Friends reported a major noise issue with their Low Bay accommodation during their 10-day visit to Bequia visit earlier this month. In all, they said that about half their days on Bequia were marred by excessive noise at various times.
As an example, there was a VERY noisy party on Tony Gibbons (Princess Margaret) Beach which went from 7.30 at night until 7.30 the next morning. People in the immediate area of PM as well as the whole village of Low Bay were kept up by the row. Apparently, the party people were yachties from Martinique who did exactly the same thing a week or so before at Walliabou, bringing in their own food, drink and sound systems.
There was major noise every Sunday. At Mango’s, for example, a party went from noon until 8 p.m. (OK but way too loud, they said). At 11 p.m., a new set of electronic pounding started from the Harbour (Penthouse ?) and went on until 3 a.m. This could be heard all over the village (though not as loud as the party on PM) and presumably by all the boats in the Admiralty Bay.
Were these visitors over-sensitive? Certainly musical entertainment is part of the Bequia lifestyle but the frequency, duration and decibel levels might be getting out of control. Especially with respect to pulsating recorded music which has largely replaced live musicians.
Is there a way for the Bequia Tourism Association (or even Action Bequia) to work with the police, businesses and communities to get a handle on this, if indeed it is a problem?
Sadly, my friends say they won’t be back to Bequia (or if they do, they will stay in Spring). Nice for them, but no solution for the local people who are the real victims.