Concierge.com's insider take:
Considering its close proximity to other islands in the Grenadine chain, Bequia makes for a perfect base to explore the region by boat. Sail Relax Explore offers day trips aboard the Friendship Rose, the last traditional handcrafted schooner built on Bequia, in 1967; the captain is Calvin Lewis from Mustique (784-495-0886; www.sailrelaxexplore.com). Another option is the Nicola III. Helmed by local captain Nicki Hazell, this 30-foot sailboat offers trips to Union Island, Petit St. Vincent, Palm Island, and other nearby destinations (784-458-3093; www.bequia.net/nicola3). Boat journeys are especially fun around the time of Bequia's annual Easter Regatta in late March (www.begos.com/easterregatta).