This is the kind of inn you dream about when you're at your desk at 4:00 p.m. on a dreary Monday in Janurary. I've stayed at $450/night resorts and have been to 11 other islands in the Caribbean, and this is the kind of place you're always hoping to find. You can see the waters of Friendship Bay, swaying palms, green hills and brilliant blue skies from the kitchen/patio windows of rooms 1 & 2. We always kept the shutters wide open so the breeze continually kept us cool in the room without that awful too-cold feel of the a/c. Cilla and inn-cat Nell were as wonderful as all the reviews said. And they just started offering a free continental breakfast! The coconut/pineapple muffins, banana bread and fresh baked bread were heavenly, but the best part was meeting the other guests every morning over coffee or tea while everyone got their slow start to their slow day! The walk into town is perfectly doable and good exercise. Lower Bay is only 1/2 hour walk away and is definitely the "place to be" for hanging out at the beach. The Bagatelle restaurant, the closest to the inn, is expensive with small portions but very, very, very good food. We ate there twice and were very impressed with the quality of the food. Fish cakes, mashed potatoes and peas sounds about as plain as you can get, but they made it gourmet! The Devil's Table, behind Coco's in town, has the best atmosphere and food. The Frangipani's Thursday night steel band/bbq is definitely popular but the steak was so tough is was inedible. Great atmosphere, though. De Reef and Papa's were also very good. The taxi into town is only $20 EC each way (about $8.00 US), and we never had trouble getting a taxi, although we were never out after 9:00 p.m. You'll be on first name basis with several taxi drivers and have their cell numbers within days of arrival. The location isn't in the "heart" of the action, but I liked being on the Friendship side of the island rather than the "Lower" side because of the breeze--the harbor side could get awfully hot when the wind stopped. Bequia has a loyal group of Canadians who come year after year, generation after generation, who are friendly and welcoming to a fault. They'll talk your ear off! And I absolutely have to say that the locals were the friendliest I've ever met in the Caribbean. There's not the tension between tourists and locals that you often find in the big cruise-ship islands. I think it's because the tourist population isn't so transitory, but tends to rent houses for months at a time instead of just coming and going in waves every few days. Every song Jimmy Buffet ever wrote was about Bequia!
The incredible views are best from Rooms 1 & 2.
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