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Our Favorite Island of the Trip

From Barbados to Bequia via Union Island on Grenadine Airlines, a 50 minute flight (unless you count the 15 minutes we spent waiting out the pouring rain, in the leaking airplane, on the runway upon arrival).
Feeling we had arrived at boot camp, we were whisked to the Stardust Villa (run by Friendship Bay Resort) by a small pickup w/benches built into the flatbed and a tent for a cover. This is Bequia's idea of a taxi.
From the airport and through the curving island road, it seemed everyone waved at us as we went by, people of all ages.
We arrived at the Villa and were informed we had the whole place to ourselves! So we helped ourselves to the local Hairoun (pronounced Hi-roon) chilling in the refrigerator and played some steel drum music on the cd player and watched the rain come down from the deck.
For dinner that night, we called the boot camp taxi service (joke) and were shuttled down for some pizza at Mac's in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately some of the Windjammer's passengers had the same idea as us and we had to wait for a table. We didn't have to wait long, and soon after another couple arrived and were in the same predicament as we had been, so we invited them to join us and we had a very enjoyable dinner of lobster pizza.
That night the rain didn't let up and made quite a commotion pounding on the roof. The wind was strong and blew the curtains through shutters in our room, not the best night's rest.
The next day we looked at some property for sale and got a free tour of the island, then we got busy picking up our rental car. We had also decided to find another place to stay, even though we really loved the ambiance of the Stardust Villa, it was just too hot in the room without a/c.
We grabbed our stuff and moved down to Lower Bay and the Kings Ville Apartments, right across from a lovely beach. Laying on the bed in the fabulously air conditioned room we tried to catch up on some of the sleep we missed the night before.
We searched in the rain that evening for the driveway to the Gingerbread house, a restaurant very close to Mac's where we had eaten the night before, and were relieved when we found an available table. Dinner and then bed, we were zonked.
The next morning I peeked out the curtain above my head and saw blue sky, woo hoo! We headed out in the 4wd rental to find some model boat shops. Port Elizabeth is a very small town so we didn't have much trouble finding the shops. The boats are quite pricey actually so be prepared! From there we cruised over to The Fort which is really just a wall and some canons, but it was a nice spot for a view and a bit of history. Then we headed up towards the north eastern part of the island to do some geocaching (geocaching.com) and came across a new property owner whom we enjoyed speaking with and touring her newly purchased home on the bluff (lucky her!). We went back into town and searched and searched for a sandwich or some lunchmeat or something! We didn't have any luck though and ended up back in Lower Bay at Keegan's for some great sandwiches. I spent the last remaining daylight hours snorkeling in the waters of Lower Bay Beach and enjoyed every minute of it! I found a spotted Moray Eel and an octopus hiding in a hole among other things. We were invited back to Keegan's that evening for a BBQ and so we walked down the street from our apartment and were pleasantly surprised, again, to find fireflies flitting around (I love those things!). The locals were having a "lively" discussion about politics, but they soon dispersed and we settled in for a nice dinner chatting with the hired help.
The next morning we took off for the island of Canouan and learned something in the process...flights in the Grenadines WILL show up and leave early and sometimes they'll make unscheduled stops. When we planned our trip, we were told by SVG that in order to fly to Canouan we would need to ferry to St. Vincent to catch the flight, which is what we did...and then the plane proceeded to land back on Bequia and pick up passengers. So that was whole lot of travelin for nothing!

  • Last visit to Bequia Island: Oct 2005
  • Intro Written Feb 9, 2007
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