Long renowned for their boatbuilding skills, Bequians have translated that craftsmanship to building model boats. In their workshops in Port Elizabeth, you can watch as hair-thin lines are attached to delicate sails or individual strips of wood are glued together for decking. Other Bequian artisans create scrimshaw, carve wood, throw pottery, crochet, or work with fabric—designing or hand-painting it first, then creating clothing and gift items for sale. Bequia's shops are mostly on Front Street and Belmont Walkway, its waterfront extension, just steps from the jetty where the ferry arrives in Port Elizabeth. North of the jetty there's an open-air market; farther along that road, you'll find the model-boat workshops. Opposite the jetty, at Bayshore Mall, shops sell ice cream, baked goods, stationery, gifts, and clothing; there's also a grocery, liquor store, pharmacy, travel agent, and bank. On Belmont Walkway, south of the jetty, shops and studios showcase gifts and handmade articles. Shops are open weekdays from 8 to 5, Saturday 8 to noon.

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  • 1. Mauvin's Model Boat Shop


    At this workshop, you can purchase the ultimate Bequia souvenir—a handmade model "Bequia boat"—or special-order a replica of your own yacht...Read More

  • 2. Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop


    In addition to the handcrafted, expertly rigged, and authentically detailed model boats on display, the artisans at Sargeant Brothers will build...Read More

  • 3. Bequia Bookshop


    Head here for Caribbean literature, cruising guides and charts, Caribbean flags, beach novels, souvenir maps, and exquisite scrimshaw and whalebone...Read More

  • 4. Claude Victorine's Art Studio

    Art Galleries

    A small roadside sign marks the studio of French artist Claude Victorine. Stop by and admire her delicate, hand-painted, silk wall hangings...Read More

  • 5. Local Color

    Jewelry & Watches

    This shop stocks an excellent selection of unusual handmade jewelry, wood carvings, scrimshaw, and resort clothing. It's above the Porthole...Read More

  • 6. Noah's Arkade


    Gifts, souvenirs, and contemporary arts and crafts from around the Caribbean are available at this small shop. ...Read More

  • 7. Oasis Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Made in SVG" is the mandate of curator L.D. Lucy, whose paintings are among those on display. In addition to paintings of other local artists...Read More

  • 8. Spring Pottery & Studios


    Housed in the ruins of an old sugar mill, Spring Pottery & Studios is the working pottery of Mike Goddard and Maggie Mitchell, with gallery...Read More

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