Many people know Bequia as an absolute paradise. Whether you're looking for a family friendly beach with plenty of shops and restaurants or a place you can have all to yourself, you'll find it here in our guide to Bequia's most beautiful beaches!
Princess Margaret BeachFormerly known as Tony Gibbons Beach, Princess Margaret Beach was renamed after the late Princess Margaret swam in the waters right off the shore in 1960 during her honeymoon aboard the royal yacht Britannia. The princess mistook Bequia for Mustique, a neighboring island she frequently vacationed on. Princess Margaret Beach is by far Bequia’s most beautiful beach with pristine white sand and crystal clear calm waters-perfect for snorkeling and taking a quick cooling dip. On the northern end of the beach, you’ll find Jack's Beach Bar nestled against the cliff right off the Princess Margaret trail to Belmont Walkway. At Jack’s bartenders serve up an array of exquisite original and classic cocktails like passion fruit margaritas and Soursop Coladas paired with the finest local ingredients to create delicious globally inspired fare. After you’re stuffed from your delicious meal at Jack’s, soak up some sun on a lounge chair that you can rent from locals for the whole day for about $15.00EC. Explore the caves on the south side of the beach, and if you walk closer inland, you’ll find an unmarked trail connecting Princess Margaret to Lower Bay- an equally beautiful but more commercial beach.
Accessible via road or a short hike from Princess Margaret Beach is Lower Bay. The on-shore reef creates shallow calm pools ideal for families and small children. Along the road parallel to the beach, you’ll find several small quaint bars and restaurants serving local beer and tasty food. Keegan’s serves up great happy hour deals, all-day breakfast, and delicious fish burgers all night long. Further down the beach, there’s De Reef serving tasty conch fritters and excellent rum punches. On Sunday afternoons, Lower Bay is the ‘limin and chillin’ place to be where locals and vacationers can sit back and enjoy the cool breeze, cold beers, and calm waters together
On the southern side of the island, you'll find Friendship Bay with a lovely white sand beach bordered by Bequia Beach Hotel. There, you can purchase day passes valid from 10am-5pm giving you access to the pools, bar, non-motorized water sports, sauna, and much more! Call +1(784) 458-1600 to learn more about their various day pass offerings. Friendship Bay is less protected than Admiralty Bay, with sometimes larger waves and swells. Just off shore, you can see Petit Nevis a decommissioned whaling station, and Isle De Quatre- a private uninhabited island owned by the former prime minister Sir James Mitchell. In the distance, lies the celebrity-studded island of Mustique as well as the smaller Grenadine islands of Baliceaux and Battowia.
A natural windswept beach on the windward side of the island is Spring Bay. Just after the road turning up to Firefly Plantation, you can find the beach and usually have it all to yourself. The beach is protected from rough waves by an outer reef. If you have a car or are up for the hike, check out Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary just north, which has been in Bequia for over a decade and has released over 2,000 turtles into the wild.
Industry Bay– Crescent Beach
Located in the north of the windward side of Bequia is Industry Bay. The beautiful and calm beach, known as Crescent Beach is protected from the Atlantic waves by reefs just off the shore. If you want a beach day in solitude and away from all the people, this is the place! Often, you’ll find you’re the only person there apart from a few guests at Sugar Reef restaurant and guest house. Crescent Beach is only accessible by car (or a very long hike) but the feeling of your own beach is worth it. There’s an off-shore undertow so less experienced swimmers are not advised to swim in these waters. There are no facilities or shops on this beach unless you walk to Firefly Plantation or Sugar Reef. So, sit back and enjoy the sunshine while nestled between the beautiful coconut plantation inland and views of the southern Grenadines on the horizon.
If you enjoy walking, the walk from the main road to Hope Bay Beach is lovely. If you’ve arranged a taxi to take you, it’s a good idea to arrange for the driver to return at a specified time in order to ensure that there is transportation back home. Since there are no facilities or shops at Hope Bay Beach, make sure to bring food and drinks if needed. There is an undertow in the shallow surf so swimming is not recommended. The beach is usually deserted, so expect complete solitude and take some time to enjoy the sounds of the ocean and nature all around you.