Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Waterfront bars, lively Creole restaurants and a smattering of shops selling souvenirs greet visitors to Port Elizabeth, the main settlement on the beautiful island of Bequia in the Grenadines. As laid-back as capitals can get, the atmosphere here is far more village than town—the entire island is home to fewer than 5,000 residents. Port Elizabeth sits on Admiralty Bay, which is dotted with yachts and ringed by green forested hills, and it's where you'll find the ferry docks, with passengers coming and going from neighboring islands. It doesn’t take long to explore the few streets of wooden homes and drop by St. Mary’s, a historic Anglican church constructed in 1829. The town is also the main launching point for excursions that might include ascending to the summit of Mt. Pleasant, the highest point on the island, for views of the harbor. Visitors also love the chance to see tiny, endangered hawksbill turtles up close at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. If you are in search of a postcard-perfect Caribbean strand, head about a mile south of town to Princess Margaret Beach—so named after the English princess went for a swim here—where turquoise water gently laps sand that's as soft as flour.