It’s Paradise. GO GO GO Visit Bequia, a beautiful 7 mile island in St. Vincent, The Grenadines! I am a firm believer in setting goals, dreaming big, doing the work, and supporting like minded “doer’s” who take the risk of “owning” their own business and doing what it takes in making it happen to create multiple income streams! I heard about Bequia from a previous co-worker and new business partner for life. Literally, for living life to it’s fullest and finding ways to make happen together in support of each others dreams!
That said, I reached out and was instantly gifted the most amazing trip over Christmas and New Years when I had two weeks of down time at work so I said YES! I loved the experience so much I must shamelessly promote this hidden gem of an island in the Eastern Caribbean along with the owners of SVG Sotherbys Realty, my friends and hosts for the week. They will be your friend for life too!
First of all, staying in a private villa is the way to go! There are not big resorts or many trendy touristy hotels to pick from, so it’s best to get to know the lay of the land before you go through locals via social media or people like me who have been before and can connect you.
I stayed at “The Villa Bellegarde Le Pompes By the Sea” in Friendship Bay which has a few available upcoming rental dates if you’re interested PM for details. I’d be happy to connect you with the owners Pierre & Michelle Bellegarde! Always ask about Budget Friendly Rates & Tailored Packages, it’s a very negotiable kind of culture eager to create a great experience for guests on a budget and host new visitors very generously.
Very affordable for an all Inclusive Amenities that included everything from private driver (highly suggested), private island tours (highly suggested), full kitchen/meals (YUM, try the bread fruit, goat cheese, fresh butter on fresh bread ommgeeee, and of course the local favorite Salt Fish, King fish, fresh Lobster & Berracuda – it’s a party in yo mouth good!). I had a stocked frig/bar (highly suggested), introductions to highly connected people of influence. I don’t care about that part, but it’s an option if networking is your thing – there are HUGE business opportunities on the island for entrepreneurs to bring their skills and ideas to grow the economy which is very welcomed by the locals and appreciated.
There is just about everything you could want for a red carpet ready vacation experience and then some! All you have to do is ask and be kind in doing so. The people of Bequia create a true Heaven on Earth through their smiles and kindness – its magical. I really felt this difference in culture especially coming from the US during turbulent political times infused with so much hateraide and divisiveness.
Human kindness was a special gift I found in Bequia over the holidays. So Warm, So Generous! So Perfect!
Neighboring islands by ferry or boat taxi are, Mustique is known for its celebrity millionaires and Canuaun known or its billionaires – both are very secluded and not much to do on those islands but stalk rich people’s highly secured and gated compounds. There are 32 islands to explore in the area – all very unique and friendly to visitors.
Bequia is really perfect for everyone of any status! Its the favorite island in between both for the perfect mix of fun for everyone of every income level, very classy, yet casual simple living with over 32 restaurants, clean beaches, translucent crystal blue water, hiking, biking, mountain climbing if you are so brave, quaint shops, daily fresh organic farmers market, internet cafe’s & all kinds of artsy local flare that everyone just comes together in Bequia for a genuine down to earth awesome time! It’s a very eclectic mix of cultures, full of expats, locals, Europeans all there to live, work, play, sail, relax, give back through volunteer opportunities and if all goes right, they will retire there living in the good ways of life – it simply feels like heaven. But on earth.
Kingstown, on the main island of St. Vincent is a much more crowded bustling urban city where most of the natural farming and other resources to local islands is sent from by ferry. Visit Barbados for the hipsters city vibe & hot techno dance scene, and where most fly into before making their way to Bequia.
Every island has a different personality, so do your homework before you go and choose an island to play and stay on according to your preferences. I actually landed on St. Lucia before I took a puddle jumper over and it was more resort tourist feeling but still very friendly, affordable and beautiful – they all are very beautiful islands so it’s hard to really compare. Traveling solo to certain places can be weird, or harder than other places. I loved every part of this trip. I felt welcomed and free to be me, I made lots of friends and business connections so that’s always a win win for me! I’ll be back very soon!
I stayed in a villa rental, most visitors do as it’s not a resort town with many hotels so you need to do the research ahead of time and talk to people “in voice” vs. email to find the best places that might not be advertised. Locals will help connect you to other locals.
My rental was a large one bedroom Villa apartment that has 2 queen/2 single beds + luxury master bathroom perfect for an “oooh la la lovers escape”, a 4 person girl friend trip or small family get away! It included WIFI/cable TV (which I never even turned on the TV), gorgeous open and very comfortable living space, private terrace perched right on the ocean, two levels of sun bathing lounge chairs to gaze under the moon light full of shooting stars beside a crackling fire pit and great conversation. And very cute dogs who keep watch over the place named Pablo Waldo and Snowey. They sat by my side, they chased off enemy lizards, goats and roosters and were such a sweet addition to the essence of my time there.
Within 5 minute walking distance to crystal clear blue waters of everyone’s favorite Friendship Beach for dining/dancing, listening to steel drums, snorkeling, kayaking, body surfing, if you would like to include a day pass to Bequia Beach Hotel gym/spa/pool it can be arranged with the right connections – knowing locals helps big time! Anything is possible if you just ask nicely and know someone – everyone knows someone (shhh)!
I mostly sat by the ocean writing/reading a good book, sipping rum punch relaxing to the sound of waves and cool breezes. You will love Bequia’s charm, tropical and majestic mountain top ocean views, amazingly fresh local foods, fun people, music & it’s truly the ultimate R & R retreat! I am voting it the friendliest island on the planet! Be sure to book a day cruise on the famous Friendship Rose too – links below!! #IslandTime! #Bequia #SVG
BEQUIA LINKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON IF YOU GO:
http://bellegardeestates.com/ – (where I found my amazing villa apartment rental)
https://www.facebook.com/peppy.lepieu?fref=ts – (owner and renter of villas)
http://www.svgsothebysrealty.com/eng – (where I found my dream home)
http://www.bequiatourism.com/ – (where I found local things to do and see)
http://www.friendshiprose.com/ – (a day cruise you must do if you visit)
https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g147383-Bequia_St_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines-Hotel-Deals.html – (just research)
http://www.svgair.com/ – (ISLAND HOPPING IS FAST & FUN!)
That’s all for this post friends. Thank you for following and please PM me if you’d like me to connect you to the amazing people I met while I was there! They will love you too!
Loving Life, CathyV!