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Earlier this year, we enjoyed a great experience and much fun in Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. What did we do and can I prove that it was fun? See some of the "photographic evidence" that I captured and posted on my live/blog. On these postings, I also shared added background for this stop that many of the larger cruise lines do not visit very often This smaller size and more intimate setting made things every better. Happy to answer any question, provide added info, etc.

 

From our ship shore excursion in Bequia, we did a sailing “adventure”. There were 26 of us doing this sailing with many wonderful options, including seeing more of these islands, doing snorkeling on the reef areas with colorful fish, sailing near massive rock formations, lunch on the beach, etc.

 

Our beach home for part of this shore trip was Princess Margaret Beach. As the pictures below show, it was very scenic, not crowded, etc. The weather? Perfect!! About 84F with a nice breeze, etc. Could things be better, especially compared to the bad storms that hit Ohio, plus what is heading towards the USA's Northeast? You can answer that easy question!!

 

Per Wikipedia, Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines at seven square miles. It is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is approximately 9.3 miles from the nation's capital, Kingstown, on the main island, Saint Vincent. Bequia means "island of the clouds" in the ancient Arawak. This island has a population of about 4,300. Bequia was under French control in the 18th century and during the Seven Years' War with England, the island was used by the fleets of their Spanish and Dutch allies to take on supplies, while British ships were banned. The Treaty of Paris (1763) produced a significant re-alignment in the map of the Caribbean; St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands, including Grenada, were given to the British in exchange for Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia.

 

Some historians believe that famous pirate Edward Teach had his base in Bequia. The opening shot of the movie Blackbeard, Pirate of the Caribbean, made by the BBC, displays a replica of his first ship off the coast of Bequia in the St. Vincent passage. According to local legend, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was not only Captain Edward Teach's base, but also the place from which Sir Francis Drake planned his attacks on the Spanish admiralty.

 

Per TripAdvisor: "Bequia, pronounced 'Beck-way', is blessed with white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and friendly people. Port Elizabeth is a bustling yachting town. Enjoy yachting, scuba diving and snorkeling over coral reefs. Restaurants on Bequia tend to be small, friendly local enterprises. Try 'goat water' soup, Bitter Lemon a popular soda and Hairoun the local brew."

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 29,117 views for these postings.

 

 

Here are some of our Bequia sailing day samples, proof for the nice weather, sunshine, fun, etc.! This first picture shows us sailing toward the main town of Port Elizabeth. The second picture is of Princess Margaret Beach. Many sources, including TripAdviser, rate this location as the "Best of the Best" for this island.:

 

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Here is the second phase of my pictures from Bequia as a part of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. These are some pictures that had not posted on my original live/blog and as a "bonus" for those interested in this scenic location. It's not big and/or too commercial. That is one of key attractions that makes it so wonderful.

 

From Seabourn website:

Bequia’s Admiralty Bay is a favorite yachtsman’s anchorage. They ferry ashore to join the friendly, low-key locals “under the almond tree,” the chosen meeting place. Stroll along the Belmont Walkway to the Gingerbread for homemade nutmeg ice cream, or Frangipani, run by the daughter of a former prime minister. Continue to lovely, golden Princess Margaret Beach, or round the bend to Lower Bay. Don’t miss the excellent craftsmanship at the Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop, it’s a Bequia specialty.

 

From Regent Seven Seas website:

Whether you enjoy climbing waterfalls or simply relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, you will find that the capital of Grenada has something for everyone. From the moment you arrive, you will not only be charmed by a colorful mix of colonial architecture set on lush vegetation, but also be enchanted by the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. Be sure to visit one of the many spice estates or shop for exotic spices in the Market Square.

 

From Cruise Critic website:

Deep in the Southern Caribbean is a tiny green island, just seven miles square, once known as "Island of the Cloud." Life moves slowly here; days are long, languid, leisurely. Most visitors arrive not by cruise ship but by sailboat, anchoring alongside fishing boats in natural bays fringed by white beaches and tangled foliage. Like their ancestors, many islanders still make their living from the sea -- fishing, lobster diving, boat building, and working on yachts and cargo ships -- and live in small, sustainable homes with no running water. Shops offer not duty-free goods but genuine local handicrafts, from pottery to scrimshaw (etchings made in whale bone).

