Not surprisingly given the pristine white sand and crystal clear waters, much of Bequian life revolves around the island’s stunning beaches. Here is a list of some of the best, but you can also charter Frienship’s powerboat to explore the area's lesser known beaches.
Closest to home, at the foot of the villa, this peaceful spot enjoys its own steady rhythm with fisherman landing their boats here and the occasional person enjoying a stroll or a swim in the calm shallows. The Bequia Beach Hotel with its cocktails and candlelit meals is only a two minute walk along the beach.
Princess Margaret Beach
Even on an island where superlatives regularly trip off the tongue, this beach, with its breathtaking views of Admiralty Bay, is truly special. Framed by cedar, almond and palm trees, it has been historically quite hard to access and, although it’s now be reached via a walkway from town, it remains unspoilt. Snorkel safely here and afterwards check out Jack’s Beach Bar which sits in glorious isolation and is ideal for grabbing a bite over a rum punch.
Livelier but no less lovely, round the headland from Princess Margaret Beach, you’ll find this stretch of sand that offers slightly more in the way of action. Music from the handful of bars drifting on the breeze is the soundtrack for an afternoon spent swimming and kayaking.
This scenic natural harbour beach is populated with people happily going about their boat-related business and makes a nice diversion after a saunter through the nearby open-air market.
The Bequia Plantation hotel at the southern end of the beach is reached via the Belmont Walkway and is perfectly positioned to make the most of the picturesque views. Take in the scenery and tuck into one of the pizza’s from their wood fired oven.
Crescent Beach (also known as Industry Bay)
Located on the east of the island, the sea on the Atlantic side is choppier than the more tranquil waters you’ll find elsewhere on Bequia but this beautiful beach is protected from the rough waves by the reef so it’s a good bet if you want to snorkel. The restaurant Sugar Reef, which is nestled within a coconut plantation, is also on the same stretch of sand and worth including as a pitstop.
Right next door to Crescent Beach, the turquoise waters and lush vegetation continue on this pretty palm-fringed beach.
Also on the east side, this beach is often deserted and because of the Atlantic waves, it’s a great for people who want to make the most of the breakers and hit the surf.
This peaceful beach is characterised by its sweeping arc of sand, rocky outcrop and huge waves.
Head south, away from the airport, and you’ll find this idyllic beach with white, white sand. For swimmers who like company, the waters are often visited by manta rays.