Bequia, Grenadines / Caribbean
Bequia is with 18 km² the largest island of the Grenadines and part of the State Saint Vincent. The name means "island of clouds" in the Arawak language of the indigenous people but is rarely an appropriate designation. The name is pronounced somewhat surprisingly as "BECK-way". Bequia has a small airport, which is flown to from other islands in the region, including Barbados and St. Lucia.
Port Elisabeth is a popular harbour for yachts and starting point for sailing trips to the archipelago of the Grenadines. According to an international agreement, whaling is officially approved for the locals, who can catch (with harpoons from little boats) a limited number of humpback whales exclusively for local consumption. Friendship Bay, located on the other side of the island, offers swimming possibilities and a diving school. A ferry communicates daily between the main harbour Port Elisabeth and the capital of St. Vincent, Kingstown, as well as with the rest of the uninhabited islands of the Grenadines.