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Grenada – Bequia and Tobago Cays

We visited a number of small islands on our route.  Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) is only 7 square miles in size but is still the second largest island in the Grenadines.  We landed at the capital of Port Elizabeth, which had many British expats.  We were told that “Ferny” of the British Royal Family came frequently to vacation there, along with a number of hangers-on.

Port Elizabeth Harbor, Bequia

Port Elizabeth Harbor, Bequia

We walked the harbor front and talked with locals.  Fishmongers sold their catch on the pier and cleaned your purchase for you right before your eyes.  The Brits were not very friendly however.  One man nominated himself the animal control warden and spent his days feeding stay dogs and cats.  He claimed there was nothing else to do with his time.

Bequia home

Bequia home

For lunch we went to a local pizzeria where we had the most overwhelming lunch I could imagine.  We got a large pizza covered in lobster so thick you couldn’t see the tomato sauce underneath the meat.  We were told only natives could fish for lobsters, so you had to what you wanted from the locals.  They often used boats such as this one to catch their livelihood.

Fishing boat, Bequia

Fishing boat, Bequia

The Tobago Cays Marine Park offers a number of tremendous Caribbean experiences:  Catholic Rock Bird Sanctuary, the Purunia ship wreck, Mayreau Gardens and Horse Shoe coral reefs, Baradal Turtle Sanctuary, hiking trails and wonderful beaches.  Our crew provided snorkeling equipment, and scuba gear for certified divers.  I’ve seen underwater reef photography before, but it is much more impressive when you are there in person.

Swimming and sailing around Tobago Cays

Swimming and sailing around Tobago Cays

Clear shallow waters surround Tobago Cays, but the darker waters are very, very deep indeed.

Clear shallow waters surround Tobago Cays, but the darker waters are very, very deep indeed.

References:

Bequia Wikipedia Page

Tobago Cays Marine Park

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