Named from the Carib word for “island of the cloud” (how pretty is that!) Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) is the largest island in the Grenadines.
It is well known as a sailing destination and other than tourism it’s top money makers are fishing, boatbuilding, and whaling…tut tut.
Having done our research (and there was plenty of it) we found this to be one of the least tot-friendly islands in terms of tours or trips we could actually take the boys on, so spent the majority of our time on the beach…but then, who doesn’t love a day at the beach?! especially when that beach is the white sand and clear waters variety…oh and the simple fact that it’s in the Caribbean doesn’t hurt either…
Top 3 things to do in Bequia with Tots in tow!
Princess Margaret Beach
Just a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of Port Elizabeth itself, along ‘The Belmont Walkway’ lies Princess Margaret beach. Beautiful, secluded and totally unspoilt this is Caribbean paradise at it’s best. There are a handful of places where you can grab a cold drink and hire chairs and a parasol from, as well as a dive shop along the way where you can hire snorkelling equipment.
Great for swimming, snorkelling and building sand castles. Lovely and peaceful and well worth the 10 – 15-minute walk!
The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary
Owned and run for the last 12 years by Orton “Brother” King, The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary was built in an effort to help save the beautiful Hawksbill Turtle from extinction.
It is clear to see how passionate everyone at the sanctuary is about this project and while the pools seem a little small they are kept clean and the turtles are treated well! Great chance for kids to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures!
There are several local companies offering day cruises from Bequia and with a choice of stunning destinations, what better way to see what Bequia and the surrounding islands have to offer, than in comfort and style!
The two most popular trips on offer are the stunning Tobago Cays and Mustique.
If you’d like the chance to take a dip or enjoy a bit of snorkelling, swim with turtles and dolphin spot then Tobago Cays is definitely for you!
A cruise to Mustique offers you the chance to take a tour of this breathtaking island (not usually included in the cruise price) and relax on the beautiful white sand of Macaroni Beach, maybe while sipping a cocktail…or two!
Be warned, to make the most of the day, departure time is usually 7am or earlier! But trust us, it’s worth it!