Seeing a recipe for Caribbean Stewed Saltfish on http://iamsimplytia.com/ made me think of my own trip to the Caribbean this past summer. Though the circumstances for the trip were pretty horrible, the trip its self was wonderful. I want to return to those wonderful places, this time with a few friends (or even family). And I especially loved the Island Of Bequai (pronounced Beck – way). This is where I hope to spend a month writing, enjoying the locals, the rum shacks and the music.
Getting to this little island is not hard, but not easy either. you must fly to Puerto Rico, Barbados or St.
Vincent. From Barbados (which is where I flew into) or Puerto Rico, you must take a charter plane to the island. From St. Vincent you take a ferry.If you take one of the charter planes, be ready to make a few stops to pick up other passengers. The stops on small islands and only take a few minutes. Personally I enjoyed the “island hopping”, and there is nothing like taking off right from a cliff.
The plane tickets are a bit expensive, as I bought two originally. Here is a travel tip: I got the tickets cheaper with them being Non-refundable and non transferable…and a call to the airline can verify this little money saving trick. Just be sure of the dates if you do this because a heavy fee is incurred if your travel dates change. Also, be sure of your travel partners with a non transferable ticket, because if whoever you travel with cannot go, you cannot give it to someone else or use it yourself later. If you are not sure of dates or travel partners, best to pay a little extra for refundable, transferable tickets. Even with those tips, airfare was about $2,000 total, or $1,000 per person. Again be sure of dates and partners, as I had to eat the money for that ticket when the person who was to go was detained and could not leave the country.
Once there on Bequai, I was greeted by a wonderful man at customs. He stamped my passport and said “Welcome to paradise.” Indeed, I was there. This little island is a wonderful gem of a spot – out of the way, tropical, not much crime and very affordable. But be prepared to really get away – cell phone reception is not always good and resources can be a bit spotty. But you will see some of the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen in your life. But that is a small price to pay. I stayed there a total of 4 days, and out of all the places I visited while on that vacation, this little island was my favorite spot. I even met a fellow writer while there. We were both stuck in a rainstorm (they don’t last very long there) and were in a sandwich shop. We started talking and I found out he was a writer who sailed around the Caribbean. I told him he was living out my dream.
And I told him I would see him again upon my return and we could compare stories of when we last met. I look forward to that conversation, and that beer.