Boating and Sailing
With regular trade winds, visibility for 30 miles (48 km), and generally calm seas, Bequia is a big draw for those sailing the Grenadines—which easily rates among the best blue-water sailing anywhere in the world. At Port Elizabeth, you'll find all kinds of options: day sails or weekly charters, bareboat or fully crewed, monohulls or catamarans. Prices for day trips start at about $140 per person.
Friendship Rose. This 80-foot schooner spent its first 25 years ferrying both passengers and mail between Bequia and neighboring islands. In the late 1960s it was refitted, and the Friendship Rose now takes passengers on day-trips from Bequia to Mustique, Mayreau, and the Tobago Cays. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and snorkeling gear are included in the price. One child per adult sails free. Waterfront, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, VC0400. 784/457–3888; 784/457–3739,; 784/529–8046; www.friendshiprose.com.
Octopus. Sail the Grenadines on an elegant 63-foot Dynamique sailing yacht for a day, a few days, or a week. The yacht accommodates up to six people for overnight charters and up to eight for day sails. The charter includes a skipper and first mate. Blue Flamingo Co., Port Elizabeth, Bequia, VC0400. 784/432–5201; www.octopus-caribbean.com.