Thursday, November 3, 2011

Oct 29th – Beautiful Bequia

Where? I hear you ask.

Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) is the largest of the Grenadine Islands, in the tiny country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It's incredibly beautiful and still undeveloped – lines of gorgeous soft sand beaches lapped by warm turquoise waters. This is a close to paradise as we've been so far.

I went on a Catamaran and Snorkelling tour, which took us around the island to find some good snorkelling on a reef of tropical fish, and then to the idyllic Princess Margaret Beach for some floating in the bath-like sea. As the last stop on this cruise, the passengers couldn't have a more relaxed end to their holidays.

After the tour, Tracy and I explored the island's capital, Port Elizabeth – there's not much to it, so it didn't take long. It's an unsophisticated place where everyone says hello to you, with just a few stalls selling touristy stuff and a few bars pumping out reggae. As such, the place has the distinction as the first Caribbean island to register on Tracy's "I could live here" ranking.

I guess that if you lived here as an ex-pat, you'd need to be writing a book, recovering from a stressful life, or want to achieve very little other than to relax – but, I can't think of many better places to relax in the world than beautiful Bequia!