The Beaches in Bequia
Lower Bay – less than 200 paces from Cassava
On the Caribbean side this and Princess Margaret Beach are the calmest, best beaches. Good for snorkelling off the headland. Described by one visitor as heaven on earth, sometimes you can feel you have the whole beach to yourself, but don’t miss the Sundays buzz and its chilled and friendly atmosphere down at the beach with a mix of locals, visitors and music.
(Tony Gibbons Bay) Princess Margaret Beach
Called this since her honeymoon swim here in 1958, but known locally as Tony Gibbons Bay, it is a short walk over the bluff from Lower Bay. Or walk or drive down the road, or go by water taxi. You will find a calm clear sea and white sand with shade from trees along the beach, good swimming and some snorkelling, a jetty and Jack’s Bar for lunch and cocktails or a cold beer as you watch the sun go down.
Easy access by vehicle or walk, restaurants and beach bar, a long sweeping white sandy beach with shade on the Atlantic side with sometimes more movement in the sea, but waves rarely more than a foot high, also good for snorkelling along the right-hand side nearer the village. Lovely views to Mustique across Whale Cay (The Whaling Station), Semple Island and Petit Nevis beyond.
Hike to this remote picturesque semi-secluded romantic white sand beach, good for body surfing. As there are no facilities don’t forget to take water and a picnic. Be careful as sometimes there is a strong undertow, an offshore current and a powerful surf.
Hike into this secluded dark sand beach, picturesque with rough surf, a blowhole, and no facilities but some shade, on the Atlantic side.
Industry Bay (Crescent Beach)
Have lunch at the beautiful new Sugar Reef on the Atlantic side of the island. Hike in or come by vehicle to this semi-secluded white sand beach with a restaurant/beach bar, shade from palms, snorkel sites and picturesque with generally calm waters as it is protected by a reef from the Atlantic waves. “The name Industry Bay is a misnomer if ever there was one. Three cottagey, whitewashed rooms sit on the beach next to a green tin-roofed building housing a bar and restaurant – and that’s about it.”
Hike in or come by vehicle to this semi-secluded white sand beach with shade from the palm trees, snorkel sites, picturesque with generally calm but somewhat shallow waters on the Atlantic.
Hike in or come by vehicle to this semi-secluded white sand beach with shade from palms, home of The Old Hegg Turtle hatchery, but with no other facilities, snorkelling but windy with a current, on the Atlantic.
Come by water taxi or dive boat, or hike into this semi-secluded rocky shore, good snorkel, some dive boat traffic, no shade.
Difficult access – hike up over the hills behind Park Bay and cross over to the west coast, or come by dive boat to this wild remote rocky shore, secluded, experienced snorkelling only, some shade.
Athneal Ollivierre Beach
Next to Adams Bay near the airport, this beach is best reached by vehicle and a short walk. Semi-secluded with no facilities it has lovely views of the southern Grenadines, with white sand and generally calm, clear and shallow water.
Drive beyond the airport towards Moonhole on the southern side of the island to find this white sand beach, no facilities.
Carry on past Adams Bay to the most southern point of the island to a sheltered, very secluded white sand beach with beautiful views of the southern Grenadines. No facilities, so remember to bring water.
Walk along the beach walkway, left along the front from Port Elizabeth past the Frangipani. It is best to swim near the end of the walkway as there is some boat traffic. You will find some snorkelling there, fine harbour views and generally calm water with a sandy seabed.