Sightseeing Bequia

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Bequia lies nine miles south of St. Vincent and is the
largest of the Grenadines. It is an island orientated to
the sea, retaining the age-old traditions of boat building,
whaling and fishing. Admiralty Bay, the island’s natural
harbour, is a favourite anchorage for yachtsmen
from all over the world. The quaint waterfront of Port Elizabeth
is lined with bars, restaurants and craft shops. Bequia
is encircled by gold sand beaches, many of which
disappear into coves, excellent for scuba diving and
snorkelling.
ADMIRALTY BAY
At the island’s capital, Port Elizabeth, this sweeping
bay is full of marine and land activity. Bars, cafés
and intriguing shops spread out along the coastal
main street, overlooking this natural harbour. A fascinating
and cool stroll along the Belmont Walkway
at the edge of Admiralty Bay will reward you with
more unusual shops as well as hotels, bars and
restaurants.
BEQUIA MARITIME MUSEUM
Located one block from the main road in Port Elizabeth,
this museum details the peak period of ship-building in
Bequia with old photos, memorabilia and replicas of
some of the great schooners build on the island.
HAMILTON BATTERY
Just outside Port Elizabeth, is this late 18th century fortification,
which, located high above the capital,
guarded Admiralty Bay from attack. It also affords great
vistas of the harbour and beyond.

BUILDERS
A walk beyond the capital’s
main post office, police station
and covered market will lead
you to these wonderful workshops.
See craftsmen at work,
displaying their intricate, skillfully
crafted traditional double-
ended whalers for which
the island is famed. You can
also see highly colourful replicas
of existing boats crafted
on commission.
MOUNT PLEASANT
A perfect spot to watch the sunset.
This summit offers panoramic
views and great photographic
opportunities.

THE OLD HEGG TURTLE SANCTUARY
For something very worthwhile, completely different and
for the whole family, visit this educational sanctuary. The
drive to reach this rugged, north-eastern part of the island
is scenic, passing Industry Bay and into Park Bay
where Orton G. (Brother) King has spent most of each
day since August 1995, tending his precious and endangered
Hawksbill turtles. A retired professional skin
diving fisherman, he is an entertaining, humorous character
who will give you a fully guided tour. Solely responsible
for having increased the seriously dwindling
turtle population in Bequia, his project is purely a selfless,
dedicated passion with no financial reward. The
minimum contribution requested from visitors is just
EC$10.00 or US$5.00, but anything more is much appreciated.
Donations are used to help feed over 200
hungry growing turtles!
SPRING PLANTATION
A leisurely trip to this beautiful 200 year old plantation,
overlooking Spring Bay is well worth it. On the
property are the ruins of a 19th century sugar factory.
Delicious lunches, dinners and other fare are available
at the restaurant on the plantation.
Tours of the plantation are available where you will
learn about the various plants and animals that inhabit
the estate and get to sample the fresh fruit in season.
ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
A few minutes stroll from the centre of Port Elizabeth is
this lovely church. Built of local limestone and imported
ballast bricks, and housing intriguing memorial tablets.
The earlier church was destroyed by a hurricane in
1798. The present church was erected on the same
site in 1829.

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