Concierge.com's insider take:
For such a small island, there's a flourishing art scene on Bequia. Artist Claude Victorine's studio displays her handmade silk creations—some of which are for sale—as well as paintings by her daughter (784-458-3150). On Mount Pleasant there's Melinda's, where the crafts on display include hand-painted t-shirts and stained glass (784-458-3409). Also look for Jacob Scott, another celebrated local talent who scours Bequia's shores for coral, shells, flotsam, and recyclable refuse, which he turns into surprisingly stylish jewelry and fashion accessories (Hope Beach; 401-848-9360). Finally, you can buy ceramics or watch pottery-making demos at the Spring Studios. The gallery is housed in an old sugar mill built in the 1800s and operational until the 1940s (784-457-3757; closed mid-May to late November).