headland so that waves are seldom more than a foot high. The attractive view towards Mustique is enhanced by the tiny islets of  Whale Cay, and Semple Island, with the somewhat larger Petit Nevis in the background. Friendship Bay is a long, wide sweep of beach, much favoured by visitors and locals, very picturesque and secluded beach.


Princess Margaret Beach 

Princess Margaret Beach is just down from Port Elizabeth on the Caribbean side of the island. This beach is a beautiful ribbon of golden sand and is so named because Princess Margaret enjoyed a swim there. Before that it was known as Tony Gibbons's beach. This is one of the more popular beaches and has many bars and restaurants beachside.


Lower Bay Beach

Lower Bay is one bay along from Princess Margaret, and is a popular, expansive beach. There are a number of good bars and restaurants, making it a popular venue both during the day and in the evening. It's also where the locals congregate on Sunday afternoons to kick back with a few drinks.



Immerse yourself in Bequia’s maritime tradition and discover why it’s the model sailboat capital of the world.


The Bequia Maritime Museum is located on the road from Port Elizabeth to Hamilton. Here you can enjoy an informative guided tour and learn how our Scottish ancestors introduced the art of boat building, as well as how the tradition of whaling began and continues to this day. The museum also contains a selection of intricately fashioned model boats, including detailed replicas of historic vessels.

Located nearby is Sargeant’s Model Boat shop, just one of several in this area, where locally crafted model boats are both on display and for sale.

The ruin of Fort Hamilton is located on the northern end of Admiralty Bay. Essentially a canon battery and look-out, the fort was constructed by the British in the 1700s. Though little of the fortification remains, you can still see cannons as well as enjoy a panoramic view of the bay.




Easy and enjoyable snorkeling and scuba diving is right on your doorstep on Bequia. Jump in!


Snorkeling is particularly good at Spring Bay and Industry Bay on the windward side of Bequia. These gorgeous beaches make a great base for snorkeling trips.


You will find operators located along Belmont Walkway in Port Elizabeth where you can take a dive course, book a scheduled boat dive, a snorkeling trip, or just rent equipment.


Bequia is an excellent place to learn how to scuba dive. Dive operators offer professional dive certification courses as well as try-dive adventures. The colourful fish, clear waters and fascinating marine creatures around our shores will have you coming back for more. For experienced divers, you'll love our critters and colourful reefs and you can explore our interesting shipwrecks as well, all within recreational dive depths. Most scuba diving is along the leeward coast and dive sites are a very short boat ride away.




Get close up to sea turtles, swim with them, and learn how to protect them. Discover your eco side.

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located on Park Bay, a little further to the north of Spring Bay and Industry Bay. As well as the enjoyment of seeing juvenile sea turtles, it is also an educational experience. To see green turtles in the wild, one of the best places to visit is the Tobago Cays. You can book a boat trip there from one of the operators along the waterfront in Port Elizabeth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:10