This small island in the Grenadines has the typical Caribbean climate. The daytime temperatures are between 24℃ (79℉) and 30℃ (86℉) throughout the year. The summer highs can reach temperatures up to 32℃ (90℉) while in the winter the lowest is around 21℃ (70℉). Anytime is a great time to visit the island but March to June is when the trade winds are most calm making it easier to anchor. Of course, everyone travels to the Caribbean in the winter because of the Christmas winds, which are a phenom in themselves. Dry season is from January to early May, this time of the month is also considered the islands high season. High season in Bequia brings clear sunny skies, low humidity and minimal rainfall along with a good sailing breeze. However, do not only think of Caribbean tourist season when booking your sailboat charter in Bequia. The island’s flora is in bloom in the summer months of June, July and August. Since Bequia is so far south you don’t have to worry about hurricane season. The last hurricane to hit the island occurred in 1898. Not to mention at the end of June there is the Bequia Carnival and in July there is Fisherman’s Day. This is a competition that demonstrates the island’s skills at gathering the fish in their waters. Afterwards the “Rotary Wives’ cook the fresh fish and serve it for everyone on the island to enjoy!
There are numerous bays on Bequia all of which are accessible by boat. The most visited, Lower Bay, is close to Port Elizabeth. Subsequently, this area is more exposed and livelier than that of the other bay beaches. The waters are still very clear and calm at this beach. From certain points at Lower Bay you will be able to see other boats make their way to the anchorages at Port Elizabeth. It is very safe for swimming and has a smaller pool formed by coral reef. The next bay to discover is located on the SE coast of the region. Friendship Bay is rarely visited by boaters, this alone is the ideal beach for travelers who want the beach all to themselves. Its long arc of beautiful white sand beaches is idyllic to anyone whose toes touch the sand. On the northern tip of the bay, stop at Samplers Cay for a quick dive and an incredible snorkeling experience. Hope and Spring Bay are both windward beaches. Hope Bay has an extended beach that looks like its from a postcard. However, this beach is hard to access with no anchorage, it is only accessible through trail. Guarded with coconut trees, the waters are viable for body surfing as they are not as calm. Take a stroll through the palm trees at Spring Bay. The waters are shallow here making it perfect for families with children to play around in the water. Make note to leave this bay before nightfall as the sand flies come out in full force. The last bay to visit during your sailboat charter in Bequia is Park Beach and Bay. It is on the North east coast of Bequia and is the home of the Old Hegg Turtle sanctuary run by Orton “Brother” King. The beach itself is wild and unkempt. The beach is a bit rocky, but the waters are clear and there is a small pool on the beach for children. Along with turtle and goat roaming the grounds, you will never get bored of the calming atmosphere.
While on your sailboat charter in Bequia you should sail south to visit the uninhabited islands. The first and nearest spot viewable from any elevated point on Bequia, Petit Nevis is a wonder. Only 71 acres but this small island holds so many secrets. Visit the old whaling station on the island as it was the first whaling station in the Caribbean opened in 1886. The remains of the ovens used to heat the copper and the ramp that the whale was brought onto after can still be seen today. The station closed recently because the family who owned it no longer wanted to be associated with whaling and the whaling station was moved to the smaller closer islet, Sempler’s Cay. The crossing from Bequia only takes 10 minutes. Close to this island is the Isle de Quatre. It is just a 20-minute journey from the main island and a 10-minute journey from Petit Nevis. This 376-acre marine reserve boasts golden and pure white sand beaches. It is only accessible by boat and is a lush-green paradise. Stop here to barbecue by the sea or take a dip in the clear blue sea. Pigeon island is the last small island to visit while in Bequia. Just off the coast of Isle de Quatre, this lush green island is home to several flora and sea creatures.
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