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St Vincent Bequia Cruises

The Grenadines comprise a string of 100 tiny, rocky islands and cays, which are scattered between St. Vincent and Grenada. Bequia, called &the island of the clouds& by the Carib Indians, is the largest of the St. Vincent dependencies. The seven-square-mile island attracts a good number of yachtsmen and smaller cruise ships. Boat building and repair work is the main industry, but tourism is becoming increasingly important. Apart from unspoiled beaches, the island&s interior consists of a hilly and forested terrain, interspersed with a great variety of fruit and nut trees.

The main village is Port Elizabeth located at Admiralty Bay; its anchorage is dotted with numerous luxury yachts. From Port Elizabeth a walk up Mount Pleasant is worthwhile for the spectacular view of Admiralty Bay. The nearest beach is a pleasant, tree-lined stretch of sand known as Princess Margaret beach. Snorkeling is especially good at Northwest Point, Spring Bay and Friendship Bay. All of these beaches require taxi transportation. Although the sea is usually gentle, at times there may be a powerful surf and strong undertow requiring great caution.

On the south coast, Moon Hole features a unique resort complex built into the cliffs; it is a fine example of contemporary architecture.

In addition to a variety of watersports and nearly perfect year-round weather, Bequia offers fine restaurants and good craft shops, a combination that makes this small, idyllic island a true find for the discerning traveler.