 

Where is this idyllic hideaway? It's not some Caribbean island of decades ago, before the onslaught of mass tourism and mega-ships; this is modern-day Bequia (pronounced BECK-way), the second-largest island in the nation known as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Bequia does welcome some cruise visitors, but only from the likes of Windjammer, Silversea, Windstar and Star Clippers, all lines with ships small enough to anchor alongside the yachts in Admiralty Bay and tender passengers to shore. With the construction of a small airport in 1992, the island is now more accessible to visitors than it was in the past, but it remains refreshingly unspoiled, just the way locals -- and visitors -- like it.

 

Bequia's "Island of the Cloud" moniker comes from its original Carib name, Becouya. The Caribs were the native tribe in control of the island when the French arrived in 1664, and they put up a fierce resistance to European colonization. But by the 1700's the French (and later the English) had gained control and set up a number of thriving sugar plantations. Today there are few remaining signs of Bequia's sugar-growing past; the trade largely died out in the mid-19th century and gave way to the marine industries that remain Bequia's main livelihood today. The island was particularly prominent in the whaling industry for a time, though today environmental regulations mean that Bequians are only allowed to harpoon two whales a year (an affair accompanied by great festivities throughout the island).

 

Bequian life remains inextricably tied to the sea -- from the fresh-caught fish and lobster of its restaurants to the revolving mix of sailors and cruise visitors who, while they're here, become welcome friends.

 

Language: English.

 

Currency & Best Way to Get Money: The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, valued at about $2.67 E.C. to $1 U.S. You can use American dollars around the island, though you'll receive change in the local currency. There are a few banks with ATM's in Port Elizabeth.

 

Best Cocktail: Try one of the original drink concoctions at the Frangipani Restaurant, such as the Frangi Fever -- rum, orange juice, ginger ale, angostura bitters and cinnamon.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 121,502 views for this posting.

 

 

Here are more of our Bequia sailing day samples, including showing added aspects of the low-key development at the main town of Port Elizabeth. The other pictures are more of and around Princess Margaret Beach that is clear "super-star" on this island. We had to suffer through lunch in this setting with some of these views. Was this a serious challenge??:

 

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Here is the final group of my visuals from our day in Bequia during our January 2015 visit. Reactions and questions? Go ahead and feel free to share and add your visuals and experiences here.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 186,397 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

We did some snorkeling while doing this sailing adventure. Below are a couple of my visuals relating to that part of our excursion. Plus some other sights seen from our sail boat, including another view of Port Elizabeth where we did our tendering. Their docking facilities are limited here and most cruise ships will need to tender at this island.:

 

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From the New York Times Travel Section in November 2011, they have this headline: "Bequia: Getting Away From the Getaways".

 

Here are some of their writer's story highlights: "The largest of the Grenadines — that necklace of 32 islands west of Barbados that unfurls south from St. Vincent — Bequia (pronounced BECK-way) is only about seven square miles, around a third the size of Manhattan. It’s not so tiny that you find yourself eating at the same restaurant every night, but it’s manageable enough that you can get just about anywhere you need to go in less than 15 minutes by taxi. It has a variety of locally owned small hotels and inns, some high-end boutiques and modest guest houses. But no major chains, no super-saver deals popping up on Expedia. The locals are friendly and approachable, swimming at the same beaches tourists do, drinking with them at the same bars at the end of the day."

 

Also of interest that is shared in this profile: "The only drawback (though also a plus, as it keeps out the riffraff) is that getting there requires a bit of effort, patience and expense. First you need to get to Barbados. From there it is about 45 minutes by small prop plane. About 5,000 people live on Bequia full time, and Port Elizabeth is their hub of activity, home to the bank, government offices and the main market square."

