Beaches & Anchorages in Bequia

December 11, 2019

Admiralty Bay

One of the best harbours in the Caribbean because of its deep protected ‘U’ shape, calm, clear waters and ample depth, allowing large boats to come close to shore for maintenance. When anchoring stay clear of the ferry route to the
main jetty.

Lower Bay

One of Bequia’s best beaches. A long stretch of powdery white sand with crystal clear water, excellent for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing with beach chairs available for rent.  A stretch of on-shore reef provides an area of shallow pools along the shoreline making it especially suitable for children. Keegan’s Beachside Bar & Restaurant and De Reef Beach Bar are situated in the middle of the bay and are good choices for food and drinks. Further along the beach and tucked away in Lower Bay village, you’ll find Dawn’s Café and Petra’s Restaurant, both serving tasty local dishes.

Princess Margaret

A popular anchorage and a glorious stretch of beach with a convenient dinghy dock if you are arriving by water taxi. Generally calm with perfect swimming conditions – yachts are required to anchor at least 200 yards off shore for the safety of swimmers. Jack’s Beach Bar is a favourite hangout and the perfect spot for lunch – linger on to catch the sunset with a few of their cocktail concoctions!

Look out for Fay’s colourful beach shack, tucked under the trees. She has beach chairs for rent, along with cold drinks, rum punch and a lovely selection of her handmade jewellery, bags, beach wraps and more.

Spring Bay & Industry

On the eastern side of the island this stretch of often deserted coastline is shaded by wooded hills and countless coconut palms – good conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing and perfect for picnics! Crescent Beach on Industry Bay is the best for swimming and snorkeling on this side of the island. The delightful Sugar Reef Café is right by the waterside, offering delicious meals and drinks, including fresh coconut water... for those who enjoy a tipple, try it with a little rum!

Friendship Bay

On the south side, Friendship Bay is a sheltered, crescent shaped bay with lots of shade. It’s a good alternative anchorage for yachts and offers great snorkeling, scuba diving and windsurfing conditions.

The stylish Bequia Beach Hotel is located here – enquire about their day passes, starting at US$75, and take advantage of the hotel’s first class facilities.

Hope Bay - A Hidden Gem

If you can find it, Hope Bay on the east coast is good for beachcombing and a great spot for picnics with a group of friends. Pounded by the Atlantic surf, it’s also good for body surfing but only if you’re a strong swimmer. Beware of strong undercurrents and be sure to stay within your depth.

Blessings Water Taxi

Water taxis are a great option for getting to and from Princess Margaret and Lower Bay beaches. Contact Didi, who operates Blessings water taxi: (784) 455-5681, she will navigate you safely to and from any point in Admiralty Bay, including Bar One, the not-to-be-missed floating bar in the bay.