Sunday, June 28, 2009

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Finding Tranquility In Bequia
Published by blogger
on June 29, 2009

St Vincent and the Grenadines comprises 30 islands which extend like a kites tail across the Caribbean. Among the white, sandy islands of The Grenadines are Mustique, with its fabulous Spa; Tobago Cays, which are 5 spectacular, uninhabited islands; St Vincent, a lush green island; Canouan, with its world class golf course and Spa and the safe, secure and friendly Bequia Island.

Bequia has a population of just over 5,000 and is the largest of the Grenadine islands (after St Vincent itself). Its land area is a mere 7 square miles, and it is bathed in a cooling trade wind for most of the year. The summer temperature can reach 32C (90F) although the yearly average is nearer 27C (81F). There’s strong evidence of Bequia’s sea faring heritage around the island, ranging from boat building to local fishermen bringing their catch to harbour, mingling with yachtsmen sailing the Caribbean seas.

A large proportion of the Bequia land is covered with verdant green hillside slopes, which overlook local islands, and it is well known for offering seclusion for those wishing to get away from life’s stresses. The white sandy beaches are surrounded by palms, and peace and tranquility are never far away.

Visitors can take a restful walk around the island to make the most of the sedate pace of island life, or take a taxi into Port Elizabeth to sample local delicacies at the many restaurants. A vegetable market provides a flavour of local life, and fish can be bought straight from the dock. Beautiful yachts can be viewed at Admiralty Bay, as sailors find a safe mooring.

If visitors wish to pursue a more active lifestyle, there’s plenty to Bequia to keep them occupied. The pure clear waters offer wonderful opportunities for diving and snorkeling, with bays surrounded by coral reefs and interesting caverns. There are at least 30 dive sites which are easily accessible and are rated amongst some of the best in these waters. The trade winds afford exciting conditions for windsurfers, and fishermen seek out many challenges among the tuna, marlin and barracuda.

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Bequia, ranging from beachfront guesthouses to a luxury hilltop villa. One of the options becoming more popular is to buy land for sale in Bequia, allowing holiday makers the opportunity to purchase their own Bequia property built to their exact specifications. Wherever they stay on the island they will be guaranteed a deeply relaxing time away from the bustle of the main islands. For those not so quiet moments the culture and adventure are easy to find too.