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Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines   by Ian Bland

Bequia is one of the largest in the chain of 32 islands and cays that form the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Sailors have known about the Grenadines for much longer than most. The area is a favourite spot for yachties and considered one of the best sailing grounds in the world. As tourists increasingly search for authentic travel experiences word is slowly getting out about this beautiful tropical paradise.

Bequia, St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bequia is a little known vacation retreat. It has remained off the beaten track, a dot in the ocean, too out of the way for main stream tourism. Little changed by time, it is an island on which life is completely oriented to the sea. Its seclusion has ensured it retained its age-old traditions of boat building and fishing. Isolated enough to remain relatively unspoiled, yet lively enough to be stimulating and entertaining, it provides a blend of the old and new that many find perfect.

It is a beautiful lush island with some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean. It is also a great place to go on a day sail, go hiking, laze on the beach, or just "lime" under a coconut tree with your favourite beverage. Lazy days can be spent on one of the many beaches under the sunny skies of the West Indies.

Bequia tends to attract the more adventurous type of visitor who prefers the tropical delights and ambiance of the smaller, more informal islands, where the beaches are secluded and high rise hotels do not mar the scenery. Regularly featuring in travel writers top ten picks of the Caribbean yet unheard of by most. Many travel agents would be hard pressed to pinpoint the island on a map, probably why it has remained so unspoilt. To get there you have to travel by ferry from St Vincent or a tiny island hopper service from Barbados.

The island is encircled by gold-sand beaches, many of which disappear into coves, excellent for sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The centre of the island is hilly and forested, providing a dramatic backdrop to the bays and beaches. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world.

Mustique Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Mustique Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Belmont walkway separates a narrow strip of sand and the sparkling Caribbean ocean from a handful of restaurants, bars and hotels along the main town of Port Elizabeth. Often described as the prettiest harbour in the Caribbean this quant port provides a number waterfront bars to enjoy the scenery and admire the sunsets.

Ideally situated amongst the Genadines a number of excursions are available to neighbouring islands. An hour ferry ride away is St. Vincent, the mainland. This island features an awe inspiring Volcano that you reach by hiking through rain forest. A historic fort and lush tropical botanical gardens. A popular day trip is a sail boat journey to Mustique, home to the rich and famous, with idyllic beaches and luxury homes.

One trip absolutely not to be missed is a sail to the Tobago Cays national marine park, one of the most stunning areas in the entire Caribbean. Deserted islands, a huge coral reef and dazzling turquoise sea of un-imaginary hues.

If you are looking for something a little different for your vacation this year. An authentic taste of West Indian culture and life you be hard pressed to find an island that would suite your needs better than Bequia in the Grenadines.

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For a complete vacation guide to Bequia and to view hundreds of photos of this tropical paradise visit www.bequia-information.com
©Copyright 2006 Ian Bland
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Buccament Bay Resort, St Vincent
Located 100 miles west of Barbados, St Vincent & The Grenadines are an archipelago of 32 small islands and cays known as “The Jewels of the Caribbean”. Regarded as a sailors’ paradise, the turquoise waters that surround these volcanic isles offer some of the best cruising in the world and are home to spectacular coral reefs and a wonderful array of marine life, perfect for snorkelling and diving. In the north of St Vincent, La Soufriere Volcano and the Falls of Baleine can be reached by boat or, for the more adventurous, a rewarding trek through the spectacular rainforests.
Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club, Canouan Island
Located on Canouan Island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club opened in 1995 and is located on more than one mile of white-sand beach, 2 blocks from town, and 2 miles from Canouan Airport.  The Hotel faces the Caribbean and is surrounded by tropical gardens and palm trees. The beach in front of the hotel provides lounge chairs and palm trees for shade. The hotel's restaurants, the Palapa Restaurant and the Pirate Cove Bar and Restaurant have thatched roofs and offer open-air dining. The Palapa features Italian and Caribbean cuisine. The Pirate Cove Bar and Restaurant features light fare and live music and dancing three times a week. There is an on-site casino, full-service spa, golf course, and sailing available.
The Palm Island All Inclusive Resort, Palm Island
Guests seeking a secluded romantic getaway reachable only by ferry will realize their wishes at the Palm Island All-Inclusive Resort, set on its own 135-acre island in the Caribbean chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1,600 miles Southeast of Miami, fla. This perfect antidote to everyday stress enthralls guests with five beaches, lush tropical landscapes, gourmet dining and tranquility. The all-inclusive package includes all meals in the hotel's restaurant, beach barbecues and punch parties, non-motorized sports, three nights of entertainment, and unlimited local alcoholic beverages, house wines, Caribbean beer, tropical coolers and soft drinks.  Visitors can relax beside a freeform pool while listening to the sounds of cascading waterfalls.

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