Largest and first of the chain of Grenadines Islands, the name Bequia comes from the Carib word meaning "Island of the Clouds". Many yacht people from the countries like New Zealand, Australia, France, Belgium, Norway, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Great Britain and the United States think of Bequia as the "Jewel of the Grenadines". Picturesque Admiralty Bay well known for the Seventeenth Century pirates and the British, French and Spanish Navies is now found dotted with as many as 100 sailing yachts and other ships of calling. The very name Bequia hides the fact of romantic visions of blue skies, white beaches and lazy days under a tropical sun and a tropical moon - unless you think of "clouds" as heavenly. Bequia is an island for the connoisseur. Very few Caribbean islands offer such a tranquil and beautiful location for an escapist's dream sailing vacation. The island is just 7 miles long.
Bequia is the ideal destination for a dream like sailing holiday escape offering a paradise complete with quiet lagoons, beautiful reefs and long stretches of near-deserted beaches. Small, beautifully lush, and the quiet side, Bequia has its own unique culture. The atmosphere is very West Indian and the inhabitants who enjoy a comfortable standard of living, are usually friendly and polite. Sunsets are really breathtaking and that usually signals the locals, fishermen, yachtsmen and tourists to the friendly bars. Once or twice a week there might be a "jump-up" - where admission is free at clubs and locals with tourist intermingle for a good time of dance and festivity. The food is exceptionally good and healthy - lobster, chicken and fish steaks, tropical fruits, fried plantains, coconut and guava pudding fresh each day. Bequia is definitely worth to a visit during your Caribbean islands sailing cruise a great Caribbean getaway vacation from all days life.