Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines at 18 km² (7 square miles) (the largest being Carriacou, a dependency of Grenada), with a population of approximately 4,300. It is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is approximately 15 km (9 miles) from the nation's capital, Kingstown, on the main island, Saint Vincent. Bequia means "island of the clouds" in the ancient Arawak.

We did a tour of the island. The only really interesting part of the tour was the visit to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. It was founded in 1995 by Bequian Orton King to assist in the conservation of the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata, german: Echte Karettschild­kröte, french: Tortue imbriquée). He picked up hatchlings and reared them till they were old enough to fend for themselves successfully. Now they are reared till they are 5 years old. So far about 800 have been returned to the sea.

Overlooking the Port Elizabeth harbor is the Old Fort, which was a stop on our tour.

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Bequia, Grenadines

Approaching Bequia
Approaching Bequia. (771k)
Small Island Ship Wreck
Small island with a ship wreck on the right. (773k)
Port Elizabeth Harbor Large
Port Elizabeth harbor with a large 4-mast sailing ship and a large cruise ship. (649k)
Port Elizabeth Harbor
Port Elizabeth and its harbor. (930k)
Port Elizabeth Harbor Sv
Port Elizabeth harbor with the S/V Mandalay. (887k)
Sv Mandalay
The S/V Mandalay. (1.5M)
Port Elizabeth Colorful Houses
Port Elizabeth with the colorful houses. (887k)
Downtown Port Elizabeth
Downtown Port Elizabeth. (960k)
Windward Side Bequia
Windward side of Bequia. (813k)
East Side Bequia Crowded
East side of Bequia, not as crowded as around Port Elizabeth. (793k)
Bays Sheltered Coral Reef
One of the bays, sheltered by the coral reef. (785k)
Old Canons Old Fort
Old canons in the Old Fort. (896k)
Ship Models We Visited
Ship models. We visited a well known ship model shop, where they make models of all sizes. (751k)
Ship Models
Ship models. (763k)
Sheep Goats Ubiquitous
Sheep and goats were ubiquitous. (1355k)

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