 

Full story at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/travel/bequia-a-caribbean-getaway-from-the-getaways.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 30,033 views for these postings.

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From the Daily Mail newspaper website in London/UK today, they have this headline: "The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat: Castaway at a Caribbean island hideaway built under a volcanic arch". This media story is about an interesting aspect of what they describe as "stunning Bequia". This island area was a super surprise for us and we enjoyed so much what we saw and did there. It's a really special island that is not over-run with too much commercialism, crowds, etc.

 

This Daily Mail story focused on what is called "Manhole" that consists of five villas offering spectacular sea views. This unique cluster of stone houses were built by an adventurous couple in the 1960's Five of the original 17 houses are available to stay in and come complete with 12 staff members. Great photos are shared with this newspaper story posting. This story notes: "It could easily pass for a Bond villain lair or a secluded retreat for those who like to castaway and immerse themselves in nature." They note this mini-resort location, which we saw when on a sailing trip around the island, is nestled under a rocky arch surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean waters.

 

This story helps bring back nice memories on Bequia and our enjoyable day there at this scenic location.

 

Full Daily Mail story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3307303/The-ultimate-Robinson-Crusoe-retreat-Castaway-Caribbean-island-hideaway-built-volcanic-arch.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 188,763 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

From our sailing adventure around Bequia, here is another look at my photo of this now-opened, small and exclusive resort that has been crafted around this unique stone arch.:

 

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From the Daily Mail newspaper website in London/UK today, they have this headline: "The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat: Castaway at a Caribbean island hideaway built under a volcanic arch". This media story is about an interesting aspect of what they describe as "stunning Bequia". This island area was a super surprise for us and we enjoyed so much what we saw and did there. It's a really special island that is not over-run with too much commercialism, crowds, etc.

 

This Daily Mail story focused on what is called "Manhole" that consists of five villas offering spectacular sea views. This unique cluster of stone houses were built by an adventurous couple in the 1960's Five of the original 17 houses are available to stay in and come complete with 12 staff members. Great photos are shared with this newspaper story posting. This story notes: "It could easily pass for a Bond villain lair or a secluded retreat for those who like to castaway and immerse themselves in nature." They note this mini-resort location, which we saw when on a sailing trip around the island, is nestled under a rocky arch surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean waters.

 

This story helps bring back nice memories on Bequia and our enjoyable day there at this scenic location.

 

Full Daily Mail story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3307303/The-ultimate-Robinson-Crusoe-retreat-Castaway-Caribbean-island-hideaway-built-volcanic-arch.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 188,763 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

From our sailing adventure around Bequia, here is another look at my photo of this now-opened, small and exclusive resort that has been crafted around this unique stone arch.:

 

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Hi Terry,

 

Did you get all of these great pictures on the Silversea Bequia Sailing Tour? Did they cruise by all of the Moonhole area? Would you recommend that excursion for Bequia? I am looking forward to going back there in March. I was there in November 2014, but it rained all day and it was hard to get any good images. Thanks for your help.

 

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Hi Terry, Did you get all of these great pictures on the Silversea Bequia Sailing Tour? Did they cruise by all of the Moonhole area? Would you recommend that excursion for Bequia? I am looking forward to going back there in March. I was there in November 2014, but it rained all day and it was hard to get any good images. Thanks for your help. Denise

 

YES, "guilty" as charged for getting all of these interesting pictures while doing our ship's Bequia Sailing Tour. As we traveled to the area where we did snorkeling, we passed this Moonhole site. Clearly for us, this sailing tour worked well, including having lunch overlooking the super-scenic and charming Princess Margaret beach.

 

Appreciate your good follow-up question. Sorry to hear of your rain while there in November 2014.

