Every man comes to a point in his life where he craves an adventure. Some climb Everest, or make a cross country journey, or sail around the world. For me my "Island Adventure" begins July 29th when I travel to the island of Bequia for 24 days.
The first question out of everyone's mouth when they here about my adventure is: "Why Bequia and where is it?"
Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) is located in the far southern part of the Caribbean almost to Venezuela. It's part of the island state of St Vincent and the Grenadines which is an independent part of the British Commonwealth. The island known as "The big little island" is only seven square miles with a resident population of just under 5,000. It's a long skinny "Z" shape about 2 miles accross at its widest and only 1/4 mile wide at its narrowest. It's the northern most and largest of the Grenadine chain and a popular anchorage for sail boats and motor yachts year round.
English is the official language and the currency is $EC (Eastern Caribben dollar). $1US = $2.60EC. So that means the "dollar bus" that runs by my apartment costs only about $.38 to ride almost anywhere on the island. August is hurricane season in the Caribbean, but Bequia is far enough south to be missed by most of the harsh weather. Average temp. for August is 86 degrees and the ave. rainfall is about 8 inches.
The question of "Why Bequia?" is a harder one to answer. When the dream of this trip was first hatched over a year ago, Bequia was one of the first islands I turned to. Having been an avid reader of "Caribbean Travel and Life" magazine for 10 years now, I was looking for a spot off the beaten path. One not visited by major cruise ships or international flights. After looking at everyplace from Costa Rica to Belize to Bahama's out-islands to Grenada, I finally narrowed it down to two locations-St Croix, USVI and Bequia. St Croix had an edge on ease of getting to, but what made Bequia so appealing was its remote location and intimate homey vibe. To learn more about Bequia visit: www.bequiatourism.com
So, for 22 days Bequia will be my island home. I hope you'll check in daily to see photos and read my journal as I live out my island adventure.
October 16th 2010
Hola, Greetings from Panama. We left Pedasi on Wednesday and travelled to El Valle. El Valle mean "the Valley" and it is beautifully lush. It rains all the time, so everything grows like wild there. The gardens of the cottage where we staryed the night were amazing. On Thursday we left El Valle Thursday mid-day and travelled only about 50 miles to the beach of Santa Clara. We found a great little place right on the beach for only $121 for all four of us. It had some beautiful grounds and a wide stretch of beach all to ourselves. We are back in Panama City now at our little hotel on Ancon Hill. It's in the former US occupation zone bordering the canal. Tomorrow we will take a tour of the canal and we're all looking ... read more
October 12th 2010
Hola, Greetings from Pedasi, Panama. We are in the southern-most part of Panama on the eastern coast of the Azuero Penincula. We drove 6 hours yesterday stopping along the way to check out some beach communities. We are going to try to decide which ones we would like to investigate further on the way back to Panama city. Last night we stayed at a neat little place called Dim's Hostel. But I think they should drop the Hostel name and go with hotel, cause it was much nicer than I had pictured from the word hostel. The highlight of the property is a huge tree in the back yard with a tiled roof palapa. We spent the evening just talking and swinging in the hammocks. Today we are going to check out some of the beach ... read more
October 11th 2010
Hola, Greetings from Isla Tobago. We're on a small island a few miles out in the bay from Panama City. Its about an hour's ferry ride from town. We arrived yesterday with a boat load of day-trippers, but once the last ferry left it was like we were the only visitors on the island. We walked down to a great little restaurant at the only other hotel on the island, Hotel Vereda Tropical. The meal was fantastic and we were the only ones there. We sat outdoors on a balcony overlooking the bay. Everything was perfect-the view, the food, the breeze. They were playing some really nice easy listening jazz by Diane Kroll. We all got up and slow danced while we waited on our food. Our young waitress just watched and smiled. We nosed around ... read more
October 10th 2010
