Get away from it all....
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If you are travelling through the islands of the Caribbean, sometimes your itinerary is decided by the transport availability...that's what happened to me here. I needed to make it down through the island group by Thursday as that was when the MV Jasper boat goes from Union island to Carriacou (Grenada). And to get to Bequia island here in Grenadines I had to go Saturday, because the shared vans on St Vincent island can't be guaranteed on Sundays (nothing happens anywhere on Sundays I've noticed!!). So I was up early to leave Richmond Vale and got a shared van back to Kingstown, this time with a slightly more sensible driver.
Getting to Bequia (pronounced 'Beck-way' out here) is simple, quite a few ferries run each day, so by early afternoon I was over on the island. Its only 7 sq miles in size, so is pretty easy to see most of it in aa couple of days. although really the main reason you come to any of the islands in the Grenadines is to do...well, nothing. Relaxation is the name of the game here. I checked into Julie's Guesthouse and got some lunch at a quality little cafe called Tweaties - had a roti (curried chicken in a big wrap) for EC$12 (£3), bloody amazing! And Cheryl the owner chatted to me about the island and life in the Grenadines.
Coming here out of season means its pretty quiet - even more so at night. I had a nice meal at Tommy's for about EC$35, but none of the 'bars' seemed to have anyone in, so I called it a night.
If I thought Saturday was quiet, then Sunday was something else!! The streets were literally deserted - I thought maybe they had evacuated the island or something! No shops open, no taxis, nothing.
As there were no shared vans hanging around, I walked to the old fort at one end of Admiralty Bay - only took 20 minutes or so. the locals seem to give me some strange looks sometimes - they're always friendly and will say hi to you, but I'm not sure if its the fact I'm white or that I walk everywhere that they find peculiar! I managed to also walk to the otherside of the island to Friendship Bay before the afternoon downpour happened - I thought I'd be able to find a shop or cafe or something open down there to get a drink, but no way, Jose! Had to walk all the way back to my guesthouse (gasping) before Julie's got me a massive Coke!!
I'll be leaving tomorrow as the boat to Union Island only leaves on Mondays and Thursdays and I need to get down there to do a tour to the Tobago Cays.
There are frequent ferries to/from Bequia from St Vincent island, every day (less frequent on Sunday, but still 2-3 crossings). I came to Bequia thinking I could go on from here to Union Island on the MV Barracuda, as it says in the Lonely Planet. Note, though, at this time they have stopped calling at Bequia on that route, so you have board in St Vincent (it leaves at 11am on Mondays/Thursdays from Kingstown). The ferry to Bequia costs EC$20 one-way and takes an hour.