 

From Wikipedia, they detailed: In 2004 The New York Times described Moonhole: "It is a quirky 19-home ecologically oriented development built of native stone, with whalebone accents, on the steep hills of the island's southern tip. The name comes from a soaring natural arch on the shore through which the moon can be seen at times. The whalebones, remnants of aboriginal whaling by the islanders, are big enough to work as elements like stair railings. The houses, which rely on solar electricity, rainwater and propane tanks, are mostly fanciful open-air affairs with lines blurred between indoors and out."

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 128,350 views for this posting.

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Terry: What cruise line did you take this excursion through? We will be on HAL next month and this may be a possibility. When I talked to a HAL excursion person, it seemed like on the 6.5 hour catamaran excursion, we would be sailing for in total for 4 hours.

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Terry: What cruise line did you take this excursion through? We will be on HAL next month and this may be a possibility. When I talked to a HAL excursion person, it seemed like on the 6.5 hour catamaran excursion, we would be sailing for in total for 4 hours.

 

My apology for the delay in responding. We were on a Silversea cruise from which they provided our sailing/beach adventure at this stop. This is a small island area that does not get lots and lots of the big cruise ships. Therefore the local excursion options are not as many and wide as some other of the more heavily-used islands can and do offer.

 

To update and explain my delay, we just got back from four weeks in South Africa, Botswana, etc. We enjoyed great sights, many safari experiences and wonderful adventure times!! Lots of pictures on my live/blog and this trip detailing can be seen at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

 

Now over 10,300 views for this reporting that includes Cape Town, all along the South Africa coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Delta area with lions, leopards, cape buffalo, elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc., etc.

 

Ohio was not too bad for the time while we traveled below the Equator, but the weather for these southern parts of Africa was much warmer and sunnier than what we would have experienced in the Midwest during these winter periods.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at nearly 138,000 views for this posting.

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From the Chicago Tribune in April, they have this headline: "Island-hopping in St. Vincent, Grenadines offers taste of beauty, adventure" with these highlights: "St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean beckons with its 32 islands and cays — not to mention some of the best beaches you'll find anywhere."

 

Out of the various locations in St. Vincent, the author notes: "I prefer the more humble islands, especially Bequia. It is an intimate, magical place with a palpable sense of harmony among the expats, tourists and locals. It seems like everyone here is bound by either friendship or blood. Our hotel waiter was the cousin of our dive guide. Our other dive guide was the son of a Frenchman who owns our favorite restaurant and so on. Bequia's capital, Port Elizabeth, has a wonderful selection of shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries. You might catch some of the local shipwrights building the island's traditional wooden boats, or drop by Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop to watch workers create amazing handcrafted models ranging from $200 to $7,000. From the center of town, a meandering footpath leads to the island's best beaches, Princess Margaret and Lower Bay."

 

Full story at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-saint-vincent-caribbean-travel-0419-20160411-story.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 40,775 views for these postings.

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Below is a connection for the live/blog from our March experiences in doing this fun Panama Canal "adventure". This includes our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great San Francisco. Very special and interesting in seeing the Panama Canal and learning about its creation/construction.

 

Getting ready in six days to be departing for Lisbon and our first visit to Portugal. Then, we will be seeing NW Spain, Bordeaux and Brittany also for the first times in these charming regions. Will do a live/blog for these "adventures". Join in and feel free to ask any questions as we sail. It will be on the Silversea Cruise Critic board.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Just completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun pictures!! Those pictures start on the second page, post #26. See more at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580

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As mentioned (and threaten) in June, there is an update on the previous post. OUR NEWEST ADVENTURE??: Back from three weeks in Europe doing five days in Lisbon, sailing from Portugal, seeing for the first time NW Spain, Bordeaux, Brittany, etc. Great sights and sites!

 

Below are a few "samples" to prove the value for exploring these wonderful areas on a nice ship. The central/connecting part was an eleven-day, very port-intensive cruise from Lisbon to Rouen/France on the highly-enjoyable Silversea Silver Spirit. For many more pictures and full details, check out this live/blog:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 53,098 views for these postings.

