BEQUIA - HISTORY AND CHARM OF THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE CARIBBEAN
Sightseeing, Swimming, Lunch not included
Bequia - the best kept secret of the Caribbean, a haven for rockstars such as Mick Jagger and Robert Plant - welcomes us with evidence of its colonial past and Bohemian atmosphere. A place off the tourist routes, virtually free of traffic where to enjoy the most genuine charm of the Caribbean.
What we will see
- Port Elizabeth
- Hamilton Fort
- Spring Bay and refreshments with fruit juice
- Lower Bay
What we will do
- Bequia used to be a lively centre that thrived on whale hunting and boat building. Its traditional lifestyle and marine heritage still attracts visitors sailing the waters of Admiralty Bay.
- Here, life still goes on at a slow pace.
- Our excursion starts from Port Elizabeth, the main centre boasting unique shops, restaurants and small hotels.
- The main road north-west of Port Elizabeth takes us to Hamilton, with its fort dating back to the late 18th century from where we can enjoy lovely views over Port Elizabeth.
- The cannons found and reassembled are French, a testimony to the alternate history of these islands.
- We then continue north-east to Spring a shallow-water bay surrounded by a majestic wood of coconut trees up to 30 metres high.
- The valley is located in one of the most fertile areas of the island which was once a sugar cane plantation. Spring's old sugar factory is now the Flier Fly Hotel.
- We tour the 12 hectares of the former 18th century plantation with cinnamon, orchids, fruit trees and other exotic plants and will then enjoy delicious refreshing fruit juices.
- We proceed to Industry, named after the main sugar factory on this part of the island.
- On our way back, we stop in Lower Bay for a swim while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this amazing island for the rest of the day.
What you need to know
- We recommend wearing sportswear and bring a swimming costume, towels, sun cream, diving equipment, beach footwear and local currency (East Caribbean dollars or American dollars).
- The ferry journey takes 1 hour: for those who suffer from sea sickness we recommend taking precautions.