Hola Bloggers, Greetings from beautiful Panama City. Arrived safely and made it to our lodgings, La Estancia. A nice boutique hotel in the former US occupied canal zone. Monkeys and paraketes right outside our balcony. Dinner last night at Mi Ranchito on the causway. We're taking a ferry this morning over to Isla Toboga which is about an hour away for a day on the beach, the tomorrow we rent a 4x4 and take off on the panamerican highway to see the rest of the country. We'll try to emain more later, Caio, David and Malialani... read more
June 30th 2010
GREETINGS FROM BEQUIA, Hi everyone, sorry we haven't written in a few days, but we've busy with a wedding here. Everything went smoothly for Sunday's ceremony. We had a half dozen of our friends here on the island in attendance. It started raining just a couple of minutes before we were done, which was not a problem other than we couldn't get the photos we wanted afterwards because everything was all wet and cloudy. The traditional wedding cake here is called "black cake" and it weighs a ton. We ordered a cake for 12, but it must have been big enough for 20 at least. Sarah took a few pictures for us (354 to be exact). We had a very beautiful, non-traditional ceremony right here at our villa. Malialani made a grand entrance down our 50 ... read more
June 25th 2010
Greetings from Bequia, Well, we're all settled in our new home at Sights & Sounds. We're staying in the guest studio, but have access to the fantastic pool area of the main house. It's really quiet and peaceful here and the views are amazing. Our little studio has a nice kitchenette, a bed, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower. There's even AIR CONDITIONING! which is a rare thing for Bequia. The pool area is large with a small plunge pool that overflows a four foot waterfall to the main infinity edge pool. There's a couple of large comfy lounge chairs and umbrellas to shade us from the sun. We have switched over to Wedding-mode with only a couple of days now until the big day. The cake is ordered, the flowers are being prepared and ... read more
June 22nd 2010
Greetings from Rainy Bequia, Yesterday sailed to Mustique for the day. We had 15 guests aboard the Friendship Rose. The day started out cloudy and never really got too much better. We had some glimpses of sunshine in the afternoon. But Bequia got rain the whole time we were away. So I guess we were the lucky ones. It was Malialani's first visit to Mustique so I got to show her around. All of our guests, save one, wanted to do the taxi tour of the island, so the two of us were joined by Russell, a charming Brit, on a "vigorous" hike across the island to Macaroni Beach. I had described it as "up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill and turn left, but ... read more
June 20th 2010
Happy Father's Day and Greetings from RAINY Bequia Well, we've had some changes here in Bequia. Last Monday Sarah returned early from the UK and moved back in to her house. Since we had been staying in her room and were already planning on moving to a villa for the last week of our stay, we just moved to a place of our own a little earlier. We are staying in a lovely bottom apt. of a villa that overlooks Admiralty Bay. The owners of the villa are here from the UK and staying upstairs in the main house. We met them on the way in and they are a lovely couple. This villa is not too far from town and close to Princess Margaret Beach. It is Rainy Season for Bequia, but we actually have ... read more
June 17th 2010
Greetings from Bequia, Lets see, the last time we blogged was Monday morning, so what's happened since then? Well, Monday afternoon one of the villas the Team represents was with out water, so we headed up there to investigate. The two couples staying there were all on our Tobago Cays trip the day before and they were pleased to see a familiar face. After about 20 minutes I finally located the pump and realized it had come unplugged. Plugged it back in and was an instant hero. Later that afternoon, we showed one of the same couples the neighboring villa that is for sale. There are actually two villas that share the same property. We went away thinking they were more curious than interested, but we still had a good time showing them and seeing the ... read more
June 14th 2010
Greetings from Bequia, Yesterday was our first day out on the boat. We were up at 5:00am and at the harbour office at 6:00 and ready for a long day. We had fourteen guests aboard and they were all very nice and easy going. The weather was absolutely perfect. We got one 5 minute shower when we were anchoring at the Tobago Cays, but it was sunning skys for the rest of the day. The sail down was nice and only a little bit choppy. Some of the guest dozed while the others visited with us and the crew. Once we reached the cays we took everyone to the Beach for a swim with the turtles, then they all wanted to go to the reef to snorkel, So while Colin took everyone to the reef, Malialani ... read more