 

For Sintra north of Lisbon, here is one small visual sampling. Yes, as we told our grandsons, these are "Real Castles!". Really have learned lots on the unique history of Portugal.:

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From Porto, during our first trip to Portugal, we loved doing a small-craft sailing along their historic town areas near where Port wines are stored and sold.:

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At the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the art is mostly about the building. Lighting and time of day when photo shooting allows for much creativity as to how you can capture this structure, its outdoor art, the inside drama, etc. Not your grandfather's museum! Like?:

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Here is one quick visual sample from being in Bordeaux. If you love history and architecture, this is the super place to be!!. Like the little boy enjoying the water experience?: June%202017A%201587_zpsw32y5i9v.jpg

 

During our Guernsey Island visit off of the French coast, we did our ship's "Powerboat Seascape Expedition". Great fun and sightings! Isn't this puffin cute?? Plus, lots of seal, beach, sea gull, etc., actions and activities.:June%202017A%201627_zpsnz42afom.jpg

 

After the cruise concluded in Rouen, we finished with in-depth time in Brittany and to finish with a stop at Monet's Giverny before flying out from Paris' de Gaulle airport.:

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From the London/UK Daily Mail yesterday, they have this headline: Bowled over by beautiful Bequia with these highlights: Like everyone we met on Bequia, they so want you to enjoy their island, and their rapport with their guests shone through. The food was local and excellent: ever eaten hibiscus bread? And the passion fruits, skinned and with their tops sliced off, were the size of apples.

 

Her are some more highlights: "Despite its beautiful climate, it is not easy growing produce here. There are no rivers or streams on Bequia, making water such a precious commodity that every home must have its own rainwater storage tank, large enough for each family to depend upon for everything all year round. And so to Princess Margaret Beach, known as Tony Gibbons Beach until one day the passing Princess decided to have a quick dip, thereby illustrating at a stroke how little of significance happens on Bequia."

 

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-5877085/Bowled-beautiful-Bequia-Jonathan-Agnew-unearths-secret-Windies-gem.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Just completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 25,687 views Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474

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From the Boston Globe Travel Section from a week ago, they had this headline: “Introducing Bequia, the Caribbean escape worth getting to know” with these story highlights: “This year I found a way to silence those afflicted with Travel Superiority Complex. I started talking about Bequia. With stunned expressions, they humbly asked, 'Where’s that?'  Truth be told, I also had no idea about Bequia (pronounced BECK-way) when I first heard the name. It’s the second-largest island in the string of 32 islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population just over 5,000, it’s an unpretentious place where flights can’t land at night because the tiny airport has no runway lights. There are no big-chain hotels or over-the-top resorts to be found. There isn’t even a Starbucks. There is one ATM machine on the entire island.   Bequia is the Caribbean the way the Caribbean used to be.  Bequia is an actual escape in an age where it feels as if there are few true escapes remaining on the planet.”

 

Nice profile for a location that we really  enjoyed in 2015.  Below are links for our two most recent "adventures" in doing the Middle East late last year, plus Alaska/Western Canada this past summer. 

 

Full story at:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/28/lifestyle/introducing-bequia-caribbean-escape-worth-getting-know/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

 

Just completed a few months ago doing Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc.  Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!!  That live/blog is at: 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/

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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph today, they had this headline: “The 20 destinations you must visit in 2020” as their experts reveal the must-see places to put on your travel radar with these highlights for St Vincent and the Grenadinest as a top potential with this summary "Cool newcomers are drawing in a fresh crowd" from writer Emma O’Kelly.  

 

Here are some details cited: Reggae beats on Bequia, perfect picket fences on Mustique, the glowering volcanic presence of St Vincent – the 32 islands that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are a rich mix. A long-kept secret among yachties who for years have glided from one island to another other across shimmering waters, unfussed by the region’s not-quite-five-star charms, the archipelago is finally opening up to those who like their luxuries fully grounded.  A new runway (the Caribbean’s longest) and marina with deep-anchor berths has made this the most accessible Grenadine island for those with superyachts and private jets.

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/20-destinations-for-2020/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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