Ultimate relaxing in Spring Bay on Bequia Island

The wow factor for nature - does it show nature at its best? Doesn't need to be the wilder-beast migration or diving with hundreds of hammerheads. Rather make you pause as you realise just how awesome the natural world can be
How much does this experience showcase some of the better and finer things that us humans can offer? Sure, it can be ancient ruins and renaissance churches, but it can also be festivals or soaking up some of the great modern cities of the world
Fun factor/activity
Very simple - was it fun? This is usually linked in with doing some kind of activity - i mean, walking along some cliffs is nice, but paragliding from them, now that is fun. Its a vastly underrated factor in a truly great experience
Avoid the crowds
Big tour groups and being surrounded by loud fellow tourists can sap the life out of even the greatest of travel experiences. This score is to reflect just how much you can avoid this. But. . . The score also takes into account if the crowds actually add to the experience, such as with a party town or a bustling food market
World famous
How world famous is the experience?
How hard is it to have a similar experience in other places round the world?
Overall Score
The highest score of nature or culture, + fun factor, + avoid the crowds, + the highest score of world famous or unique. Then turned into a score out of 100. More details at the bottom of the page
75 *What the scores mean and where do they come from
North America
Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
Length of time
3-4 days
Rough cost
Obviously people have different tastes, so this will depend on those tastes, but this is a rough idea of price of the whole experience based on 2 people able to split the accommodation costs and excluding travel there and back
$ 750
Time of year visited
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How this travel experience ranks compared to all the other experiences on this site
80th/372 This travel experience's ranking compared to all the other experiences on this site
Top 30% SUMMARY RATING: Superb


If you’re looking for that perfect Caribbean Tropical Island experience, Spring Island on Bequia in the Grenadines must come very close to the dream place you have in mind.  To quote the Lonely Planet for the Grenadines: “an island chain in the heart of the Caribbean, uncluttered by tourist exploitation, with white-sand beaches on desert islands, sky-blue water gently lapping shores and barely a sole around”; then for Bequia: “the most most perfect island in the whole Grenadines”; and then for Spring Bay: “on a quiet island, this is the quiet end” you get the idea


Its a fantastic experience exploring the island either by car / foot, or taking a boat around the island to check out some of the hidden beaches, which your hotel can easily arrange for you


To further deepen the perfect tropical beach vibe, I’d really recommend staying at The Sugar Reef Boutique Hotel.  Half the rooms are on the beach surrounded by the palm trees and not needing aircon with the gorgeous sea breeze, and half up the hillside in the beautiful French House showing off stunning views of the bay and Baliceaux and Battowia Islands.  Even if you don’t stay here, you can enjoy the superb Sugar Reef Cafe by the beach, sitting under the tall ceilings complete with driftwood chandeliers.  Wonderful hotel . . . wonderful beach . . . wonderful island


#1 Sitting under the palm trees with you feet in the soft white sand of Spring Bay

#2 The warming views of Spring Bay from the French House of The Sugar Reef Boutique Hotel

#3 Taking a sailing trip around parts of the island to check out some of the hidden coves and for great views

#4 Taking a trip over the equally idyllic Princess Margaret Beach area

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Score Detail

Background - how many times have you asked someone what a travel experience was like and the response was "amazing" or "awesome"?  That response is nice to know, but it makes it hard to differentiate that experience compared to others.  That is exactly what these scores are trying to do - differentiate the experience by giving a score out of 10 based on 6 categories and then giving an overall experience score

This overall experience score is calculated by:  take the highest of the "Culture" or "Nature" score (1-10) + "Fun factor" (1-10) + "Avoiding the crowds" (1-10) + highest of the "Unique" or "World Famous score" (1-10).  Then convert into a score out of 100

Extra detail - the logic being that I find all of the 6 individual scores important, but I don't want to mark an experience down just because it doesn't cover both "Culture" and "Nature", or because it isn't both "World Famous" and "Unique".  Take the examples of Safari in The Serengeti and walking through Rome - they both appeal at opposite ends of the nature / culture spectrum, and you can have a fantastic time without needing to appeal to both sides.  So, their overall scores aren't penalized for their lack of one or the other, and I've done the same for "World Famous" vs "Unique".  But . . . I do think that the "Fun factor" of an experience is important, irrelevant of other factors, and so is "Avoiding the Crowds" (or where there are crowds that add to the experience).  So, both of these scores are standalone