When it comes to traveling the Caribbean Sea, several islands come to mind, and I will bet that Bequia isn’t one to top the list. I was introduced to this quaint island while on a Windstar Cruises adventure, and I am so glad for the introduction. Here are a few things to do while you are there.
I was invited by Windstar Cruises to enjoy their ship and write about my journeys. All opinions are my own, and this was my second journey with Windstar (the first was over a decade ago!).
The Island of Bequia
Our cruising adventure was a spectacular introduction to several islands I would have never visited otherwise. Many I had never heard of, including the 7 square miles that encompass the English Caribbean island of Bequia.
Here are a few of Bequia’s highlights.
The Beach (Princess Margaret Beach)
I will go ahead and straight up confess that I am a huge fan of The Crown (if you haven’t seen it on Netflix yet, you simply must!). When I heard that there was a beach on Bequia named after Princess Margaret, I knew we had to go…and it is the most fabulous beach on the island.
Soft, white sand is complemented by rolling waves of clear water. It was a pleasure to relax on the beach in the sun (or shade as there are trees) and also bob about in the ocean. This is sidebar, but we met an English couple while swimming – they kept calling their bathing suits “swimmers” and “swimming costumes” which was so endearing. I love finding out things like that about other countries.
The very end of the beach also has a few rocks and cavelike structures to explore, which was fun to find.
One thing that every Caribbean island seems to have is a fort – which is short for fortification. If you didn’t know that, neither did I! I heard Windstar’s activities coordinator say “fortification” and I never realized that fort was short for anything. Go figure!
I try to go see every fort that I can. Why? Well, they are interesting in how they are set up, but – my favorite – they offer fabulous views of the waterways. They are great for taking photos and just getting your bearings while you are on an island.
The fort on Bequia isn’t large, but we enjoyed hiking up anyway. We even saw our cruise ship from above!
I’m backtracking a bit, but in order to get to Princess Margaret Beach, you would have to walk along the shoreline in the water if it wasn’t for the raised walkway. Concrete, wood, and sand make up the path, which is peppered with a few restaurants and bars. It’s a nice walk!
The water is – to say the least – absolutely gorgeous on Bequia. It reflects various hues throughout the island, and shows up as a light sand color, aqua, or a deep blue depending on where you are.
Bequia has a cozy vibe. The size is perfect, and it is also filled with all sorts of people that make it unique. Both expats and locals blend well to make the island what it is. I was there on a cruise stop, but there are also beautiful, oceanside villas that can be rented. The island can also be reached by plane from neighboring islands.
One thing that I adored seeing was the directional sign below. The distances are literal ones. 29 meters to this. 103 m to that. Everything really was that close! I truly enjoyed my time on Bequia, even though it was only for a day. The last image is looking back on the island as we were leaving on the Windstar’s Star Pride.
What a fabulous trip!
We had such a wonderful time with so many memories. Both the cruise and the stops themselves made for a beautiful vacation. If you would like to see more of the islands we visited, be sure to click here. Happy travels!