Frangipani Bar and Restaurant
Language and Currency
What is Bequia Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
English is the official language of Bequia (pronounced Beck-Way) and the local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted as well as major credit cards.
Bequia is a small island that is part of St. Vincent in the Grenedines. It lies approximately 9 miles south of St. Vincent and is a place all unto its own. I have only been to Bequia twice (both times at night) and have fallen in love with its character and unique personality. It offers several ocean front bars and restaurants with the most popular being Frangipani Bar and Restaurant on Admiralty Bay. This bar is always busy with visiting sailors and yachtsmen and is a great place to dine, or just enjoy a glass of local brew. It has been consistently recognized as one of the ten best bars in the Caribbean. Adjacent to Frangipani's is a number of local establishments that one can enjoy as they make their way around the quaint ocean front walkway that encircles much of Admiralty Bay.
The weather is great as the temperature varies only a couple of degrees year around. Normally in the 80s, Bequia enjoys lots of sunshine with no extremely rainy period. However, it is located in the hurricane belt so the late summer and early fall months can be affected by storms.
Bequia is only called on by the smallest of ships and sailing vessels and is also quite popular with private yachts. The ships and sailing vessels anchor up outside the main harbor at Bequia and tender into the tender wharf in the secluded bay..
Not really much shopping here. If you arrive early enough, there are some local handicrafts sold at the tender wharf and along the walkway. There are also some stores in Port.Elizabeth. Some of the bars and restaurants also sell a limited selection of items of interest to visitors..
Local arts and crafts that include paintings, scrimshaw, model boats, clothing, pottery and select other marine collectibles. Of course, there are the normal Caribbean souvenirs as well.
While Bequia itself offers lots to do such as SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, hiking and generally relaxing in a perfect environment, most ships call on Bequia in the late afternoon/evening time so that folks can enjoy the waterfront bars and restaurants and unique personality of Bequia at night. The ocean side sidewalk known as the "Belmont Walkway" connects the tender wharf with the shops, restaurants, bars and hotels along Admiralty Bay's ocean front and it is a really fun thing to explore. At night, you get the impression that you are back in the 18th century exploring an old pirate's village.
If you visit Bequia and stay on the ship, you have missed an opportunity for a unique and memorable experience.
Be sure to visit Frangipani Bar and Restaurant to enjoy the camaraderie and characters you will find there.