Port Elizabeth is the main town on the Grenadine Island of Bequia (pronounced Beck Way) and is easily reached from Kingstown on St. Vincent by ferry, so making a daytrip is fairly straightforward.


Port Elizabeth is located in Admiralty Bay, a beautiful location that is truly popular with yachters and sun-worshippers. The main attractions are the beaches, such as Princess Margaret’s Beach, which is easily accessible by water-taxi from Port Elizabeth. There’s a row of cafes by the water, which allows the visitor to relax and watch the boats bobbing on the sea through the fronds of the many palm trees.


For non sun-worshippers, the attractions include St Mary’s Church with its airy interior and blue pews. At the shipbuilding museum I received a personal guided tour from Lawson Sergeant, who made a model of the Royal Yacht Britannia for Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her 1985 visit to Bequia.


At the two model ship shops visitors can observe model yachts and schooners skillfully created by master carpenters. The wonderful souvenir items available at the market also include T-shirts, batiks, and pottery.


Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found athttp://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734